From the Director



What a marvelous October we enjoyed here at your Saginaw Art Museum!  Our Premiere Week in celebration of the reinstallation of our permanent collection was an overwhelming success.  Over 600 people came to the museum the week of October 6th.  To put that in perspective, historically the museum has averaged between 9,000 – 12,000 visitors annually.  The past two years, during renovations and intermittent closures, attendance was significantly less.  Our goal is to attract over 12,000 visitors this year and to greatly increase that number consistently over time.  November is off to another great start, with over 500 visitors in our first week of the month!  You can play a significant role in helping us achieve our goal.  Encourage your friends, family, neighbors and colleagues to visit the museum.  Better yet – organize a group tour with one of our docents who will gladly share the story of our museum with you. 

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Book Club

December's Book: The Art Spirit by Robert Henri

Discuss the book and enjoy coffee with lead docent Eric Birkle

Tuesday, December 9 at 10am


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