Buckham Gallery announces new executive director

FLINT — Buckham Gallery has announced the appointment of Michele Leclaire as its new Executive Director.

She succeeds Lynn Penning, who ran the organization for three years.

Leclaire, who served as Exhibition Director since 2018, earned an MFA in painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 2006, where she studied painting with Katherine Bradford, Vincent Desidario, and Irving Petlin.

She widely exhibits her paintings and is represented in public and private collections throughout the country.

In the role of Exhibition Director, Leclaire introduced to Flint major artistic voices such as Kresge Fellow Ed Fraga, Guggenheim Fellow Nancy Michnick, and author and critic John Seed. Additionally, she has developed new programming such as the Cider & Slides art talks to provide community members with opportunities to more deeply engage with contemporary artistic practice and ideas.

As Executive Director, Leclaire will further develop Buckham’s organizational capacity and community impact. In this role she will leverage the talent and enthusiasm of the Board of Directors and artist members to continue to bring challenging, contemporary art to downtown Flint.

“I am honored to serve the Buckham Fine Arts Project in this capacity,” said Leclaire. “As Executive Director, I will work with Buckham’s Board of Directors to solidify our brand, develop new programming, and build a 5-year strategic plan that includes: expanding our audience through marketing, diversifying fundraising, and growing community memberships.” — G.G.