Art a’ Loan

The Saugatuck Public Schools dedicates this year’s highlight show to Judy Oberholtzer who was an avid supporter of Art ‘a Loan since its beginnings 25 years ago. Judy leased countless numbers of works throughout the years for the Community Church in Douglas and truly believed in the mission of the program. She passed away on August 25th at the age of 87 after her fight with cancer.
“Best of the Best”

Award-winning Saugatuck Schools’ Art a Loan Program Turns 25 …

Pivots to a COVID-friendly “Student Highlight” show January – February, 2021

The award-winning Saugatuck Schools’ Art à Loan program is celebrating its twenty-fifth year! In the midst of Covid constraints, the School is pausing the big annual leasing party and instead cueing the virtual confetti. Students will be celebrated during a month-long pop up show in the Gallery at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts January 4 – February 10, 2021.

Together with the SCA, Saugatuck Public Schools will present a “Best of the Best” Highlight show, featuring juried works from K-12th grade students. The community will be able to view the show virtually on both the schools’ and the SCA’s websites or browse in person at the SCA (following Covid safety protocols, M-F, 9am – 5pm).

Explore the work below!

The “loan” in Art à Loan refers to the $150 fee local businesses and organizations pay to “lease” a student work for a year. Student works are professionally matted and framed and include a tag identifying the artist and his/her year in school. This year, however, Art à Loan’s traditional format is on pause which also means the crucial leasing fees are paused.

Saugatuck High School Arts Educator Danielle Hanna explains that leasing fees “seed” the costs for matting and framing the following year. With that funding model disrupted this year, Hanna hopes the businesses and organizations that typically participate in Art à Loan will continue to partner with the program. “With the end of last school year totally disrupted we weren’t able to pull enough student works for a full Art à Loan showing this year,” Hanna said. “But we want to ensure that the program restarts in fall 2021. This year we’re asking community members to consider a special gift to replenish our framing fund and kickstart Art a Loan.”

If you would like to donate to this year’s fund, a check can be made out to the Saugatuck Public Schools, or please contact Danielle Hanna directly at or (231) 590.5942


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