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Saginaw Art Museum

By Thor Rasmussen
The Saginaw Art Museum is a community fine art museum in Saginaw Michigan with a mission to provide art for all. This podcast explores relevant art topics through conversations with art minded individuals.
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Saginaw Art Museum - Phillip Hanson Episode 26
In today’s podcast we talk with Phillip Hanson about his work in the current exhibition “Matter and Energy” on display at the Saginaw Art Museum through March 3, 2021. Hanson explains the process of building dioramas, photographing them, and then digitally manipulating the photographs. In our discussion, he shares his perspective on the process creating his art as well as the intersection of the physical and virtual world.  Phillip Hanson's website: More about the Saginaw Art Museum
February 16, 2021
Episode 25 - Matthew Owen Wead
Matthew Owen Wead is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice explores social hierarchy through verbal and written language. He received a BFA from Morehouse College (2006) and an MFA from University of Maryland (2009) with a focus on printmaking, sculpture and photography. His work often uses multiple-mediums and is constructed to be a fully immersive experience. This practice of creating functional objects reinforces that they are not to be seen as fictional objects but as real world tools that can be used in society. See more of Wead's work at The Wonderfully Made exhibition is presented by Hemlock Semiconductor with additional support from Morley Companies, Wirt-Rivette Group, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Michigan Humanities Council, and National Endowment for the Humanities. We look forward to having you see the exhibition for yourself during your next visit 
January 25, 2021
Episode 24 - Art Collector Kerry Davis - Saginaw Art Museum Podcast
Today we are talking with Kerry Davis about the Kerry and C. Betty Davis Collection of African American Art. Davis, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, is a former sergeant of the United States Air Force, a retired carrier with the United States Postal Service, and an ordained deacon. He began collecting in the mid-1980s in partnership with his wife, Betty, who shared his passion for art. In our conversation today, we explore how Davis began collecting and his hopes for the future of his collection.
January 4, 2021
Episode 23 - Curlee Raven Holton - Master Printmaker
The Saginaw Art Museum is currently hosting the exhibition ”Wonderfully Made: The Anthony and Davida Artis Collection of African American Fine Art”.  On the podcast here, we are listening to artists and other professionals from the arts community connected to this exhibition. Our guest today is Curlee Raven Holton. A highly regarded professor, painter and master printmaker, Curlee Raven Holton has exhibited his work throughout the world. His paintings, drawings, and prints are held by major museums and collections in the U.S. and abroad. Among his many accomplishments are his receipt of the Anyone Can Fly Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award and an Honorary Doctorate in Art and Philosophy from the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts at the 2018 Commencement in New York City. In our discussion today, you will hear more about the print process, Holton’s work with Faith Ringgold, and wisdom for artists. See more at Raven Fine Art Editions:
December 8, 2020
Danielle Cecil - On Thin Ice
Danielle Cecil, a recent BFA graduate of Saginaw Valley State University, uses a large format film camera to capture images related to childhood traumas. Her current exhibition On Thin Ice, can be viewed in the Artisan Wing of the Saginaw Art Museum. Today we learn a little more about Cecil’s work and process. Make a plan to visit the museum to see the exhibition. Current Museum Hours: Wednesday-Friday Noon-5pm
August 3, 2020
Saginaw Art Museum - Update from the Mike Kolleth, Executive Director and previous guests
Recently we presented our 20th episode of the Saginaw Art Museum podcast series Art At Home. In this series we’ve spoken with artists and art minded individuals about the way they have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Today we hear from the Saginaw Art Museum and Temple Theatre’s Executive Director Mike Kolleth. Following our discussion some previous guests have provided updates about how things are progressing in their creative pursuits. You can listen back to previous episodes wherever you listen to your podcasts. We look forward to continuing to bring excellent conversations to the forefront of the community.  Updates from: Amy Spadaphre Episode 6 Mary McDonnell Episode 16 Tyanna Buie Episode 17
July 23, 2020
Saginaw Art Museum - At at Home - Episode 20 - Aaron & Tamar Chipp - Recording Artists
Aaron and Tamar Chipp are leaders of the worship band Modern Day Cure. As songwriters, we learn more about the elements of discipline and inspiration they implement through challenging times. In our conversation today, Aaron and Tamar emphasize how practicing creativity can itself lead to more ideas. This interview was recorded July 2, 2020 Learn more at:
July 8, 2020
Saginaw Art Museum - Art at Home - Episode 19 - Hannah Layden
.By painting a new piece everyday, Hannah Layden worked in her home studio in New York City throughout the COVID-19 crisis. This disciplined approach helped her cope with the overwhelming amounts of information being presented on a daily basis during the COVID-19 crisis. Listen to learn more about Layden’s work This interview was recorded June 16, 2020 See more of Layden’s work at: Visit Love.Bili.NYC
June 22, 2020
Saginaw Art Museum - Art at Home - Episode 18 - Andrew Rieder
Andrew Rieder is making new discoveries about how he can make art during this extended time at home. Finding some inspiration from his 2 ½ year old daughter's exploration of art materials, Reider himself is starting to loosen his normal well designed and planned out process. We discuss this and the power of being physically present to view a piece of art. This interview  was recorded June 4, 2020.
