Painting of Charles McGee by Jim Pallas
Portrait of Charles McGee, painting by Jim Pallas.

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Charles McGee

Painter, sculptor, educator, regarded as one of the art giants of Detroit. Awarded an honorary doctorate from the College for Creative Studies. Recipient of the 2008 Eminent Artist award from the Kresge Foundation. Some of his work is in the permanent collection of the Detroit Insititute of Arts.

Detail of a sculpture by Charles McGee

Detail of a sculpture by Charles McGee, Spirit Renewal, installed at the Horace H. Rackham Educational Memorial Building, across the street from the DIA.

Representatives of the Engineering Society of Detroit at McGee unveiling

Representatives of the Engineering Society of Detroit, including then-President Mumtaz Usmen (left), at the unveiling of Spirit Renewal on April 6, 2011.

Current exhibition

Charles McGee died on February 4, 2021. On October 15, 2021, Library Street Collective announced that they're representing the artwork of the McGee estate. "Since his passing in early 2021, the gallery has worked alongside his daughter, Lyndsay McGee, to assemble a collection of his remaining works," according to the announcement from the gallery.

There are some opportunities to see Charles McGee's work at any time, such as on the grounds of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

Upcoming exhibitions

I believe there will be a memorial exhibit at some point, but because of the coronavirus pandemic, such an exhibit probably won't take place this year.

Past exhibitions

External links


There are plenty of old articles which I may add selectively later on.