Lectures & Discussions
  • January | February
  • March | April
  • May | August
  • September | October
  • November | December
Check back soon for more programming updates.
7th Annual Sheppy Dog Fund Lecture
Past Lectures
Between Magic & Monotheism:
Judaism & Sorcery in the Ancient World
Guest Lecturer
Dr. Justin Sledge
Armida, the Sorceress, Calls Upon the Powers of Magic to Avenge Her Loss
Simon Vouet (designer) French, 1590–1649
Armida, the Sorceress, Calls Upon the Powers of Magic to Avenge Her Loss, ca. 1633–1637
Wool and silk (modern cotton lining)
181 x 92 inches
Gift of Viola E. Bray, 2005.124.8

The Sheppy Dog Fund Lecture has been established to address the topics of art, religion and history prior to the 19th century, and is funded annually by the Sheppy Dog Fund, Dr. Alan Klein, Advisor.

Media Sponsor
WKAR
Book Discussion
The Glassblower of Murano
by Marina Fiorato

Part I: Art Lecture
May 11 • 1:30p
Isabel Hall
Part II: Book Discussion
May 25 • 1:30p
Isabel Hall
Venice, 1681. Glassblowing is the lifeblood of the Republic, and Venetian mirrors are more precious than gold. Jealously guarded by the murderous Council of Ten, the glassblowers of Murano are virtually imprisoned on their island in the lagoon. But the greatest of the artists, Corradino Manin, sells his methods and his soul to the Sun King, Louis XIV of France, to protect his secret daughter. In the present day his descendant, Leonora Manin, leaves an unhappy life in London to begin a new one as a glassblower in Venice. As she finds new life and love in her adoptive city, her fate becomes inextricably linked with that of her ancestor and the treacherous secrets of his life begin to come to light. Free to the public
The Glassblower of Murano
FIA book discussions focus on works of fiction and non-fiction related art, art museums, or FIA collections. The first meeting for each book sets the stage by exploring artists and artwork related to the selected book. Two weeks later, the book is discussed. These free programs are offered on Wednesdays at 1:30p.
Thompson Lecture
Past Lecture
Beyond the Horizon: a History of Blue
Dr. James Fox
Guest Lecturer
Dr. James Fox

The Thompson Lecture was established in 1991 by Dr. and Mrs. Jack W. Thompson to enable the Flint Institute of Arts to present a distinguished speaker in the arts or humanities each year. The Thompson Lecture is one of the Institute's few members-only events and was established, in part, to attract new members to the FIA.
Newport Waterfront

Childe Hassam
American, 1859–1935
Newport Waterfront, 1901
Oil on canvas
26.25 x 24.125 inches
Gift of The Whiting Foundation through Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Johnson, 1972.31

Media Sponsor
WKAR
Sheppy Dog Fund Lecture
Previous Sheppy Dog Fund Lecture
"Sweet are Your Charms"
Portrait Sculpture from Ancient Mesopotamia


Guest Lecturer
Trudy S. Kawami, PhD
Director of Research at the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation


Dr. Alan Klein

The Sheppy Dog Fund Lecture has been established to address the topics of art, religion and history prior to the 19th century, funded annually by the Sheppy Dog Fund, Dr. Alan Klein, Advisor.
Book Discussion
Previous Book Discussion
The Art Whisperer
by Charlotte & Aaron Elkins

So she's understandably apprehensive when her connoisseur's eye spots something off about a multimillion-dollar Jackson Pollock painting at the Palm Springs Brethwaite Museum, her current employer.

Alix is already under fire, the object of a vicious online smear campaign. Now the Brethwaite's despicable senior curator, obsessed with the "maximization of monetized eyeballs," angrily refuses to take action. But it's only after a hooded intruder attacks Alix in her hotel room that the real trouble begins. And when FBI Special Agent Ted Ellesworth—with whom Alix had inadvertently, but thoroughly, botched a budding relationship just a year prior—turns up to investigate the Pollock, Alix knows she's about to have her hands full.

In her third mystery, Alix London must see through mirages in the desert to uncover the knotted history of the painting—and save herself in the process.


The Art Whisperer

FIA book discussions are free to the public and focus on works of fiction and non-fiction related to art, art museums, or FIA collections. The first meeting for each book sets the stage by exploring artists and artwork related to the selected book. Two weeks later, the book is discussed.
google maps
Flint Institute of Arts
1120 East Kearsley Street
Flint, Michigan 48503
p  810.234.1695
f   810.234.1692
Hours
Monday – Friday
12:00p – 5:00p
Saturday
10:00a – 5:00p
Sunday
1:00p – 5:00p
American Alliance of Museums MemberCharles Stewart Mott FoundationMichigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairsnational endowment for the arts