Sculpture museum exhibits 3D art of local artists

The Marshall M. Fredrick’s Sculpture Museum (MFSM) is ending the Regional Biennial Juried Sculpture Exhibition (RBJSE) to make way for a new exhibit.

The RBJSE has been a part of the Museum since July and will be leaving on Saturday, Oct. 2.

Originally, the exhibit was scheduled to visit in 2020, but with the COVID-19 pandemic, it couldn’t come to the MFSM until now.

The collection has a total of 43 pieces from 49 artists who come from various places in the surrounding 200 miles of the local area.

Every piece in the collection is a 3D art piece, going along with the museum’s focus on sculptures.

One piece in particular has caught visitors’ eyes and left them pondering.

“The piece that has gotten the most reaction from people is Mark Chatterley’s

‘Relationships during a pandemic’ that is placed to the right of the exhibition logo entrance,” MFSM Community Engagement Specialist Joannah Lodico said. “That piece has received some chuckles as in response to identifying with the message.”

MFSM Curator of Education Andrea Ondish said the pieces throughout the exhibit touch on (MFSM’s) variety of media, styles, content, and artists.

In the collection, this variety comes to life. Some of the pieces look like they tell a story, whereas others come across as pieces of day-to-day furniture, creating different outlooks for the competition.

Detroit local, Ray Katz, took first place with his “Infinity” sculpture, made with brushed aluminum, welded and fabricated. His works can be seen in private, corporate and institutional collections.

“Premonition” by Herb Babcock was the second-place winner with his sculpture made of cast glass and steel.

“Winged Totem III,” by Lee Brown, made of cedar, enamel and limestone, took third place.

The fourth-place winner was Pamela Hart’s ceramic “You Can’t Have All of Me.” Pamela’s work consists primarily of pottery and worship pieces.

These can be found in various collections, as well as the chapel at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee.

The honorable mention winner was Austen Brantley, with the piece “Boy Holds Flower.”

In this piece, a young boy holds and ponders a flower. Brantley is from the Detroit area and has artwork in other museums, including the Detroit Institute of Arts.

On Saturday, Oct. 2, the exhibit will be removed from the gallery to make room for the new exhibit “Notes from the Quarantimes” beginning on Saturday, Oct. 16.

The new exhibit will feature works from local Detroit artists, including Mitch Cope, Clinton Snider and more.

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