brought more dedications to campus. On April 21, the Leaping Gazelle
Fountain in front of the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Gallery
sculpture of the Leaping Gazelle was placed at the campus' center
court for all to admire. At the Arbury Fine Arts Center, Frederick's
pieces arrived daily, gradually transforming a cavernous galley
into a showcase of this artist's work. Frederick's career as a sculptor
has been long and prosperous. He studied under Swedish sculptor
Carl Miles and taught at the Cranbook Academy of Art . Although
in Rock Island, Illinois, he has lived and worked in Michigan for
more than fifty years. Fredericks has long been associated with
a huge public commission. His sculptures decorate public buildings,
plazas and parks across the mid-west.
Some of his
familiar works to Michigan Residents are The Spirit of Detroit,
the mammoth Christ figure at Indian River, and the Saints and Sinners
at the Midland Center for the Arts. Though sometimes overlooked
by art historians and critics, Fredericks' work has been warmly
received by the general public. He has been awarded numerous citations
and honors and has completed over sixty major public commissions
including the largest sculpture in the United
States, The Cleveland War Memorial Fountain. The Marshall M. Fredericks
Sculpture Galley will house hundreds of molds, drawings, photographs
and finished pieces by the artist. The Gallery will also serve as
an educational facility, providing insight to the process of creating
sculpture from the conception of an idea through to the finished
work. This permanent installation
of works will serve as a fitting tribute to a man whose only goal
was to "enliven, inspire and bring pleasure" to people everywhere.
The Valley Vanguard, April 18, 1988.
On May 15, the Arbury Fine Arts Center
was dedicated and opened.
On October 7, 1988, the SVSU Bell Tower was constructed. The
tower was dedicated to Julia Stacey Edwards in 1998, ten years after