Flint Institute of Arts

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Flint Institute of Arts
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The Flint Institute of Arts, also known as FIA.
Established 1928
Location Flint, Michigan
Coordinates 43°01′21″N 83°40′40″W / 43.02237°N 83.67778°W / 43.02237; -83.67778
Type Art museum
Collection size 8,000+
Visitors 160,000 (Annually)
Director John B. Henry
Website flintarts.org

The Flint Institute of Arts, also called FIA, is located in the Flint Cultural Center in Flint, Michigan. The second largest art museum in Michigan, it offers exhibitions, interpretive programs, film screenings, concerts, lectures, family events and educational outreach programs to people of various ages, serving over 160,000 adults and children a year.[1]

History[edit]

The Flint Institute of Arts was established in 1928 by leaders in the community who wanted a place where students could pursue art courses and the community could enjoy exhibitions.[2] In 1958, FIA moved to its current location in the Flint Cultural Center. After a much needed renovation in 2005, the current facility is 150,000 sq. ft., with over 25,000 sq. ft. of gallery space.

About[edit]

The Flint Institute of Arts is the second largest art museum in the State of Michigan and one of the largest museum art schools in the nation. Each year, more than 160,000 people visit the FIA’s galleries (free of charge) and participate in FIA programs and services.[citation needed]

For more than 85 years, the FIA has been responsible for acquiring, protecting and presenting a collection of art and artifacts spanning continents and 5,000 years. The collection, which exceeds 8,000 objects, is significant for its depth of important European and American paintings and sculptures, 15th century to the present, and its holdings of decorative and applied arts including important ethnographic study collections dating back five millennia.[3]

Accreditation and grants[edit]

Collection and exhibitions[edit]

The permanent collection includes more than 8,000 works of art.[6] Highlights of the collection include: 15th to 18th century English, French, and Italian decorative arts, a rare shaped panel by Peter Paul Rubens, a complete set of 17th century French tapestries; American and French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, Hudson River School paintings, Regional and Great Lakes paintings, and Abstract Expressionist and Photorealist paintings.

The Flint Institute of Arts has assembled outstanding collections of American, European, Native American, African, and Asian art including paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, and decorative arts.

Some of the renowned artists that are featured in the collection are Auguste Renoir, John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, Thomas Hart Benton, Andrew Wyeth, Duane Hanson, and Barbara Sorensen.[7]

FIA also has multiple exhibitions that it puts on during the year. Some exhibitions that have been featured are Picasso, Rodin, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Jerry Taliaferro.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About the FIA | Flint Institute of Arts". flintarts.org. Retrieved 2017-03-28. 
  2. ^ hostmaster (2016-10-10). "Welcome To Pure Michigan". Michigan. Retrieved 2017-03-28. 
  3. ^ "About the FIA | Flint Institute of Arts". flintarts.org. Retrieved 2017-03-28. 
  4. ^ "Flint Institute of Arts, Operating Support, 200302170.13 | Mott Foundation". Mott Foundation. Retrieved 2017-03-28. 
  5. ^ "A Grant from PNC for the FIA's START Program | Flint Institute of Arts". flintarts.org. Retrieved 2017-03-28. 
  6. ^ hostmaster (2016-10-10). "Welcome To Pure Michigan". Michigan. Retrieved 2017-03-28. 
  7. ^ "Collections | Flint Institute of Arts". flintarts.org. Retrieved 2017-03-28.