Come to the Buddy Holly Center Saturday, March 8th from 1 PM – 3 PM to observe bronze artist Eddie Dixon demonstrate his sculpting process. Eddie literally exploded onto the art world with his first commission – a sculpture of the only Black Fighter Pilot during World War I, Eugene Bullard, for the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. In 1992, Eddie was commissioned to create the 17-foot Buffalo Soldier Monument located at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, shown in the photo above.
In 1992, President George H. W. Bush declared July 25th “National Buffalo Soldier Day” in honor of Dixon’s Buffalo Soldier Monument. In further recognition, a United States postage stamp was later designed and issued in the likeness of the Buffalo Soldier Monument. On October 16, 1993, “Eddie Dixon Day” was declared in Washington, D.C., and New York City and on March 28, 1994 in Lubbock, Texas, for outstanding accomplishments in art.
For his art, Eddie has received the following awards: NAACP George Woods award, “The Arts,” for Outstanding Services in Art; the Command Medal from General Franks and General Colin Powell; Gold Medal of Ethnic Art; National Military Artist of the Year (1994) awarded by the National Association of Military Museums; National Artist of the Year (1994) awarded by the National Association of Entrepreneurs; “Best of Show” in a national competition sponsored by the Institute of Texan Cultures; “Best of Show” in an International Show sponsored by the Ethnic Art Society; “Best of Show” from the Texas Fine Arts Competition; “Best of Show” in the Rockwell International Show; First Place in the Sculpture Division from Southwest Fine Arts Exhibition; and many more.
Eddie and his art have been featured on the Arts and Entertainment Channel, The Discovery Channel, Texas Country Reporter, Good Morning America, CNN, CBS News, USA Today, the Washington Post, New York Times, Dallas Morning News, Emerge, and on the cover of International Business and Jet Magazines–just to name a few. In the fall of 2003, Eddie’s art contributions to the Buffalo Soldiers were added to middle school history textbooks, Celebrating Texas, African American First and many other history textbooks that were made available for classroom use throughout the U.S. In addition to the aforementioned, Eddie has received many honors, awards, and recognitions from corporate, educational, community, and clergy-based organizations. For more information on Eddie Dixon visit http://eddie-dixon.com.
Date: Saturday, March 8, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.