Bringing together friends, fans and collectors of art on paper

Friends of Prints, Drawings and Photographs
Our group is dedicated to supporting the activities of the Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs and to developing the DIA collection. Each year a schedule of varied educational and social programs is created around the many exhibitions presented by the department and from the museum’s collection of 35,000 prints, drawings, and photographs.

Openings, previews, lectures, specialized gallery tours, workshops, and dinners are among regular activities, as well as trips to great art destinations in the United States and visits to artists’ studios and private collections. Proceeds from all our events are channeled into the Forum's Purchase Fund to make significant acquisitions for the DIA collection.

Founded in 1966 as The Drawing and Print Club, this auxiliary remains strong with a membership of over 200 individuals. Its first name change to The Graphic Arts Council was adopted in 1988 to reflect and to embrace the collection of photography, and then the Forum for Prints, Drawings & Photographs in 2007. In 2015, the name became the Friends of Prints, Drawings & Photographs, which truly clarified its interests.

To belong to this group requires nothing more than to care for works on paper on any level. Since its inception, the FPDP has supported the commissioning of prints and photographs which are offered for sale exclusively to the membership. Over the last decade, Summer Soirées has become a much anticipated, enjoyable staple which generates great camaraderie and significant funds for major acquisitions of prints, drawings, or photographs for the DIA. Encouraging and stimulating collecting among its members is as important to the PDP mission as building Detroit’s collection.

An annually elected Board of Directors drawn from the ranks of the membership administers all the Forum’s programs. We wish to remain a vibrant, creative, and vital part of the art community but we can’t do it without you. Please consider joining today.

Support the activities of the Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, and growth of the DIA’s collection of prints, drawings, and photographs by attending events and programs including:

  • Openings for all graphic arts and selected DIA exhibitions;
  • Lectures, tours, and behind-the-scenes opportunities;
  • Visits to commercial galleries and artists’ studios;
  • Taking an annual trip to an interesting arts destination;
  • Purchasing commissioned works and
  • Participating in Summer Soirées.

Membership Levels

Membership Level Annual

Notification by regular mail and/or email of FPDP-sponsored events including lectures, exhibition previews, and other special events; annual meeting/complimentary reception.


Benefits above plus membership for two people


Pre-sale notification and priority reserve for commissioned works on paper and other commissioned special offers

Benefits above plus early/priority registration and reservations for FPDP programs, special events, and trips.


Benefits above plus complimentary special event with PDP curators and other special guests.


Join/Renew Membership

In order to be eligible for membership in the Friends of Prints, Drawings & Photographs, you must be a member of the Detroit Institute of Arts. For program information, call us (313) 833-9830.


Board of Directors: Executive Committee 

Lindsey Buhl, President

Lisa Pernick, Vice President

Marian Loginsky, Treasurer

Jane Schwartz, Secretary

Cynthia Motzenbecker, Membership Chair

Board of Directors: Officers

Linda Hayman

Jody Ingle

Melissa Lax

Julie Morganroth 

Kathryn Parrott

Catherine Rosenthal

Connie Ross 

Paul Savage

Alessandro Uzielli

Linda Watson

Rachel Zimmerman


Nancy Barr, Curator and Deptartment Head

Clare Rogan, Curator of Prints and Drawings

Jessica Trombley, Senior Major Gifts Officer

Elisia Wheeler, Administrative Assistant, Curatorial

Brittanie Bondie, Paper Care Specialist