Flint Art Fair

Original art collage by Deborah O’Keeffe
for the 2013 Flint Art Fair

The Friends of Modern Art proudly presents the
46th Annual Flint Art Fair

On the ground of the Flint Institute of Arts

June 8 • 10:00a–6:00p
June 9 • 11:00a–5:00p

$5 Adults
$3 Ages 13–1
FREE Senior Citizens, Children 12 & Under

FOMA Free Music Night
June 8 • 6:00p–10:00p

Become one of the many thousands of people each year who look forward to the second weekend in June for one of the premier events our community has to offer.

Listen to local music by some of our areas best musicians. Stop by our concessions tent to enjoy a soda or bratwurst. For those 21 or older quench your thirst with an “adult” beverage at the Sidewalk Cafe.

For more information visit FlintArtFair.org.



The Party!

Screen Shot 2013-05-29 at 2.15.57 PMIt’s the celebration to kick-off the summer!

Join us at the Flint Institute of Arts for an annual fundraiser like you’ve never experienced before.

Be transported to Brazil’s Carnival with the scintillating sounds of Samba beats and festive atmosphere. Excite your senses with a live band, strolling dinner, cash bar, raffle drawings and other eye-catching surprises. You won’t want to miss it!

For more information or to make a reservation, call 810.234.1695 or visit our website here.

Complimentary valet parking.

Funds raised support FIA programs and exhibitions.

International Museum Day

Affiche400x600_triJoin the Flint Institute of Arts Saturday, May 18 to celebrate International Museum Day! Admission to the FIA is free on Saturdays thanks to support from Target Free Saturdays.

The Flint Institute of Arts will join a worldwide community of museums to celebrate International Museum Day. This year’s theme is Museums (memory + creativity) = social change.

Our rich heritage, which museums both display and protect, is associated with inventiveness and vitality and are museums’ greatest strengths. It is the conviction of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) that “museums have demonstrated that their presence and their actions can change society in a constructive manner.”

The Palette Café and Catering Receives Update

FIA Facilities install a new counter top in The Palette Café and Catering.

The Palette Café and Catering at the Flint Institute of Arts is receiving a small update as a part of on going renovations to the former FIA Café.

FIA Facilities spent Wednesday, May 8 and Thursday, May 9 removing an old refrigerator display case and installing a new counter at The Palette.

The Palette is located in the front wing of the FIA Lobby, by the Museum Shop and Art Sales and Rental Gallery.

The new counter will make it easier for Palette employees to create fresh wraps and panini’s right as customers order them. In the past, wraps had to be pre-prepared in FIA’s kitchen due to the lack of counter space available for The Palette.

The Palette plans to reopen Saturday, May 11, 2013.

Additional, larger-scale renovations are planned for The Palette in September 2013.

Slow Art Day


April 27, 2013

11:00a – 1:00p

Celebrate Slow Art Day, a world-wide event designed to spread the joy of looking at art “slowly.” Come to the Flint Institute of Arts to view five works of art for ten minutes each and then stay for lunch to discuss your experience. Bring your own lunch or purchase something at the café. For more information about Slow Art Day visit SlowArtDay.com.

Slow Art Day Facebook

FIA Awarded $32,000 Grant from PNC Foundation



FLINT, April 23, 2013 – The Flint Institute of Arts (FIA) has been awarded a $32,000 grant from the PNC Foundation to enhance education and improve technology skills for preschoolers enrolled in the Genesee County Head Start programs.   PNC provided the funding to the FIA in support of Grow Up Great, its multi-year, $350 million, bilingual program in early childhood education.

The grant from the PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC), has allowed the Flint Institute of Arts to provide direct services to 800 3- to 5-year-old children enrolled in Flint Community Schools Head Start programs. Activities will be presented in the FIA galleries and studios to foster the development of reading, math, science, thinking and creative skills needed to succeed in school and in life. Related family programs and educator workshops will serve 1,000 family members and 30 Head Start teachers.

“The mission of Flint Community Schools is consistent with PNC’s longstanding commitment to early childhood education,” said Tim Salisbury, PNC regional president for Mid-Michigan, speaking on behalf of The PNC Foundation.  “PNC recognizes the critical role that access to high quality early childhood education plays in the lives of area children, their families and ultimately, our economy.”

Head Start is a federally funded preschool program for families that meet poverty income guidelines and/or have children with a disability. The mission of the Flint Institute of Arts is to provide high-quality, supportive learning experiences for children and families to promote their future success.

“The Flint Institute of Arts is the ideal place to provide an art-rich environment to support children’s creative development and improve school readiness of children from the ages of three to five,” said Monique M. Desormeau, Flint Institute of Arts curator of education.

To learn more about the PNC Grow Up Great initiative, go to www.pncgrowupgreat.com.

About the Organizations

The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group (www.pnc.com), actively supports organizations that provide services for the benefit of communities in which it has a significant presence. The foundation focuses its philanthropic mission on early childhood education and community and economic development, which includes the arts and culture. Through its signature cause, Grow Up Great, PNC has created a multi-year, $350 million initiative to enhance early childhood education and school readiness.

The Flint Institute of Arts has made a significant contribution to the quality of life in the Flint community since its founding in 1928 and today, continues to play a major role in the growth and revitalization of the city of Flint. Through its exhibitions, interpretive programs, film screenings, concerts, lectures, family events and educational outreach programs, the FIA serves more than 120,000 adults and children annually from all over southeast Michigan. The FIA maintains a collection of over 8,000 objects, sustains a membership of 3,200, registers 1,700 students from pre-school age to senior citizens in Museum Art School studio classes, and presents school programs to 25,000 K-12 students annually.


Members Preview, Talk, Lecture & Reception

Reflections on Water in American Painting: The Phelan Collection

Friday, April 5, 2013

Gallery Talk @ 5:00p 

Arthur J. PhelanCollector
Arthur J. Phelan

Arthur J. Phelan will discuss his collection of paintings in this exhibition. Phelan, who has a BA and MA from Yale University, finds American art to be a useful tool in understanding American history, a philosophy that brought him to collecting. From 1965 to 2000 Phelan has acquired more than 400 American oil paintings and watercolors.

Lecture @ 6:00p

David DearingerCurator, Boston Athenaeum
David Dearinger
Curator, Boston Athenaeum

This illustrated lecture will survey and investigate depictions in American paintings, from the 1700s to the twentieth century, in which water was given its most active role, images where it is a full player in the drama of nature and in the living, sometimes violent, world around us. This history will be traced in works by important American artists such as John singleton Copley, Thomas Cole, Frederic Edwin Church, Fitz Henry Lane, Winslow Homer, John Sloan, William Glackens, John Marin, Jane Freilicher, and Helen Frankenthaler.

Reception @ 7:00p