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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On View


July 16 - September 6

L'Amour de L'Art - A Gala in the Garden

Friday, September 5, 2014        6:30-10:00pm

The Love of Art: A celebration of the splendor of the Saginaw Art Museum

An evening of dinner, dancing, music, and special performance by Carolanne Killmer's School of Dance

Contact the Museum at 989-754-2491 for tickets. 

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