Spring Exhibitions at the SCA

How can we cultivate a sense of wonder in our daily lives?

What unexpected encounters with art can provide a glimmer of joy? Play and creativity have been linked in numerous ways. Research tells us that central to both play and creativity is divergent thinking. Both cognitive and affective processes in play have been related to divergent thinking in children.

Throughout this year the SCA will help learners of all ages to improve their play skills, and inturn increase cognitive functioning, navigate stress with greater ease and fluidity, practice divergent thinking, reignite childlike exuberance, and laugh more often!

As always, our programming will revolve around the interesting, thought-provoking, and talented works of our exhibition artists and creative fellow. Let’s explore these creatives and see how you can get involved.

Mr. Society of 23 by Jeffrey Augustine Songco

This year, Saugatuck Center for the Arts is host to the highly anticipated 2024 iteration of Mr. Society of 23. Based on the competitive sport of beauty pageants, Michigan-based artist Jeffrey Augustine Songco takes audiences on a behind the scenes tour of the annual event through the media of photography, video, performance, and installation art. From rehearsals and preparation to the evening’s final coronation, the exhibition captures the physical labor and emotional rollercoaster of the contestants enduring the spectacle of pageantry for the title and pride of Mr. Society of 23.

Re-Wild by Shannon Mack

Grand Rapids-based multidisciplinary artist, Shannon Mack, will occupy our corridor for the entire year of 2024. Throughout this year, we’ll see her works change, grow, and share important messages through mixed-media. This Spring, we’ll dive into the exhibition Re-Wild and what it means to be playfully connected to nature.

Shannon will explore the question, “what if I don’t?” and live into the answer. We hope you’ll join us in the journey.

Creative Fellowship: Julie Ganey

The SCA is proud to welcome non-traditional artists to our campus for a year-long experience with our Creative Fellow program. This year we’re honored to welcome Julie Ganey, a multi-disciplinary artist and educator whose work encompasses writing, storytelling, theatre, and improvisation.

Throughout the year, Julie will utilize her deep skills to encourage all ages to share their stories, be brave, and get creative! Adults and children alike will learn how to tap into their imaginations through written and spoken expression.

What does “play” mean to Julie?

“For me, the idea of play is inextricably linked with artmaking. When we’re trying to create something new – whether it’s a bit of writing, a piece of theater, or some kind of visual art – starting from a place of playfulness and curiosity tends to not only make the art better, but also make the process more enjoyable.” – Julie Ganey

Join the playful fun

You have the opportunity to take a creative journey with these professional artists this Spring at the SCA! From 3 to 103, we have programming designed to engage all skill levels, all ages, and all interests. Where will you find your inspiration?


This Week at the SCA

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