Dorothy Faison was born in 1955 in New York. She had the opportunity to travel the world - Costa Rica (1962-64); Bolivia (1965-1968); Hawaii (1968-1973); Japan (1973); Scotland (1974-76); Hawaii (1976-77); Los Angeles (1977-79); and Hawaii (1980 to present). She took the following courses: Art History and Japanese at Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan (1973); Drawing, Painting, Art History, Chinese and French at Edinburgh College of Art and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland (1974-76). She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in drawing and painting at the University of Hawaii, Manoa (1977), and a Master of Fine Arts degree in intermedia at the Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, California (1979). Faison has received the following awards: NASL Career Competition in Drawing, First Place - Hawaii & Fifth Place U.S.A. (1981); Honolulu Academy of Arts Catherine E.B. Cox Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts (1989); The Contemporary Museum First Biennial Artist (1993); Western States Regional NEA Fellowship in Painting (1994); Hawaii State Foundation on Culture & The Arts - Individual Artist Fellowship (1995); and Melusine Award for Painting, Honolulu Academy of Arts & Purchase Awards (2006, 2002, 1993).
Dorothy Faison presented the following personal exhibitions: For Bubbles was Great, Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles (1979); Rachel Reads the Fables, Croissanterie Gallery, Honolulu (1984); Some Of Us Are Just Born Different, Gallery on the Pali, Honolulu (1988); Some Of Us Are Just Born Different This Time With Shoes, KCC Koa Gallery (1988); Cox Prize Exhibition: Recent Work, Honolulu Academy of Arts Focus Gallery (1990); The Contemporary Museum First Biennial, Honolulu, Hawaii (1993); Centro Colombo Americano, Medellin, Colombia (1997); Art in Embassies, American Embassy in Athens, Greece, Main Dinning Hall (2005); Under Currents: Recent Work, The Contemporary Museum FHB, Honolulu, Hawaii (2005); Recent Work, Schaeffer Gallery, Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Wailuku, Maui (2008). She has also taken part in the following group exhibitions: 15 th Annual National Drawing Show, Del Mar College, Texas (1981); International Drawing, Lisbon Museum of Modern Art-Lisbon, Portugal (1981); UHH Pacific States Print & Drawing Exhibition, University of Hawaii/Hilo (1983); International Drawing Show, Kunsan University, Korea (1986); Arts Exhibition - Asian Games, Seoul, Korea (1986); Orpheus & Eurydice Plus One, East West Center Gallery, Honolulu (1987); Retrospective 1967-1987, State Foundation on Culture & the Arts, Honolulu (1987); Of/On Paper, University of Hawaii Art Gallery, Honolulu (1988); Crossings: Artists from Hawaii to France, Fondation Mona Bismark, Paris, France (1989); Re/Union, Gallery Mesa, Mesa, Arizona (1989); Selections, The Honolulu Advertiser Collection, The Contemporary Museum (1990); 25 th Anniversary Show, State Foundation on Culture & Arts, The Contemporary Museum (1990); Selections From The City Collection, The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii (1996); SFCA Individual Fellowship Award Exhibition, Honolulu Academy of Arts (1996); Artists of Hawaii, Contemporary Museum of Hawaiian (1996); Form + Figures: Selected Works from the SFCA, Leeward CC Art Gallery, Honolulu (1997); Shrines, Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center, Makawao, Maui (1997); State Foundation on Culture & the Arts - SFCA: Collective Visions 1967-1997, Hawaii Arts Alliance - HAA (1997); Storylines, Colorado University Art Galleries at Boulder (1998); Heartists, Centro Colombo Americano, Medellin, Colombia (1998); Contemporary Coordinates: Painting in Hawaii, Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center, Maui (1999); Documenta USA, Museum of New Art, Detroit, Michigan (2001); First of the Century, Museum of New Art, Detroit, Michigan (2001); 9-11 - Response & Remembrance, Invitational, Koa Gallery, Kapiolani Community College (2002); and Birthday, Honolulu Academy of the Arts, Invitational, Gallery One with Post Impressionists & Moderns (2002); Enriched By Diversity: The Art Of Hawaii, Hawaii State Art Museum (2003); Nikakai, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Japan (2003); MMM Invitational, Koa Gallery, Kapiolani Community College, Honolulu (2005); State Foundation on Culture & the Arts Collecting, Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu, Hawaii (2004); Kuilima Kākou, Hawaii-Japan joint exhibition, Blaisdell Center, Honolulu, Hawaii (2004); The Pet Show, Hawaii Pacific University Art Gallery, Kaneohe, Hawaii (2005); A Collector's Journey & Legacy: Selected Works From The Sterling Collection, The Contemporary Museum, Makiki Heights Honolulu, Hawaii (2005); National Invitational Exhibition Of Works On Paper , University of Hawaii at Hilo (2005); Landscape X9, Cedar Street Galleries, Honolulu, Hawaii (2006); Artists Of Hawaii, Honolulu Academy of Arts, ArtBeat Award (2006); Artists Of Hawaii Revisited: Selected Acquisitions, Honolulu Academy of Arts (2006); HJCC Excellence In the Arts Exhibition (2007); and 10 th Anniversary Exhibition, The Contemporary Museum of Honolulu, Hawaii (2007).
Artworks by Dorothy Faison can be found at the following public collections: The American College of Greece; The City & County of Honolulu; Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; Hawaii State Art Museum & The State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Hawaii; The Honolulu Academy of Arts; Ihilani Collection, Ewa, Oahu; Karl Ichida Collection of 20 th Century Drawing; The Persis Collection, Honolulu, Hawaii; and The University of Hawaii at Hilo.
Dorothy Faison currently lives and works in Hawaii.
[Megakles Rogakos 07/2007]
ALBUM Under Currents: Recent Work by Dorothy Faison 2005 The Contemporary Museum Hawaii
ALBUM Kuilima Kākou 2004 International Society of Hawaii
ALBUM The Persis Collection of Contemporary Art 1998 Goodale Publishing
QUAGLIANO, TONY (Ed) Kaimana 2000 Hawaii Literary Arts Counci
KRANE, SUSAN Storylines 1998 CU Art Galleries, Boulder, Colorado
GARCIA, JUAN ALBERTO Movimento En El Paisaje Dorothy Faison - Pinturas 1997 Centro Colombo Americano de Medellin
YOSHIHARA, LISA Colective Visions 1967-1997 1997 SFCA
CLARKE, JOAN & DODS, DIANE Artists/Hawaii 1996 University of Hawaii Press
ALBUM Otis Commemorative Journal 1995 Otis College of Art and Design
SHIELDS, KATHLEEN & BRUCE, CHRIS Within Sight: Visual Territories Of Thirty Artists 1994 WESTAF
JENSEN, JAMES The Contemporary Museum Biennial Of Hawaii Artists 1993 TCM
JENSEN, JAMES Dorothy A. Faison: Recent Works 1990 Cox Award Exhibitoin, HAA
ALBUM Pacific States Printmakers Exhibition 1983 University of Hawaii , Hilo
ALBUM International Show 1985 Institute of Contemporary Arts, Kunsan, Chonbuk , Korea
CAZIMERO, MOMI Retrospective 1967-1987 1987 SFCA
SINGER, JOSEPH Orpheus & Euridice Plus One: Myhtology, Personal and Traditional 1987