“While the passing of Andy Davis was a tragic loss to his family and community, his contributions to this project and to the legacy of Dr. King will live on,” said Deal in a prepared statement. “I’m grateful to Rep. Smyre and the Georgia Arts Standards Commission Selection Committee for their tireless efforts in ensuring the creation of this long overdue memorial moves forward. Martin Dawe is a gifted artist who shares our vision for this fitting tribute. I look forward to dedicating this sculpture at a future Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial ceremony at the Capitol.”
Smyre, a Georgia Arts Standards Commission board member, worked with the commission’s selection committee, which included a representative from the King Estate, Georgia Arts Standards Commission Chairwoman Carrie Ashbee and Georgia Capitol Museum Registrar Karin Johnston, the statement added.
Smyre also acted as a liaison to the state and the King Estate throughout the selection process.
Dawe studied at Boston University School of Fine Arts and received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Georgia State University.
He apprenticed for eight years under Julian Harris, a distinguished sculptor, medalist and longtime Georgia Tech professor emeritus of architecture.
He is known for his ability to collaborate, stay within budget and meet deadlines, according to the statement released by Deal’s office.