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FALL 2023

Gretchen Beck: Habu Nya Dumi Dumi
Lark Allen: Africa to Eternity: Masks of the African Diaspora
August 21 – September 16
Reception: September 7th, 4 - 6 p.m.

This mixed-media abstract art series on paper celebrates the colors and textures in rural Nigerien marketplaces. Overall, the imagery honors the leisure time rural Nigeriens cherish. Beck conducted research in Niger, West Africa, where she lived for three years.  Gretchen Beck served as Chair of the Art Department, Professor of Art, Curator and on the faculty at Concordia University, Irvine, CA, for eleven years. Currently, she is a professional artist working in the Midwest.

With a complimentary selection of masks by Lark Allen from his collection; Africa to Eternity: Masks of the African Diaspora

19th Annual MFSM Saints & Sinners Gala and Invitational Exhibition
September 20 – October 6
Ticketed Gala: October 6th, 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. 

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 6, 2023, which includes a silent and live auction.  Tickets for the Gala are available for purchase by calling the Museum at 989-964-7125.

Gary Greenberg: More Things, Re: Stuff
October 16 – November 17
Reception/Lecture: October 26th 4 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Greenberg is Asst. Prof. Art/Ceramics and former department chair at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, where he has been working quietly for the last 30 years on a variety of foil-fired, low-fired, and wood-fired, art objects and vessels. Currently on sabbatical and furthering his research into native clays, the work in this exhibition, while serious, contains an element of humor and satire, reflecting the absurdities of life in general and of art in particular.

BFA Exhibition
November 27 – December 15
Reception: December 7th, 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, printmaking, and painting.


19th Annual Art Student Exhibition
January 8 – February 3
Reception: January 18th, 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. Students can download the application 19th Annual Student Show entry form (358KB).

Jane Reiter: Ebullient; Continued
February 12 – March 12
Reception/ Lecture: February 22nd

Ebullience is the quality of being full of energy and happiness and Reiter presents that with 2-D art and handmade books.  EBULLIENT; Continued focuses on moving forward enthusiastically, fostering energetic creative growth through optimism and perseverance.  Mixed media collages are created from a variety of materials; repurposed papers and fabrics, ephemera, hand and machine stitching, in addition to newly manufactured fabric. The heart of EBULLIENT; Continued offers potent encouragement and confidence that there exist selective joys in humanity and our lives. Reiter teaches part time at the Flint Institute of Art, has received several Council for the Arts grants, and was active with the Lansing Art Gallery and Education Center.

High School Art Invitational
March 18 – April 5
Reception: March 28th, 4 - 6 p.m.

For some, the creative process starts at a very young age but doesn't come into fruition until the high school years. The Art Department at SVSU strongly supports this stage of creative development by high school students. This exhibition honors and celebrates the creative work being done through the efforts of high school teachers and their students. The work in this exhibition consists of a variety of different mediums including digital design, photography, painting, ceramics, and drawings from local and regional high school students. Exhibiting high schools from the area include Bay City Central, Bay City Western, Corunna, Freeland, Hemlock, Heritage, H. H. Dow, Nouvel Catholic Central, and Merrill high schools.

Winter BFA Exhibition
April 15 – May 4
Reception: April 25th, 4 - 6 p.m.

These exhibitions feature artwork by the Bachelor of Fine Arts candidates and serve as a completion of their undergraduate program. Exhibiting students include candidates in the disciplines of graphic design, printmaking, photography, and painting. Exhibitors will be: Trent Caulkins, Graphic Design; Hannah Cradit, Painting; Michael King Jr., Drawing; Anne Martin, Painting; Zariah Martin, Graphic Design.


University Art Gallery Collection: Selected works by Julia Roberts Roecker
May 13 – August 9

Ms. Roecker (1887-1988), a native of Saginaw and significant painter, curator and teacher exhibited most of her long life. She was still winning art awards at the age of 91. She studied at the John Herron Museum in Indianapolis, the Art Institute of Chicago including their summer institute in Saugatuck MI, New York University and Snell School in Maine. The work exhibited includes pastels, watercolors, and various printmaking techniques.

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