Art in Public Places

Saginaw Township Annual State of the Arts Exhibition

April 22 - May 25, 2018
Time: 02:00 PM To 05:00 PM
Region: Saginaw
Location: Saginaw Township Hall, 4980 Shattuck Rd.
Contact: Lynn Butler
Phone: 989-791-9800

Annual Event - mixed media statewide competition - juried art show

The Saginaw Township State of The Arts 2018 Art Exhibition Reception & Awards presentation is Sunday April 22, 2-5pm (awards at 3pm). This is a juried exhibition of Michigan Artists with cash prizes and awards.

Monday through Friday 8am-5pm. Closed on weekends. Admission is Free!

Artist of the Month - February
The Saginaw Charter Township Art In Public Places is proud to present Rich Tesner of Flushing, Michigan, for the month of February.

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As an artist, I paint images that stimulate my curiosity about the world around me. I am constantly looking for different ways to perceive nature, which ultimately affects my ability to translate it into a work of art. I enjoy painting en plein air (outside), but I prefer the solace of working in my studio where I am not affected by the weather, the changing light, or the occasional stray dog.
I enjoy working in either oil or acrylic paint. My painting technique tends to fall somewhere between impressionism and photorealism. I use brush strokes that are intended to create texture and movement, when viewed up close, but when viewed at a distance, the strokes blend together to create a smooth transition from one color to another.

To put it simply…I like my paintings to look “painterly.”

Rich’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., February 5 through February 28, 2018. The Offices are closed for President’s Day, February 19, all day.

Seeking New Committee Members

The Art in Public Places Committee has two vacancies.  The Committee consists of no less than seven members.  Members are appointed by the Supervisor with Township Board approval.  Two members of the Township Board shall be Art Committee members.  Terms are for two years effective February 27, 2016.

The Committee will meet at least twice annually and report annually to the Township Board concerning its activities and recommendations.  They will be given authority to devise criteria and procedures for determining which paintings or other works of art might be displayed in Township buildings, and decide which pieces shall be displayed.  The Committee will attempt to broaden and expand the scope of art and cultural activities promotion within Township government and within its limited resources, as well as within other public organizations serving Saginaw Township citizens.  No funds shall be committed or spent in these activities without the specific approval of the Township Board.  

The Art in Public Places Committee was established effective September 12, 1986 for the purposes of advising the Township Board on art and culture-related issues, promoting the display of art in public buildings, and selecting works of art to be permanently or temporarily displayed in facilities owned by Saginaw Township.

The Board of Trustees of Saginaw Township recognizes that there arise from time to time issues concerning the promotion and support of various forms of artistic expression upon which the Board is required to deliberate and act.  The Board desires to receive advice and counsel from citizens who have demonstrated a strong interest in art and are recognized as being competent to discern quality and talent in one or more of the fine arts.  The Board also desires to create an appropriate means by which art may be exhibited in buildings or premises under its control. 

If you or someone you know is interested, please fill out the Statement of Intent and bring it to the Saginaw Township Manager's Office.  If you have any questions, please contact (989) 791-9800.


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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:

  • Bob Lewis
  • Lindy Morley
  • Ursula Steckert
  • Marion Tincknell
  • Jim Kelly --Board of Trustees
  • Shirley Wazny --Clerk