Over 200 Mail Art pieces are for sale
The Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum at Saginaw Valley State University is launching a new and creative fundraiser “Make Art. Mail Art. Support Art.” now open online from Dec. 1–15.
This year you can support the museum by purchasing a one-of-a-kind art piece to keep for yourself or give as a gift during the holiday season. Over 200 Mail Art pieces are for sale online for only $50 each with all the proceeds going to support the preservation, education and exhibitions work at the museum. All the works for sale are 5 x 7 inches, the perfect size for sending through the mail, and feature a variety of media created by artists and creatives (of all ages), from Michigan and beyond!
“This year has brought new challenges to the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum,” says Megan McAdow, director of the museum, “but we have been facing those challenges in fun and creative ways to better serve our community. The concept of Mail Art has been documented back to the 1950s and has been used throughout the decades for artists and creatives to share their work without having to travel or meet in person. This practice is the perfect fit for these times of a pandemic.”
Artists from as nearby as Saginaw and from as far away as Ireland have created and donated their artwork to help raise funds for the museum. Each artwork is one-of-a-kind, so those interested are encouraged to select and complete the checkout process on their favorite pieces before they are gone.
The museum is also taking general donations of any dollar amount – you can even designate the gift in someone’s honor or as a holiday gift to a loved one. Thanks to the CARES Act of March 2020 taxpayers may be eligible to take a charitable deduction of up to $300, avoid requirements for a minimum distribution (RMDs) for the tax year, and apply 100% of their cash gifts against adjusted gross income.
To purchase Mail Art and for more information, visit MarshallFredericks.org/mailart. General donations can be made online at MarshallFredericks.org/support/donor, by calling 989-964-7154, or by sending a check in the mail. The museum thanks the community in advance for supporting this unique museum.
Although the museum has been temporarily closed since mid-March due to the pandemic, the museum has continued its mission through online exhibitions, artist talks, opening receptions, virtual tours, and fun art activities in addition to creating and delivering over 4,500 Art at Home activity kits to community youth and Midland-area flood victims during the pandemic. In the midst of uncertainty, the museum has been working hard to provide future virtual exhibitions and programs for the community to take part in from the comfort of one’s own home.
The Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum is located on the campus of Saginaw Valley State University, 7400 Bay Road, University Center. For more information, call 989-964-7125 or visit www.marshallfredericks.org.
— Processed by Victoria Ritter, [email protected]