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Dorothy Fagan

Fagan's art is collected in homes, hospitals, universities, companies and museums on five continents. Dorothy Fagan won recognition early in her career with acceptance into national juried exhibitions at The Pastel Society of America, American Artists Professional League, Virginia Museum of Fine Art, and the Virginia Contemporary Museum of Art in Virginia Beach. She holds a B.F.A in Printmaking and Painting from East Carolina University. 

Dorothy Fagan artist


After she died, my dreams became lucid. Mom, who had encouraged me to paint, to sew, and to see my world as a garden ~ came through to guide me in dreams and paintings to finish what she started.

Recognizing her took some time, nearly thirty years. My art now fulfills our shared vision of wellness through self expression, following one's heart, and reaching out to people. Because of Pauline Fagan, my art is not limited to painting. My mediums include fiber art, writing, speaking, and publishing. 

Pauline Fagan


Fagan's pastel paintings won her recognition early in her career. With acceptance into The Pastel Society of America in 1979, her paintings were exhibited at the prestigeous National Arts Club in New York City. Her oil paintings followed with the American Artists Professional League national juried exhibition at the famous Salmagundi Club in New York. National juried exhibitions in her home state of Virginia, exhibited her works at the Virginia Museum of Fine Art in Richmond, and the Virginia Contemporary Museum of Art in Virginia Beach.

Dorothy holds a B.F.A in Printmaking and Painting from East Carolina University, where she studied under printmaker Donald Sexauer and painter Ed Reep 1971 - 1974. She completed a 10-year Mentorship in American Masters Painting with Robert Bowers Mayo in 1988. Her paintings are collected across the United States, Canada, Italy, France, Great Britian, Iceland, Jordan, Singapore, including the City University of New York, Musee de La Grande Vigne, Dinan, France, Longwood University Art Museum, U Mass Memorial, Boston Children's Hospital, Emory University, International Paper.

Fagan worked as a creative consultant for Old Dominion University and Union Camp, through Fagan Design Concepts, Inc. helping develop and implement communications programs between diverse audiences. Her expertise in writing, publications, public relations, marketing, and media most recently facilitated the Cook Foundation of Gloucester, Virginia in establishing the Plein Air Gloucester Festival.

National Juried Exhibitions

Pastel Society of America, National Juried Exhibition, National Arts Club, New York
Pastel Society of Canada, International Juried Exhibition, Cambrian Rose Gallery, Ottawa
American Artists Professional League, National Juried Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, New York
G.V.W. Smith Art Museum, National Juried Exhibition, Springfield, MA
Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Prints & Drawings ’81 National Juried Exhibition, Richmond, VA
Virginia Contemporary Museum of Art, Virginia Beach, VA
The Copley Society, Pastel Society of America Members’ Exhibition, Boston, MA
Kansas Pastel Society, National Juried Exhibition
Hermitage Museum, Pastel Society of America Members’ Exhibition, Norfolk, VA
New Jersey Institute of Technology, Pastel Society of America Members’ Exhibition, Newark, NJ

AttiendreInternational Exhibitions

Musee de La Grande Vigne,  Les invites d’Yvonne Jean-Haffen Exposition du 4 Octobre a 3 Novembre 2013, Hotel de Ville de Dinan, Dinan, France


Public Collections

MUSEUM COLLECTIONS Musee de La Grande Vigne, Dinan, France, City University of New York, Longwood University Art Museum, Emory University.

HEALTHCARE COLLECTIONS  U. Mass Memorial Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, Camp Lejeune Mental Health Facility, Riverside Cancer Center, Southampton Memorial Hospital.

CORPORATE COLLECTIONS General Electric, First National Exchange Bank, International Paper, Monarch Bank, Towne Bank, AAA, Raycom Media, Coldwell Banker.

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS in the United States, England, Italy, Iceland, Singapore, Jordan, Canada.


Goddess Rising by Dorothy Fagan

Residencies, Awards & Education

Artist Residency Florence, Sept – Nov 2015Independent Painting Writing

Artist Residency Musee de La Grande Vigne, July – Sept 2013, Dinan, Provence, Paris.

Medal of Honor G.V.W. Smith Art MuseumAcademic Artists’ Association

Best in Show  Virginia Contemporary Museum of Art

American Masters Painting Mentorship with Robert B. Mayo, Valentine Museum and Gallery Mayo, 1979 – 1989, Richmond, VA. Mayo guided Fagan in developing her unique approach to painting by imparting his understanding of the artist psyche through the works of George Inness, Martin J. Heade, Elliot Clark, and Walter Metcalf.

B. F. A. East Carolina University, 1974, Printmaking and Painting


Discovering Joy’s Garden, Dorothy Fagan, 2015

CreativSOUP, Adult Creativity & Coloring, Dorothy Fagan, 2016

100 Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic, Gary Pendleton, Schiffer Publishing 2014

Joan Cawley Publishing, Fine Art Prints, 2001 - 2011


Fagan Studios, 1976 - present

Fagan Design Concepts, Inc, 1986 - 1997  creativity communications consulting

Fagan Studio Gallery, 1983 - 1990 custom framing gallery

Paul D. Camp Community College, 1983 - 1988 teaching

W. C. Rawls Museum, 1975 - 1983 teaching


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