From the Director


Let’s get ready for summer!

Whoever coined the phrase the “lazy days of summer” certainly wasn’t speaking of the Saginaw Art Museum. With June upon us, we are kicking things into high gear as we commence with the reinstallation of our permanent collection in the Ring home and the Vitito Vision Walk. Eleven newly designed galleries will feature select pieces, most freshly conserved, with accompanying text that will offer a splendid interpretation of each piece and the surrounding gallery space. You can expect to see Italian, Dutch, French, British, Asian influenced nature, sculpture, American, landscapes and Michigan artist galleries once reinstallation is complete. A walk through the Museum will be like traveling the world through art history, no passport required!

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On View


July 16 - September 6

Chalk Fest


Wednesday,  August 13 1-5pm

Free Festival, open to all ages! 

Create colorful art at the Museum with sidewalk chalk and compete for prizes! 

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Macy's Museum After Hours - Plein Air Painting

macysafterhours Thursday, August 14 6-8pm

Create your own plein air piece of art of the gardens and architecture of Saginaw! Visit the Museum and pick up a canvas or paper, create your piece and return it to the Museum to be on display this fall. 

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 Highlights from the Collection

jasper cropsey a summer afternoonA Summer Afternoon from the collection has recently been published in the catalogue raisonné of American painter Jasper Francis Cropsey (1823-1900), funded by Newington-Cropsey Foundation in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.

Cropsey brought to his panoramic vistas a precise recording of nature. The vastness and detail in his paintings, such as A Summer Afternoon, depicts a serene and sun-drenched harvest scene. The painting reveals both the grandeur and infinite complexity of nature.

JASPER FRANCIS CROPSEY, A Summer Afternoon, 1853, oil on canvas, 27 x 42 in. Gift of Thomas O. Lohr, MD & Francis Lohr, in memory of their parents, Dr. & Mrs. Oliver Lohr, #1998.3