Painter and Muralist Dr. Hubert Massey set to lecture at Lourdes University
Dr. Massey received the Dr. Charles H. Wright Award for Excellence in Art by the Wright Museum of African American History
The Lourdes University Art Department is pleased to present the 2018 Sister Jane Mary Sorosiak Art Lecture on Sunday, March 18, with well-known Painter and Muralist Dr. Hubert Massey from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Franciscan Center, 6832 Convent Blvd. in Sylvania. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Dr. Hubert 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 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 Dr. Massey 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.
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 of legendary artist Diego Rivera. Today, Dr. Massey is the only known African American commissioned fresco artist in America. For his work, he was bestowed the Dr. Charles H. Wright Award for Excellence in Art (2002) by the Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, MI.
Sr. Jane Mary Sorosiak Art Lecture
Established in 2011 by Lourdes alumnus and board member George Brymer and his wife Vicky, the Sr. Jane Mary Sorosiak Lecture series gives students and the general public an opportunity to learn from and communicate directly with individuals working in art and related fields.
Sr. Jane Mary Sorosiak, OSF, is an accomplished professor and artist. After teaching at Cardinal Stritch High School for 14 years, she joined Lourdes University where she served for nearly 30 years as Assistant Professor of Art. Her ceramic and mural works are on display across the nation.
Lourdes Art Department
The Lourdes University Art Department offers two- and four-year degrees in Art and Art History. Students can also choose to pursue a concentration in Pre-Art Therapy. Other opportunities include working with visiting artists, competing for art department scholarships, regional travel experiences to visit potential graduate programs and cultural venues, exhibiting work in the community through exhibitions and service, and study abroad opportunities including the Student Art College International (SACI) in Florence, Italy.