Dennis Corrigan

A contemporary American surrealist, Dennis Corrigan was born in 1944 in Lakewood, New Jersey, and raised with his four brothers in Toms River, New Jersey. He attended Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts) where he received a BFA in Illustration in 1966. Then, after a three-year stint in the Navy, he earned an MFA in Painting from Tyler School of Art, Temple University in 1972.

His first major exhibitions took place in 1972 and since that time his art has received worldwide recognition with his work included in such institutions as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Brooklyn Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museums of Art, the Newark Museum of Art, the California Legion of Honor, the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., and the Arts CouDenys Bionicle of Great Britain.

During his career, Dennis Corrigan has received illustration commissions from the New York Times, New York Magazine, RCA Records, Pan American Airways and others. He has also written and illustrated various books, The Amusement Park, The Spotter, and True Love Knows No Boundaries.

He is married to Donna Corrigan, also an artist, and has two daughters, Sara and Rebecca, from a previous marriage.


Assistant Professor of Art – Marywood University, Scranton, PA, 1990-2020


Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia PA, MFA Painting, 1972
Philadelphia College of Art, Philadelphia PA, BFA Illustration, 1966

Permanent Collections

Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC
Brooklyn Museum, NY
Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA
Palmer Museum of Art
Arts Council of Great Britain
Library of Congress, DC
Delaware Museum
Cincinnati Museum of Art, OH
University of Iowa Art Museum
University of Colorado Fine Arts Department
Butler Institute of American Art
Kentucky University
Colgate University / Dana Art Gallery
Philadelphia Print Club, PA
Trenton State College / Holman Gallery
Pensacola Junior College, FL
United States Information Agency, DC
Charles Rand Penney Foundation
Achenbach Foundation
Esseff Foundation
Private Collections

Solo Exhibitions

River Gallery, Narrowsburg, NY
Signs to Nowhere, 2009
The Droll, the Ribald and the Scurrilous, 2004

Suraci Gallery, Marywood University
A Stream of Unconciousnessm from the Notebooks of Dennis Corrigan, 2004

AFA Gallery, Scranton, PA
Dennis Corrigan Restrospective, 1999

Everhart Museum, Scranton, PA
Whimsy and Madness – The Art of Dennis Corrigan, 1996

Gallery Sous La Dent, Boston, MA
Humor and Whimsy – The Art of Dennis Corrigan, 1996

Museum Exhibitions

Everhart Museum, Scranton, PA
Regional Juried Exhibition, 1994

Brooklyn Museum, NY
American Drawings, 1970-1980, 1981
Thirty Years of American Printmaking, 1977
Eighteenth National Print Exhibition, 1975

Gallery Exhibitions

Narrowsburg Union, NY
Group Exhibition, 2019

Mahady Gallery, Marywood University
Faculty Biennial, 1980-2018

Takasaki Art Center, JAPAN
Strength in Diversity Exhibit, 1994

K.S. Art, NYC
Colored Pencil Exhibition, 2004

Society of Illustrators, NYC
16th Annual Members’ Exhibit, 2005
Annual Exhibition, 1980

Philadelphia Museum of Art
Contemporary Drawings, 1978

Pennsylvania State College
Living American Artists and the Figure, 1974

Library of Congress / National Collections of Fine Arts
Twenty-Third National Exhibition of Prints, 1973

Arts Council of Great Britain
New Processes Exhibition, 1973

Rosenfeld Gallery, PA
6th Annual Small Works Show, 1986

Exhibition of Fantasy & Humorous Art, 1980, 1978, 1976
The Human Comedy Group Show, 1977

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
Contemporary Drawings, 1978

Woodmere Art Gallery, Elkins Park, PA
Journey Into the Imagination, 1985

Philadelphia Print Club
Juried Members Exhibition, 1983
In Celebration of Prints, 1980

Wenniger Gallery, Boston, MA
The Artist and the Book, 1983
Protest Art, 1981

American Institute of Graphic Arts, NYC
Book Exhibition, 1982

Abington Arts Center, Cheltenham, PA
Prints America, 1982

Kings College, Wilkes Barre, PA
Humor and Romance – The Artwork of Dennis & Donna Corrigan, 1989

Thomson Gallery, PA
Humor & Romance, Artwork of Dennis & Donna Corrigan, 1989
Nature’s Path; Elements of Twentieth Century Art, 1989

Governor’s Mansion, Harrisburg, PA
The Image Makers, 1988

River Gallery, Narrowsburg, NY
Revolving Exhibit of Current Works, 2009 – 2001

Mahady Gallery, Marywood University, Scranton, PA
Faculty Biennial Exhibit, 2009-1981

Contemporary Gallery, Marywood University, Scranton, PA
Annual Print Guild Exhibition, 2009, 2006, 2005, 2004

Avoca International Airport, Scranton, PA
Marywood Art Faculty Exhibition, 2007

Endless Mountain Council of the Arts, Tunkhannock, PA
Contemporary Drawing, 2005

Innovative Center, Wilkes Barre, PA
Professional Artists Invitational Exhibit, 2005

Springville, PA
Art Trail Regional Exhibit, 2004

NAP Gallery, Kutztown, PA
Invitational Salon of Small Works, 2004

Wayne County Library, PA
Fine Art of Illustration, 1992

Freedman Gallery, Albright College, Reading, PA
Messages, 1981
Messages, 1980

Holman Art Gallery, Trenton State College, Trenton, NJ
National Print Exhibition, 1980

Wesleyan International Exhibition, GA
International Exhibition of Prints & Drawings, 1980

