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 David Janssen, Jr. from Saginaw, MI, for the month of September.

David Janssen, Jr. hails from Cass City, Michigan. He has lived in Saginaw the past 5 years while attending Saginaw Valley State University. He is currently in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program, his concentration being Drawing and Painting. He will be graduating this winter with aspirations to continue his work at the graduate level. Along with exhibiting his work in the great lakes bay region, he has just recently been chosen to represent Saginaw Valley State University at the 2014 Arts in the House Exhibit, two of his paintings will be on display in Lansing at the Anderson House Office Building for a year. One student artist from each of the public universities was chosen. "I have always actively looked for a way to make similarities in images, shapes, colors and patterns that are, on first glance, unrelated. This can best be seen in my photo collages and my current series of paintings that are highly inspired by the female form" says Janssen. When asked about his work, Janssen explained "the female form has been a constant theme in art history and I wanted to create something that is both enjoyable and challenging to look at, something I have never seen before." Selected works from Janssen's Women series will be on display at the Saginaw Township Hall this September. For more info about the artist or his work you can contact him directly at

David'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 2 through September 30, 2014.