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9/28/2017 Member News
Saginaw Art Museum Announces “Medieval To Metal: The Art & Evolution Of The Guitar” Exhibition September 29, 2017 – January 6, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 28, 2017

STACEY GANNON, 989.754.2491

Saginaw Art Museum Announces “Medieval To Metal: The Art & Evolution Of The Guitar” Exhibition September 29, 2017 – January 6, 2018

Saginaw, Michigan – The Saginaw Art Museum announces Medieval To Metal: The Art & Evolution Of The Guitar on view from September 29, 2017 – January 6, 2018, in the Saginaw Art Museum Sargent Special Exhibition Wing. “Medieval To Metal: The Art & Evolution Of The Guitar” is a touring exhibition that celebrates the artistic development of the guitar. Developed by The National GUITAR Museum (NGM), it features 40 objects, ranging from the intricately inlaid Moorish oud and six-foot long Renaissance theorbo on to the modern Italian design of the Eko and transparent acrylic body of California's BC Rich guitars. Spanning centuries of design and craftsmanship, the exhibition takes visitors through the history of an object that is one of the most recognizable items on the planet.

“Over the past several years, interest in the guitar as an icon has grown significantly,” according to HP Newquist, executive director of the NGM. “The guitar has been a signature element of world culture for more than 500 years; now visitors can explore the design history and artistry that has played a major role in the guitar’s evolution."

The guitar pervades culture beyond music. It was an integral element of the work of both Vermeer and Picasso, and today it is incorporated into advertising everything from clothes and cars to the Olympics. “It’s hard to find anyone who hasn’t been affected by the guitar, whether as players or just fans of all types of music. And while this may be apocryphal,” Newquist adds, “it’s a widely held belief that the two most recognizable man-made shapes on the planet are those of the Coca-Cola bottle and the electric guitar.”

The “Medieval To Metal” Exhibition also includes life-size photorealistic illustrations of historically important guitar designs from noted artist Gerard Huerta, and 20 photographs of acclaimed musicians and their guitars from Neil Zlozower, one of the world's premier concert photographers.

The Saginaw Art Museum will host an opening reception on September 29, 2017 from 6-8pm.

The Saginaw Art Museum is open Tuesday-Saturday, 12pm-5pm, and additional hours for events and programming. Visit for additional hours. For more information please call 989-754-2491.

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 or call 989.754.2491.