Cultural Reflections: Inuit Art from the Collections of the Dennos Museum Center
Inuit Art Exhibit Opens at the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum

An exhibition, "Cultural Reflections, Inuit Art from the Collections of the Dennos Museum Center," opens next week and will be on display February 2 through May 3 in the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum at Saginaw Valley State University. An opening reception will be held at the Museum from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2.

The Dennos Museum Center's collection of nearly 1,000 works of Inuit Art is believed to be one of the largest and most historically complete collections of Inuit sculpture and prints in the United States. This touring exhibition is drawn from the extensive collection of Inuit art held by the Center at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City. It features 23 stone sculptures and 28 prints by artists of the Canadian Arctic. The works reflect the traditional culture of Inuit people, including sections related to nomadic life, survival, arctic wildlife, and the spirit world.

Worldwide awareness of Inuit art has its beginnings with James Houston, noted artist, author and designer for Stueben Glass, who collected the small sculptures made by Canada's aboriginal (Inuit) peoples in the late 1940s. He brought the sculptures to southern Canada and had them sold to support the needs of the Inuit people.

"Cultural Reflections offers a wonderful opportunity to study another culture through its artistic expression," said Gene Jenneman, Dennos Museum Director.

Jenneman will give a gallery talk, "A History of Contemporary Inuit Art," at the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 5 p.m.

"The Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum is delighted to host this important exhibit," said Museum Director Marilyn Wheaton. "It's a show about another people, something Marshall Fredericks spent a lifetime doing: getting to know other cultures and other people."
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