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Art in Public Places


APRIL 7, 2019

Entry forms for the 2019 edition of the annual Saginaw Township State of the Arts Exhibition are now available.  This annual event is hosted by the Saginaw Township Art In Public Places Committee.  This is a juried exhibition with cash prizes totaling approximately $4,000 underwritten by a variety of local, regional and statewide sponsors.  Registration is open to all Michigan artists, 18 years or older, working in all media, except photography and digital imagery.  The registration deadline is March 22, 2019, post marked the deadline date.  Artists must submit their art work for jurying on Friday, March 29th or Saturday, March 30th(12-5 pm), or earlier by appointment. The Art Exhibit will commence on April 7th with the Exhibition to run through May 3rd.

The Art Juror for this year’s Art Show 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.   

To request a Call for Entry, click here or contact the Township Manager's Office at Saginaw Charter Township Offices, (989) 791-9800, include your name and address, and an entry form will be mailed to you. 


The Saginaw Charter Township Art In Public Places is proud to present Jody McDonald Rider of Midland, MI for the month of February. 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., through February 28, 2019.

best of show 2018

Artist's Statement
I have been having fun working on cardboard recently and capturing the light and shadow is everything to me. Observing my subject or surroundings helps me understand the sculptural forms of the objects, then 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 Kendall School of Design graduate of illustration, I enjoy working with graphite, charcoal, pastels and acrylics.

2018-2019 Monthly Art Schedule

2018 Award Winners

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