Art in Public Places

Art Show Awards 2014

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
  • Ron Lee
  • Lindy Morley
  • Chris & Amelia Reer
  • Marion Tincknell
  • Martha Triantafillou
  • 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 Gregg Laatsch from Saginaw, MI, for the month of January.


Laatsch’s work relates mostly to economic and global issues using imagery, and mixed mediums, from graphite to scrap wood.  His work speaks to the philosophy/psychology of the observers, hopefully motivating them to take action.  One of the biggest influences on his life and work will always be his late brother Gary.  “Gary was a great person and a great artist!  If I could be only a fraction like him, I would have fulfilled one of my lifetime goals.”

Gregg grew up in Saginaw Township, received his B.S. from Oakland University in education.  He taught High School Art for several years before starting up an online business.  He has now moved back to the Township hand has more time to dedicate to his art work.  All the works for this show were made in 2014 and only two have been shown before.

Gregg’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., January 2 through January 30, 2015.  The Township Offices will be closed January 19, 2015.