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Voices for SVSU Retired Ford chairman and CEO, Don Petersen and his wife Jo Anne have made a significant lead gift for the Museum's new entrance and sculpture garden.
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Success Stories

Gifts from friends of the University have created programs, funded scholarships and built new facilities. These success stories demonstrate the dramatic impact a significant gift can have on students and the University as well as the region and the greater world.

Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum

In 1988, world-renowned sculptor Marshall Fredericks chose Saginaw Valley State University as the location for the display of his work and the story of his life. The stunning Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum is an example of the successful public/private partnership between SVSU and private donors who, together, are ensuring that the legacy of Fredericks and his museum lives in perpetuity.

Today the Museum is celebrating its 25th anniversary with the construction of an exciting new exterior entrance to the galleries and an expanded Sculpture Garden to display more than 20 of Fredericks's works. In addition, the Museum is expanding its endowment to ensure its ability to attract top quality professional staff and programming in the coming decades.

“Businesses seeking to attract creative professionals understand the value of having cultural amenities like the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum in the region because they enhance our quality of life.”

- Matt Davis, The Dow Chemical Company

Over the years the Museum has served as an invaluable asset in attracting talented students and faculty to SVSU, enriching their academic and personal lives. It has also helped to create an important bond between the University and its neighbors in the Great Lakes Bay Region as the Museum functions as an asset to area schools, businesses and community groups.

Your gift to this important effort will play a significant role in preserving the legacy of a truly gifted and important artist and ensure the accessibility of the artwork and archives of a remarkable Michigan resource.

"The importance of the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum is the celebration of the incredible legacy that travels from Marshall through his mentor Carl Milles, to Milles' mentor Auguste Rodin. This is a legacy to be protected and nurtured for years to come and the Fredericks family is committed to supporting this endeavor."

- Carl Fredericks