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Volunteer Award Winner:
Kathryn Flood

Gallery Information - April 2009

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) Gallery Information Committee is pleased to announce Kathryn Flood as its 2009 Volunteer of the Year.

Over the past eight years, Flood has assisted thousands of DIA visitors who have stopped at one of the museum’s three information desks. Whether guiding a DIA regular to the new location of his favorite picture or helping a visitor from abroad make the most of her limited time at the museum, Flood enjoys doing what she can to enhance their experience.

“Many visitors are overwhelmed by the sheer size of our collection and our facility and just want someone to design their visit,” Flood says. She enjoys the challenge of quizzing them about their interests and pointing them to the galleries or pictures that she hopes will bring them back again and again. For Flood, “the best reward is when a departing visitor stops back to thank me for making their visit worthwhile.”

An interior designer by profession, Flood holds a BA in art from Wayne State University, where her appreciation of the DIA’s importance to the community began. “I have been fortunate to have traveled widely with my husband everywhere from Argentina to Zimbabwe,” Flood says, “and after seeing so much significant art and architecture around the world, I am even more impressed with the treasures of the DIA.”

As much as she enjoys the experience of assisting the DIA’s many visitors, Flood says that “the camaraderie of my fellow volunteers has made the DIA a valued part of my life. It is well worth the drive from Ann Arbor,” where she lives with her husband, Bruce Thelen, a partner with the law firm Dickinson Wright PLLC.