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Art in Public Places

Artist of the Month - March

Carol Zahn edit

Saginaw Charter Township Art in Public Places is proud to present Carol Zahn of Midland, MI as the Artist of the Month for March.

Artist Bio

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Central Michigan University, Human Resources Management, 1993
Toledo Hospital School of Radiologic Technology, R.T., 1984
Midland Center for the Arts - Studio School
Intermediate Water Media 2014, 2015 Pat Smith
Advanced Acrylic, Michelle Courier, Ruth Howell, Sylvia Coon 2016-present
Advanced Critique, Steven Parkhurst 2018, 2019
Art Talk with Armin Mersmann 2020
Oil Pastel Workshop with Jack Brumbaugh, Maryland, 2014
Full Spectrum of Colored Pencil Workshop at MCFTA with Dean Rogers, May 2014
Introduction to Professional Practices for the Artist with Armin Mersmann, MCFTA, May 2014

Exhibits and Competitions
First United Methodist Church Art of Sharing Exhibit, Midland, MI:  2013 - present

Midland Artist Guild Juried Show, Midland, MI:  2014 - 2018, “Award of Excellence” for I go to the Lake…2018
Midland Artist Guild, Midland, MI:   2015 - 2019 Various solo and shared exhibits throughout the area at local businesses, Vice President 2015-2016, Venue Assistant 2015-2017
Saginaw Township Annual State of the Arts Juried Exhibition, Saginaw MI:  2014, 2016, 2019, Lifetime Family Care Purchase Award for Mineral Series I 2019
Midland Center for the Arts Student/Faculty Show, Midland, MI:  2014, 2016, 2018, 2019
Northwood University Show through the Midland Artist Guild, Midland, MI:  2014, 2015, 2017, 2018
515 Gallery, Clare, MI:  group show 2015
Art Walk Central Juried Show, Mt. Pleasant, MI:  2019

Artist Statement
My passion for art began at an early age, starting in grade school when I became the go-to kid for any project requiring artistic talent.  Art became my identity during my teen years.  I was fortunate enough to have parents that encouraged my passion through lessons in various media at the Toledo Art Museum and countless private painting lessons.  Even during my 20-year sabbatical to raise my 3 young boys, my interest in the fine arts continued to grow.  From sneaking out in evenings to learn how to “throw” on a pottery wheel to convincing my active young boys (and husband) that a tour of the Sistine Chapel would enrich their lives in ways they could not imagine, I continued to actively explore and observe art in many forms.

My medium is acrylic paint.  It fulfills my need to portray my subjects with rich, vibrant color.  I straddle the realism/impressionism line in my work.  I want my subjects to be recognizable but still be my interpretation of what I see.  My subjects are of nature, the landscapes of places I have lived or traveled.  This organic beauty is abstract and realistic at the same time which adds to my curiosity and interest in it.  The colors, shapes, light and shadows intrigue me and urge me to communicate what I am seeing with brush and paint.  I am in awe of the beauty that surrounds us in the world in which we live.  To me this beauty is a reaffirmation of a higher power and plan.  My hope is to bring a sense of wonder to my audience.

Carol's 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., now through March 31st. 

2019 - 2020 Monthly Art Schedule

2019 Award Winners

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
  • Barbara Day
  • Karen Gerhardt
  • Jim Kelly --Board of Trustees
  • Shirley Wazny --Clerk