Art in Public Places


May 7, 2017

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This annual event is hosted by the Saginaw Township Art In Public Places Committee.  This is a juried exhibition with cash prizes totaling approximately $4,000 underwritten by a variety of local, regional and statewide sponsors.  Registration was open to all Michigan artists, 18 years or older, working in all media, except photography and digital imagery.  
The Art Exhibit opened with a reception on Sunday, May 7th from 2 - 5 p.m. and will run through June 2nd.

The juror for this year’s Art in Public Places Annual Art Show is Diane Zeeuw, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University.  Diane is Chair of the MA in Visual and Critical Studies and the MFA/BFA Painting program at KCAD.  Her research has been presented at numerous national and international conferences including the Mediations Biennale, Poznan, Poland; theConference on the Image, Freie Universität, Berlin; and most recently at the Third International Interdisciplinary Conference, University of South Africa, Pretoria.  Additionally, Professor Zeeuw’s studio work has been exhibited at the Shanghai Meilidao International Art Institution, China; the New Arts Project in Pennsylvania; Gallery 33Contemporary, Zhou B Art Center in Chicago; and most recently in a one-person exhibition hosted by the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI.  Her studio work may also be found in the permanent collections of the Detroit Institute of Art; the Steelcase Corporation; The Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute; The Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences of Grand Valley State University, and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals.  Professor Zeeuw’s scholarly research has also been published in numerous peer review journals including most recently “Schizophrenia: A Journey Through Higher Education,” Thought and Action, The National Education Association Higher Education Journal, Volume 31, No. 2. (2016); and a “Case Study:The Development and Evolution of the Creative Arts Practice-led Ph.D. at the University of Melbourne, Victorian College of the Arts,” Leonardo Journal, MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, doi: 10.1162/LEON_a_01407 (2017).

2017 Award Winners

Artist of the Month - March

The Saginaw Charter Township Art In Public Places is proud to present Bill Brinker of Saginaw Township, Michigan, for the month of March.

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Bill Brinker is married with two children and one grandson.  He has lived in Michigan, mostly in the Saginaw area, all of his life.  Bill served four years in the U.S. Air Force spending one year in South Vietnam.

Bill was a 1968 graduate of Kendall School of Art and Design, majoring in Fine Arts and Illustration.  The advertising business is where Bill worked as an illustrator/designer for his entire career.  He worked in Saginaw and Midland for two firms, spending most of his time with Bradford/LaRiviere, Inc.  Later he free lanced as an illustrator/designer doing work for many Michigan based businesses.

Bill’s fine art career has paralleled his advertising career, developing watercolor, oil and pencil techniques in the process.  His work appears in many private collections and he has won numerous awards in art shows throughout Michigan.  Bill has taught watercolor classes out of his home for several years.

Bill’s art exhibit will be shown at the Saginaw Charter Township Hall, 4980 Shattuck Road, Saginaw, Michigan, during business hours Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 p.m., March 1 through April 27, 2017.

Brief History of Saginaw Township Art in Public Places

On September 12, 1986, by joint resolution of the Township Board an Art in Public Places Committee was established. The Committee functions primarily to: Advise the Township Board on art and culture-related issues, promotes the display of art in public buildings, organizes the Annual State of the Arts Exhibition and selects works of art to be permanently or temporarily displayed in facilities owned by Saginaw Township.

Former Saginaw Township Manager Robert C. Homan first investigated ways in which to promote art appreciation in Saginaw Township. The Township Board appointed a committee of seven individuals with various art backgrounds to organize activities and schedule displays. The original members; Bonnie Bellinger, Patricia Shaheen, Patricia Koucky, Luther Hale, Walter Nagel Jr., Rev. David Bracklein and Marian Tincknell held their first meeting on November 13, 1986. At that first meeting they discussed the possibility of showcasing a monthly art display at the Saginaw Township Hall. During the remainder of the year and the year following, the Committee organized an art show featuring Michigan artists and their works. This annual show is now referred to as the "Annual State of the Arts Exhibition".

The Committee appointed Bonnie Bellinger as Chairperson and through her and the Committee's hard work a successful arts appreciation program was established for Saginaw Township residents. Bonnie Bellinger retired as Chairperson in 1990, but her projects live on. In 2004 the Annual State of the Arts Exhibition dedicated the exhibition to Patricia Koucky who unexpectedly passed away earlier that year.

The Committee is now Chaired by Saginaw Township Manager Rob Grose.

Committee members include:

  • Judi Braun
  • Bob Lewis
  • Lindy Morley
  • Ursula Steckert
  • Marion Tincknell
  • Jim Kelly --Board of Trustees
  • Shirley Wazny --Clerk