August 13 – October 3, 2010

Designing an IconAmerican AutomobileDesigning an ICON: Creativity and the American Automobile

ICON: A person or thing that is uncritically adored, revered or admired, or is regarded as a symbol of a particular culture or sphere.

The automobile is an important part of American Pop Culture, and few aspects generate as much public interest as the initial design process. This was particularly true in the mid-20th Century when car manufacturers depended on annual model changes to promote sales. Their in-house design studios worked in great secrecy to develop exciting new models. The designers produced thousands of sketches and formal renderings, most of which were destroyed when the studios no longer needed them. A few survived and are preserved in private collections.

Designing an ICON: Presented by Garber Automotive Group, this exhibition highlighted the creativity of the American automobile designers of the 1960s and early 70s, a period that stressed exotic styling and high performance. The nearly 100 pieces that were on view from 26 General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler designers were not only a record of Pop Culture during this period, but also fine art; a testament to the talent and skill of the designers who produced them. This exhibition was organized by the Louisville Visual Art Association.


June 17 - July 25, 2010

J.P. Morgan and TeamOBJECTS ARE EVENTS: Anatomy of a Painting by W. G. Patrick

Even a seemingly solid and permanent object, such as a painting, is actively happening. An artist creates it. A museum exhibits it. The object has a history.

OBJECTS ARE EVENTS follows the creative history of a 125 square foot painting producedby Saginaw artist, W. G. Patrick. The exhibition features over 60 sketches, photographs, and studies that the artist drew upon, and culminates with an expansive view of the final painting. On view for the very first time in public, Thoughts Create Form (A Team of 12 Capitalists/Creators in front of Mt. Shasta, USA), as the title suggests, reveals twelve innovators in American history, including influential banker J.P. Morgan, automotive pioneer Henry Ford, and leading industrialist Andrew Carnegie, among others.

W.G. PATRICK, Thoughts Create Form (A Team of 12 Capitalists/Creators in front of Mt. Shasta, USA) 2005-2009, oil on polypropylene felt, 240" x 74" (detail)

But there is more to this painting than the historical figures depicted and the historical events that simply happen to it. The figures, painted in different values of light and shadow, contrast with adjacent figures as a result of metaphysical forces coming together. Cities, painted in perspective, rise out of mathematical fractals. Thoughts Create Form is an on-going experience of scientific processes that merge to create a fresh new art form. Visit to learn more about this exhibiion.


October 8, 2009 - May 16, 2010

salvador daliRECOLLECTION: Selected Works from the Permanent Collection, featuring Artists and Donors from the Great Lakes Bay Region

This exhibition reflects both historic and contemporary cultural traditions as well as diverse artistic expressions of artists and donors from the Great Lakes Bay Region and around the world. The more than 125 works in this exhibition include artifacts, decorative arts, drawings, paintings, prints, sculpture, photographs and textiles drawn from the Museum's Permanent Collection.

SALVADOR DALÍ (Spanish, 1904-1989), Desert Bracelet (Essence of Time) from the Time Suite, 1976, lithograph on Arches paper, Saginaw Art Museum Collection, Gift of Dr. Paul and Mrs. Carol Allen, #2009.1.1


September 14, 2008 - May 16, 2010

CharlesAdamsPlatt_etchingFROM HARBOR TO HOME: A Selection of Etchings by Charles Adams Platt

This exhibition presents works selected from the Museum’s permanent collection. They represent the artist’s Barbizon inspired style in the depiction of the transient effects of light and atmosphere on intimate, architectural harbor views. Charles Adams Platt became one of the country’s most recognized practitioners of the medium of etching years before proving himself as an accomplished architect.

CHARLES ADAMS PLATT, (American 1861-1933), Piers on the East River 1889, etching on paper, Saginaw Art Museum Collection, Gift of William G. Mather, #1948.87


May 31, 2009 - April 30, 2010

World War One PostersRed, White, Blue and You! - American Posters of World War One

Visit the Museum to celebrate America's Independence and experience a special presentation of American posters of World War One from the Permanent Collection. The United States created more posters than any other nation that participated in World War One to justify its involvement in the war and to enlist men, money and resources to sustain the military campaign. Along with recruiting efforts and other campaigns, the Victory Liberty Loan and Liberty Loan campaigns brought an outpouring of poster art both on the local and national levels. These loan drives raised over 30 billion dollars and did much for the proliferation of the poster as an important means of war effort communication.

CLYDE FORSYTHE (American, 1885 - 1962), And They Thought We Couldn't Fight - Victory Liberty Loan, 1918, Offet ligthograph on paper, Saginaw Art Museum Collection, #1998.8.10a

This poster was "adopted" for framing through the Museum's Adopt A Work of Art program by the 2007-2008 Theatre class at the Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy (SASA) under the direction of Jenny Rogers-Belleau and student director Karyn Defoe with funds contributed by Mrs. Janet Nash, principal of SASA.


January 14 - February 28, 2010

East Coast LighthouseSAGnificent!: A Selection of Work by the Saginaw Artists Guild

This exhibition celebrates the 66-year old history of the Saginaw Artists Guild and its long time relationship with the Saginaw Art Museum. The exhibition features over 50 original oil, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, and photographic artworks by 19 local artists.

MARSHA KLEIN East Coast Lighthouse, Oil on canvas, 12" x 16"


February 4 - February 21, 2010


The Michigan Art Education Association's mission is to promote quality visual arts education through leadership, service, and professional development. This exhibition showcases work created by Elementary level students through High School.  Region 11 covers Saginaw, Gratiot, Tuscola, Sanilac and Huron Counties.


May 1, 2008 - January 24, 2010

Jasper CropseyArt for All: Selections from the Permanent Collection (2500 BCE – Present)

Created to celebrate the Museum’s mission to provide Art for All, this exhibition represents the breadth and depth of the Museum’s collection, with more than 100 works of art on display. This presentation, organized to draw upon the strengths of the collection in innovative ways, enhances visitor engagement with the work of art. The display is organized to encourage cross-cultural comparisons between works in the galleries. In addition, the display highlights the significance of the individual works in a pedagogical program for learning across disciplines and the encouragement of life long learning.

JASPER FRANCIS CROPSEY (American, 1823-1900), A Summer Afternoon 1853, oil on canvas, Saginaw Art Museum Collection, Gift of Dr. Thomas O. Lohr & Francis Lohr in memory of their parents, Dr. & Mrs. Oliver Lohr, #1998.3