The Glass Glass Collection
From Lens to Eye to Hand: Photorealism 1969 to Today
Paperweights: Highlights from the Flint Institute of Arts Collection

Spring Into Glass

Beginning in April, the Museum Shop is where you can purchase demonstration glass pieces made in our new state-of-the-art Hot Shop.


Two new publications featuring glass from the 19th century to the 21st have been published by the Flint Institute of Arts. These books are now available for purchase in the Museum Shop.

The Glass Glass Collection catalogue (hardcover; 200 pages; $44.95) commemorates the public unveiling of the Sherwin and Shirley Glass Glass Collection, on loan from the Isabel Foundation, at the Flint Institute of Arts in its new wing dedicated to contemporary craft. In this fully illustrated publication, FIA Executive Director John Henry demonstrates why Flint, Michigan is an ideal location for a contemporary craft wing; Habatat Galleries Founder Ferd Hampson discusses how the Glasses’ collecting interests represented a “quest for the best;” and Patricia Grieve Watkinson contextualizes the collection within international and American glass movements. Support for the catalogue provided by the Isabel Foundation.

Paperweights: Highlights from the Flint Institute of Arts Collection (hardcover; 248 pages; $24.95) features more than 140 weights from the Classic Period (1845–1860) of French manufacturers Baccarat, Clichy, and Saint-Louis, to works by contemporary artists Josh Simpson and Debbie Tarsitano, from the collections of Mrs. Viola E. Bray and Mrs. Genevieve Shaw. Kathryn Sharbaugh, FIA Director of Development, serves as guest curator to research and write about the history of paperweights, as well as highlight their various styles, techniques, and categories. This book is published in conjunction with the exhibition Small Worlds, which presents a survey of glass paperweights from the 19th century to the present. Support for the catalogue provided by the Bray Charitable Trust.

From Lens to Eye to Hand: Photorealism 1969 to Today by Terrie Sultan (paperback; 128 pages; $39.95) examines Photorealism in contemporary art from its roots in the late 1960s to today. Photorealism reintroduced straightforward representation into an art world dominated by Pop Art, Minimalism, Land Art, and Performance Art. Often misunderstood as being overtly traditional, artists at the vanguard of this important movement were trailblazers. Use of the camera as the foundation of painterly expression is common today, but in the 1970s Photorealists were embarking on a groundbreaking way of seeing and depicting the world. Drawing on major public and private collections, the book features works by the masters of Photorealism. Along with numerous illustrations, the book also includes an introductory essay by noted artist and writer Richard Kalina, and an in-depth essay by Terrie Sutlan, focusing on photorealistic watercolors and works on paper.

Members always receive a 10% discount on Museum Shop purchases.

The FIA Museum Shop is a must-see part of your museum experience. With a range of art-inspired and artist made merchandise, the Museum Shop has jewelry, stationery, ceramics, glass, textiles, books, children’s items, and home décor that is unique to the area. From locally known to internationally acclaimed and fair trade artists, the collection of merchandise at the Museum Shop changes regularly so you will find something new every time you come in. 

Our large assortment of merchandise includes items related to temporary exhibitions and permanent collections, as well as great souvenirs with the FIA logo to remember your visit to the museum. Young and old alike, there’s something fun and unique for every taste at the FIA Museum Shop.

Museum Shop Hours
Monday – Saturday10a–5p

*The Museum Shop is open late for select special events