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College of Fine Arts and Communication
School of Art and Design

Michael Dorsey



School of Art and Design
Erwin Hall 111
Mail stop no: 502 School of Art
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858
Tel.# (252)328-1283; fax # (252)328-6441




Professor Michael Dorsey received his Bachelor of Science in Art Education degree from Eastern Illinois University in 1971. He earned his Master of Arts in Painting from Bowling Green State University in 1972 and his Master of Fine Arts in Painting from the same institution in 1973.  

During his career, he has served in a variety of academic roles including Chair of the Department of Art at Mississippi State University, Dean of the School of Art at East Carolina University and Interim Dean of the School of Music, the School of Human Environmental Sciences and the College of Fine Arts of Communication, also at East Carolina University.  

Dorsey has given numerous papers and presented workshops at regional and national professional societies and served as a Program Evaluator for accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design since 1985. He was a Founding Member and First President of the Mississippi Watercolor Society and is a Signature Member of the Watercolor Society of North Carolina. He has served as an exhibition juror for professional competitions in North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi and Illinois.  

Since 1970, Dorsey has exhibited his work in more than 350 art exhibitions with numerous awards. His work is included in public and private collections in the United States, Scotland, Wales, France, Italy, Japan and New Zealand.  


“Real art is a beautiful thing. This has been my goal for more than 30 years, although it is not easy to produce. My working strategy has been to respect the elements of purpose and risk. I don’t really believe that true art can exist without them. Serious purpose is available to everyone. We all have a source or well-spring to tap. Like water, artistic purpose can shape itself to any container. The element of risk is the fuse that is necessary to ignite the art. Without it, there is no way to gain access to the unique, the sublime and the personal.”