Flint Print Club
In 2007, the Flint Institute of Arts established the Flint Print Club. Its mission is to develop connoisseurship among its members and educate the general public about prints, printmaking, and print collecting through its semi-annual Print Fair and annual print edition. The Club is limited to 100 members, so the edition is always limited to 100 signed and numbered impressions. Over the past thirteen years, the FIA has been fortunate to work with a slate of internationally recognized artists: Janet Fish, Richard Bosman, Gladys Nilsson, Mary Lee Bendolph, Marylyn Dintenfass, Sidney Hurwitz, Hunt Slonem, April Gornik, Karsten Creightney, Stanley Casselman, Catherine Kernan, and Jane Goldman.
Three of the past twelve years saw all 100 memberships purchased, but the other nine years still have prints available. To distribute the outstanding inventory of past commissioned prints, remaining editions are available for purchase at $500 for current Print Club members and $600 for non-members. There are a limited number of prints for each of these editions and these will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.
To inquire about available prints, please contact Cory Potter of the FIA Museum Shop at 810.237.7390.
Print Club Membership Form
Use this form to send in your membership by mail.
2020 Commissioned Print Artist
Each year, the Flint Print Club commissions an artist to produce a print to augment both the FIA’s collection and the pursuit of personal collecting. The club is limited to 100 members in good standing at the Family level or above. Flint Print Club dues are $250.00 annually, which provides each participating member with a selected print and related programs. The club currently reaches members in 16 states across the country and arrangements can be made to ship the print to any of the 50 states.
Chakaia Booker is the artist of the 2020–21 commissioned print. Residing in New York, Booker is an internationally renowned and widely collected American sculptor, known for her large-scale works made from discarded tires, which are cut, looped, layered, and reassembled. She has exhibited in over 150 solo and group exhibitions across the United States, Europe, Africa, and Asia and is included in more than 40 public collections. She was selected for the 2000 Whitney Biennial and received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005.
Applying her experience of transforming materials into sculptural works, Booker takes the same approach to constructing works on paper. She cuts, tears, and layers paper to create new patterns, dynamic and abstract. Using chine collé—a technique in which an image is transferred to a lightweight paper and simultaneously bonded to a heavier paper during printing—allows Booker to “build” her image in a similar way that she would if she were sculpting. The FIA Print Club print features additional shapes with the artist using an embossing process, which adds an even more sculptural reference to the overall print.
You can learn more about the artist and her work on her website at chakaiabooker.com.
For more information about joining the Flint Print Club, please contact Valarie Bailie at 810.234.1695 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.