Eddie Dixon literally exploded on 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. Although, Eddie’s strict attention to authentic detail of his subjects has led to important commissions, he humbly acknowledges his talent to be God-given.
In 1992, Dixon was commissioned to create the 17-foot Buffalo Soldier Monument located at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and President George H. W. Bush declared July 25th “National Buffalo Soldier Day” in honor of Dixon’s monument. 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. In 2008, Eddie was commissioned to create the 15-foot sculpture (placed in the War Memorial park) of Willie McCool, the pilot astronaut that died on the Space Shuttle Columbus and in 2012, Fort Leavenworth Historical Society commission him to create a sculpture of General Colin Powell.
For his art, Dixon 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; 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.
Today, Dixon’s art can be found in national historical sites, the Pentagon, West Point, US Department of Interiors, US State Department; the Smithsonian Air and Space, the Smithsonian National History museums, and in many museums and war memorial and National parks throughout the United States and abroad.
Most recently, the Tricentennial Sculpture Trail commissioned Eddie to create the Yellow Rose of Texas and West Point commissioned him to create a 1906 West Point Military Calvary Soldier monument.