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 Deidre Wingelaar from Wyoming, MI, for the month of October.


I am a member of the International Society of Experimental Artists. My work is considered experimental because I like to play. I find facing a plain sheet of paper daunting, so I mess it up first by some method I am interested in at the time.  One of the methods I have been most interested in is, Ice Painting. I remember when I was young, I would wake up in the winter and see what Jack Frost painted on my window. Ice painting is like that. I take a cookie sheet out into the snow and put the paper in, a little bit of water, then acrylic ink and let it freeze overnight. In the morning I put it in the garage to let it melt. When it is melted, I dump the water into the snow (I have very colorful snowbanks). Then I take it into the house to dry.  Some of the ice paintings I leave as they are (because they are just too beautiful), but some of them speak to me to become something else.  Then they become whatever they speak to me to be.

I hope you enjoy!

Deidre’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 1 through October 30, 2014.  Closing early 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 3, due to the Heritage Homecoming Parade at 4:30 p.m.