September 23 - November 13, 2011

Susan Pack Everything is Tied to My heartArt in the Heart of the City's ART 4 ALL Exhibitions

Features over 50 works from four Great Lakes Bay Region artists including ceramics by Sara B. Clark, portraits by Steve Fanelli, mixed media works on paper by James Hughes & fiber art by Susan Pack. Visit the Museum to see their talented creative efforts on view in the Ring Home Galleries.

These artists helped support arts and culture in the region by contribution the SAM's annual Art in the Heart of the City's silent and live auction held in November of 2010. Artists can be eligible to receive exhibition space for 2012 by participating in this year's Art in the Heart of the City auction to be held on November 17.

SUSAN PACKEverything is Tied to My Heart, 2008, fiber, wire, beads, clay

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July 22 - September 11, 2011

Rohde Tissue WaterlilyArt in the Heart of the City's ART 4 ALL Exhibitions

These exhibitions features over 60 worksfrom four Michigan and Great Lakes Bay Region artists including Patrick Humphreys, Linda Kreager, Pat Merewether and Julia Rohde. Patrick Humphreys exhibition also includes a small exhibition of "youthful playthings" or collectible toys that relate to his most recent paintings.

Read the artist bios.

JULIA ROHDETissue Waterlily, watercolor on tissue, 2010, 22" x 28"


May 8 - September 11, 2011

Matsunaga Metal Sculpture Tokushima, Japan50th Anniversary Sister City Exhibition - Sculptures by Tsutomu Matsunaga

  1. Japanese Cultural Center & Tea House and the Saginaw Art Museum celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Tokushima, Japan, the Sister City of Saginaw, with a special exhibition of sculptural works by Tokushima sculptor Tsutomu Matsunaga.

Mr. Matsunaga's contemporary sculptures reflect both the history of Japanese metal sculpture as well as the history of Saginaw. Each sculpture reveals ultramodern shapes and kinetic forms fabricated in aluminum. These forms, which have been popular in Japan since the late 1980’s, represent a bean sprouting in various stages in the spring. Like many contemporary Japanese sculptures, this story of the bean relates to Buddhist themes of regeneration and permeability. The bean also symbolizes the historical importance of agriculture in Saginaw. From 1938 to 1955, Saginaw was the home to the Michigan Bean Company, the largest exporter of grains in Michigan.

TSUTOMU MATSUNAGADuet 2011fabricated aluminum, Museum Purchase, #2011.33


June 8 - September 11, 2011

Fred Case Alaskan Lady's SlipperA WALK ON THE WILD SIDE: A Selection of Photographs by Frederick W. Case, Jr.

This exhibition features over 100 photographs documenting the work and travels of Fred & Roberta Case.

Frederick W. Case Jr. (1928 - 2011), an acclaimed teacher, horticulturist and author, shared his adventures and knowledge of plants and nature with the world. He helped find a home for almost all of the known Michigan native species of orchids and trilliums. Honored as an outstanding teacher at Arthur Hill High in Saginaw and for achievements in botany throughout Michigan and the U.S., Fred inspired many to take a walk on the wild side with his passion for nature and for life.

A selection of the photographs are on view on a rotating basis throughout the exhibition. Each are for sale with proceeds to benefit the Saginaw Art Museum.

FREDERICK W. CASE JR.Alaskan Lady's Slipper, digital print

May 20 - July 10, 2011

peony dreams hayesArt in the Heart of the City's ART 4 ALL Exhibitions

These exhibitions will be held throughout 2011 and feature more than 25 Michigan and Great Lakes Bay Region artists this year. The artists featured include Luther Hale, Rosemary Hayes, Doug Thornhill and Mari Zimmerman-Thompson. Click here to read their bios.

ROSEMARY HAYESPeony Dreams 2011, acrylic on canvas 
Sponsored by: Frankenmuth Farmer's Market

March 18, 2011 - January 12, 2012

Art4All ExhibitionsThere are six exhibitions in the Art in the HEART OF THE CITY'S ART 4 ALL Exhibition series. These exhibitions will feature more than 25 Michigan and Great Lakes Bay Area Artists from March 18, 2011 to January 22, 2012. Participating artists helped support arts and culture in the region by contribution the SAM's annual Art in the Heart of the City's silent and live auction held in November of 2010.


