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 Nancy Schlapman from Bay City, MI, for the month of December.


Antique wooden furniture has always been a passion of mine. Old, lovely wood, that was sometimes salvageable and sometimes not. I would collect various pieces to admire, refinish, and refurbish. I was especially drawn to antique chairs and one day I said to my 9 year old Granddaughter, “what does the arm of that broken chair look like to you?” She said, “An elbow” and repurposed wooden sculptures were born. As one can see from the wooden sculptures, the creations are made from discarded broken chairs, wooden bowls, bread boards, wooden spoons and forks and many other wooden odds and ends.

These wooden creations have been my main focus for the past year, but I have always considered myself an avocational artist. I took several art courses in college along with getting my bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in nursing. After which I practiced and taught nursing for my whole career. Over the years, I have been in various art shows and fairs in Wisconsin and Michigan and have won several awards. One of my acrylic paintings was purchased by a Wisconsin senator and it still hangs in the Washington D. C. capitol building.

Now retired, I can focus more on my artistic endeavors. I work in pen and ink, colored pencils, oil, watercolors, fabric and acrylics as well as making the wooden creations. I like to mix techniques and experiment with different media. This art display has given me a chance to showcase a variety of my art pieces. I am grateful to the Saginaw “Art in Public Places” Committee for this opportunity and hope you enjoy my work.

Nancy'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., December 1 through December 31, 2014.  The Township Offices will be closed December 24 - 26, 2014.