Hubert W. Massey '83

Hubert W. Massey, '83

In a career that dates back two decades, Hubert Massey has established himself as a master Muralist/Artist on the cusp of national and international recognition, whose presence is truly felt in Detroit. 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 the legendary artist Diego Rivera. Massey is an award-winning Kresge Fine Arts Fellow and a recent recipient of an honorary doctor of Fine Arts from Grand Valley State University.

In 2014, the Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority commissioned Hubert to create the first large scale mural for Cobo Conference Center since 1987. The fresco mural painting features images and tells stories of Detroit and its metropolitan community. He also continues to work with students that have disabilities, because he believes that art empowers and engages students to learn and express themselves.

From sculpture to murals, Massey's work captures the diversity of Detroit's community and its dynamic history and cultures…works that decorate and enliven the landscape of Michigan. Today he is the only known African American commissioned fresco artist in America.

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