Flint Youth Media Project

July 1, 2017 - July 31, 2017

Fleckenstein Video Gallery

In conjunction with the Flint Youth Film Festival, the FIA will exhibit several works by young, local filmmakers throughout July. The Flint Youth Media Project introduces the art of filmmaking to people ages 13–25 and to 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, the public, and professional filmmakers and screenwriters.

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Ray Parker

American, 1922 – 1990

Untitled, 1980

Oil on canvas, 90 × 218 inches

Museum purchase with funds donated by Mr. William S.White 2013.16

Size Matters: Big and Small Paintings and Sculpture

September 16, 2017 - December 30, 2017

Hodge Galleries

Drawn from the FIA’s permanent collection, Size Matters: Big and Small Paintings and Sculpture features artworks of impressive size. From oversized paintings by Sophie Matisse and Ray Parker to a larger than life bronze by Debora Butterfield, the works in this exhibition will consider the commanding presence of large-scale artwork. 

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Concentric millefiori, pink and white Clichy rose canes, in pink and white stave basket, 19th century
1 11/16 x 2 7/16 inches 
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William L. Richards, FIA 1969.75.48

Small Worlds

September 16, 2017 - March 18, 2018

Ann K. Walch-Chan Gallery

This exhibition presents a survey of glass paperweights from the 19th century to present day. It highlights different techniques, styles, and various types of paperweights.

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From the Exhibition

  • Baccarat, French, Garland on white "stardust" carpet ground, mid-19th century. Glass, 2 3/16 x 3 3/16 inches. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William L. Richards, 1969.75.51

  • Paul Stankard, American, b. 1943, Rose Bouquet with James Joyce in a Potato Orb, 2007. Glass, 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches. Private collection 

Takahashi Hiroaki

Japanese, 1871­–1945

Untitled (Landscape with Mountain), ca. 1900–1920

Woodblock on paper

15 x 17 inches

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Burlingame, FIA 1978.12

Japanese Prints

January 15, 2018 - April 22, 2018

Graphics Gallery

Description TBD. Guest Curator Sarah Lippert

This exhibition will explore Japanese prints from the FIA's permanent collection. Dr. Sarah Lippert associate professor of art history at the Univeristy of Michigan-Flint will be guest curating the exhibition.

The Graphics Gallery is sponsored by

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Ntombephi “Induna” Ntobela

My Sea, My Sister, My Tears, 2011

Glass beads sewn onto fabric

24 x 24 ⅜ inches

Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence

January 21, 2018 - April 15, 2018

Hodge Galleries

Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence showcases a new form of textile art known as ndwango, developed by a community of women living and working together in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Ubuhle [Uh-Buk-lay] means “beauty” in the Xhosa [Ho-Sa] and Zulu languages, and it also describes the shimmering quality of light on glass that for the Xhosa people has a particular spiritual significance. By stretching textile (ndwango) like a canvas, the artists transform the flat cloth into a contemporary art form colored with Czech glass beads. The artwork not only provides an emotional outlet for a community affected by HIV/AIDS and low employment, but allows a route for financial independence for these artists. 

Ubhule Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence was developed by the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, Washington, DC in cooperation with Curators Bev Gibson, Ubuhle Beads and James Green, and is organized for tour by International Arts and Artists 

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From the Exhibition

  • Tshengi Duma, Sthembile Majola, Nontanga Manguthsane, Nonhlakanipho Mndiyatha, Kalipha Ntobela, Ntombephi Ntobela, and Thembani Ntobela, The African Crucifixion, 2008. Glass beads sewn onto fabric. 177 ½ x 275 ¾ x 16 inches

  • Zondlile Zondo, Flowers for the Gods, 2012. Glass beads sewn onto fabric. 49 ⅝ x 20 ⅛ inches.

  • Bongiswa Ntobela, Funky Bull, 2006. Glass beads sewn onto fabric. 51 ¼ x 59 ⅛ inches.