Art in Public Places


A 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


Art Schedule 2014 - 2015 


The Saginaw Charter Township Art In Public Places is proud to present Thomas Tomasek from Saginaw, MI, for the month of February.


Tom Tomasek, a pastel artist with a focus on landscapes who has exhibited and taught workshops throughout Michigan.  Work has been exhibited at the Saginaw Art Museum, The Muskegon Museum of Art, The Dennos Museum, Traverse City and at the Michigan Governor's Residence, Lansing.  The most recent workshop conducted was for adult participants at Interlochen, Center for the Arts.

In September 2014, Tom's work was selected to participate in an art exchange program with Michigan's Sister State, Shiga, Japan.  Three Michigan artists traveled to Japan for 2 weeks and had their work exhibited at 2 galleries.  The artists met the Governor of Shiga Prefecture and traveled to Kyoto, the Miho Museum and spent time touring Lake Biwa, which is Japan's largest freshwater lake.

Tom’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., February 2 through February 27, 2015.  The Township Offices will be closed February 16, 2015.