In 2022, Buckham Fine Arts Project, aka Buckham Gallery, continued to cultivate and expand its mission by presenting ten visual art exhibitions featuring work by local, regional, and national artists who make significant statements in their chosen discipline and providing relevant arts programming. Buckham Gallery's 2021-2022 exhibition season featured three small group shows, three large group shows, and four exhibitions featuring a total of 13 concurrent and carefully paired solo artist presentations. This included 658 works of visual art by 157 artists. This programming provided opportunities for our surrounding community to experience sometimes challenging art in new ways and engage with a broad range of innovative contemporary art.
2022 Exhibition Programming
January 2022 started with three concurrent solo exhibitions featuring Emily Legleitner, Diane Zeeuw and Rebecca Zeiss. A primary function of art is that of a lens through which interiors are made discernible to viewers. The emotional intricacies of the human experience can be laid bare through visual representation, often finding a higher state of relatability, of sympathetic resonance between artist and audience. The three artists of this exhibit, Emily Legleitner, Diane Zeeuw, and Rebecca Zeiss, all offer expansive views of concepts and reflections of a far less direct nature, each plunging deep into their respective focuses.
Small Talk, a small group show with Jillian Dickson, Michael Reedy, and Brian Spolans,offers investigations of other people as externalizations of experience and internal fears. These neuroses are presented with tenderness, reverence and the distance experienced with other people. Small Talkwas voted the 2021-22 Season Grand Prize.
Late Winter Exhibitions included three concurrent exhibitions featuring: Morgan Craig sees architectural structures as both repositories and vehicles for memory, influencing culture and identity, by providing a tangible framework through which facets of society can be expressed in his exhibition Dialectics and The Decommodified: The Spectre of Capital. Robert Huebelwas inspired by the love and fascination he has of the American Southwest. Textures of the Southwest explores the special charm of the Southwest: rich in culture, traditions, religions, landscapes, textures and spiritual energy. Chris Waters brings forth portraits of unheralded horses; not ribbon or race winners, not the best examples of their breeds, but they are exalted by the love and care of their owners. Loosely influenced by the works of Kehinde Wiley, All the Pretty Little Horsesis a celebration of Waters’ love of horses.
BIPOC Is The Theme!was a nationally juried exhibition created in collaboration with Tyanna J. Buie. True inclusion starts with acknowledgment. BIPOC Is the Theme! addresses inclusivity through the many artists and art works selected for this exhibition. Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) artists have traditionally been underrepresented in U.S. galleries and museums. How do we make this moment in time more than a moment? Singular Black History Month exhibitions do not make up for the decades of systemic racism and omission from our arts institutes. Buckham Gallery acknowledges the need to build stronger relationships with BIPOC artists and our community. “BIPOC is The Theme,” with juror Tyanna J. Buie, is a launch pad to build new collaborations with BIPOC artists. In addition to the traditional cash prizes, Buckham Gallery selected 3 artists to be featured in the 2023 - 2024 season.
In May, the gallery presented two concurrent solo exhibitions:
Margaret Davis’s Barriers & PreserversWith the numerous social concerns facing today’s teens, Margaret Davis, uses their artwork to showcase adolescence from a variety of environments and cultures. Her multimedia paintings create imagery that portray teens among symbolic barriers and protectors like life preservers, emergency blankets, sand bags, and road barriers. Benjamin Muñoz’s Endless Endeavors. Using identity and cultural assimilation as central themes, Benjamin Muñoz, raises thoughts and questions about the unique experience of immigrants and their families who migrate to the US. Muñoz tells these stories using imagery and composition that follow a chronological or linear timeline. The objects within these pieces help set the foundation for the story he is going to tell. These large scale woodcut prints open up a dialogue that brings comfort and insight for the viewers.
Summer Exhibitions at Buckham Gallery included three concurrent exhibitions: Monsterbet: An Aberrant Abecedarius | Heidi Brueckner Through the personification of the precarious, dark, and grotesque aspects of human beings, Heidi Brueckner creates mixed media paintings in a format that reflects children’s alphabet books. Each letter of the alphabet is coupled with an imaginary monster with a particular quirk that offers insight into their personal story. Within these works, Brueckner uses collage to explore bright color and pattern, tilted and flattened space, and distorted form to achieve psychological expression while still being humorous and fun. Black & White | Craig Hinshaw From black clay to porcelain,Black & White returns to Craig Hinshaw’s 1971 roots at Ball State University. Within these works, Hinshaw shows animated gestural figures with fully functional works, created on the wheel. His works take on a life of their own. Midwest Moonfog Part 2 | Michael Weigman Inspired by suburban upbringing, underground subcultures, and industrial era history, Michael Weigman creates mixed media illustrations while employing printmaking processes to honor its legacy as a communicative medium for the working class.
