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PingX - The NEW Saginaw Art Museum App!
What if you could experience the Saginaw Art Museum virtually? With our new smartphone application, hosted by New Zealand-based technology and telecommunications company PingX, you can do just that! From entrance to exhibit to exit, PingX connects you and your museum via your mobile device with location relevant content and engagement.
Download and install the PingX app on your smartphone on your next visit to SAM! Once installed, your phone will know where you are located within the museum, and will automatically pull up information relevant to the gallery you're in and the history of what you are looking at. We’re very excited to introduce this technological wonder, and we hope you'll take advantage of it on your next visit!
A Month in the Country
by J.L. Carr and Michael Holroyd
Discuss the book and enjoy complimentary wine and cheese in SAM's Charles Platt Italianate Gardens with Associate Curator of Arts & Education, Eric Birkle
Tuesday, May 16th at 5pm
Eye on Arts
The Eye on Arts Program is a weekly (Sunday) review of arts and cultural programming presented by the Saginaw Art Museum, Temple Theatre, Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra, Saginaw Choral Society, and Pit & Balcony Theatre. Funded by a private foundation, the program is a collaborative effort between the Saginaw News, Saginaw Valley State University, and Delta College, administered by the Saginaw Art Museum. The program's primary goal is to heighten awareness of arts and culture opportunities and experiences in the Greater Saginaw Area, encouraging attendance and support for the entities reviewed. Its secondary goal is to provide an avenue for the younger demographic to play a role in the development and sustainability of attendance and awareness of arts and cultural institutions in the community.
To see the most recently written reviews of the Saginaw Art Museum's exhibitions and programming, click here.
Highlights from the Collection
NEW ON VIEW!
George Vertue, Edward, Prince of Wales, Engraving on paper, 1732
George Vertue was known primarily for his work as an antiquarian and engraver. Through his numerous portraits, book illustrations, notes, and memorandums, Vertue left a body of work of great historical value. This print, which depicts Edward, Prince of Wales (1330-1376), first son of King Edward III of England, is no exception: another original strike of this image is held in the British Royal Collection.
Indeed, Edward, Prince of Wales (also the Duke of Cornwall and Prince of Aquitaine) maintains a prominent place in British royal history. Though colloquially dubbed the “Black Prince” beginning in the mid-16th century, the origins of this name are uncertain. It may refer to Edward’s black shield (the “shield for peace” used solely by the Prince of Wales, seen at the center left in this image [the shield with three feathers]), or may be derived from Edward's brutal reputation, particularly towards the French in Aquitaine. Regardless, Vertue depicts Edward as having attained the highest of Earthly powers, indicated by the floating crown resembling a halo, and the placement of is hand upon a lion, symbolizing the embodiment of strength in his sovereignty.