Michael Dorsey received his Bachelor of Science in Art Education degree from Eastern Illinois University in 1971. He received his Master of Arts in Painting degree in 1972 and his Master of Fine Arts in Painting degree in 1973. Both graduate degrees were earned at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
Dorsey was a Professor in the Department of Art at Mississippi State University from 1973 to 1991. In 1991, he came to East Carolina University as Dean of the School of Art. He served in that capacity until 2003 when he became Interim and Founding Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication at ECU. He returned to the faculty in 2004 to teach but in 2010 was asked to return to the Interim Dean’s position. He served in that role for two years and in 2012 retired from the university.
Dorsey has exhibited artwork in more than 300 exhibitions since 1970 with numerous awards. His paintings are included in public and private collections in the United States, Wales, Scotland, France, Italy, Japan and New Zealand. He has reviewed scores of textbooks, conducted accreditation and academic program reviews and participated in art related consultantships across the United States. Dorsey has served as an exhibition juror for professional art competitions in North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Ohio and Illinois. He is a signature member of the Watercolor Society of North Carolina and a past President of the Mississippi Watercolor Society.
He and his wife, Susan live at Skye Cottage, Minnesott Beach, North Carolina.