From the Director



Happy New Year from all of us at the Saginaw Art Museum! is time again for New Year's resolutions. I must confess...I am not much of a resolution person. I resolve not to make any resolutions, as most are not kept anyway! However, I will set goals and celebrate every step toward achieving them!


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 On View



Gabriella by Armin Mersmann 

January 6, 2015 - February 28, 2015

Armin Mersmann is an Artist in Residence and Art School Manager at the Midland Center for the Arts. He has shown his work in more than 150 exhibitions regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Gabriella is Mersmann's entry in the 2014 ArtPrize competition. Gabriella took 4th place in the 2D category. ArtPrize 2014 included 1,536 entries and 398,714 votes casted. 

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Book Club

February's Book: Life - A User's Manual by Georges Perec

Discuss the book and enjoy coffee with lead docent Eric Birkle

Tuesday, February 10 at 10am

See more upcoming books here!

Adopt a Work of Art

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The Adopt a Work of Art program is an opportunity for individuals and businesses to Take Part in the Art through the sponsored support of objects in the Saginaw art Museum’s collection. Adoption of a piece can be a truly unique, meaningful and ongoing way to recognize friends, family and business associates, while at the same time supporting the Museum.

Learn more and see available pieces for adoption here.


Highlights from the Collection

mercedGilbert MungerMerced River in the Yosemite Valley, 1876

Merced River in the Yosemite Valley, painted by Gilbert Munger in 1876, is one of the most striking selections from SAM’s collection of American Romantic Landscape paintings. Stylistically, this work belongs to the Hudson River School – a mid-19th century American art movement that focused on the romantic idea of nature and encouraged a positive relationship between man and the natural world. This ideology evolved during a time when the political borders of the United States were ever-expanding thanks to the realization of “manifest destiny.” As the American west was largely uncharted territory until this point in history, new images (such as this one) that reflected majestic natural phenomenon proved extremely popular for art collectors back east. Adhering to the romanticized or idealized perception of nature, Merced River in the Yosemite Valley, although based on a real location, is indeed a compilation of various sites seamlessly morphed into one setting by the artist and his imagination.