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About the

DRCFA Art Foundation


The collection at TCF Center Detroit is a continuation of the rich history of art at the convention center, beginning with the “Spirit of Transportation” by Carl Milles, the renowned Swedish artist closely associated with the Cranbrook Educational Community. The Macauley family commissioned this work for Cobo Hall in 1952 as a memorial to Alvan Macauley - family patriarch, industrial statesman and president of Packard Motor Car Company. The sculpture was installed and on view at the grand opening of the center in 1960.


The art collection at the Center is growing. We now have nearly 100 contemporary works of art presently on display from established and emerging artists. Several exciting new additions include work by Ellen Rutt, Darcel Deneau and Nic Notion. Plans are set for a new sculpture by 2021.


This art collection engages and educates visitors about our regional history and stories while highlighting local talent, enlivening the architecture, complementing the views of the city, and featuring the vibrant cultural life of Southeast Michigan, as well as rich diversity of our community.


The most recent commission completed in 2018 is a 30’ x 30’ painted fresco “Detroit: The Crossroad of Innovation” by Detroit artist Hubert Massey.

Carl Milles, Spirit of Transportation, 1957

Hubert Massey, Detroit: Crossroad of Innovation, 2018

On 9/15/09, operational control of Cobo Center transferred to the Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority, under a collaborative agreement by the Michigan State Legislature, the City of Detroit, and Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. Each of these entities has an appointed member on the DRCFA Board. Larry Alexander is the appointee of the Governor of the State of Michigan and serves as Chairman of the Board.


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The DRCFA Art Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. It was created on July 31, 2015.

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