June 10, 2020
Saginaw Art Museum - Art at Home - Episode 17 - Tyanna Buie - Visual Art
A native of Chicago Il and Milwaukee WI, Tyanna Buie is a visual artist currently working as an Assistant Professor/Selection Chair of Printmaking at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, while undertaking a 2019/2020 Grant Wood Fellowship in Printmaking at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA. In today’s episode we learn the way Buie is expanding her concept of what it means to be making art during these unusual times. This interview was recorded May 29, 2020. See more of Buie's work at
June 3, 2020
Saginaw Art Museum - Art at Home - Episode 16 - Mary McDonnell
The collaboration and cooperation of artists is just one aspect of the current crisis that artist Mary McDonnell is experiencing. In our conversation, McDonnell also describes the way her life has become busier since quarantining restrictions have been in place at her home and studio in upstate New York. This interview was record May 14, 2020  See more of McDonnell's work at 
May 19, 2020
Saginaw Art Museum - Art at Home - Episode 15 - Allise Noble
Allise Noble describes the lessons and challenges of working to maintain a community and connection for adults with a variety of abilities through the Art Shop Program hosted at Creative 360 in Midland Michigan. As an artist herself, Noble also gives insight into some of the projects she is working on to stay creative during these unusual times. This interview was recorded May 13, 2020 Learn more about Creative 360 at
May 19, 2020
Saginaw Art Museum - Art at Home - Episode 14 - Misty Grumbley - Alternative Process Photographer
Having a home darkroom works to Misty Grumbley’s advantage during the current stay at home orders. Working in alternative process photography, Grumbley is both an artist and chemist. While missing family and friends, she is wasting no time working on getting her space set for continuing to make art for into the future. This interview was recorded May 6, 2020 Special thanks to Tri-Star Trust for support of this podcast
May 13, 2020
Saginaw Art Museum - Art From Home - Episode 13 - Tara Welch, Executive Director Studio 23
From exhibitions to workshops to special events Studio 23 is a vibrant arts organization in the heart of downtown Bay City, Michigan . How has that changed with the current limitations of the COVID-19 pandemic? We gain insights from Executive Director Tara Welch about the way they are continuing to meet their communities' need for art and connect with the public through unique virtual programming. This interview was recorded April 29, 2020 Visit Studio 23 online at
May 6, 2020
Saginaw Art Museum - Art at Home - Episode 12 - Peter Rose-Barry - Philosopher
In this episode we have a little bit different perspective on the value of the arts. Today we are talk with  Peter Rose-Barry, Finkbeiner Endowed Professor of Ethics at Saginaw Valley State University. In our conversation Rose-Barry describes the value of the arts in the framework of the broad needs of our community during these challenging times. This interview was recorded April 23, 2020
May 1, 2020
Saginaw Art Museum - Art at Home - Episode 11 - Milie Funk - Thread Illustrator
Viewing Milie Funk’s work you quickly realize this is not your traditional quilting. In what Funk refers to as thread illustration, she is inventing a new technique of using a long arm quilting machine to create elaborate etching like drawings with fabric and thread. While giving highest respect to the more traditional art of quilting, she looks to pioneer quilting among her younger generation. Connect with Milie at :
April 28, 2020
Saginaw Art Museum - Art at Home - 10 - Keith Taylor - Poet
Keith Taylor is a poet living in Ann Arbor Michigan. With a wealth of life experience, Taylor reflects on how the current times have altered the way poetry is produced and experienced. Listen closely as he shares one of his own poems fitting with the current situation of discovering how to stay creative at home.  This interview was recorded April 20, 2020 Visit:
April 24, 2020
Saginaw Art Museum - Art at Home - 09- Signal Return - Print Shop
