Office of Arts, Culture and Entrepreneurship (Detroit ACE) Seeks Artist for Statue Honoring Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson

Office of Arts, Culture and Entrepreneurship (Detroit ACE) Seeks Artist for Statue Honoring Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson

 Detroit, MI, Unknown

The Office of Arts, Culture and Entrepreneurship (Detroit ACE) has issued an open call for an artist to create a statue honoring the late Lt. Col.  Alexander Jefferson, whose service as a Tuskegee Airmen helped win World War II. He died in June at age 100.

The statue, made possible by the generosity of Cynthia and Edsel B. Ford II on behalf of the Henry Ford II Fund, will anchor the new Jefferson Plaza at Rouge Park where Jefferson flew model airplanes as a boy. The City dedicated the plaza site last November on Jefferson’s 100th birthday.

Detroit ACE, in partnership with the General Services Department (GSD) and the Department of Public Works, hopes to create a welcoming public space for youth and families to honor one of the most decorated soldiers from World War II and his enduring contributions to Detroit and America and inspire youth to become pilots.

The plaza project is among many Detroit ACE is undertaking to better connect artists with Detroit communities and to improve the look of neighborhoods across the city as part of Mayor Mike Duggan’s Blight to Beauty initiative.

Artists interested in applying should send a packet to Detroit with the following required information:

  • Name, address and phone number
  • Examples of past work, whether it still exists or not, and where past work is /was located.
  • Two references from previous public art clients
  • An artist statement explaining why he/she or they should be chosen.

The Artist Statement should list all needed materials, resume and answers to the following questions:

  • What interests you about the project?
  • What are your preliminary ideas for the project?
  • What is your experience working on complex projects and meeting deadline constraints?
  • How would your project benefit the community?

The application deadline is September 1. A selection committee comprising community members, veterans and members of the Detroit ACE team anticipates choosing an artist by Sept. 10. The statue must be completed by November 10.

For more information on the project and Jefferson’s background and achievements, click here.

All questions should be directed to Rochelle Riley at or 313 480 5265.