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 Julia Rohde from Saginaw, MI, for the month of August.


Art transforms an inspirational idea or moment into a physical design.  It solidifies the intangible and tries to share it with others.
My fine art tends to focus on the things that attract or inspire me.  It's truly a self-journey in many ways.  Most recently, I've been experimenting with more and more textures and abstract design, though I usually add a realistic twist.  I've worked with many mediums...acrylics, graphite pencil, oils and most recently, watercolor and texture.  I love bold, vivid colors and always seem to be trying difficult and impossible subjects.
Experimental painting often conjures up images of bizarre and exotic materials applied with weird implements in crazy ways.  And yes, that can be part of the process, but it can also include subtle experimentation in gradual increments and a wonderful step-by-step method of problem solving.  I find that there is nothing so satisfying as overcoming perceived difficulties.  Incorporating textures into my art has led me into realms of creativity that I never would have imagined without them.  it can be exciting, productive and gratifying to produce something truly unique.
I used to think that good artists could see the completed image in their minds before they even started, but as I've explored my own art, I've discovered that's often not the case.  Some projects do start with an idea.  However, many times the end result evolves away into something different.  (Sometimes completely different!)  The creative process is usually just that, a process.  Ideas built bit by bit, sometimes in a flood of inspiration, sometimes over a longer period of time and they are never born in a vacuum.  Every detail of the world can be fuel for our imaginations to experiment with... All you need is a starting point.

Julia'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., August 1 through August 29, 2014.