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FALL 2022

Nicole McDonald

August 22 - September 14, 2022
Reception: September 8th 4 - 6 p.m.

As a community activist and artist in Detroit focusing on city history and neighborhood empowerment, McDonald has made large‑scale public installations on abandoned buildings for the past 10 years. She works with surrounding communities to determine who to represent and how to install the work. Outdoor art is a way for organizations large and small to spread messages to the community about what they hope to achieve in their community and in the larger world. The new “Living Musical Legends” portrait series, featuring artists in 10 musical genres, was installed in late 2018 on the oldest Albert Kahn-designed bank in Detroit, on Woodward Avenue near the Motown Museum. McDonald will be transforming the University art gallery with her large-scale paintings.

MFSM Saints & Sinners Gala and Invitational Exhibition

September 21 - October 7, 2022     

Ticketed Gala: October 7th (Times TBD) 

This exhibition features artwork by regional artists invited by the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum to exhibit and donate work to support the Museum's annual fundraising gala on October 7, 2022, which includes a silent and live auction.  Tickets are available for the Saints & Sinners Gala by calling the museum at 989-964-7125.

Heather Freeman

October 10 - November 12, 2022
Public Lecture: October 20th, 3 p.m.   Reception: October 20th 4 - 6 p.m.

Since the inception of the scientific method, politics, political religion, blind-sighting skepticism, and the violent desire for the accuracy of a (false) hypothesis have all perverted this system's elegance and effectiveness. Today, both academe and industry struggle with their own demons to preserve the scientific method, in order to discover "Truth". Freeman looks for "Truths", myths, superstitions and expectations of the past to see where reality may lie -- but also to point out and accentuate its occasional absurdity. The mixed media drawings postulate, explore and divulge these ideas-thereby forming, simultaneously the artists own applied mythologies and private science. These works are illustrations of these merged memories/dreams and are further merged with my waking critique upon them. Archetypes and myths unite with historical events and present the hazy quality of memory as sharp and transformative.

BFA Exhibition

November 21-December 16, 2022
Reception: December 1st, 4-6 p.m. 

This exhibition features artwork by the Bachelor of Fine Arts candidates and serves as a completion of their undergraduate program. Exhibiting students include candidates in the disciplines of graphic design, photography and painting.



18th Annual Art Student Exhibition

January 9 – February 3, 2023
Reception: January 19th, 4 - 6 p.m.

This exhibition will include the work of SVSU art students from all levels created during the past year and will include multiple disciplines taught within the art curriculum including; photography, painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture and three-dimensional design.

Meghan Kirkwood: Production Landscape

February 13 – March 15, 2023
Lecture: February 23rd, 3 p.m.   Reception: February 23rd, 4 – 6 p.m.

Meghan Kirkwood is a documentary photographer focused on social injustice Kirkwood’s recent projects include creating a collection of photographs that profile the path of the Dakota Access Pipeline in one of the four states it crosses. The project did not attempt to be comprehensive in nature, but to contribute to a broader context for a politicized topic. The images highlight the physical disruption of the landscape it traverses as well as surrounding environments and together the series examines the ways in which documentary images of land can provide context to current debates related to land-use and natural resource extraction. Kirkwood’s photography has been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe, Mexico, and South Africa.

Kate Levy

March 21 - April 7, 2023
Reception: March 30th, 4 – 6 p.m.

Kate Levy, b. 1984, Royal Oak, MI, is a lens-based artist who uses research, documentary and community organizing methods to interrogate systems of power, to challenge narratives deployed by those systems and to support work for social justice.  Fate of the Machinery explores the complicated process of using family wealth to change the systems from which one benefits. It consists of an installation of three components: archival ephemera, photographs and videos. Viewers are invited to consider the ways family structures require us to prioritize money over the lives of non-family. The artist invites viewers to record instances where their own family has been affected by a plant closure, or how their own family benefited from the plight of others Video components of the exhibition offer an unprecedented look at battles within Detroit during the city’s historic bankruptcy and proclaimed “comeback.”

Winter BFA Exhibition/Art 480

April 17 – May 5, 2023
Reception: April 20th, 4 - 6 p.m.

This exhibition features artwork by the Bachelor of Fine Arts candidates and serves as a completion of their undergraduate program. Exhibiting students include candidates in the disciplines of graphic design, photography and painting.



Japanese Woodblock Prints: Edo and Meiji Periods
May 15 – August 4, 2023

This exhibit on display in the University Art Gallery at Saginaw Valley State University is a collection of Japanese woodblock prints of the Edo and Meiji periods donated by Dr. Louis W. Doll, to the University Art Gallery. 

The woodblock print became a major medium of artistic expression in Japan during the Edo period (1603-1867). This was an age of unprecedented peace which saw the growth of a prosperous class of merchants and craftsmen.  Unable to acquire significant political or social prestige within the rigid feudal system, this new merchant class devoted itself to the enjoyment of the present.  It helped create an urban society which thrived on entertainment and extravagance.  Woodblock prints produced in large editions supplied this new middle class with images that would record the pleasures and beauty of life in the Tokugawa capital city of Edo.

The Meiji era (1868-1912), a period of rapid modernization in Japan, saw a great change in both subjects and style of woodblock prints.  Artists incorporated Western techniques of chiaroscuro and linear perspective.  Japanese in Western dress, military and political events as well as scenes containing carriages and railroads became common imagery.  With the introduction of aniline dyes intensely bright red, green and purple replaced the more subtle natural pigments.  Although the Meiji period has been considered a time of decline for woodblock prints, many interesting editions were produced combining elements of both Japanese and Western art. 

All gallery exhibitions, lectures and receptions are free and open to the public. Click the following link for open gallery hours or call (989) 964-2291. The University Art Gallery is located in the Arbury Fine Arts Center on the campus of Saginaw Valley State University,

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