Artist of the Month
The Saginaw Charter Township Art In Public Places is proud to present Karen Gerhardt of Saginaw, Michigan, for the month of June.
Karen Gerhardt has been an artist since before the age of 5. She was lucky to have parents and teachers early on who encouraged her to be creative! She would often get her school work done early and her first grade teacher allowed her to access classroom art supplies to draw and paint to her heart's desire! At the end of the school year the teacher held a one-person show with her work! Later on, in fourth grade, the teacher let her lead a few of the classrooms in some art projects throughout the year! While Karen was interested in many things in school - teaching, music, journalism, math and science -- she always went back to her love of art. After considering a degree in Engineering at Michigan Technological University, Karen decided to study graphic design and art.
Karen has been a graphic designer and illustrator for over 25 years. This work helped her express her creativity in a number of ways that has also helped area businesses and organization promote their services or communicate about a cause. She loves to create pieces by hand with traditional materials, but also enjoys creating digital art on a computer. Karen is looking forward to the time when she can draw, paint or sculpt just about every day.
Karen’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., June 1 through June 30, 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!
Brief History of Saginaw Township Art in Public PlacesOn 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