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In the summer of 1884, John Singer Sargent commenced work on this painting while on a visit to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Vickers in Sussex, England. This composition, one of eleven portraits he painted of the Vickers family, depicts their children, Vincent and Dorothy, amidst stalks of lilies as they water the flowers in a seemingly spontaneous outdoor scene. Earlier this year, this painting was on loan to the Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse exhibition at the Royal Academy in London. While there, a descendant of Vincent Vickers contacted the FIA to request permission to take a photograph in front of the painting (which is normally prohibited).

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Pictured left to right: Arabella von Freisen, Slaine Campbell, and Georgia Short (Slaine’s daughter). They are all related to Vincent Vickers through his only daughter (Wilma Vickers) from his first marriage to Mairi Clarke. Wilma married Jack, Earl Cawdor, and they had three children: Caroline, Hugh, and James. Arabella is Caroline’s daughter and Slaine is James’s daughter. So these are Vincent Vickers’ great-granddaughters and great-great-granddaughter.

grant from PNC for children's art program

As the lead crisis remains at the forefront of citizens’ concerns, The Flint Institute of Arts has received a $100,000 grant from the PNC Foundation to support a new Head Start-based Success through Art (START) program designed to benefit children, ages 3 to 5, who are participating in the Head Start, Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) and Child Care Network of Flint.

The grant from the PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC), will allow the Flint Institute of Arts to reach 3,100 Flint-area preschool children each year for the next three years. Representatives from the Flint Institute of Arts will provide training, primarily in classrooms, that will focus on language, early literacy, cognitive skill, math and emotional skill development—areas that have been identified as challenging for children who have been exposed to lead.

“PNC is committed to strengthening the communities where we do business,” said Tim Salisbury, PNC regional president for Mid-Michigan. “This program will focus on the long-term well-being of Flint’s most vulnerable residents—children aged 3 to 5—by addressing the well-known link between early childhood arts education and higher achievement in other cognitive and academic domains.“

In addition to the educational sessions provided by the Flint Institute of Arts, each participating family will receive family literacy kits, as well as PNC Grow Up Great passports and digital book downloads.

“The START program is ideal for providing multisensory and experiential learning and an art-rich environment to support creative development and improve school readiness of children from the ages of three to five,” said Monique M. Desormeau, Flint Institute of Arts Curator of Education.

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The Education Department welcomed representatives from PNC Foundation as they presented a grant award to support the expansion of the Head Start-based Success Through ART (START) program designed to benefit children ages 3 to 5 who are participating in Head Start, Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) and Child Care Network of Flint.

Pictured, from left to right, are Suzanne Joseph, PNC Regional Manager; Michelle Dummer, FIA Assistant Curator of Education; Jennifer Sturdy, PNC Director of Client and Community Relations; Ashley Cayton, Clio Assistant Branch Manager; Monique Desormeau, FIA Curator of Education, and David Reid, PNC Client Advisor.

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Art School Transformation
The existing 3,960-square-feet Art School exterior courtyard will be covered and converted into a multi-purpose studio makerspace for 3D art classes and public demonstrations, including hot glass blowing and bronze casting.

This flexible space will be equipped with retractable stadium style seating which will provide many options for demonstrations, workshops, classes and more. The primary focus will be hot glass making equipment including furnaces, annealing ovens and an adjacent cold shop for finishing. The space will also accommodate a metal foundry for casting bronze and aluminum. Audiences will be able to view on large mounted screens close ups of the artists working during demonstrations as well as hear narration during presentations.

This dynamic space, easily accessible from both the museum and the school, will serve as a vibrant hub for three-dimensional art for visitors, students and guest artists. It will also function as a window into the processes behind the creation of glass objects on view in the galleries, expanding visitors’ understanding of works in the museum.

Major equipment purchases remain unfunded including glass furnaces, annealing ovens, elevator, retractable seating, studio furniture, audio/video equipment, and gallery lighting. The FIA is seeking an additional $1 million for equipment and $4 million of endowment to support the expanded operation.

Keep the flame burning with your contributions. Contact Kathryn Sharbaugh at, call 810.234.1695, or visit

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