The Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum will host an exhibition, 2 Centuries, 3 Decades, 28 works by Charles McGee, Saturday, June 4 through Saturday, September 28. A reception to meet the artist and celebrate the exhibition's opening will be held at the Museum Saturday, June 4 from 3 to 5 p.m.
Marilyn Wheaton, Museum Director, is curator of the exhibition. "We are very pleased to share this exhibition of Charles McGee's work with the Great Lakes Bay Region," Wheaton said.
Charles McGee came to Michigan at age ten from a humble childhood in South Carolina and has lived and worked in Detroit for seventy-seven years. "Those first ten years shaped the texture and content of who Charles McGee is today. His accomplishments as an artist and a human being, as an educator and a gallery owner, present an encyclopedic journey from modesty to greatness," Wheaton said.
At age eighty-five in 2009, Charles McGee celebrated his life's work with a retrospective exhibition at Eastern Michigan University, a body of work that spanned nearly sixty years. McGee first visited the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum in early 2010. When he saw the temporary exhibition galleries he told the museum staff that he would create a piece "for that wall," gesturing to the largest flat surface in the gallery.
For the last several months, McGee has worked in his Detroit studio to complete Play Patterns II, one of his largest ever three-dimensional pieces (at 10' x 20'), for the 2 Centuries, 3 Decades, 28 works by Charles McGee exhibition.
During the past thirty years, McGee has produced thousands of drawings and hundreds of paintings and sculptures; taught adult art classes at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center for eleven years; been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions in this country and abroad; completed seventeen public art commissions; and awarded the first Kresge Foundation Eminent Artist Award in 2009.
This exhibition is made possible by $5,000 grants each from the Bay Area Community Foundation, the Midland Area Community Foundation, and the Saginaw Community Foundation.
The Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum is located on the campus of Saginaw Valley State University, 7400 Bay Road. Museum hours are Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call (989) 964-7125 or visit the Museum's website at www.marshallfredericks.org.