General Motors, a long-time sponsor of the Detroit Institute of Arts, has bestowed quite the honor of Ed Welburn, GM Global Design Chief.
During a dinner and reception at the DIA, GM rededicated its Center For African American Art to Welburn for his immense contributions to the artistic community, and recognized him as the industry’s first and only African-American to lead a global design team.
“Ed has built a legacy of design and artistic leadership in Detroit and the industry, and has recognized great talent and generously coached and mentored many young designers,” said Chairman and CEO Mary Barra. “His creative imprint is on more than four decades of GM concept and production cars, trucks and crossovers.”
Welburn’s career has earned him dozens of awards, and the dedication has become a fitting place to celebrate such achievements. The DIA was the first major arts museum to create a center solely focused on the collection and work of African-American artists.