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Detroit Artist Loans Major Work of Art to SVSU

Saginaw Valley State University will be the beneficiary of a loaned work of art by well-known Detroit artist Charles McGee. Play Patterns II, a two-dimensional assemblage, will hang in the atrium of the College of Health and Human Services. A reception honoring McGee will be held Tuesday, June 5, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the atrium.

Play Patterns II was created by the artist for the “2 Centuries, 3 Decades, 28 Works by Charles McGee” exhibition that was on display at the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum at SVSU from June to September 2011.

Marilyn Wheaton, Director of the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum, presented the idea of exhibiting McGee’s assemblage in the main entrance area of the College of Health and Human Services to Judith Ruland, dean of the college, shortly after the exhibition ended at the museum. Ruland embraced the idea.

“The vibrant and diverse energy in this beautiful piece of art is representative of the energy in our college. This piece so full of wonderfully rich colors and images will become the focal point for our beautiful new building. We are thrilled that Mr. McGee was so generous as to allow our students, faculty and visitors to share his vision on a daily basis,” Ruland said.

SVSU’s Health and Human Services Building opened in August 2010.

Charles McGee, who will attend the reception, said "Art charts the course of time on its journey through the straits of universal order. It processes and applies signature to the uniqueness of human thoughts and perceptions. I believe that all earthly elements, animate and inanimate, exist and operate in the service of nature equally, and in the end converts simply into dust in the downwind of time. I am honored that Saginaw Valley State University has chosen to exhibit my work in such a prominent place for all to experience."

The College of Health and Human Services is located on College Drive on the campus of SVSU, 7400 Bay Road, University Center.

The public is invited to the reception. Please call 989-964-4145 to RSVP your attendance by Friday, June 1.