TCF Center Announces Sculpture Competition

Jan 21, 2020

The Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority (DRCFA) Art Foundation, or Art at TCF Center, announced a call to artists for a large-scale, public sculpture in the center of the TCF Center’s main entrance circle drive on Washington Boulevard in downtown Detroit. This national competition invites artists from across the country to submit proposals for this permanent, civic sculpture, which will join the public art collection at TCF Center that includes work by internationally respected artists such as Hubert Massey, Robert Sestok, Tyree Guyton, and Gilda Snowden, among others.

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“We are excited to launch this national competition in search of a stunning and thought-provoking civic sculpture that will have a permanent home at the front entrance of our world-class TCF Center in downtown Detroit,’’ said Larry Alexander, DRCFA Board Chairman. “Our hope is that this piece will highlight our great city’s culture, achievements and strong spirit of innovation and design. The sculpture will welcome Detroiters and the nearly 1.4 million people who visit TCF Center annually.”

The sculpture competition is part of a public art initiative launched by the DRCFA and the DRCFA Art Foundation.  Through Art at TCF Center, Detroit joins major convention centers throughout the country featuring public art including cities such as Chicago, Nashville, Pittsburgh and Washington D.C. In September 2019, the DRCFA Art Foundation unveiled a 30’ x 30’ permanent fresco, “Detroit: Crossroad of Innovation,” by renowned artist Hubert Massey, which is located outside of the Grand Riverview Ballroom at TCF Center. TCF Center’s curator is Maureen Devine.  


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“This significant civic sculpture will continue to elevate our art collection at TCF Center, which is free and accessible to the public,” said Lisa Canada, DRCFA Art Foundation Chairperson and DRCFA Vice Chair. “Through our national sculpture competition, our goal is to promote our region and to create an enhanced visitor experience through art. We have beautiful and meaningful artwork throughout TCF Center and look forward to expanding our collection with this important and exciting public art initiative.”