Board Members and Staff
Board of Directors
Nic Custer, President
A University of Michigan-Flint graduate, Nic is employed by U of M-Flint, working in the Innovation Incubator at the Office of University Outreach. A writer and performer, Nic has been awarded a residency by the Poetry Foundation and has contributed to seven site-specific and verbatim plays. He hosts the monthly Open Mic at Buckham Gallery and serves on several community boards including Court Street Village Non-profit Housing Corporation and the New Evolution Educational Center.
Janice McCoy, Vice President
Janice is the Gallery Assistant and Programs Coordinator at Mott-Warsh Collection (MW Gallery), one of the largest private collections in the county specializing in art of the African diaspora. Janice has a Fine Arts degree from the University of Michigan-Flint.
Corinne Nuzum, Secretary
The daughter of an original founding member, Corinne has a life-long association with Buckham Gallery. Her artistic practice includes painting and drawing. She currently is on staff at the Swartz Creek Art Center and is completing her degree in social work. Corinne is an instructor for Youth Arts: Unlocked, a non-profit that works with detained youth at the Genesee Valley Regional Center.
Donovan is the Director of the Art School at the Flint Institute of Arts. He earned an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and has worked in non-profit arts education at various institutions since 2004, including Interlochen Center for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Academy. Donovan is an accomplished painter, sculptor, and printmaker. His large-scale figurative works have been exhibited throughout the country.
A visual arts instructor at Mott Middle College in Flint and the Flint Institute of Arts, Matt holds a BA from Columbia College and an MA from the University of Michigan-Flint. He is also a lecturer at the University of Michigan-Flint and has been extensively involved in the Flint arts community for years, serving as an instructor at Factory 2 and curator at the original Red Ink Studios Flint. His artistic practice, board in scope, includes work in watercolor, silk-screening, graphic design, puppet-making, drawing, and screen printing.
Craig is a retired art teacher, a past president of Buckham Gallery, and a member of Buckham since its inception in 1984. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art and is a practicing ceramic artist. Actively engaged in the arts community for years, Craig has received numerous MCACA grants.
Suzanne is a art educator for Flint Public Schools. She is also a re-granting coordinator for the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.
Sally Kagerer is a life long-Flint resident who is deeply invested in the community. An owner of a Flint business, Beauchamp Ace Hardware, her volunteer work for non-profits extends over four decades. She has served on numerous non-profit boards, including the National Board of Planned Parenthood. Sally is married to an artist who shares her passion for the arts. When traveling, they visit galleries throughout the country.
H. Michael Parker
A life-long Flint resident, Michael worked in the manufacturing industry before devoting himself to his interest in art and being a maker. With a focus on ceramics, glassblowing, and lamp working, Michael enjoys classes at the Flint Institute of Art.
Michele Leclaire, Executive Director
Michele Leclaire, who served as Exhibition Director since 2018, earned an MFA in painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 2006, where she studied painting with Katherine Bradford, Vincent Desidario, and Irving Petlin. She widely exhibits her paintings and is represented in public and private collections throughout the country. In the role of Exhibition Director, she oversees exhibitions and exhibition-related programming. Leclaire works with the Buckham's Exhibition Committee and organizes the jurying process, the installation of exhibits, and scheduling of exhibition-related events. She developed new programming such as the Cider & Slides art talks to provide community members with opportunities to more deeply engage with contemporary artistic practice and ideas.
As Executive Director, Leclaire will further develop Buckham’s organizational capacity and community impact. In this role she will leverage the talent and enthusiasm of the Board of Directors and artist collective to continue to bring challenging, contemporary art to downtown Flint.