The Flint Institute of Arts, also called FIA, is located in the Flint Cultural Center in downtown Flint, Michigan. It offers exhibitions, interpretive programs, film screenings, concerts, lectures, family events and educational outreach programs to people of various ages, serving over 120,000 adults and children a year.
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. In 1958, FIA moved to its current location in the Flint Cultural Center. The current facility is 150,000 sq. ft., with over 25,000 sq. ft. of gallery space.Over the years, the Flint Institute of Arts has become one of Michigan's largest fine arts museums.
Awards and Accreditation
1972-accredited by American Association of Museums
2002-collection was designated a National Treasure by the President's Committee on the Arts.
2007-received the Governor’s Award for Arts and Cultural Organization
2007-recieved a $800,000 grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
2009-recieved a $5,000 grant from McLaren Regional Medical Center
2010-received two grant awards totaling $7,500 from the Martha Merkley-Youth Charitable Trust administered by Citizens Bank Wealth Management
The Collection and Exhibitions
The permanent collection includes more than 7,500 works of art. Highlights of the collection include 15th to 18th century English, French, and Italian decorative arts, a rare shaped panel by Peter Paul Rubens, American and French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, Hudson River School paintings, Regional and Great Lakes paintings, and Abstract Expressionist and Photorealist paintings. Some of the renowned artists that are featured in the collection are Auguste Renoir, John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, Thomas Hart Benton, Andrew Wyeth, and Duane Hanson.
FIA also has multiple exhibitions that it puts on during the year. Some exhibitions that have been featured are Picasso, Richard Florsheim, Matthew Wead: Shooting Targets, and Judy Pfaff: Sculptures.
Location: 1120 East Kearsley Street Flint, Michigan 48503
In becoming a memeber of the Flint Institute of Arts, there are various options to choose from. There are nine levels of membership which are youth(2.5-12yrs.), student(13+), individual, dual, family, sustainer, sponsor, donor, and Rubens society. Each of these levels comes with a certain amount of money that has to be paid annually to sustain membership. This membership also comes with different benefits depending on the level of membership, including free guests, discounts on art classes, and discounts in the cafe.