Each year, VSA Michigan recognizes educators and teaching artists by selecting an Educator of the Year. Educators, students, parents, families and community members are asked to nominate an individual they feel has made a significant contribution to arts education by facilitating the mission of VSA Michigan. These educators and teaching artists understand the benefit of infusing the arts in learning and we are grateful for the work they do.
The 2016 Educator of the Year was Dr. Hubert Massey.
Dr. Hubert Massey's bold, vibrant images can be spotted throughout the Detroit area. Chances are, if you've visited Detroit's Greektown, Mexicantown, Cultural Center, or any other distinguished local communities around the state, you've come across the captivating work of master artist Hubert Massey, Ph.D. As far away as Flint and Grand Rapids, home to his alma mater, Grand Valley State University, Dr. Massey's art is acclaimed.
In a career that dates back two decades, the painter and sculptor has established himself as a creative visionary on the cusp of national and international recognition. Dr. Massey studied at the University of London’s Slade Institute of Fine Arts and later learned the centuries-old fresco technique from former assistants to art legend Diego Rivera.
Dr. Massey is an award-winning Kresge Fine Arts Fellow and holds an honorary doctorate of fine art from Grand Valley State University.
In 2014 the Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority commissioned him to create the first large-scale mural for Cobo Center in nearly thirty years, a fresco painting that will feature images and tell stories of Detroit pride. Known for community collaboration, Dr. Massey works with students with disabilities and other youth, to help empower them to express themselves.
Dr. Massey's work frequently captures the diversity of Detroit's community and its dynamic history and culture, helping to enhance and enliven the city landscape. Through his art he tells and preserves stories to be passed among generations.
Dr. Massey is the only known African American commissioned fresco artist practicing the technique today.
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