Title: Executive Director
Company: Flint Institute of Arts
Location: Flint, Michigan, United States
John Henry, Executive Director at Flint Institute of Arts, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of art.
Trained in studio arts and art history, Mr. Henry has long appreciated the nuances of creating pieces as well as the historical significance of art. He has earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture from the University of South Carolina in 1971 as well as a Master of Fine Arts in art history in 1982, contributing to his love and appreciation for creativity. Serving as the executive director of the Flint Institute of the Arts since 1996, he is well-versed in working with art pieces both contemporary and past, understanding the tremendous value art from various times and spaces contributes to the present. This is not Mr. Henry’s first time serving as an authority on art as he has previously undertaken executive responsibilities for the Center for the Arts in Vero Beach, FL, the Mississippi Museum of Art and the Columbus Museum of Arts and Crafts. Mr. Henry has shared his knowledge of art with others, writing “American Art at the Flint Institute of Arts,” “Artist: The Game” and “New New Painters,” also serving as the editor of “To Be, Or Not to Be: Four Hundred Years of Vanitas Painting.”
Accomplishing much within the field of art, Mr. Henry fondly remembers a time early in his career when he was selected to help build the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson, MS, as this was the largest city in America to not have its own art museum. He was then included on a building team for the Vero Beach Museum in Florida, participating from conceptualizing to completion. Mr. Henry later relocated to Michigan where he currently works, expanding the capacity of the Flint Institute of Arts to 172,000 square feet which includes a museum and the fifth largest art museum school in the country. He has been affiliated with esteemed organizations such as the American Alliance of Museums, the Association of Art Museum Directors, the Rotary Club and the Midwest Museums Association. A testament to his success, Mr. Henry has been lauded with awards including, but not limited to, President’s Award from the Flint Chamber of Commerce in 2005, Man of the Year from the American Arab Heritage Counsel in 2002, the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and has been featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America.