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The Saginaw Charter Township Art In Public Places is proud to present Jan Wegner of Saginaw, Michigan, for the month of October.

Jan Wegner, a Michigan resident and artist.  I was born and raised in Bay City.  During my formative years, I realized that I had an aptitude and desire to express myself through visual art.  Following my high school graduation, I continued my education to receive degrees in art and art education.

An Associate Degree was attained from Delta College.  A Bachelor of Science Degree from Western Michigan University.  Here I had a major and minor in art with an education degree in K-12 Art Education.  Later I earned a Master’s Degree in Art from Central Michigan University.

My adult years were spent in Saginaw.  I was an art teacher in the Saginaw Public Schools until my retirement following 30 years of teaching art education.

I am working primarily with acrylic paints on canvas.  Frequently I will incorporate a variety of paints and mediums into my paintings.  Most of my work is based on realism in life and nature.  My abstract canvases combine organic and geometric shapes.

I have participated in juried and non-juried shows in the area.  My art work has been displayed at Delta College, Western Michigan University, Central Michigan University, Northwood Institute, Grace A. Dow Memorial Library, Midland Center for the arts, Creative 360 in Midland, The Saginaw Art Museum, Saginaw Township Offices, The Andersen Enrichment Center in Saginaw, Studio 23 in Bay City, and Greater Michigan Art Exhibition.

“My art usually begins with an image from nature.  Then that image is visually transformed with the intent of showing a new perspective.

I frequently mix two views:  real verses abstract, nature made verses man made.  This creates a feeling of mystery and tension.  A sense of movement is a frequent visual element.

Most of my paintings consist of mixed mediums on canvas.  I use watercolor and acrylic paints along with a variety of mediums and techniques to create textured surfaces.

I would describe most of my paintings as Abstracted Realism.”


Jan’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., October 3 through October 31, 2016.

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!

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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