Saugatuck Center for the Arts Opens 15th Anniversary Season with Alexander Girard Exhibition

The Saugatuck Center for the Arts (400 Culver Street) opens its 15th Anniversary season with an exciting exhibition featuring works by designer Alexander Girard. TEXTILE PLAY: The Magnificent Eye of Alexander Girard opens January 27, 2017 and runs through March 24.

The opening reception for the show is Friday, January 27 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. and is free to the public. The exhibition is open Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and during evening events. FREE admission.

“We’re thrilled to bring this visually stunning exhibition to the West Michigan community,” said SCA Executive Director Kristin Armstrong. “It shares wonderful stories about Girard’s fascination with color and pattern – stories that fit squarely into our current conversations about the intersection of math, design thinking, and art.”

Armstrong noted that the SCA worked with both the Herman Miller archives as well as private collectors to gather works for the exhibition.

Girard was one of the most meaningful textile designers and interior architects of the 20th Century. He had a gifted eye for both the extraordinary and the little details of the world.

As the manager of the Material and Textile Department at Herman Miller, the American-Italian designer created more than 300 different graphic designs in 20 years. Every one of his designs expresses Girard’s affection for strong colors and abstract forms. His textile designs range from brightly colored, floral elements to monochromatic patterns – always including a playful element. Seemingly simple stripes, circles, and triangles became wonderful patterns – and their influence is still felt today.

Textile Play features Girard fabrics, screen prints, furniture, and books from Herman Miller’s archives and local collectors. The pieces, along with stories about Girard’s design process, celebrate his vision for using “everyday” shapes and objects, strong colors, and elements from pop art and folk art to create a rich, playful world that continues to be his lasting legacy.

A series of interdisciplinary educational opportunities related to the exhibition are available for children and adults throughout the run of the show. Educators may contact SCA Education + Exhibitions Manager Whitney Valentine to learn about cost-free opportunities for students ( or 269.857.2399).

Textile Play is sponsored by the Herman Miller Cares Foundation, Claudia & John Berry, and the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs.