From the Director


For Hayley’s Sake…

Happy Spring!  Things are alive and well and the daffodils are up and smiling in the gardens at the Saginaw Art Museum (even though I awoke to a blanket of snow on my lawn this April 23rd morning)!

Forgive me if I use this forum as a pulpit for what some might think are political views this month…but I have been thinking a lot lately about STEM, our education system and the lack of commitment to arts and culture in K-12 education... 

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Book Club

June's Book:

Light by Eva Figes

Discuss the book and enjoy coffee with lead docent Eric Birkle

Tuesday, June 9th at 10am

See more upcoming books here!

Macy's Museum After Hours


Tuesday, May 19

6-8pm - Free!

Welcome spring at the Saginaw Art Museum with a picnic of grilled hotdogs and cookies!

On View

1.24-HourBankingEdward Koren: The Capricious Line

April 3 - June 27, 2015

Special Exhibition Wing

This exhibition celebrates the five-decade long career of cartoonist and TheNew Yorker contributor, Edward Koren, and features approximately 50 works on paper, many displayed for the first time, which cover a range of issues and themes present in society. Koren's cartoons elicit laughter and stimulate thought. These heavyweight ink drawings demonstrate Koren's artistic talents and mastery of drawing. The Saginaw Art Museum will be the first museum to host the exhibition.





Highlights from the Collection

William Lionel WyllieDownstream from the London Bridge, ca. 19051981.1.1

This etching on paper exhibits the personal style of artist William Lionel Wyllie, who is well-known for his paintings, drawings, and etchings of maritime scenes. The work captures the industrial nature of central London near the turn of the last century. A prolific and distinguished artist at the time, Wyllie frequently expressed his profound love for sailing, and often conveyed these sentiments through his artwork. Here, the London Bridge, an iconic turreted Victorian structure that spans the River Thames, can be seen in the distance, enveloped in a mysterious fog. In the foreground, boats have been stacked in romantic fashion and effectively lead the viewer’s eye towards the out-of-focus focal point: the bridge. Bridges are often employed by artists to represent transitions, sometimes even symbolizing the journey from life to death.

A widely popular medium, etching is one of several methods employed in intaglio printing, in which a metal plate is coated with an acid-resistant wax-base substance called a ground. An etching needle, which has an extremely fine point, is used to draw the image onto the plate. The plate is later immersed in acid, which bites into the exposed lines in the plate. The length of the time the plate is exposed to the acid determines the strength (thickness /darkness) of the line.