From the Director


After nearly 20 months of “project renaissance” and some recent significant milestones, I appreciate your indulgence in allowing me to boast about a few things…

First, we are excited and extremely grateful for the recent appropriation by Governor Snyder and our Michigan legislature, with the announcement that $1 million from the State of Michigan fiscal 2015 Strategic Fund will be awarded to the Saginaw Art Museum. 

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 SAM will be closed on Saturday, Oct. 4 for a private event. Artists exhibiting in the Michigan Ceramics 2014 exhibition may still deliver their pieces to the Museum on that day.

Macy's Museum After Hours

Thursday, October 9 6-8PM


View the newly designed galleries & the reinstallation of the permanent collection of art. Enjoy light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments.

Free Event!


Michigan Ceramic Art Association's Michigan Ceramics 2014


Book Club

November's Book: The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel

Discuss the book and enjoy coffee with lead docent Eric Birkle

Tuesday, Novemer 11 at 10-11am

Highlights from the Collection


Conserved and on view for the first time in more than two decades, Psiche e Amore, pictured in situ, shares with visitors the classical myth of Psyche and Eros (Amore).

The myth tells of young winged god carrying an arrow-filled quiver rushing to his beloved’s aid. Eros’s mother Venus, goddess of beauty, asked that Psyche retrieve a flask from the Underworld, warning her not to open it. Her curiosity led her to ignore Venus’s advice allowing the noxious fumes to escape, placing her in a deep sleep. Eros touched Psyche with his arrow, awakening her, resulting in their embrace.

Aristide Petrilli, Italian, 1868-after 1900, Psiche e Amore, ca. 1890-1900, Marble, Gift of Elsie C. Mershon, 25 1/2" x 27 3/4" x 58 1/2", #1947.2