From the Director



Tweet, Snap, Instagram and Face my book…

Like so many of my generation (you know…the well beyond 50 set) I am struggling to catch up with all the latest technology and social media trends.  Oh sure…I am wicked with my laptop, can do wonders on my IPhone, IPad and Microsoft Surface…but ask me about... 

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13th Annual Cheeseburgers in Margaritaville Fundraiser

Friday, March 4, 2016 - 7-10PM

Click for info & tickets


Antique Appraisal Fair
Saturday, February 27, 10am - 4pm

Bring your antiques to the Saginaw Art Museum and discover their value!

Cost per item: $5 members, $6 non-members

Unlimited number of items! 

Click here for more info!


PingX - The NEW Saginaw Art Museum App!






What if you could experience the Saginaw Art Museum virtually? With our new smartphone application, hosted by New Zealand-based technology and telecommunications company PingX, you can do just that! From entrance to exhibit to exit, PingX connects you and your museum via your mobile device with location relevant content and engagement.

Download and install the PingX app on your smartphone on your next visit to SAM! Once installed, your phone will know where you are located within the museum, and will automatically pull up information relevant to the gallery you're in and the history of what you are looking at. We’re very excited to introduce this technological wonder, and we hope you'll take advantage of it on your next visit! 


Macy's After Hours - MAEA Showcase





The Museum will hold a Macy’s Museum After Hours on Tuesday, February 9th from 6-8pm to celebrate the student’s work. The After Hours event will be free and open to the public, providing an opportunity to visit the museum outside of regular hours and enjoy light refreshments. 


Book Club

February's Book:

Artist to Artist: 23 Major Illustrators Talk to Children about Their Art 

by Eric Carle et al.

Discuss the book and enjoy coffee with Assistant Curator Eric Birkle

Tuesday, February 9th at 10am

See more upcoming books here!


Eye on Arts

The Eye on Arts Program is a weekly (Sunday) review of arts and cultural programming presented by the Saginaw Art Museum, Temple Theatre, Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra, Saginaw Choral Society, and Pit & Balcony Theatre. Funded by a private foundation, the program is a collaborative effort between the Saginaw News, Saginaw Valley State University, Delta College, and Central Michigan University, administered by the Saginaw Art Museum. The program's primary goal is to heighten awareness of arts and culture opportunities and experiences in the Greater Saginaw Area, encouraging attendance and support for the entities reviewed. Its secondary goal is to provide an avenue for the younger demographic to play a role in the development and sustainability of attendance and awareness of arts and cultural institutions in the community.

To see the most recently written reviews of the Saginaw Art Museum's exhibitions and programming, click here. 


Highlights from the Collection

St Augustine

School of Jacob JordaensSaint Augustine of Hippo, ca. 1625 - 1630

This work is an oil on canvas painting completed by the school of Jacob Jordaens circa 1625-1630 depicting St. Augustine of Hippo writing in a study surrounded by books. Jordaens is famous for his paintings in the Flemish Baroque style, and commonly designed altarpieces and tapestries, mythological, and allegorical scenes. After the infamous Peter Paul Rubens died in 1640, Jordaens became the most important painter in the city of Antwerp (located in northern Belgium) for large-scale commissions. However, he is best known today for his numerous genre scenes based on proverbs that he painted in a manner comparable to that of his contemporary, Jan Brueghel the Elder.

Jordaens’ main artistic influences aside from Rubens and Brueghel, were northern Italian painters such as Veronese and Caravaggio. Indeed, with its high level of realism, non-descript background, deep, dark shadows, and spotlight-like lighting, this work could be described as Carvaggesque. However, the work was likely not completed, or at least fully completed, by the hand of the master (or Jordaens himself). Like many successful artists of the day, Jordaens had a large workshop, or school, in which many apprentices and students, some of whom became famous in their own right, produced paintings. These paintings can be divided into three categories: those painted by Jordaens himself, those which he painted only in part (mainly hands and faces), and those he merely supervised.

In Saint Augustine of Hippo, the books surrounding Saint Augustine (354 CE – 430 CE), along with the quill in his hand, represent his writings in Christian theology which influenced the development of Western Christianity and Western philosophy. “Augustine beliefs” included that Biblical text should not be interpreted as literal, but rather as metaphorical, and his liberal doctrines appealed to the Flemish whose Dutch neighbors had embraced the Reform Church. Indeed, he has long been viewed as one of the most important Church Fathers in Western Christian. His name “Hippo” derives from the ancient name of the modern city of Annaba, in Algeria. Hippo was conquered by the Eastern Roman Empire in 534 CE and was kept under Byzantine rule until 698 CE, when it fell to the Muslims.