March 18 - May 8, 2011: Ring Galleries

March 25 - May 22, 2011: Sargent ExhIbition Wing Gallery

June 25, 2010 - June 7, 2011

Beside the Stream by Edward CurtisNOBLE SAVAGE: Contemplative Images of the Native American by Eanger Irving Couse & Edward Sheriff Curtis

This exhibition presents works by Eanger Irving Couse & Edward Sheriff Curtis selected from the Museum’s permanent collection.

In 1915, Couse, a Saginaw native, along with a group of diverse artists, formed the Taos Society of Artists to promote a very different school of Western art in the US. The Taos Society shared a genuine interest in depicting a more contemplative and aesthetic view of the Native American than was revealed in the latter half of 19th Century.

EDWARD SHERIFF CURTIS (American, 1868-1952), Beside the Stream, Original 1908, Print after 1970, Photogravure
Gift of Joanna and Jerry Cohen, #2009.3.2

After the Civil War, veterans were employed by the government to clear the way for European migration to the Western US, fulfilling the pervading philosophy of Manifest Destiny. American artists such as painter Frederick Remington and novelist Colonel Ingraham focused on the “adventures” associated with “taming the land and the indigenous people”, with little concern for the dignity of what once existed. Conversely, the Taos Society saw the Native American way of life being corrupted by the advancing European civilization. Rather than portray the savagery, each of these artists revealed a noble race: a people proud of their ancestry and customs.

This idea of the Native American as “noble savage” was reinforced by renowned photographer Edward S. Curtis through his photographic images and writings published between 1902 and 1930.


February 3 - February 27, 2011


  1. Michigan Art Education AssociationMichigan Art Education Association's mission is to promote quality visual arts education through leadership, service, and professional development. This exhibition showcases work created by Elementary level students through High School.  Region 11 covers Saginaw, Gratiot, Tuscola, Sanilac and Huron Counties. These works were on view in the Second Floor Ring and the Akbar Waqf Galleries.


December 10, 2010 – February 13, 2011

HAND AND HOME: Paintings, Sculpture, and Furniture

Foltz Hung Out to DryShe took the attic for a studio.
He turned the basement into a woodshop.
Together they created a remarkable collection.

This exhibition, presented by HealthPlus of Michigan, features over 100 paintings, sculptures and furniture pieces from Saginaw artists, Betty and Fred Foltz. Betty explores shape, form and color in her paintings drawings and sculptures, often drawing inspiration from nature. Fred designs and conceptualizes his own woodwork, creating simple, functional objects. They have also collaborated on numerous whimsical and practical pieces. HAND AND HOME reveals the environments the artists have created through objects from their own home and the homes of regional collectors.

BETTY FOLTZHung Out To Dry, 2008, Private Collection


May 6, 2010 - January 16, 2011

Hokusai Red FujiWHAT A RELIEF IT IS!: A Selection of Japanese Woodcuts from the Permanent Collection

This exhibition presents a selection of Japanese woodcut prints beginning with the Edo period (1600-1868), a time where the woodcut relief process reached a high level of technical and artistic development.

The ukiyo-e woodcuts or “pictures of the floating world” were the most popular style of the Edo period. Ukiyo-e is a reference to the theatre and entertainment districts of urban Japan, especially those of Tokyo (then known as Edo). The subject matter reflected the Japanese culture, which celebrated leisure and pursuit of pleasure. Ukiyo-e artists represented in this exhibition, such as Utagawa Kuniyoshi, often depicted images of courtesans and actors from the Kabuki theatre. Artist Katsushika Hokusai also adapted the ukiyo-e style to the depiction of landscapes. Gaifu kaisei (Red Fuji), as seen here, is the most successful print in the artist’s acclaimed series, Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji. The print uses three colors and a single outline to produce an asymmetric composition.

