June 20, 2009 - September 13, 2009

saginawartmuseumThe 2009 CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY Bachelor of Fine Arts Graduates Exhibition

On view in the Couse Gallery, first floor

The Saginaw Art Museum and the University Art Gallery of Central Michigan University are jointly presenting an exhibition of artworks produced by graduating students from Central Michigan University’s Bachelor of Fine Arts Program. The exhibition will feature works by both the fine arts and graphic design students.

JESSI PRATTLeft Side of Face, Neck & Shoulder (Specific to Artist) 2008, Bronze, 14” x 9” x 7”


March 20, 2009 – May 10, 2009

Eanger Irving Couse ExhibitionEANGER IRVING COUSE: A Place in the Sun

EANGER IRVING COUSE: A Place in the Sun presents a retrospective survey of the career of this important American painter, beginning with his early life here in Saginaw, Michigan, continuing with his academic study in Paris, France, and culminating as a founding member of the Taos Society of Artists in New Mexico. The 81 works in this exhibition include paintings, drawings, and photographs drawn primarily from the collections of the Saginaw Art Museum and the Rockwell Museum of Western Art in Corning, New York. This exhibition features the whole range of this important American painter’s career, highlighting his significance as a founding member of the Taos Society of Artists in Taos, New Mexico. The exhibition at the Museum is largest assemblage of Couse works on view in this century. Special thanks to HealthPlus of Michigan, Historical Society of Saginaw County, Dr. Ernie P. Balcueva, Dr. and Mrs. George Gugino and Mr. Peter B. Frantz for helping to bringing this exhibition to the Great Lakes Bay Region.

EANGER IRVING COUSE, Indian Warrior Making Arrows at His Fire, circa 1924, Oil on canvas, Gift of Mrs. George L. Burrows. #1949.36


December 14, 2008 - February 21, 2009

John Cavanaugh SculptureIN SEARCH OF MOTION: John Cavanaugh / Sculptor 1921 - 1985

John Cavanaugh, a master of hammered lead, introduced the method of shaping the material by hammering at the outside edges of a lead sheet and working toward the center. This innovative technique allowed him to present an energetic and dramatic figurative expression. The works in this exhibition demonstrated an ethereal sense of movement in 75 sculptures in hammered lead, aluminum, bronze, ceramics, and wax. The exhibition featured figures of children in various poses - from the studious to the playful - with special labels to help guide children and parents throughout the gallery. Special thanks to the John Cavanaugh Foundation and The Rifkin Group for bringing this exhibition to the Museum and to the Great Lakes Bay Region.

JOHN CAVANAUGH (American, 1921 - 1985) Pas de Trois 1979 lead, 36" x 23" x 13.5"