Art in Public Places



APRIL 22, 2018

Entry forms for the 2018 edition of the annual Saginaw Township State of the Arts Exhibition are now available. 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 is open to all Michigan artists, 18 years or older, working in all media, except photography and digital imagery. The registration deadline is April 6, 2018, post marked the deadline date. Artists must submit their art work for jurying on Friday, April 13th or Saturday, April 14th (12-5 pm), or earlier by appointment. The Art Exhibit will commence on April 22nd with the Exhibition to run through May 25th.

The juror for this year’s Art in Public Places Annual Art Show is Adam D. DeKraker, Professor of Photography, and has been a faculty member at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University for fourteen years where he teaches courses in the graduate and undergraduate photography programs. He also serves as the President of the Kendall Faculty Association, an affiliate of the Michigan Education Association. Adam holds a MFA degree from Indiana University, Bloomington (2003) and a BFA degree from Western Michigan University (1998). He has also served as a summer faculty member for the Cape Cod Photography Workshops in North Eastham, MA, and acted as a MFA advisor to the graduate program at The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. Adam has juried numerous local, regional and statewide art exhibitions, worked as a manuscript reviewer for Elsevier Publishing Company, Focal Press, Bloomsbury Publishing and AVA Academia, and is an active member of the Society for Photographic Education. His work has been featured in numerous regional, state and national exhibitions.
All artists and friends of artists are invited to contact the Township Manager's Office at Saginaw Charter Township Offices, (989) 791-9800, to request a Call for Entry, include your name and address, and an entry form will be mailed to you, or click here to print an entry form.

Artist of the Month - March

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

Ms. Newcom is a self-taught artist from Corunna, Michigan.  I am a retired fourth grade teacher who always had a love for art.  Upon retirement in 2000 from teaching, I totally dive into art…taking many workshops, working at an Art Center, joining artist guilds and by reading books/watching videos by many artists…but mainly observing art and talking to artists about their work.  I love to try many different types of media…from watercolor/acrylics, pen and ink, yupo, canvas, fabric.  But most of all I love color, the brighter the better…along with details, the more the merrier.  As in life, often finding and not knowing when to Stop!  I like my art to put a smile on people’s faces and tend to be more whimsical than realistic.

Susan’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 March 29, 2018. 

Seeking New Committee Members
The Art in Public Places Committee has two vacancies.  The Committee consists of no less than seven members.  Members are appointed by the Supervisor with Township Board approval.  Two members of the Township Board shall be Art Committee members.  Terms are for two years effective February 27, 2016.

The Committee will meet at least twice annually and report annually to the Township Board concerning its activities and recommendations.  They will be given authority to devise criteria and procedures for determining which paintings or other works of art might be displayed in Township buildings, and decide which pieces shall be displayed.  The Committee will attempt to broaden and expand the scope of art and cultural activities promotion within Township government and within its limited resources, as well as within other public organizations serving Saginaw Township citizens.  No funds shall be committed or spent in these activities without the specific approval of the Township Board.  

The Art in Public Places Committee was established effective September 12, 1986 for the purposes of advising the Township Board on art and culture-related issues, promoting the display of art in public buildings, and selecting works of art to be permanently or temporarily displayed in facilities owned by Saginaw Township.

The Board of Trustees of Saginaw Township recognizes that there arise from time to time issues concerning the promotion and support of various forms of artistic expression upon which the Board is required to deliberate and act.  The Board desires to receive advice and counsel from citizens who have demonstrated a strong interest in art and are recognized as being competent to discern quality and talent in one or more of the fine arts.  The Board also desires to create an appropriate means by which art may be exhibited in buildings or premises under its control. 

If you or someone you know is interested, please fill out the Statement of Intent and bring it to the Saginaw Township Manager's Office.  If you have any questions, please contact (989) 791-9800.


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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:

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