Meet the Artist event with Hubert Massey set for October 15

September 24, 2020

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The city of Southfield will host a Meet the Artist with Hubert Massey on Thursday, October 15 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the tented terrace/courtyard at Shaarey Zedek Synagogue, 27350 Bell Road.

The event will be held outdoors and pre-registration is required. Face masks will also be required and social distancing observed. To register, click on the following link and enter 'art' in the search field:

Dr. Massey will create art panels that will be located along the new Northwestern Highway Service Drive Pathway as well as an Obelisk for the roundabout at the intersection of Bell Road and Coventry Woods Drive. “We are very excited about working with Dr. Hubert Massey on two new art projects for Southfield,” commented Mayor Ken Siver. “They will add much excitement and beauty to the city.”

Dr. Massey’s bold, vibrant images can be spotted throughout the Detroit metropolitan region. Chances are if you’ve visited Mexicantown, Greektown, the Cultural Center, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit Athletic Club or any number of other landmark community attractions, you’ve encountered the remarkable work of master artist Hubert Massey.

An award-winning Kresge Fine Arts Fellow, his distinctive fresco murals grace the halls of such visible Michigan destinations as the Flint Institute of the Arts, Detroit Athletic Club, and his alma mater, Grand Valley State University, where he earned an honorary doctorate of fine arts in 2012. In 2014 the Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority commissioned Hubert to create the first large-scale mural completed for Cobo Center since 1987. A fresco painting, the mural will feature images and tell stories of Detroit community pride.

Hubert studied at the University of London’s Slade Institute of Fine Arts and later learned the centuries-old fresco technique from former assistants of legendary artist Diego Rivera. Today Hubert is the only known, African American commissioned fresco artist in America.

Most recently, Hubert created the Detroit street mural “POWER TO THE PEOPLE” dedicated to the late Congressman John Lewis. He also teamed up with the Detroit Youth Choir for its production of GLORY as a part of the unveiling.

“Public art begins with the community it will serve,” added Dr. Hubert Massey. “In fact, after nearly 20 years of creating large-scale public works of art for various cities, communities and neighborhoods throughout the Midwest, it is my belief that public art should be, first and foremost, meaningful to those who surround it.”

For more information, contact the Mayor’s Office at (248) 796-5100.