FIA Archives
A Look Back

Over the course of its 85-year history, the Flint Institute of Arts has had many remarkable patrons. Their philanthropy, vision, and selfless commitment to the institute has made it possible to add important works of art to the perma-nent collection and present some of our most popular programs.

Pictured above left is Mrs. Jack (Diddy) Thompson. Mrs. Thompson was a dedicated student in the Art School and together with her husband Dr. Jack Thompson established an endowment that provides funding for the Thompson Lecture Series.

Mrs. William (Bertha) Richards, pictured in the center, was the daughter of Mrs. Everett (Viola) Bray. Mr. and Mrs. Richards contributed many works of art to the FIA permanent collection personally and through the Viola E. Bray Charitable Trust. Among the important works they gifted are the John Singer Sargent painting of the "Vickers Children" and the extensive collection of paperweights.

Mrs. Edward Neithercut (Libby), pictured on right with her husband Edward, served on the FIA's Board of Trustees and was responsible for creating the Rubens Society that encourages membership support at the highest level. The Elizabeth Koegel Neithercut Endowment Fund provides funding for Rubens Society programs.

The FIA is grateful to each for leaving a legacy that continues to enrich the cultural life of this community.
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