Museum exhibit showcases wartime art

The Marshall M. Fredericks Museum is gearing up for a semester full of art and educational opportunities.

It will host two exhibitions, “From Swords to Plowshares: World War II Metal Trench Art” and “War-Toys: Israel, West Bank and Gaza Strip,” until Wednesday, Sept. 25.

Museum director Megan McAdow talked about the “From Swords to Plowshares” exhibition.

“(The exhibition) is World War II metal trench art … which soldiers and civilians made out of wartime materials like ammo and artillery,” she said. “Then juxtapose to that, we have ‘War-Toys: Israel, Westbank and Gaza Strip,’ and these are photographs that were created by artist Brian McCarty.”

McAdow explained how McCarty asked children to draw pictures of where and how they grew up, resulting in images of wartime. McCarty then recreated the children’s drawings by photographing local toys in the war zones.

McCarty will give an Artist Lecture on Wednesday, Sept. 4, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall. Following the lecture, he will be available to sign books while attendees enjoy refreshments.

The museum will then host art by Lee Sung-Kuen and Michigan artist Susanne Stephenson from Oct. 4 to Jan. 11, 2020.

Lee Sung-Kuen’s collection, titled “Interconnections,” features sculptures made of piano wire.

Stephenson’s exhibition is titled “Transfigurement,” and includes original works of ceramic.

“We have Susanne Stephenson coming to do an artist talk … on a Saturday,” McAdow said. “We’re still creating programs to go with those exhibitions.”

Create and Take events will take place on select Saturdays, 1 to 4 p.m. These feature a free creative activity relevant to the exhibitions and are open to all ages.

The museum will continue its lunch time talks. This year there will be a catered lunch for attendees who RSVP a week in advance.

“For our lunch and learn program series, we bring in all different speakers and presenters who connect to the current exhibitions in some way,” McAdow said. “They’re free, and you get a great free lunch and a really cool presentation.”

Additionally, Artist Talks on Public Sculpture will take place Aug. 29, Sept. 18 and Oct. 16.

These talks will feature Giorgio Gikas of Venus Bronze Works, New Zealand artist Robert Onnes and Kathyrose Pizzo. Attendees must RSVP for the event, as there will be refreshments.

The Marshall M. Fredericks Museum is also partnering with Kochville Township and SVSU to host the Cardinal Square Art Competition.

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At the Red Pride Picnic on Sunday, Aug. 25, the museum launched free student museum memberships. Students who signed up received a free gift, 10 percent off in the store and invitations to special museum events.

“We really want students to feel comfortable coming here and using us for a variety of reasons,” McAdow said. “We would really like to partner more with organizations across campus. Come to us and we can do a partnered program. We really want students to feel that this is their museum and that they can use it.”

McAdow encourages students to check out the museum and their events. For a schedule of events, visit

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