Late Summer’s Caution: May Contain Nudity featured recent works of Donovan Entrekin, including paintings, encaustics, and charcoal drawings. Entrekin’s work is accompanied by regional artists responding to the nude figure in various media. As well as a small group show of participating artists: Nic Custer, Alla Dubrovich, Amanda Edwards, Pauly Everett, Craig Hinshaw, Robert Huebel, Isaiah Lattimore, Michele Leclaire, Emily Legleitner, Karen Milito, Janice McCoy, Michael Melet, Matthew Osmon, Brian Spolans, Paul Rozycki, Chris Waters, Ed Watkins and #0591.
Two concurrent exhibitions in the Fall: 101 Artists featured selections from the Fred Danziger Collection of Contemporary Art. Danziger inspires others to collect art, to support artists and put art out into the world through showing his private collection across the country. His collection expands beyond 101 Artists, many of which are his former students from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
Master Potter Guy Adamec brings 50 years of vessel oriented pottery experience to his newest exhibition, Ojichaagwan Vessels. Ojibwa for “Spirit Within,” these vessels represent containers for one’s spirit or vessels to hold an offering to a universal omniscience.
November’s annual group show is a tradition for the Buckham Fine Arts Project. This year features Strife, a war themed collection of work by local Flint artists and Collaborators of the Buckham Fine Arts Project. On Screen: A Showcase exhibition and event represented the culmination of Buckham Fine Arts Project On Screen project from 2020 to 2022.
The final 2022 exhibition includes three solo exhibitions: Emmett Merrill’s work uses the lithographic process to create narrative prints which combine Americana imagery with that of myth and legend in his exhibitionEmpty Road, Great Tornado. Kate Snow’s paintings in Nice Things for Nice Peopleare exceptionally playful. Recent Work by Michael Melet includes collages and charcoal drawings.
In addition to the in-person opportunities to experience creative expression, BFAP presented all of its exhibitions online through viewing rooms hosted on the website, extending accessibility to exhibitions. BFAP recorded 11 zoom artist conversations, with 15 artists, hosted on YouTube and continues to receive views, extending accessibility and building new audiences.
Programming success is measured by fulfilling our mission to present innovative contemporary art of the highest standard for the enrichment of our surrounding communities. Artistic caliber has steadily increased over the past several years. This is measured by the credentials of artists and collaborating jurors and curators. We also implemented exit surveys to gauge the artist’s experience working with BFAP and if their needs were met. Overall response concluded that gallery staff was professional, available, and insightful. Artists were pleased to exhibit their work in a museum-quality environment, to participate in recorded YouTube conversations, and with the documentation of exhibits. In addition, we collect exit surveys from visitors at Flint’s ARTWALK. The community visitors were impressed with the scale and scope of our exhibitions.
Events and Other Programming
Buckham Gallery hosted in person events including Artist Receptions and Talks, Flint’s ARTWALK, Open Mic, readings, other programming in a multifaceted outreach effort:
Monthly Open Mic and Youth Open Mic events gave 108 performers an unique venue to present their music and spoken word to new audiences. BPAF presented live music performances at opening receptions and three in person Artist Talks. The Cider & Slides event provided an opportunity for further community engagement with creative practices through this lecture event.
Steal This Stage:A reading featuring authors Catharine Batsios, Connor Coyne, Tim Lane, and Kelsey Ronan— whose work is immersed in, about, or influenced by growing up in Flint.
5th Annual Smallidge Lecture Master Potter Guy Adamec discussed his life and journey as an artist in the 5th Annual Smallidge Lecture. The video represents highlights from this lecture. This event was held October 22, 2022 at Buckham Gallery with 51 guests in attendance.
On Screen works with Flint artists and area community-based nonprofit organizations to create an original work of art. Artists received honoraria for their creative work, totalling $1,900 in 2022. Nine limited edition prints were completed between 2020 and 2022, donating $1,884 in proceeds from sales. Completed projects featured: Flint River Watershed Coalition, Genesee County Habitat for Humanity, Genesee County Youth Corp- REACH, Latinx Technology & Community Center, Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village, The Porch Project, and Whaley Children’s Center. With On Screen we are not only presenting contemporary art, but facilitating the generation of new art. We measure our success by the ability to support working artists and build new relationships with non profit organizations and reach new communities, thus expanding enrichment in our community. In addition to creating art, we are reaching new audiences seeking prints inspired by their favorite community-based organizations, who then become collectors of original art.
