Claire Mott White: A Tribute
A daily walk through the galleries, art school, and public spaces of the Flint Institute of Arts is a long established part of my daily ritual. It serves as a reminder to me of the many individuals who have added immeasurably to the cultural life of our community. Now, following the passing of Claire Mott White on March 24, 2014, it is especially poignant because there is almost no place in the museum that isn't imbued with her indomitable spirit.
Claire had a life long relationship with the FIA that began when she took art classes in our museum school as a young child. She continued taking studio classes at the FIA throughout her adulthood and became an accomplished ceramic artist in her own right. Mrs. White served several terms on the Board of Trustees, and provided great leadership during the expansion and redesign of the museum that was completed in 2006. Following In the tradition that began with her grandfather, C.S. Mott and her parents, Harding and Isabel Mott, Mrs. White was a quiet philanthropist who believed passionately about the arts. On a personal level, Claire was unfailingly kind and generous. She possessed a remarkable curiosity and joyful optimism that made her a beloved friend to all who had the privilege of knowing her. Every child or adult who finds an opportunity for expression through a studio art class or is inspired by a work of art in the museum's collection is a beneficiary of her legacy.
On behalf of all of us at the Flint Institute of Arts, I would like to express our appreciation to the White family for sharing Claire with us.
John B. Henry, Director