MAEA Region 11 Student Exhibition

January 28 - February 19, 2017

Special Exhibition Wing

The Michigan Art Education Association (MAEA) was founded in 1949 to provide networking opportunities and support to visual arts educators, and to define and establish the role of art education within the nation’s greater educational system. Today the MAEA’s mission is to promote quality visual arts education through leadership, service, and professional development, as well as the study and research of art education.

The Saginaw Art Museum is proud to host the 2017 MAEA Region 11 Student Exhibition, which showcases artwork in a variety of media from regional elementary, middle, and high school students. Region 11 is comprised of Saginaw, Gratiot, Tuscola, Huron, and Sanilac Counties.


The Angst of Alechinsky and Friends: Abstract Expressionist Prints from the Permanent Collection 

February 10 - May 20, 2017

Graphic Arts Gallery 


This exhibition closely examines the Windows series of angst-ridden lithographic prints produced by Belgian artist Pierre Alechinsky, and highlights a number of additional artists (including Joan Miro, Richard Howard Hunt, Charles Cajori, Georges Braque, Adja Yunkers, and Sister Mary Corita Kent) whose works exhibit equally dissonant imagery. In stark contrast to the equally popular Lyrical Abstraction – a style of art that applied the teachings of Kandinsky, often marked by sumptuous color and harmonious, painterly beauty – the work of Alechinsky and other Abstract Expressionists, as well as that produced by Art Informel groups such as COBRA, incorporated “primitive” design elements and favored restless, fitful compositions.



December 30, 2016 - March 18, 2017

Artisan Wing

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Through both the visual and language arts, this exhibition addresses the issue of false perception in contemporary society, specifically as it applies to the African American community. The problem of fixation on one or another’s skin color is explored, along with the resulting assumptions and their effects on forcibly labeled individuals. Indeed, this body of work, a collaboration between Detroit-based painter Waleed Johnson and poet Jenai Jackson, seeks to awaken the viewer to the emotional responses conjured by such labels, and implores them to rethink any pre-conceived notions of race. Functioning as personal mementos, these works provide an opportunity to further interpersonal understanding through intimate communication and expression.