New Year, New Mission, New Logo

 

As part of our 2023–26 Strategic Plan, we have updated our mission statement to: The Flint Institute of Arts Museum + Art School connects diverse communities through fun, creative, and inspiring visual art experiences. One thing that you may notice right away is the addition of “Museum + Art School” after the name. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the word “institute” in a museum name indicated that the organization was both an art gallery and an art school, such as the Art Institute of Chicago or Detroit Institute of Arts. Over time, some Institutes closed their art schools, but the FIA never has. Though we have adhered to the Institute’s original meaning, many, including those within our communities, don’t realize we are both a museum and an art school. This added emphasis in our mission and new logo reflects our desire to showcase one of our greatest assets and attractions. 

The FIA partnered with Olmsted Associates, a Flint-based team specializing in communications and graphic design, to create a new logo and branding campaign. The three simple squares of the FIA Museum + Art School logo represent the FIA’s three primary functions.

 

The FIA is…

1) A Museum focused on collecting and presenting art from around the globe, dating from ancient times to present day

2) An Art School, featuring studio experiences for individuals of all ages, in the nation’s 3rd largest museum-affiliated school

3) A unique venue to present transformative experiential and educational programming, as well as host fun special events.

 

The various elements of the logo are united in one singular triptych image, symbolizing an organization made up of several elements coming together in a cohesive whole, which is exemplified by the FIA’s new branding statement: “Art Brings Us Together.” The three primary colors, taken from the colored brick façade of the building, represent: green for new beginnings, renewal, and growth; yellow for happiness, excitement, hope, and creativity; red for strength, passion, confidence, and an assertive presence in the local, regional, national, and international art ecosystem. The typography makes use of two timeless, contemporary complementary sans serif fonts. The identity was designed to be easily applied across a multitude of communication channels (digital, social, print, video, etc.). 

 

The FIA is your Museum + Art School, and I hope in the coming new year that you will have fun, inspiring, and creative visual art experiences and that you will see for yourself how art brings us together.


Sincerely,

Tracee J. GlabExecutive Director

Tracee Glab

Executive Director

Tracee Glab is the Executive Director at the Flint Institute of Arts. She has overseen more than 100 exhibitions and curated 40 exhibitions, working with the community on such exhibitions as Jerry Taliaferro’s Women of a New Tribe (2017) and Sons: Seeing the Modern African American Male (2022). She has collaborated with other Michigan institutions for Common Ground: African American Art from the Flint Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, and Muskegon Museum of Art (2015–16) and with University of Michigan-Flint faculty on Self-Expression (2017). She has worked extensively with contemporary artists, both locally and internationally. Glab has also overseen fifteen publications, contributing to the 50th-anniversary book Magnificence and Awe: Renaissance and Baroque Art in the Viola E. Bray Gallery (2011) among others. Her interests include exploring the ways objects of various time periods and cultures can connect to people thematically, most recently culminating in a lecture on “Beautiful Death.” Prior to her role at the FIA, she worked for 10 years at the Detroit Institute of Arts across many departments, including curatorial, publications, and education. Glab has her MA in Art History from Wayne State University and BA in Art History from University of Michigan-Dearborn. Glab was also honored with two competitive travel grants to London and Oxford to conduct her master's thesis research on the 19th century British painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

Officers & 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.

Kathryn C. Boles

President

Lynne Hurand

First Vice-President

Anton Thornquist

Second Vice-President

Elisabeth Saab

Secretary

Jay Werschky

Treasurer

Thomas B. Lillie

Immediate-Past President

John Bracey

Trustee

Willie Brown

Trustee

Ann K. Chan

Founders Society President

Mona Hardas

Trustee

Louis A. Hawkins

Trustee

Carol Hurand

Trustee

Dale Keipert

Trustee

James R. Kettler

Trustee

Alan Klein

Trustee Emeritus

Camille Koger-McCree

Trustee

Asha M. Kulkarni

Trustee

Matthew L. Norwood

Trustee

Karl A. Olmsted

Trustee

Linda Pylypiw

Trustee

Dr. Brenda Rogers-Grays

Trustee

Betty Salimi

Trustee

James Shurter

Friends of Modern Art President​

Dr. Sharon A. Simeon

Trustee

Theresa A. Stephens-Lock

Trustee

Tiffany Stolzenfeld

Trustee

David T. Taylor

Gregory G. Viener

Trustee

Ed Watkins

Trustee

Dale K. Weighill

Trustee

Dean Yeotis

Trustee