Art in Public Places

Artist of the Month - January

The Saginaw Charter Township Art In Public Places is proud to present Jody McDonald Rider of Midland, Michigan, for the month of January.

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Artist's Statement
Capturing the light and shadow is everything to me.  Observing my subject or surroundings helps me understand the sculptural forms of the objects.  I transfer my thoughts or feelings of the subject into a drawing, but want to give the viewer just enough information to let them create their own story.


As a Kendal School of Design graduate of illustration, I enjoy working with graphite, charcoal on cardboard, pastels and acrylics.

Jody's art exhibit will be shown at the Saginaw Charter Township Hall, 4980 Shattuck Road, Saginaw, Michigan during business hours Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., January 2 through January 31, 2018.  The Offices are closed Monday, January 15, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.


SAGINAW TOWNSHIP 
ANNUAL STATE OF THE ARTS EXHIBITION

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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