Mary Soper Pope Memorial Award [Plaster]

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Title

Mary Soper Pope Memorial Award [Plaster]

Description

MARY SOPER POPE MEMORIAL AWARD MEDALLION, 1946
Plaster original

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall M. Fredericks
Reverse of medallion - Tulip-like plant forms with a chameleon
1991.099
Obverse of medallion - Mother and child
1991.100

In 1946, the Trustees of the Cranbrook Institute of Science announced the foundation of the Mary Soper Pope Medal to be granted annually for exceptionally meritorious work in the plant sciences. It commemorates Mary Soper Pope, wife of founding Board of Trustee member Gustavus D. Pope. Mary was a friend of the Institute and loved gardening.

The face of the medal shows an inscription, "Mary Soper Pope Memorial Award Cranbrook Institute of Science," with bas-relief of a kneeling woman teaching a child about a seedling. The reverse shows a bas-relief tulip design.

An image of the medallion can be seen on page 218 of the book, Marshall M. Fredericks, Sculptor.
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Creator

Fredericks, Marshall M., 1908-1998

Date

1946

Rights

Use of this image requires permission from the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum

Type

sculpture

Coverage

University Center (Mich.)

Sculpture Item Type Metadata

Physical Dimensions

31" dia

Materials

Plaster

Catalog Number

1991.099

Object Location

Main Exhibit Gallery

Provenance

12/11/2001 gifted to MFSM

Notes

MF, Sculptor copy:
Face: Inscription, "Mary Soper Pope Memorial Award Cranbrook Institute of Science," with bas-relief of a kneeling woman teaching child about a seedling
Reverse: Bas-relief tulip design
Annual award created for exceptionally meritorious work in the plant sciences.

Molly Barth copy:
The next medallion is The Mary Soper Pope Medallion. That was made for the Cranbrook Science Institute. On the reverse of the medallion are the tulip-like flowers with the little chameleon wrapping himself around the flowers. On the obverse, the front of the medallion, are a mother and child planting flowers. These medallions are made this size initially and then they are reduced in size to three inches in diameter or an inch and a half. They are usually struck [define struck] in gold, silver, or bronze. The display case to the left shows how a medallion is made. As I mentioned earlier, Fredericks wanted this to be a teaching facility, so he set up these display cases, each one on a different process.

Files

1991.099.jpg
1991.100.jpg

Citation

Fredericks, Marshall M., 1908-1998, “Mary Soper Pope Memorial Award [Plaster],” Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum, accessed May 23, 2024, https://omeka.svsu.edu/items/show/5143.