Art in Public Places


The Saginaw Charter Township Art In Public Places is proud to present the State of the Arts Exhibition 2019.  This year’s annual event is hosted by the Saginaw Township Art In Public Places Committee.  This show is open to the public free of charge.  This is a juried exhibition with cash awards totaling $4,875.

The Art Juror for this year's Exhibition is Randal Crawford, Professor of Art at Delta College.  Randal holds a MFA in fibers from Cranbrook Academy of Art (1987) and a BFA in fibers from Philadelphia College of Art (1984).  He also attended the Graduate Studies Program at Banff Center School in Alberta, Canada (1985).  Professor Crawford continues his education through numerous national and international conferences, ENCA Clay Conference, Photoshop World’s, Design Educators Summits and most recently studied Encaustic Painting at The New York Studio School.   Randal has had numerous one-person shows throughout the nation.   His original and innovative art is a part of private, corporate, and institutional permanent collections such as Dow Corning Corporation, Hemlock Semi-Conductor, Palm Beach International Airport, Motorola International, Team One Credit Union, The Saginaw Art Museum, Temple Theatre and Northwood University.  Professor Crawford has given many academic presentations as a guest artist, keynote speaker or discussion leader.  

This year's State of the Arts Exhibition is underwritten by:  W.L. Case & Company; Bierlein Companies; Consumers Energy;  Rehmann; Morley Companies, Inc.; Spicer Group; Wolgast Corporation; Lifetime Family Care; Masud Labor Law Group; Mahlberg, Brandt, Gilbert & Thompson, PC; McDonald Pontiac/Cadillac GMC, Inc.; First State Bank; Brown & Brown Insurance; and Covenant Health Care Hospital.

The 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.,    April 7 through May 3, 2019.

2019 Award Winners

Award Winners 2019 - Copy (3)

2019 State of the Arts Exhibition Accepted Artists

2018-2019 Monthly Art Schedule

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
  • Barbara Day
  • Jim Kelly --Board of Trustees
  • Shirley Wazny --Clerk