Art in Public Places

Saginaw Area Watermedia Artists Art Exhibition 2016

The Saginaw Charter Township Art in Public Places is proud to present the Saginaw Area Watermedia Artists (SAWA) Art Show 2016.


SAWA was formed in the mid-nineties for the purpose of meeting with other artists and encouraging the use of watermedia, which includes transparent watercolor, acrylic, gouache, casein, and inks.

SAWA meets on the third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m., September through May at the Saginaw Art Museum.  Meetings include demonstrations, art updates and sharing of work.  During the summer months, they have plein air painting outings for members. 

For more information on upcoming meetings or any SAWA events, please visit them on Facebook, or contact the SAWA president, Stacie Rose, at (989) 239-4445. 

The SAWA Art Exhibit will be on display at Saginaw Township Hall July 1 - July 29 during regular business hours, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Saginaw Township State of the Arts Exhibition 2016

The annual Saginaw Township State of the Arts Exhibition 2016 was held on Sunday, April 24. This annual event was hosted by the Saginaw Township Art In Public Places Committee.  This juried Art Exhibit was open to all Michigan artists, 18 years or older, working in all media, except photography and digital imagery.  Cash prizes totaling approximately $4,575 were underwritten by a variety of local, regional and statewide sponsors.  This year's Best of Show was awarded to Candice Grieve of Clinton Township.  Congratulations to Candice and all of the award winners!  Click here to see all of the award winning pieces!



Award Winners 2016 - Copy (2)



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
  • Ursula Steckert
  • Marion Tincknell
  • Jim Kelly --Board of Trustees
  • Shirley Wazny --Clerk