Membership » Founders Society

The Founders Society, formed in 1958, is the longest standing of the FIA's support and fund raising organizations. Governed by a thirty-member Board of Directors, the purpose of the Founders Society is to assist in implementing programs at the FIA, through fund raising and other activities; to promote local interest in works of art; and to acquire, sell, or manage property, which may come by gift, grant, or bequest for the FIA's general benefit. The Society operates a year-round art sales and rental gallery, organizes an annual winter art fair, and coordinates other events and fundraisers throughout the year.

If you would like to become a FIA volunteer, please call 810.234.1695 or fill out the volunteer form.

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DuMouchelles Appraisal Fair
May 14 • 9:00a–5:00p
Has your Spring-cleaning uncovered some intriguing treasures? Now is your chance to find out how much they are worth. This year's Appraisal Fair brings back specialists from the DuMouchelles Art and Auction House in Detroit. All items—from jewelry to fine arts—will be appraised at market value. Those interested must pre-register for a time slot. Each appraisal is $15 per item and is limited to two items per person. The Fair is open to the general public.
RSVP by Thursday, May 5
For reservations or more information on the Appraisal Fair, contact the Art Sales & Rental Gallery at 810.237.7321 or
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Wet Paint Day
August 6
Artists Viewing at Applewood Estate
Reception & Wet Paint Sale at Art Sales & Rental Gallery

Up to 45 invited local and statewide plein air artists will paint in the gardens at Applewood: The Charles Stewart Mott Estate. This event is free to the public to view and visit with the artists as they paint. The signed and framed paintings will then be displayed in the Art Sales & Rental Gallery at the Flint Institute of Arts for a public reception and "Wet Paint" sale. During the reception, attendees can meet the artists and purchase their paintings. A $5 entry fee will be charged for the reception.

This will be an exciting day for those interested in watching marvelous scenes being drawn or painted on the spot, meeting the artists, and obtaining a keepsake painting of Applewood Estate.

The Founders Society thanks the Ruth Mott Foundation for making Applewood Estate available to the community and for their generous hospitality.

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Flint Institute of Arts
1120 East Kearsley Street
Flint, Michigan 48503
p  810.234.1695
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Monday – Friday
12:00p – 5:00p
10:00a – 5:00p
1:00p – 5:00p

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American Alliance of Museums MemberCharles Stewart Mott FoundationMichigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairsnational endowment for the arts