Museum will remain open with new precautions

Exhibit from Fall 2019 with illustrations by Lance Jackson and sculptures by Rob Neilson. Vanguard Photo | Jolie Wyse

The Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum will remain open throughout the 2020-2021 school year with new safety precautions in place.

All staff and visitors will be expected to wear a face covering at all times and practice social distancing while they are visiting the museum.

Megan McAdow, the museum director, said the safety guidelines will not affect the visitor experience.

“Since we were already a no/low touch space, the experience shouldn’t really change that much,” she said. “[The museum] is a great place to relax, view new and exciting art, bring a date, bring your mom, take a tour then impress your friends with your knowledge of art, study, draw, be inspired and so much more.”

MFSM will have new hours of operation. Beginning on Monday, Aug. 31, the museum will be open Monday through Saturday.

The museum will also begin operating by appointments. Students interested in
using the museum for artistic projects such as photo shoots and other performances will be able to contact the museum and set up an appointment time for exclusive use of all the exhibits.

The museum and sculpture garden will be available for RSOs to use. RSOs may conduct meetings, host programs and hold other events at the museum this school year.

Beginning this semester, the museum will also be offering an exclusive membership package for SVSU students. The membership is free of charge for all students.

The membership package comes with a gift upon registering with an SVSU email address, 10 percent off discount at the MFSM gift shop and exclusive invitations and notifications on museum events, happenings and new updates.

The MFSM’s opening exhibition will be “Explorations in Wood: Selections from
the Center for Art in Wood.” Featuring work from multiple artists globally, the exhibition will be housed at MFSM until the end of the fall semester.

“The works are very cool, and I encourage everyone to come check it out while it’s still here,” McAdow said.

A new feature to come out of the MFSM for the 2020-2021 school year is an online portal, Museum Musings, accessible from the MFSM website.

Museum Musings is home to multiple informative brochures, online exhibits, videos, art activities and a blog.

There are also two virtual tour options on the Museum Musings website for those who cannot visit the museum in-person.

The MFSM will also continue to have paid internships in the winter and spring semesters.

“We are really a holistic community and have things that work with majors other than art,” McAdow said.

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