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Alumna Olivia Kim '01 to create statue of Frederick Douglass for Rochester airport

Olivia Kim '01
Olivia Kim '01

In 2018, Alfred University alumna Olivia Kim '01 created 13 replicas of the famed Frederick Douglass statute, which were installed around Rochester to celebrate the bicentennial of Douglass’s birth. Now, Kim has been chosen to create a sculpture of the civil rights icon to be placed at the Rochester airport that bears his name.


In 2018, Alfred University alumna Olivia Kim '01 created 13 replicas of the famed Frederick Douglass statute, which were installed around Rochester to celebrate the bicentennial of Douglass’ birth. Now, Kim has been chosen to create a sculpture of the civil rights icon to be placed at the Rochester airport that bears his name.

Fundraising is under way to support installing a bronze Douglass statue at Frederick Douglass Greater Rochester Airport. If fundraising efforts are successful, Kim will sculpt the airport statue. That statue, like those Kim created for the bicentennial celebration, would be modeled on the permanent statue of Douglass located at South Avenue and Robinson Drive in Rochester.

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle story

Kim earned a BFA degree from Alfred University in 2001 and is an adjunct professor in the School of Art and Design at Rochester Institute of Technology.