KATSUSHIKA HOKUSAI (Japanese, 1760 - 1849), Gaifu kaisei (Red Fuji) ca 1831, prussian blue ink on paper, woodcut
Museum purchase, Saginaw Art Museum Collection, #1977.7, 10.5" x 15.25"

At the end of the Edo Period and into the 20th Century, the Japanese society experienced a transformation with the influence of Western culture. Artists represented in the exhibition such Kawase Hasui were inspired by European impressionism often depicting transient effects of light to traditional themes of tranquil landscapes, famous places, kabuki actors, and birds and flowers. Similarly, the symbolism the Japanese subject matter, asymmetric composition, and large areas of flat color were a great influence upon the a generation of artists of Europe, including the Impressionists.


May 6, 2010 - January 16, 2011

ourladyofgoodcounselBIBLICAL PROPORTIONS: A Selection of Christian Art from the Permanent Collection

Historical paintings, striking sculptures and delicate etchings depicting the Virgin Mary, Jesus Christ, the Apostles, and saints are among the 20 objects on view in this intimate, yet arresting exhibition of Christian art.  Biblical Proportions showcases significant loans to the Museum’s Permanent Collection from Great Lakes Bay Region donors. Visitors to the exhibition will get a rare view of Our Lady of Good Counsel by Celeste Silvestri, a 20th Century piece that had been housed in a former St. Louis, Missouri parish of the same name. This object, depictingthe image of Madonna and Child, was meticulously crafted using brass and a composite of natural marble chippings called terazzo. This durable material, more commonly applied to countertops and floors, was first used by Venetians in the 15th Century.

CELESTE SILVESTRI (American, born Italian, 1908-1998), Our Lady of Good Counsel 1965, terrazzo and brass, On loan from Mr. Richard J. Silvestri, #EL2010.1

The artists represented in this exhibition, such as Anton Koberger, Albrecht Dürer, and Marc Chagall, lived from the 14th to the 20th Century. Each turned to the Bible for inspiration. While their artwork reveals only a small portion of this influential narrative source, these objects help to tell the grand story of Christian art.

Biblical Proportions featured two 17th Century Spanish polychrome sculptures from the Museum's Permanent Collection. A great resource to learn more about these painted sculptures is at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. where the exhibition, The Sacred Made Real: Spanish Painting and Sculpture, 1600–1700, is on view through May 31,2010.


May 6, 2010 - January 16, 2011

Lowell NesbittIN BLOOM: Floral Paintings from the Permanent Collection

Flowers are welcome adjuncts to human daily life. Through their bountifulness and absolute beauty, flowers have been a favorite motif to artists. In Bloom reveals sixteen floral paintings by artists ranging from internationally renowned American realist painter Lowell Nesbitt to regionally acclaimed artist and art historian Jean Beach. Enhanced by the floral views of the Museum’s Italianate Garden, this exhibition celebrates the history of the cultivated plants on display, and the emotional and symbolic sentiments evoked by their blooms.

LOWELL NESBITT (American, 1933-1993) 
Lavendar Iris 1972, oil on canvas
Museum purchase with funds contributed by Mrs. Charles Kretschmer


May 6, 2010 - January 16, 2011

Ralph Albert BlakelockROOM WITH A VIEW: Landscapes from the Permanent Collection

The majestic views of Museum’s Italianate Garden compliment the picturesque qualities of the European and American landscapes depicted in this modest exhibition. Room with a View opens with a romantic view of nature in Landscape with White Cottage, by American painter, Ralph Albert Blakelock. Visitors will be drawn into the gallery by the natural light passing through the French doors overlooking the gardens.  This exhibition explores the history of this genre through lives and paintings of significant artists from the seventeenth to the twentieth century, including Blakelock, Richard Parkes Bonington, Jean-Bapiste-Camille Corot, Jules Dupré, George Inness, and Abraham van Beyeren.     

RALPH ALBERT BLAKELOCK (American, 1847-1919), Landscape with White Cottage ca 1885, oil on canvas, Gift of Walter C. Hill #1950.24