From the Director



Far be it for me to speak to the science of global warming…but right about now I’d more than welcome it, and I bet you would too!  Enough already of winter.  Really???

One thing you can count on…is that it is always warm inside at the Saginaw Art Museum!  Having kicked off March with our 12th annual Cheeseburgers In Margaritaville we set the tone for balmy, tropical breezes and sunshine.  Hopefully it will bring it on!

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On View

Strolling Through Paris Circa 1890


March 13 - June 6, 2015

Graphic Arts Gallery

Photos from the Permanent Collection

Strolling through Paris ca. 1890 is designed as an exploratory stroll through France’s capital city just before the turn of the 20th century. The 25 photographs that are on display all hail from the Saginaw Art Museum’s permanent collection and are arranged in order as if one were walking through the streets – enjoy Paris! 


Book Club

May's Book:

Masterful Marks: Cartoonists Who Changed the World by Monte Beauchamp

Discuss the book and enjoy coffee with lead docent Eric Birkle

Tuesday, May 5th at 10am

See more upcoming books here!

On View

1.24-HourBankingEdward Koren: The Capricious Line

April 3 - June 27, 2015

Special Exhibition Wing

This exhibition celebrates the five-decade long career of cartoonist and TheNew Yorker contributor, Edward Koren, and features approximately 50 works on paper, many displayed for the first time, which cover a range of issues and themes present in society. Koren's cartoons elicit laughter and stimulate thought. These heavyweight ink drawings demonstrate Koren's artistic talents and mastery of drawing. The Saginaw Art Museum will be the first museum to host the exhibition.





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

William Lionel WyllieDownstream from the London Bridge, ca. 19051981.1.1

This etching on paper exhibits the personal style of artist William Lionel Wyllie, who is well-known for his paintings, drawings, and etchings of maritime scenes. The work captures the industrial nature of central London near the turn of the last century. A prolific and distinguished artist at the time, Wyllie frequently expressed his profound love for sailing, and often conveyed these sentiments through his artwork. Here, the London Bridge, an iconic turreted Victorian structure that spans the River Thames, can be seen in the distance, enveloped in a mysterious fog. In the foreground, boats have been stacked in romantic fashion and effectively lead the viewer’s eye towards the out-of-focus focal point: the bridge. Bridges are often employed by artists to represent transitions, sometimes even symbolizing the journey from life to death.

A widely popular medium, etching is one of several methods employed in intaglio printing, in which a metal plate is coated with an acid-resistant wax-base substance called a ground. An etching needle, which has an extremely fine point, is used to draw the image onto the plate. The plate is later immersed in acid, which bites into the exposed lines in the plate. The length of the time the plate is exposed to the acid determines the strength (thickness /darkness) of the line.