Writer In Residence (WIR) provides opportunities for direct engagement with creative expression. This program intentionally reaches out to BIPOC literary artists in Genesee County. Our 2021 - 20222 WIR, Natasha Thomas, attended gallery exhibitions to experience and be inspired by the visual art works and then responded in her literary arts. Thomas created 12 compositions in response to paintings, drawings, and sculptures presented by BFAP, to be compiled into a publication with images of the visual works. BFAP’s first WIR publication released Feb 2022, featured Shea Cobb. The book release event was open to the public, targeting Flint’s BIPOC community, and included a performance by Cobb. Our FY22 WIR’s compositions are currently being compiled into a publication. Author Bob Campbell started the third cycle of Buckham’s WIR in October 2022 and will continue through September 2023.
BFAP at Karmanos features art works by Flint artists in waiting rooms, dressing rooms, and examination rooms at Karmanos’ Proton Wing, providing comfort and inspiration to patients and staff. This specifically reaches audiences who may not have stepped into a museum or gallery before, increasing accessibility.
The Emerging Artist Fellowship collaboration with the University of Michigan - Flint provides a nourishing space for artists to grow and acquire essential professional development opportunities to succeed as they enter the art world. The 2022 cycle mentored Flint photographer My Proulx, providing studio space, access to programming, critiques, and culminated with an exhibition of their work in September. Musician and artist Steven Banks, is the 2022 - 2023 EAF recipient.
Internships BFAP worked with 5 students, four from University of Michigan-Flint and one from College for Creative Studies. Interns worked with gallery staff and visiting artists, as well as learning the call for entry process. Its success is measured by the professional development opportunities we have provided, responses from the interns, and college credits awarded by UM-F. Internships benefit students, giving exposure to gallery programming, research, art handling and installation, and hands-on experience with small nonprofit organization operations. Additionally it increases programmatic exposure to college-age audiences.
2022 Buckham Gallery Numbers
3,880 Total visitors to physical gallery 2,057 Flint’s Second Friday Art Walk visitors 971 Daily Gallery visitors 647 Total number of exhibited visual artworks 533 Other event visitors 319 Open Mic visitors 224 Number of exhibiting visual artists 108 Open Mic performers & Youth performers 13 Participating “In Conversation” artists 11 “In Conversation” videos 6 BIPOC is The Theme prize winners
2022 BFAP Outreach Programming Numbers
36 Artworks at Karmanos Proton Wing 9 On Screen projects completed 5 Student Internships 2 Writer In Residence artists
2022 Support to Artists and Organizations
$10,000 Art Sales Income paid to Artists $ 2,500 Exhibition Prizes Awarded to Artists $ 2,100 Honorariums paid to On Screen Artists $ 1,220 On Screen donation to nonprofit organizations $ 1,100 Writer In Residence honorariums $ 400 Honorariums to Performers $ 400 Other Artist Support
Gallery Visitor Demographics:
Gender: 57.6% Female 42.4% Male
Age: 24.0% 30-39 12.4% 60-69 18.2% 20-29 5.1% 70+ 17.3% 50-59 3.9% Under 10 16.6% 40-49 2.5% Teen
Race: 71.6% White 3.7% Latinx 15.7% Black 3.1% Other 3.7% Indigenous 2.2% Asian
Buckham Arts Collective is a group of practicing arts and advocates who lead and sustain the organization to further the goals of Buckham Fine Arts Project as defined by the organization’s mission statement and bylaws.
Members of the collective direct the artistic programs of the gallery, serve in an advisory capacity, and assist with gallery operations. The Collective is composed of Artist Collaborators and Buckham Sustainers.
Artist Collaborators is a group of practicing artists who collaborate to further the goals of Buckham Fine Arts Project as stated above. Collaborators perform functions pursuant to the operation of Buckham Fine Arts Project and engage in a dialogue with artists and ideas locally and from outside of the Flint area through exhibition, curation, and robust participation in lectures, panel discussions, artist receptions, etc. Collaborators serve on committees, help staff events, and have voting privileges.
Artist Collaborator 2021 - 2022 Roster Guy Adamec Bob Campbell Aisha Changezi Kelli Crump, Board Member (until 10/2022) Nic Custer, Board Chair John Dempsey Amanda Edwards Donovan Entrekin, Board Secretary Gary Gebhardt Craig Hinshaw Robert Huebel Michele Leclaire, Executive Director Emily Leglietner Janice McCoy, Board Vice Chair Michael Melet Karen Milito Ken Milito Sam Morello Matthew Osmon, Board Member Nancy Pennell Paul Rozycki Brian Spolans Natasha Thomas Sifus J. Thompson Chris Waters, Board Member Ed Watkins Linda Lou Woodruff
Buckham Sustainers are those artists or professionals who clearly demonstrate a capacity and willingness to further the mission of Buckham Fine Arts Project and contribute their time and talents to assist concretely in expediting the artistic programing of BFAP, but who may not consistently produce artwork and cannot therefore commit to actively engaging as practicing artist. Buckham Sustainers serve on committees, help staff events, and have voting privileges.
