FLINT, MI – The Flint Institute of Arts this month named Tracee Glab as its new executive director.
According to an FIA press release, she will become the fourteenth director of the FIA. Glab is the third woman to hold the highest executive position since Margaret Davis and Mary Brozik ran the FIA in the early 1930s.
Her knowledge and expertise in art history and visitor engagement is reflected in the breadth of programs and publications she has managed and developed at the FIA.
She has overseen more than 100 exhibitions, curated over 40 exhibitions, worked extensively with contemporary artists locally and internationally, and oversaw fifteen publications.
Though Glab will be taking on a new role, she’s already a trusted member of the esteemed museum.
Glab had previously been curator of FIA collections and exhibitions since 2009. Her new role as CEO succeeds John B. Henry, who announced his retirement earlier this year.
“My tenure as Curator at the FIA has been the most rewarding part of my museums career and I look forward to leading the museum into the next chapter,” said Glab. “With its outstanding art collection and respected art school at the heart of the Flint Cultural Center, I look forward to building on the strong foundation of the FIA and engaging the public in new and innovative ways with the arts.”
She previously worked with the current director of the Detroit Institute of Arts, Salvador Salort-Pons, who recommended her for the FIA’s curatorial position.
“I am delighted with the appointment of Tracee Glab as the next Executive Director of the Flint Institute of Arts,” said Salort-Pons. “She is uniquely equipped to continue the successful history of the FIA. She will bring a fresh perspective to the work and help the institution to effectively engage with the community to provide access to quality education.
“I know her impressive work ethic and dedication to the arts will serve her well, and DIA looks forward to working with her as we bring the best art to our state.”
In addition to her time at the FIA, Glab previously spent 10 years working in various departments at the Detroit Institute of Arts, including Curatorial, Publishing and Education.
She received her Master of Arts in Art History from Wayne State University and her Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
Glab was selected after the museum’s board of directors conducted a national search led by m/Oppenheim Executive Search, a search firm specializing in finding candidates for executive positions in nonprofit organizations.
“Having met with several talented candidates, we believe Tracee’s knowledge of the FIA and the community, as well as her role in expanding the museum and collection as a curator, makes her perfectly suited for the Managing Director role,” said Thomas Lillie, President of the FIA Board of Trustees. “The FIA is a valuable community asset and we believe Tracee’s vision and leadership will help expand membership, attract new visitors and continue the growth of the objects in the collection and the artists represented by those works. “
The FIA has grown to become the second largest art museum in Michigan and one of the largest museum art schools in the country. Thousands of patrons, art students, and young people participating in outreach activities interact with the museum annually. In six years the museum will celebrate its centenary.
“The FIA has become an internationally recognized and respected institution right in the heart of Flint,” said Glab. “As we approach our 100th anniversary, I look forward to celebrating the institution’s amazing legacy while making arts and arts education accessible to even more people in our community and beyond in the years to come.”
More information about the FIA can be found here.
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