The 2012 Regional Biennial Juried Sculpture Exhibition will be held at the Museum from June 9 to September 22, 2012.
Joseph Becherer, founding Director and Curator of the Sculpture Program at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, was the juror for this year’s biennial. He currently serves as Chief Curator and Vice President of Sculpture and Horticulture, Collections and Exhibitions. He is the Lena Meijer Professor in the History of Art at Aquinas College teaching courses in Renaissance, Baroque, Modern, and Contemporary art. Becherer’s undergraduate and Master’s work were at Ohio University with a thesis on Georges Rouault.
Becherer has authored numerous books, catalogues and articles, and curated many exhibitions. Most recently he has organized exhibitions of Jaume Plensa, Jonathan Borofsky, Jim Dine Andy Goldsworthy, Alexander Calder, Mark di Suvero, Henry Moore, George Segal, Richard Hunt, Auguste Rodin, Magdalena Abakanowicz and Anthony Caro, among others. He is presently preparing a retrospective of Beverly Pepper for a US tour and organizing the premier American exhibitions of Laura Ford and Arne Quinze.
The prospectus announced that the exhibition was open to all living artists working in sculpture and residing within 200 miles of Saginaw Valley State University, and that the work must be entirely original and completed within the last 5 years.
“We believe it’s important that the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum and Saginaw Valley State University support working artists, and hosting a biennial sculpture exhibition is an excellent way to do it,” said Marilyn Wheaton, Museum Director. “Becherer selected the work of 22 artists from 18 cities in Michigan and 1 in Indiana, representing an outstanding array of sculptural styles and media,” Wheaton added.
For more information, call (989) 964-7096 or visit the Museum’s website at www.marshallfredericks.org. The Museum is open to the public Monday – Saturday, 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.