• SAGINAW ART MUSEUM AND SAGINAW CLUB AGREE TO TERMS, KEEPING LOCAL MASTERPIECE IN THE REGION

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    SAGINAW ART MUSEUM AND SAGINAW CLUB AGREE TO TERMS, KEEPING LOCAL MASTERPIECE IN THE REGION
     
    (SEPTEMBER 16, 2019) In a demonstration of civic pride and cooperation, the Saginaw Art Museum and Saginaw Club have entered into an agreement to ensure that one of the most important pieces of artwork to ever come from the Great Lakes Bay Region - the Eanger Irving Couse painting, Portrait of Chief David Shoppenagon - remains in the area in perpetuity.
     
    The large oil painting that has hung above the fireplace in the Saginaw Club since 1911, will be sold to the museum and take pride of place among the institution’s collection of Couse’s work.
    The painting was originally commissioned by Saginaw Club member Charles Willis Ward and given to Club by Mr. Ward and the Saginaw-native, Couse. Proceeds from the sale of the artwork will be used for the Saginaw Club’s endowment.
     
    “We are delighted ensure that this cultural treasure remains in the Great Lakes Bay Region for the public to enjoy for generations to come.” said Mike Kolleth Executive Director of the Saginaw Art Museum and Temple Theatre Foundation. “The Saginaw Art Museum Board of Directors understood the importance of an artwork of this historical resonance remaining in the area in which it was executed and intended. Once the painting is cleaned and conserved we will celebrate its arrival with the entire Great Lakes Bay Community.”
     
    “This transaction represents the very definition of a win-win,” said Renee Johnston, President of the Saginaw Club. “It is important to the members of the Saginaw Club that this masterpiece stays in our region, is available for the public to enjoy and benefits from the Museum’s curation. We were able to accomplish this public good while helping to ensure the financial security of the Club.”
     
    Eanger Irving Couse is an artist of international renown. He was born September 3, 1886 to a farming family in Saginaw and spent his childhood years drawing members of a Chippewa tribe that lived nearby.  He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Academy of Design in New York, and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris under William-Adolphe Bougereau.  He resided in the summer months for most of his life here in Saginaw and wintered in Taos, New Mexico.  
     
    Chief David Shoppenagon was born in Indianfields, a Chippewa Indian Village in the Saginaw River Valley.  In 1795 his grandfather, also a Chippewa chief, was among the Indians who met with General Anthony Wayne at Fort Greenville, Ohio, and signed a treaty that ended forty years of warfare in the Ohio Valley. Shoppenagon arrived in the Grayling area from the Saginaw Valley during the early 1870s. He trapped, hunted, and was a guide for sportsmen throughout the northern Lower Peninsula. Less than two weeks after the club accepted the aforementioned painting, Chief Shoppenagon passed away at the age of 104.
    The terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
     
    The Saginaw Art Museum is located between Old Town Saginaw and Downtown Saginaw, conveniently close to several other cultural destinations in Saginaw, 1126 N. Michigan Ave, t is the Great Lakes Bay Region’s foremost fine arts museum and considered among the nation’s best small museums. Its mission is to provide “Art For All” through education, exhibition, collection and preservation of art.

    MEDIA INQUIRIES
    SAGINAW ART MUSEUM: Mike Kolleth, Executive Director, (989) 754-2491 
    SAGINAW CLUB:  Mark R. Frank, General Manager/Executive Chef, (989) 754-8404

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