From the Executive Director
As the warm weather returns, things are heating up at the Flint Institute of Arts. In addition to the major gallery expansion and renovation of the Art School currently underway, the museum is undertaking several exciting projects, both in front of and behind the scenes. As anyone who has begun a home renovation project knows, disruptions should be expected—and while we’ve taken pains to keep these at a minimum, they are necessary in order to accomplish what we’ve set out to do.
Among our many projects is the publication of a fully illustrated catalogue on the contemporary glass collection, on loan from the Isabel Foundation, in time for the new wing’s grand opening. In order to meet publishing deadlines, it was necessary to close the C. S. Mott Wing in April to receive, uncrate, photograph, and store 150, mostly large-scale, works of glass. The contemporary galleries are scheduled to re-open in June, after uncrating and photography are completed. The Johnson and Rabiah Galleries, which feature 19th- and early 20th-century American and European paintings and sculpture, will remain closed, serving as a temporary storage vault until the new wing opens. The “greatest hits” from the Johnson and Rabiah Galleries are now on display in the Ruth Mott Gallery. All other galleries will remain open, offering hundreds of artworks to our guests.
Also, this summer, our plans call for extensive renovations to the existing building, requiring heavy equipment that will make the environment unsafe for visitors. The building and its furnishings receive daily wear and tear during regular programming, rentals, and events; and although the building was renovated just over a decade ago, it’s time we refurbish most of the public areas. We are fortunate to have crews and equipment currently on-site for the construction and we thought it best to take full advantage. We believe closing the entire building, from August 1 through mid-September, is the most efficient way to do this. August is our lightest attendance month and, typically, the time we close the Art School for maintenance. When we reopen in September, you will see an expanded café, as well as the relocation of the Art School student gallery, which replaces the Art Sales and Rental Gallery, adjacent to our Museum Shop. This new location will feature art work by FIA Art School students and faculty, available for purchase for the first time.
While I know you’re eager to see what the fall holds, please visit as often as possible in the spring and early summer. In May, we celebrate the opening of Rodin: The Human Experience with a Members Preview on Friday, May 5 (see page 4). This exhibition features 45 bronzes by French sculptor Auguste Rodin, recognized as one of the greatest sculptors since Michelangelo. This year commemorates the centenary of Rodin’s death, and the FIA is one of many museums worldwide honoring this master. I hope you’ll join us on Saturday, June 3 for The PARTY: An ARTrageous Affair, where you can expect the unexpected in theme, food, and entertainment. The following weekend, June 10–11, join us for the Flint Art Fair, now in its 50th year here on our grounds.
John Henry has been the FIA's Director since July 1996, and holds an M.A. from the University of Mississippi in Art History and a B.F.A. from the University of South Carolina in sculpture.
He is a member of Rotary International and a member of numerous professional affiliations including the Board of Trustees of the Flint Classroom Support Fund, The Association of Art Museum Directors, American Association of Museums and the Midwest Museum Conference.
The Director is responsible for the administration of board policies and all museum operations.
Board of Trustees
The board of directors is the governing body of a nonprofit. Individuals who sit on the board are responsible for overseeing the organization’s activities. Board members meet periodically to discuss and vote on the affairs of the organization. At a minimum, an annual meeting must occur with all board members present. Additional meetings are likely to take place throughout the year so board members can discuss and make other necessary decisions. Board memberships are not set up to be permanent positions; most organizations have terms set up for board members, which typically fall between two and five years.
The FIA welcomes the following members to the Board of Trustees:
Raymond J. Kelly, III
Raymond J. Kelly, III was raised in Flint and has a B.A. cum laude from Notre Dame in English and a B.A. honours and M.A. in Literae Humaniores (Ancient and Modern Philosophy and Ancient History) from Oxford University. After Oxford, he served for nearly four years on active duty with Army Intelligence in Berlin, Washington, and Vietnam and is a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve. R.J. is in his 47th year of serving Flint-area clients in the financial services industry.
R.J. and his wife, Kathleen, have five children and five grandchildren. He and Kathleen have lived in Flushing since 1972. R.J. has written two books as catalogues for exhibitions at the Flint Institute of Arts, Love Everlasting: The Art of Romance Through the Millennia and To Be or Not to Be: Four Hundred Years of Vanitas Painting.
Dr. Alan Klein graduated from New York University’s College of Dentistry, followed by three years at the University of Rochester, completing a general dentistry internship and a fellowship in Pediatric Dentistry. Currently, Dr. Klein is in private practice, providing care to children with special needs and extensive needs in a hospital setting. In addition, Dr. Klein received a law degree from Cooley Law School and a Master’s in Taxation from Wayne State University. Over the years, he has visited hundreds of art and history museums throughout the world!
Martha Sanford has been a resident of the Flint area her entire life and is a 1985 graduate of Albion College. Martha is Director of Marketing for Miller Apple which owns 22 Applebee’s restaurants in Michigan. Her past volunteer work includes serving on the board of the Bishop Trust, treasurer of the FIA Founder’s Board, the Junior League of Flint and Cedar Street Children’s Center. Martha and her husband of 30 years, Timothy, live in Grand Blanc and have two grown children living in Chicago.
Ann K. Walch-Chan has been a life-long resident of Flint where she and her husband, Alex, have raised their two children. Ann is a graduate of Central Michigan University and had a previous career in banking and teaching. Her lifelong interest in the arts has grown from a love of music and fine art. Ann serves on the Board of the Founders Society and has been actively involved with the FIA for the past 20 years.
Attorney Dean Yeotis is in private practice in Flint. He serves on the boards of the Greater Flint Sports Hall of Fame, the Bruin Club, and the Atwood Stadium Authority. Dean lives in Flint with his wife, Lynda, who is Executive Director of Jewish Community Services.
Thomas J. Mitchell
Louis A. Hawkins
Kathryn C. Boles
Robert S. Piper
Eleanor E. Brownell
Janice T. Harden
Raymond J. Kelly, III
Thomas B. Lillie
Elizabeth S. Murphy
Founders Society President
Lynne A. Taft-Draper