MCC-Maple Woods’ new art space named for retired faculty member

Jennie FrederickRetired MCC-Maple Woods faculty member Jennie Frederick was back on campus recently to talk about paper-making traditions with roots that lead back to Mexico. Her visit was part of Maple Woods’ celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Frederick explained the process to students and showed some of her own work.  She was influenced by her great-uncle S.J. Ray, editorial cartoonist for The Kansas City Star for more than 40 years.

Frederick, who spent more than 20 years building the MCC-Maple Woods art program, is the first featured artist at the new Maple Woods art gallery, in Room 205 of the Humanities Building. The gallery was officially christened the Jennie Frederick Art Gallery on First Friday, Oct. 2.

Work by Frederick will be on view there through Oct. 30 (open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays). Also, don’t miss a display of Mexican folk art in the Humanities Building, on loan from Frederick’s collection.

She was exposed to fabrics and textiles early in her life; both of her parents worked for the Nelly Don company in the Kansas City Garment District downtown for many years. Frederick has experience with the longstanding practices of Lacanha, Naha and San Pablito paper-making artists.

Fox 4’s Kerri Stowell was on the MCC-Maple Woods campus to cover Frederick’s presentation to students. Watch that here:

In an interview with Frederick published earlier this year in The Star, she talked about her art and her home.

More Hispanic Heritage Month events will take place over the next two weeks — see the flyer below for details.