Buckham Sustainers Babak Elahi Daniel Kienitz Mike Parker, Board Finance Officer Marissa Pierce, Board Member (until 10/2022)
Buckham Fine Arts Project Community Membership
Community Memberships support and sustain Buckham’s mission to provide opportunities for our community to better understand and appreciate experimental and ambitious contemporary art. Members gain access to exclusive member-only events including special receptions and lectures, as well as discounts on BFAP produced publications.
Buckham Friends: Carly Aldridge Cassidy Barnett Jane Bingham Eric Chapman & Family Sherell Chillik Nicholas Cotton Edwin Custer Fred Danziger Robert & Kathleen Downs Frankie Hardy & Family Patrick Hayes & Family Christina Haylett Emily Hudson Karen & Martin Jennings Alesia & Wendell Johnson Neil Kagerer Jenny Kanzler Janet Lorch Sydney McCarley Gwyn McKay & Family Danielle Neiswender Candace Compton Pappas & Family Patti Perkins Ken Randall Shelby Shovin Benjamin Smith Sally Strand Mark Thornton Ed Watkins Marilyn Willingham
Associates: Jennifer Acree & Family Richard Bodette Nancy Dash Mara Fulmer & Family Dr. Aisha Harris & Family Amber D. Harrison Cornell Hamilton Cliff Hughes & Family Lynne Hurand & Family Heather Laube & Family Sam & Carole Morello Bobby Mukkamala & Family Lynn Penning & Family Art & Teresa Reyes Paul Rozycki Lindsey Rusk & Family
Buckham Inner Circle: Babak Elahi Donovan Entrekin Sally & Rick Kagerer Carole Masse Charles Parker Patt Parker Proniewski Family Lynne Smith
Buckham Patrons: Mark Bradley Gary & Terry Gebhardt Michael Parker
Buckham Gallery is funded in part through grants awarded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Michigan Arts and Culture Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the GFAC Share Art Genesee Grant Program. The gallery solicits sponsors for major exhibitions and publications, and individual donors support the gallery through their annual appeal, community memberships and general donations. In past years the biggest bulk of general donations were Art Walk and Open Mic contributions. Since 2021, most of our general donations have been made by walk-in gallery visitors and programmatic support donations. Non-grant funds derive from our art sales, exhibition call for entry fees, annual appeal and Board appeal donations (100% participation) and member dues. In 2022 the gallery earned approximately 33% of its operational budget through non-grant income such as call-for-entry fees, art sales, fundraisers (Cool City Art Auction/new raffle fundraiser), memberships, donations, and event rental income. New this year, Buckham earned income from the sale of its Writer In Residence publication and renting the space for an event hosted by another organization.
Funding $30,000 Charles Stewart Mott Foundation $30,000 GFAC Genesee County Share Art Grant Program $14,030 Michigan Arts and Culture Council / National Endowment for the Arts $20,500 Art Sales (Net ~$7,000 after artist commissions and On Screen donations) $ 6,700 Fundraising (Cool City Art Auction, Raffle Fundraiser, publications and t-shirt sales) $ 5,400 Call For Entry Fees $ 5,300 Donations (Gallery visitors, Art Walk, Artist receptions, Open Mic, and Amazon Smile) $ 4,500 Member Dues $ 2,200 Annual, Board, Special Appeal Campaigns $ 400 Event Rental Income $ 400 WIR Publication Appeal (8 individuals)
Buckham Gallery is proud to be part of Flint’s art community. We are committed to expanding opportunities for our community to engage with a diverse range of serious contemporary art and cultural ideas. We are also determined to use our expanding programs and increasing reach to attract positive attention and cultural activity to Flint. Funding from the individuals and organizations who support Buckham enable us to grow, develop, and change. We greatly appreciate the role our community has played. Thank you for your support!
Buckham Gallery is funded by the following organizations:
Generous support is provided by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.
Our activities are sponsored in part by an award from the MICHIGAN ARTS AND CULTURE COUNCIL and the NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS.
This program is sponsored by the Greater Flint Arts Council Share Art Genesee Grant Program made possible by the Genesee County Arts Education and Cultural Millage funds. Your tax dollars are at work!