Carrol Morgan’s welcoming smile can be found on First Fridays at Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts (FCCA), where she is the Curator. Her time at FCCA began in the mid-1960’s as a docent, who also taught adults and children drawing.

Carrol is a brilliant and inspiring painter, who admits not spending enough time in her studio lately and from time-to time accepts commission work. She is a member of the North Windsor Artists, the Colonial Beach Art Guild the King George Art Guild, and Rappahannock Arts.

“I was also long-time member of the National Art Education Association and contributed to the writing of “The Flower Teachers” edited by Candace Stout,” shares Morgan.

After graduating high school, studying art at Richmond Professional Institute (RPI), now VCU (Virginia Commonwealth University) was a logical pathway. She would earn a Bachelor in Fine Arts in 1963. Then a part-time position with King George County Schools began a career, which lasted for 34 years. A full-time position with King George began in 1972, along with an absence from volunteering at FCCA.

“I remember fondly working with Charlotte Harris White and Pauline King in the early days of FCCA,” Morgan reminisces.

Upon retirement, in 2002 Morgan would return to volunteering at FCCA. Through the years, she volunteered on the exhibition committee, assisted the curator, and ultimately accepted the Curator position in 2008.

However, her artistic endeavor began as a small child. One who filled her Mom’s novels with sketches inside the covers.

“Looking back, I was fortunate to attend Quantico Marine Base Elementary School where art was part of our everyday learning activities and art supplies were plentiful,” shares Morgan, “As early as elementary school, I created bulletin boards for my teachers and drew portraits of my friends.”

When asked what inspires her to paint, Morgan explains, “As an art teacher, I have many interests in varied media and I am inspired by what I see–a beautiful landscape vista, old buildings, an interesting face or ordinary things with strong color contrasts.” Her favorite mediums are “oil painting in plein air, watercolor florals and portraits.”

Her preference is to work with real life. Yet, recently is “learning to use photographs for inspiration.” Silkscreen and block printing are two other artistic disciplines in her resume.

“The printmaking process fascinates me with the possibilities of negative spaces,” expresses Morgan.

Carrol Morgan spends her time, when not in the studio, encouraging and supporting artists. Anyone will tell you she is generous with her time to assist and volunteer. Yet, she also supports through purchasing local art. This is evident in her home. Her walls are graced with artwork from Johnny Johnson, Marcia Chaves, Jack Darling, Ed King, Cathy Herndon, Mark Prieto, Joseph DiBella, Nancy Wing and Carolyn Goodridge to name a few.

Morgan is an artist who is a lover of her local Arts community, which includes Fredericksburg, King George and beyond. She has shared her love of art through her painting, teaching and supporting artists. A number of Morgan’s former students are active in the local arts communities. The Fredericksburg Arts Community is an enriched, thriving and growing area because of the dedication of artist such as Carrol Morgan.

Photos credit: FCCA volunteers and friends