A message from the Flint Institute of Arts’ Executive Director, John Henry

The summer of 2021 is sure to be a busy one as families begin traveling again and make plans to visit the FIA. Exciting exhibitions and fun activities are scheduled for the whole family to enjoy. There’s so much to discover at the FIA, from the current exhibitions to the permanent collection, Museum Shop, and classes in the Art School. Add us to your summer schedule. You won’t be disappointed.

The wildly popular Blue Plate Special by glass artist John Miller is on view through September 19 and features larger-than-life glass sculptures of everyday objects. His hot dogs, French fries, milkshakes, and other diner classics will conjure memories of the past. Miller will be offering a two-day glass workshop on July 23 and 26 and free public demonstrations in the hot shop on July 24 and 25.

There are other exhibitions to explore as well, such as 3D: Focus on the Figure which explores the rich history of depicting the human form in three dimensions with sculptures spanning over five centuries. Or, 3D: Focus on the Abstract, an exhibition that presents sculptures by artists who have strayed away from realistic representation to explore abstracted forms. Both exhibitions are on view through Aug. 29.

Visitors will also enjoy the FIA’s 14 permanent collection galleries that contain important European and American paintings and sculptures, 15th century to the present, and an extensive collection of decorative and applied arts including ethnographic study collections dating back five millennia. The FIA is also home to an outstanding glass collection in the Contemporary Craft Wing that highlights works by more than 85 contemporary glass artists. After visiting the gallery, you are invited to enjoy a free glassblowing demonstration in the hot shop every Saturday and Sunday on the hour thanks to McLaren Healthcare.

We’ve also brought back Late Night at the FIA, every Friday through August. This great partnership with the Flint Institute of Music features live music and art demonstrations, along with food and drink specials from the FIA’s Palette Café. Tables and seating is available, but limited so visitors are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets and enjoy the show on our expansive lawn.

The FIA recently reopened the FIA Theater with the Dort Financial Credit Union Film Series. Visitors can enjoy a wide range of films during the summer like Saturday Night Fever, Reservoir Dogs, West Side Story, and Romeo and Juliet. Films are shown every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through Aug. 29.

The FIA is open Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. Admission is free for all Genesee County Residents through the Genesee County Arts Education and Cultural Enrichment Millage.

Details: Visit flintarts.org or call 810- 234-1695 to learn more.