Rod Penner, American, born Canada,1965. Day, 2010. Acrylic on panel, 6 × 6 inches. Museum purchase, 2010.282

The Last Picture Show: Paintings by Rod Penner

June 3, 2023 - August 13, 2023

Dow Gallery

This exhibition presents a selection of paintings by the photorealist painter Rod Penner. A Canadianborn, Texas-based artist, Penner’s work captures the visual dichotomy of forgotten towns in southwest America. Painted in excruciating detail using a small paintbrush, he renders each paint-chipped facade, pavement crack, and aged sign in precise detail. The artworks in this exhibition present a cinematic-like view that explores the desolation and serenity of rural Texas and New Mexico.

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Lucienne Bloch, American, born Switzerland, 1909–1999. Progress, 1936 (later state of 1935 edition) Woodcut on paper, 101/2 x 83/4 inches. Gift of Constance Evanoff Knaggs, David G. Knaggs and Michael B. Evanoff in honor of Genevieve and Michael W. Evanoff, 2021.55

On Press: Women Printmakers of the Early 20th Century

July 15, 2023 - October 8, 2023

Graphics Gallery

Despite women taking an active role in the American art scene since the mid-1830s, they still faced many challenges in a male dominated field by the turn of the century. By the early 1900s, the prospect of formal training and having a career as a female artist had become a reality, in part by the support of institutions, programs, and groups that practiced a gender-inclusive and democratic approach to art such as the Art Students League of New York, the American Artists Group, and federally funded opportunities like the Works Progress Administration’s Federal Art Project. This exhibition presents works on paper by female artists, from 1900 through the 1950s, who were seizing on these new opportunities and laying the foundation for future generations of artists. The etchings, woodcuts, and lithographs included in the exhibition range from portraits to landscapes and genre scenes that reflect the social realities of the time. Artists in the exhibition include Peggy Bacon, Minna Citron, Lucienne Bloch, and more.

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Flint Youth Film Festival 

Winners from the Flint Youth Film Festival

August 1, 2023 - August 31, 2023

Security Credit Union Gallery

In conjunction with the Flint Youth Media Project, the FIA will exhibit the award winners of the 2023 Flint Youth Film Festival. The Flint Youth Media Project introduces the art of filmmaking to people ages 13–30 and college students regardless of age. In addition to a series of free filmmaking workshops, the program provides opportunities for participants to share their work with peers, professional filmmakers, screenwriters, and the public.

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Henry Wilmer Bannarn, American, 1910 – 1965. Ironing Day, 1949. Gouache on board, 20 × 16 in. Courtesy of the Isabel Foundation, Inlander Collection L2003.36

American Realism: Visions of America 1900–1950

September 9, 2023 - December 30, 2023

Henry Gallery Hodge Gallery

Drawn from the collections of the Flint Institute of Arts, Muskegon Museum of Art, and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, American Realism highlights paintings, works on paper, and sculpture from the 1900–1950 that capture the evolving experience of 20th century America. The closing of the 19th century and first decades of the 20th century saw massive changes in the American Art scene, as artists, still heavily influenced by Western European art centers, began to aggressively seek to define a new “American Art.” Fueled by trade, industry, and immigration, New York grew into a dominant international city, easily rivaling its European counterparts as a hub of finance and culture. Artists responded to this transformative period with explorations of the changing social scene and growing urban landscape, resulting in a revolutionary time for American art. 

Drawing primarily from the collections of three Michigan museums–the Flint Institute of Arts, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, and the Muskegon Museum of Art, the show begins in the early 1900s and continues through the 1940s, highlighting artists whose work sought to define the era. The exhibition will feature the works of such well-known artists like Robert Henri, George Bellows, Guy Pene du Bois, Edward Hopper, Peggy Bacon, Reginald Marsh, Hughie Lee-Smith, and many others, including Michigan artists who too sought to define the changing ways of living. Emphasis will be given to women and artists of color active during this period, sharing a deeper look into the stories and lives of the era. 

After its premiere at the Muskegon Museum of Art, American Realism will travel to the Flint Institute of Arts and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.

Exhibition Dates:

Muskegon Museum of Art: May 11 – August 27, 2023

Flint Institute of Arts: September 9 – December 30, 2023

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts: January 21 – April 14, 2024

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John Dempsey, American, born 1950. GMAC - Delco, Flint, 2022. Watercolor. Courtesy of the artist EXL_Dempsey_20

Fabrication in Transit

October 14, 2023 - January 7, 2024

Graphics Gallery

Fabrication in Transit features works on paper by John Dempsey that celebrate and chronicle our shared industrial environments. The exhibition consists of work in a variety of media, from a series of ink drawings dating from the early 1980s, to an extended series of more recent watercolors, as well as mixed-media work fabricated in Mott Community College’s FabLab. Dempsey’s interest in industrial architecture is rooted in personal history as well as in formal aesthetics. A work permit allowed him to hire into numerous factories in Detroit while attending middle school and high school. And although his main studio interest became focused on large-scale, contemporary, landscape paintings he has also produced work for over forty years featuring industrial interiors such as those designed by Albert Kahn and Associates.

Dempsey received his BFA from Michigan State University and an MFA from Central Washington University. He also studied art at Wayne State and Arizona State. Born in Detroit, he lived and maintained a studio in downtown Flint for over 25 years. John retired from Mott Community College’s art department in 2016 and then taught drawing, part-time, at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit until moving his painting studio to Hillsborough, North Carolina in 2019.

Click here to visit John Dempsey’s website

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