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11/4/2017 Member News
Saginaw Art Museum Announces “Treasures of Travel: A Provenance of Late Renaissance and Early Baroque Artwork from the Permanent Collection” Exhibition October 13, 2017-January 20, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 4, 2017

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STACEY GANNON, 989.754.2491
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Saginaw Art Museum Announces “Treasures of Travel: A Provenance of Late Renaissance and Early Baroque Artwork from the Permanent Collection” Exhibition October 13, 2017-January 20, 2018.

Saginaw, Michigan – The Saginaw Art Museum announces Treasures of Travel: A Provenance of Late Renaissance and Early Baroque Artwork from the Permanent Collection on view from October 13, 2017 – January 20, 2018, in the Saginaw Art Museum Graphic Arts Gallery. This exhibition is a result of a partnership between Saginaw Valley State University and the Saginaw Art Museum and was funded through SVSU’s Undergraduate Research Grant Program. The exhibition features several etchings and woodblock prints, along with paintings and sculptures to tell the history of what once was.

Former Associate Curator, Eric Birkle says this about the exhibition: “In the last three years, I have been approached by a number of visitors interested in learning more about how some of the museum’s most important objects arrived in Saginaw. Indeed, as one begins to ponder the ability of centuries-old paintings, sculptures, and works on paper to make their way halfway around the world, all the while remaining in stable, if not excellent condition, a sense of amazement and wonder inevitably emerges. As such, I made it my mission to contribute significantly to the museum’s provenance records before my departure, and to illustrate the many ways in which objects in the collection have made their way from large European centers of civilization to a small city in the midwestern U.S.”

Birkle goes on to say “This exhibition serves not only as the culmination of that provenance research, but also a testament to what is possible with collaboration. Drew Deming, a researcher from Saginaw Valley State University sponsored by the Undergraduate Research Grant Program, contributed significantly to the completion of this project, and oversaw the design and production of a large portion of this catalog. Beginning in early January 2017, he and I set out on an investigation into the Mather family, which has donated nearly 40 of the museum’s most significant works of art, largely between 1947 and 1970. Some of these are included in this exhibition.”

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About the Saginaw Art Museum:
The Saginaw Art Museum is a vibrant arts and cultural resource for Saginaw and the Great Lakes Bay Region. Since 1947, the Museum has brought more than 4,500 years of creativity to the area through visual, auditory and performance arts from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Housed in an historical 1904 Georgian-Revival mansion with Italianate gardens and two award-winning modern wings, the Museum has a permanent collection of art in excess of 2,000 objects, a dynamic exhibition program, a major art reference library, collaborative education programs, and special events. Various levels of membership offer access to the Saginaw Art Museum and its historic gardens as well as reciprocal benefits to more than 800 museums and 450 gardens throughout North America.

For additional information about membership and other events at the Saginaw Art Museum, visit the Museum’s website at www.saginawartmuseum.org or call 989.754.2491.