Art in Public Places

Artist of the Month - September

The Saginaw Charter Township Art In Public Places is proud to present Matthew Krease of Saginaw, MI for the month of September.

I was born in Saginaw, MI.  I have had a love for art since I was a child, always drawing and painting.  I attended The College for Creative Studies and graduated with a B.F.A. in Illustration.  After graduating I moved back to Saginaw where I currently live with my wife and six children.  My favorite medium to use is oil paints on a wood surface.  My artwork has gone through many evolutions, until I found a style that, I feel completely, tells who I am.  I have also written and illustrated two children’s books titled How Did Lucy Grow Such an Amazing Flower, and Together We Can Do Anything.

When I paint, I like to tell a story.  It can be a story about love, loss, fear, or a playful scene.  I feel as though I create a story for myself through the imagery, and then leave it up to the viewer to create their own story from the artwork.  There is a lot of reoccurring imagery in my paintings, but most frequently seen is the use of rabbits and a shadowy monster-like figure.  These images represent something pure with the rabbits, and something untrusting with the monster-like figure.  I like to have these opposites collide with one another in my work, to evoke emotion.  For me a rabbit is something pure and innocent, making the viewer feel safe, while what lurks in the shadows might make one feel a little uneasy.  This shadowy figure can represent danger, a fear, or a feeling of insecurity.  In the end, what I hope to achieve is a narrative created by the individual viewer.  There is no right or wrong answer to what my paintings mean, I have my own personal meaning, and the viewer should have theirs.

Matthew’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., September 1 through September 29, 2017.  Offices will be closed Labor Day.


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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