Renowned regional artists will be hosted by the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum


The Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum will bring Michigan artists Austen Brantley and Ray Katz to Saginaw Valley State University and the community as part of a “Visiting Artist Series” March 14-19. The museum offers this free program as a way for students and the public to interact with and learn from award-winning artists.

During workshop hours, the general public will have the opportunity to visit and learn the process of making a sculpture. The two artists will share information about their careers as artists and lead hands-on workshops. Studio hours do not require reservations and are open to everyone. The days and times are as follows:

  • Ray Katz will guide visitors on how to create their own geometric foam sculpture 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 16
  • Austen Brantley will guide visitors through modeling a clay sculpture from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, March 17
  • Classes and groups are encouraged to schedule a free private tour by calling 989-964-7096 or emailing

Brantley is a figurative sculptor from (and based in) Detroit. He initially had little to no knowledge of his artistic abilities until he reached his freshman year at Berkley High School in 2011. He was inspired by his high school ceramics teacher who saw his potential to succeed. In 2013, after just two years of sculpting, Brantley began to receive local and national recognition for her designs and won a gold key with her portfolio in the national school competition. Learn more about Brantley and his art at

Katz was born and raised in Detroit where he attended Mumford High School. Immediately after high school he served four years in the US Air Force where he became interested in art. Upon returning from the military, he attended the Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts and Eastern Michigan University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Fine Arts. He continued his education at Wayne State University, where he received his Masters of Fine Arts in sculpture and drawing. He retired from teaching after 42 years as an art teacher at the Auburn Hills campus of Oakland Community College. Since the mid-1970s, he has been creating art in his studio in Pontiac. For more details on his art, visit the Katz website and watch the video “Ray Katz, American Sculptor” on Vimeo:

Both artists won awards/honorable mentions at the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum Regional Biennial Juried Sculpture Exhibition in 2021. Take a virtual tour of this exhibition and see more information about these two guest artists and their works on

This series of guest artists is supported by the Arts Midwest GIG Fund, an Arts Midwest program funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from Saginaw Valley State University’s Office of Academic Affairs.

The Marshall M. Fredericks Museum of Sculpture is located on the campus of Saginaw Valley State University, 7400 Bay Road, University Center. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Free entry. For more information, call 989-964-7125 or visit


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