Flint Institute of Arts
The IFPDA internship will focus on researching the Jack B. Pierson Collection of 856 prints in the Flint Institute of Arts. This collection contains works by 404 artists spanning the globe, from North and South America, Europe, and Africa, most dating to the 20th century. Jack Pierson (1912–1996) was a native of Flint and worker at General Motors during the early 20th century, eventually moving to New York City. He was passionate about prints, belonging to several print clubs, traveling to print exhibitions and galleries, and corresponding directly with printmakers, including local Michigan artists, for commissioned works. Pierson, who was witness to pivotal events in Flint’s history, such as the Sit-Down Strike of 1936-37, focused his collecting on prints dealing with major social issues of the century. These works document artists’ reactions to such topics as workers’ rights, feminism, poverty, war, civil rights, and the AIDS epidemic.