Detroit has been labeled a ‘hot spot’ during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this episode of Art at Home, we check in with the director of Signal Return, Lynne Avadenka. Signal Return is not only a printshop but an art education center in heart of the city near Eastern Market. In our conversation today, Avadenka describes the adjustments the organization is making and hopes for reemergence. This interview was recorded April 17, 2020 Learn more about Signal Return here: Visit Signal Return's print shop here:
April 21, 2020
Saginaw Art Museum - Art at Home - 08 - John Bellsmith - Graphic Artist
John Bellsmith is a graphic artist out of Bay CIty Michigan as a small business owner serving small and large clients, Bellsmith is both employee and employer. Now he is navigating what it is like having his drawing table and pencils at home. We also discuss the changes and challenges anticipated in the future. This interview was recorded April 13, 2020.  Bellsmith Graphic Design Studio: 
April 15, 2020
Saginaw Art Museum - Art at Home - 07 - David Jannsen Jr. - Studio Art Instructor
Is YouTube really a substitute for a studio art class? We talk to artist David Jannsen Jr. About his move from teaching in a studio to providing instruction online at Washington State University. He gives  perspective on the benefits of in person art instruction at a college art level and what is being lost during the COVID-19 crisis. This interview was recorded on April 3, 2020.  See David's work at:
April 11, 2020
Saginaw Art Museum - Art at Home - 06 - Amy Spadafore - Pit & Balcony Theatre
As the Managing director of the Pit and Balcony Theatre in Saginaw, MI Amy Spadafore is wearing a lot of hats. What happens when all the efforts by a whole team come to a grinding halt at this community theatre? Listen in and find out. This interview was recorded on March 30, 2020
April 7, 2020
Saginaw Art Museum - Art at Home -05 - Josie Norris - Visual Storyteller
Josie Norris is a visual storyteller in her role as a photojournalist for the San Antonio Express-News while finishing course work at Central Michigan University. She shares what it is like to be on the frontlines of trying to communicate a global story locally using photographs with such serious proximity limitations. This interview was recorded on March 26, 2020 Visit Josie's website:
April 3, 2020
Saginaw Art Museum - Art at Home - 04 - Christiana Malacara - Artist and Entrepreneur
Christiana Malacara  spent some time in Italy this past December and has a passion for the country. We discuss the perspective that trip has on current events. She is also the owner of a paint party business which is being impacted by the stay-at-home orders and gathering restrictions. This interview was recorded March 25, 2020
April 2, 2020
Saginaw Art Museum - Art at Home - 03 - Doug Julian - Photographer
Doug Julian photographs everything with a unique bend toward real estate and editorial projects. In Doug’s view the current stay-at-home order in Michigan creates a unique opportunity to learn new skills. This interview was recorded on March 25, 2020
March 31, 2020
Saginaw Art Museum - Art at Home - 02 - Adam Stuart - Ceramicist
Adam Stuart is a ceramic artist and instructor out of Bay City Michigan. In our conversation we discuss the unique nature of ceramics and his plans for creating pieces in his space at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.  You can follow Adam on instagram at :
March 30, 2020
Saginaw Art Museum - Art at Home - 01 - Karly Salesky
Karly Salesky teaches graphic arts to high school students at the Saginaw Career Complex in Saginaw MI and is also a freelance designer. Among other things Karly shares the way she is working to help students through these challenging times. Welcome to the Saginaw Art Museum podcast. The COVID-19 pandemic is altering the usual routines of people around the globe and around the block. As  practices of social distancing and self quarantining are implemented artists are finding new ways to adapt to the changing landscape. In this series, Art at Home, we have conversations with artists and creative minded individuals to understand the way these unusual times are impacting their lives.
March 26, 2020