Art in Public Places

2015 Juried Watermedia Art Exhibit 

 Saginaw Area Watermedia Artist 

Saginaw Charter Township’s “Art in Public Places” proudly presents the artwork by members of the Saginaw Area Watermedia Artists (SAWA).  The show will be on display Wednesday, July 1 through Thursday July 30 at Saginaw Charter Township Hall, 4980 Shattuck Road.  Exhibit hours are 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday (closed July 3rd). 

This year’s juried exhibit will feature the paintings of 23 SAWA artists.  More than 60 pieces of original artwork will be on display and for sale throughout the Township Hall.  The exhibit, which ranges from landscapes to portraits and abstracts, provides a wonderful variety of subject matter and styles.  This year’s juror is Andrew Rieder.  He is currently an Assistant Professor of Art and the coordinator for the Art program at Delta College, where he has been a full-time faculty member for the past 5 years.  His work has been featured in regional, national, and international exhibitions, and is part of multiple public and private collections.

The award winners for the 2015 exhibit are:  Janet Faerber, Bill Brinker, Janice Wegner, Leslie Tincknell, and Deanna Bergman all of Saginaw; D. Joanne Rummel of Midland and Stacie Rose of Birch Run.  Click here to see the award winning pieces. 

Saginaw Area Watermedia Artists is a non-profit organization composed of artists from the Saginaw and Mid-Michigan area.  They meet once a month at the Saginaw Art Museum for the purpose of learning about watermedia, growing in their artistic endeavors, socializing and offering fine art to the community.  As part of SAWA’s mission to encourage a love of the arts, each year a donation is given to a local school or organization that provides art education, for much needed art supplies.  If you are interested in watermedia and would like to find out more about the group, please contact SAWA President, Stacie Rose at 989-239-4445.  You can also find SAWA at and on Facebook. 


Saginaw Township State of the Arts Exhibition 2015 - Awards 

This year’s State of the Arts Exhibition was a huge success! There were 86 registered artists who entered a total of 162 pieces.  This year’s Art Juror,  Vicki Frappier, the current jury/curator at Fandangles, and the Flint Institute of Arts Sales and Rental Gallery, selected 118 pieces into the show. 

The Saginaw Charter Township Art In Public Places is proud to announce the winners of the State of the Arts Exhibition 2015. To see the winning entries, click on the link below:

Saginaw Township State of the Arts Exhibition 2015 Awards
Congratulations to all of these artists, and thank you to all who helped make this year's exhibition such a success!  

Click to view the schedule for the One Artist Shows 2015-2016.

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
  • David & Connie Homan
  • Bob Lewis
  • Lindy Morley
  • Chris & Amelia Reer
  • Marion Tincknell
  • Mari Zimmerman Thompson
  • Jim Kelly --Board of Trustees
  • Shirley Wazny --Clerk