Art in Public Places

Saginaw Township State of the Arts Exhibition 2016

The annual Saginaw Township State of the Arts Exhibition 2016 was held on Sunday, April 24. This annual event was hosted by the Saginaw Township Art In Public Places Committee.  This juried Art Exhibit was open to all Michigan artists, 18 years or older, working in all media, except photography and digital imagery.  Cash prizes totaling approximately $4,575 were underwritten by a variety of local, regional and statewide sponsors.  This year's Best of Show was awarded to Candice Grieve of Clinton Township.  Congratulations to Candice and all of the award winners!  Click here to see all of the award winning pieces!

Award Winners 2016 - Copy (2)

About the Juror
The juror for this year’s Art in Public Places Annual Art Show is Jay Constantine, born in Cleveland, Ohio.  He received a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and an MFA from Northern Illinois University. After briefly living in Chicago Jay moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan to take a full time teaching position at Kendall College of Art and Design. As a full professor of painting, he has taught at Kendall for 33 years. He was chair of the Kendall Fine Art Program and the Painting Program for a decade. As chair, Jay was instrumental in creating the undergraduate painting major and the MFA in Painting.

Recently, Professor Constantine has shown at Brenda Taylor Gallery in the Chelsea Gallery district in New York and at Woodward Gallery in New York City. The show at Woodward Gallery was reviewed in artlog and artbeat. Also, his work was reproduced in the fall 2012 Direct Art Magazine vol. 19 published by Barnes and Noble.

Professor Constantine has received grants from Arts Midwest/Regional NEA, Art Serve Michigan, the Michigan Council for the Arts, the Arts Foundation of Michigan and served as an Artist-in-Residence at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art. Jay is also included in the NEA Artist Fellowship Archive at the Smithsonian Institute. He has had solo shows at many museums, art centers, alternative spaces and commercial galleries. His work is included in public collections such as the Grand Valley State University permanent collection, the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Kalamazoo Institute of Art and Pratt Graphics Center as well as private collections.

This year's art exhibit will be held in the Saginaw Township Hall April 24th through May 27th during regular business hours, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.  The public is welcome.

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
  • Ursula Steckert
  • Marion Tincknell
  • Jim Kelly --Board of Trustees
  • Shirley Wazny --Clerk