Students given opportunity to utilize space in new exhibition


The Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum has opened its temporary exhibition gallery to students until Friday, Sept. 25.

The Student Creativity Explosion exhibit will feature art, dance, music and more.

The museum usually has a gap of about three weeks somewhere in between its regularly scheduled exhibits. This year, the faculty decided to open it up to SVSU students for the first time in the university’s history.

“When the schedule for the year’s exhibition program was completed, we saw that there was a three-week period available, and we thought it would be a wonderful opportunity to invite students to take over the temporary exhibition galleries,” Museum Director Marilyn Wheaton said. 

“It seems like a win-win situation for everyone.”

Students will be able to share their talents and interests with peers, faculty and public museum visitors. The department hopes that this personal artistic connection will draw in more students and spread the idea that art is for everyone.

Many different programs are scheduled and focus on a variety of interests and talents.

The Residential Housing Association will be putting on an art program on Tuesday, Sept. 22nd. The next day, the Nursing Simulation Lab student mentors will be hosting a “Simulation Snapshot” event, and the Department of Music will put on a concert on Sept. 25th.

With any luck, this may not be the final Student Creativity exhibition the university runs. When asked if the museum would consider having another student-based exhibit in the future, Wheaton said it is a possibility.
“We will see how successful this year’s Explosion is and plan from there,” she said. “If there’s a lot of interest, we no doubt will plan to have others in the future.”

As the exhibits cover a diverse array of programs, there will likely be an event for everyone, and the Marshall Fredericks Museum is proud to host them. It is hoped that students will revisit the museum many times over their college career.

“Our ultimate goal is to have all SVSU students come to the museum for relaxation, inspiration, and learning,” Wheaton said. “Marshall Fredericks wanted students of all ages to enjoy his work … (He) was delighted when the SVSU Board of Control made it possible for the Museum to be built for the purpose of exhibiting and preserving his work for all to enjoy.”  

For more information and a detailed schedule of exhibits, visit the Student Creativity Explosion page on the museum’s website.