Art in Public Places


September Artist of the Month - Susan McGuire

susan McGuire


I dabbled in all medias while earning an art major and art teaching degree from Alma College.  Since 1984, I have worked in a Commercial Print Shop, as manager and designer.  In my spare time I paint mostly in watercolor and pastels.  I also teach children’s' art classes and adult beginning watercolor at the Shiawassee Art Center in Owosso. 

I am inspired by nature and intrigued by people.  My art has a recognizable subject that I am excited about sharing or that moves me.  Creating art is never boring.  It is an ongoing learning process.  There is always a new approach or idea to experiment with.  Art is good for my well-being.  It satisfies the yearning to get my mind working and my fingers dirty, and if I end up with a work on public display or sold - that's a huge bonus. 

Susan’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., September 1 through September 30, 2015.

susan mcguire

Saginaw Township State of the Arts Exhibition 2015 - Awards

This year’s State of the Arts Exhibition was a huge success! There were 86 registered artists who entered a total of 162 pieces.  This year’s Art Juror,  Vicki Frappier, the current jury/curator at Fandangles, and the Flint Institute of Arts Sales and Rental Gallery, selected 118 pieces into the show. 

The Saginaw Charter Township Art In Public Places is proud to announce the winners of the State of the Arts Exhibition 2015. To see the winning entries, click on the link below:

Saginaw Township State of the Arts Exhibition 2015 Awards
Congratulations to all of these artists, and thank you to all who helped make this year's exhibition such a success!  

Click to view the schedule for the One Artist Shows 2015-2016.

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