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Dorothy Fagan knew she would be an artist, when the nuns encouraged her to copy a picture of the Virgin Mary a box of colored chalk. As a young mother, she won international recognition at Pastel Society of America, Pastel Society of Canada, Copley Society, and the National Arts Club.
When an assailant's knife threatened her life, Dorothy found her voice with color to express deeply held emotion. Transforming trauma into strokes of color juxtaposed light and dark worlds led her on her incredible healing art journey to the mission of her artistic gifts.
During residencies in France and Italy in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2018, she developed her healing chakra colors palette.
Dorothy's colorful pastels, oil paintings, mixed media, and fiber art stand apart in international collections including; Musee de La Grande Vigne, Dinan, France, Boston Children's Hospital, U Mass. Memorial Research Center, City University of New York, and Longwood University Art Museum.
Studying oil painting and watercolors as a child, Dorothy completed her B.F.A. in Printmaking and Painting at East Carolina University in 1974. In a ten-year Master Painting Mentorship, Robert Bowers Mayo guided Dorothy to look inside herself in painting from her heart.
2020 Dress Me Exhibition Milan Fashion Week 2020 MADS Gallery, Milan, Italy
2020 Art Ideal, Circle Foundation, France
2020 Her Story Women Artists, Manhattan Arts International
2020 First Place, The Crossing, CROSSROADS ART CENTER RICHMOND, VA
2019 By Land(scape), or by Water(color) , Peninsula Fine Art Center Newport News, VA
2019 Abbaye de Lehon, Lehon, France
2014 Musee de La Grande Vigne, Dinan, France
At 14, Dorothy received her first award for painting and went on to win first place in a five-county student competition in
Her paintings were exhibited at the prestigious National Arts Club in
Her father, Jack Fagan, encouraged Dorothy in conversations about the nature of creativity. A WWII vet injured at the Battle of the Bulge, his life was an inspiration to Dorothy. Her paintings made during his passing in 2013, tell the final chapter of their special connection in her book, High on a Hill with a Cloud and a Prayer.
Fagan's art is included in collections on five continents, including the Musee de La Grande Vigne, Dinan, France, Longwood University Art Museum, U Mass Memorial Hospital, Boston Children's Hospital, Camp LeJeune Mental Health Hospital, AAA, City University of New York, International Paper, and numerous corporate and private collections.
Musee de La Grande Vigne, Dinan,
City University of New York
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
Boston Children’s Hospital,
Camp Lejeune Mental Health Facility,
Wellness Center at The Landing
The Village at Woods Edge
Walter Reed Riverside Hospital
Main Street Preservation Trust, Gloucester, VA
Princess Anne Country Club
Mathews Land Conservancy
Williamsburg Land Conservancy
First National Exchange Bank,
Bronco Federal Credit Union
Union Camp Forestry Division
City of Franklin
City of Virginia Beach
Roanoke Athletic Club
Union Camp Medical
Franklin Main Street Association
PRIVATE COLLECTIONS in the
Residencies, Awards & Education
Artist Residency Musee de La Grande Vigne, July – Sept 2013, Dinan,
American Masters Painting Mentorship with Robert Bowers 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.
Joy’s Garden, Embrace the Mountain Dorothy Fagan, 2018
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
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