New Hours

SAC is now open 7 days a week .

12 Noon to 5 PM Monday-Friday and 12 Noon to 4 PM Saturday & Sunday.

Made in Owosso

“Made in Owosso” – a once in a lifetime, 12-week historic exhibition opens on Friday, June 24 and runs through Sunday, September 18, 2016. In order to realize the full scope and potential of an exhibition like “Made in Owosso,” the Shiawassee Arts Center and the Owosso Historical Commission have reached out to 10 organizations and nonprofits in Owosso, the first time in recent history that this number has partnered to share concepts, ideas and resources. Every weekend during the exhibition, “Made in Owosso” will feature one of the organizations with special events – in Curwood Castle Park and at their locations. The organizations are:

DeVries Nature Conservancy
Shiawassee County Convention and Visitors Bureau
Shiawassee District Library – Owosso
Friends of the Shiawassee River
Shiawassee Historical Society
Owosso Community Players
Steam Railroading Institute
Owosso Main Street
Shiawassee Regional Chamber of Commerce

Made In Owosso

A $2,500 grant has been awarded to the Shiawassee Arts Council

A $2,500 grant has been awarded to the Shiawassee Arts Council from the Gerald Gilbert Memorial Endowment Fund administered by the Shiawassee Community Foundation and funded by Charles Lyons. This grant will provide arts instruction to individuals with developmental disabilities at the Shiawassee Arts Council in partnership with The Arc Shiawassee. (pictured left to right: Piper Brewer, Executive Director- Shiawassee Arts Council, Linda Ruehle, Arts Education Director-Shiawassee Arts Council, Carol Soule, Executive Director-Shiawassee Community Foundation and Don Levi, Chairman/President-Shiawassee Community Foundation)

Mr. Gilbert was an inspiration to students for 25 years as a vocal music instructor at Owosso High School. He was regarded by his colleagues in the Michigan School Vocal Association (MSVA) for his ability to develop and inspire members of Owosso High School’s renowned A Cappella Choir to consistently win highly prized state honors.

Most of all, Gilbert is remembered by Owosso High School alumni for his passion for music and his example of striving for excellence. Born in Traverse City, Michigan, Gilbert graduated from Central Michigan University with a BA degree and from the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago with a Master’s degree. He was the director of the Michigan Honors Choir and voted Outstanding Music Teacher of the Year by the MSVA in 1970. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in the Pacific in World War II. He retired from Owosso High School in 1978 and passed away at the age of 63 in 1988.

Early Frieseke Painting Acquired

Early Frieseke Painting Acquired

In 1897 a 23-year-old aspiring artist from Owosso, Michigan named Frederick Carl Frieseke sailed from New York to France. With him was his friend and fellow artist, Will Howe Foote and his father Elijah Hedding Foote. Will and Frederick had been students together at the Art Institute of Chicago and at the Art Students League in New York. Elijah Foote, one of the founders and president of the Imperial Furniture Company in Grand Rapids and vice president and general manager of the Grand Rapids Chair Company, was an early patron of the young Frieseke. As appreciation for his support, Frieseke painted a watercolor portrait of Foote, probably done in Holland in the summer of 1898, and signed it “To my friend Mr. E.H. Foote, F.C. Frieseke, Paris 1898”. The painting remained in the Foote family for 117 years until it was recently acquired for SAC’s permanent collection with the generous support of the SAC Board of Directors and SAC co-founder, Ann Moore.

Owosso Bike Fest

Owosso Bike Fest

August 9, 8am-4pm

Join us for the 2015 Owosso Bike Fest in memory of Alice Morris on Sunday, August 9th, featuring two recreational bike routes of 8 and 22 miles, a continental breakfast, “Owosso Bike Fest” water bottle and event medallion. T-shirts, with support from Lance’s Bakery and designed by award-winning high school student Delaney Asbridge, are available.

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SAC Summer Art Camps start in June

Emma Tomkins and a class

SAC Summer Art Camps start in June with two weeks at DeVries Nature Conservancy and the next two weeks at the Shiawassee Arts Center. Call SAC to learn more — 989.723.8354!

18th Annual Member Artist Show

Calling all SAC Member Artists to participate in the 18th Annual Member Artist Show at the Shiawassee Arts Center May 6th – June 21st. The $100 People’s Choice Award will be presented at the end of the exhibit, which is generously sponsored by Owosso Graphic Arts.

Find all details plus an application online at 2015 Member Show and be as happy as Artist TOM DELANEY of Lapeer, who won an award in 2014 for his 3-D piece “Showbiz.”

Spring Break Art Camp!

Spring Break Art Camps – April 7-9, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, 1pm – 5pm. K – 5th Grades. Come one, two or all three days!

Dress for mess! If you aren’t going to Cancun or Tahiti…come to SAC’s Tropical Get Away and become “unfrozen!” Pre-registration required so that adequate materials will be available. Snack provided. 25 per day member/$30 per day non-member.

Tuesday – “Michigan Day” – Make some special Michigan gifts to put away for Mother’s Day, (May 10) and Father’s Day, (June 21) Linda Ruehle, Instructor.

Wednesday – Tropical Palm Tree Painting with Acrylics with Artist, Gwen Sutton. Also paint a visor. Sea Turtle Mosaic with Linda Ruehle. Wear your shorts and bring flip flops if you want!

Thursday – Recycle, Reclaim, Reuse! Let’s make Robots and other amazing things with recycled materials! Collect items to bring with you and we will collect too. Linda Ruehle, Instructor. Call (989) 723-8354

Meet Robin Fisher, SAC Board Member


Robin has trained in the art of dance for more than 30 years, beginning in Michigan and continuing in New York and Chicago. At the age of 14, she started her professional career-performing, studying and traveling throughout the United States and Canada. She has studied with Jazz and Tap Masters, including Joe Tremaine, Frank Hatchett, Joel Hall, Gus Giordano, Henry La Tang, Jimmy Payne, Buster Brown and Savion Glover.

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Shiawassee Artists’ Guild “Kaleidoscope” exhibit

Corunna Artist, BONNIE BROWN AND Owosso Artists, JANET BAUGHER & JEANNE CURTIS are exhibiting their beautiful artwork at the Arts Center with the other members in the Shiawassee Artists’ Guild “Kaleidoscope” exhibit. You are invited to meet the artists at the opening reception this Sunday, March 29, 2-4pm

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