World Print III, CA
International Print Competition, 1980

Nardin Galleries, NYC
Apocalypsis, 1980

Carrier Foundation, NJ
Fifth Annual Print Competition, 1980

Chautauqua National ’80, NYC
23rd Annual Exhibition of American Art, 1980

Hunterdon Art Center, NJ
24th National Print Exhibition, 1980

Esseff Foundation For the Arts
Benefit Exhibition, 1992


Everhart Museum, Scranton PA
Regional Juried Exhibition, 1st Prize, 1994

Society of Illustrators, NYC
Silver Funny Bone Award, 1980

Holman Art Gallery, Trenton State College
National Print Exhibition, Purchase Award, 1980

Philadelphia Print Club
Fifty-Fifth Annual Print Competition, Stuart Engal Award, 1979

Philadelphia Print Club
Juried Members Exhibit, Max Katzman Award, 1983

Art Reviews / Media Appearances

Scranton Times Tribune Weekender Magazine – Oct. 7, 2008
“Artistic License, A Strange and Mysterious World”
feature article- written by Charles Woods

The River Reporter, Narrowsburg NY – July 22, 2004
“Cry and Laugh at the Humor of Dennis Corrigan”
gallery solo exhibit review by Barbara Braathen

Hoboken Reporter – Sept. 3, 1995
“Dennis Corrigan, The Bosch of a New Age”
gallery exhibit review / featured artist

The Philadelphia Inquirer – Sept. 21, 1982
“Storytellers: One Poignant, One Complex”
gallery exhibit review / featured artwork

The Philadelphia Inquirer – Feb. 19, 1982
“An 80’s Eye Reorders the Universe”
gallery exhibit review / featured artwork

Print Magazine XXVI:III
“Corrigan’s Cabinet of Unearthly Delights” by Carol Stevens
cover Illustration and feature article

Print Magazine XXVII:IV
“On My Mind, Off My Chest – A Portfolio of Personal Statements by American Illustrators”
featured artist

Philadelphia Bulletin – July 20, 1980
“Geometry and Cutting Satire”
gallery exhibit review by Jonathan Katz

Philadelphia Inquirer – August 1978
“A Fresh Oasis of Art Near The Waterfront”
gallery exhibit review

Kutztown Public Access TV – Summer 2003
New Arts Program
television interview

The Woodword, Marywood University Publication – May 2004
“An Interview with Dennis Corrigan”
feature article

Commissioned Illustrations

New York Times
New York Magazine
RCA Records
Random House Publishers
Pan American Airways
Horizon Magazine
David R. Godine Publishers, MA
Alfred A Knopf Publishers, NY
Dell Books
Politiks Magazine
Workman Publishing, NY
Appleton, Century and Crofts Publishers, NY
Corporate Financing Magazine
Institutional Investor Magazine
Philadelphia Inquirer

Published Books

True Love Knows No Boundaries
Written and Illustrated by Dennis Corrigan
Avventura Press, Eynon Pa 2015

Superior Person’s Book of Words
Written by Peter Bowler. Illustrated by Dennis Corrigan
David R Godine, Boston MA publisher 1985, 2nd Edition 2001

Jewish Adventurer’s Club A Manual for Those Who Dare to Go Out With a Wet Head
Written by “Commodore” Bruce Selitz, Helen “Speed” Merkin, “Sir Edmund” Mitch Nachus and “Doctor” Seldom Conroy. Illustrated by Dennis Corrigan
Dell Books, New York NY, Publisher 1987

The Amusement Park
Written and Illustrated by Dennis Corrigan
Tyler Offset Workshop, Elkins Park PA 1982

Textbook Contributions

Drawing to See
Edited by Francelle Carpathian 2006
featured illustration and assessment

Written by James Manns, PhD
ME Sharpe, Publisher 1998
artist assessment p. 95

Artists’ Market
Northlight Books, Publisher 1998
The Business of Self-Publishing
featured illustration

Contemporary Drawings
North Michigan University, Publisher 1995
featured drawing and assessment

Drawing: A Contemporary Approach 3rd Edition
Written by Claudia Betti and Teel Sale
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers
featured drawing and assessment

The Complete Printmaker
Ross and Romano, Publishers 1979
featured artwork and assessment

American Politics
Appleton, Century and Crofts 1978
illustrated chapter headings

Periodical Contributions

Portraits in Print Catalogue, 2008
Edited by Friends of Mc Henry County College, Crystal Lake IL
featured drawing

Raw Vision Magazine #39
The Village Witch – The Forgotten Works of Pearl Blauvelt
feature article written by Dennis & Donna Corrigan

The Artists Magazine, July 1993
Evolution to Humor
feature article written and Illustrated by Dennis Corrigan

Graphis Design Annual 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1981
featured artwork

Society of Illustrators Annual
Special Humor Edition 1987
featured illustration

American Institute of Graphic Arts Catalogue 1983
featured illustration

Print Magazine
Illustration Issue 1981
featured illustration

Mainstream Magazine – February 1978
The Wayne-Pike Archives
feature Article by Dennis Corrigan

Other Publications

Untold Stories From a Collapsed Soul
compilation of Drawings by Dennis Corrigan

The Six Rules of Multi-Dimensional-Universal Time Travel in a Giant Copper Teacup
written and Illustrated by Dennis Corrigan

Wrongway Corrigan
written and Illustrated by Dennis Corrigan

Violent Lunch
written and Illustrated by Dennis Corrigan

“We can all be thankful that Dennis Corrigan decided to use his powers for good; I shudder to think what might have happened if he hadn’t. Having breathed that sigh of relief, I can feel free to state the obvious: Corrigan is a genius…”

— Gerald Kolpan, journalist and author

“…travel to Planet Corrigan, a rare world where we discover the amazing, comical, and bizarre creatures which populate and animate an incredible atmosphere richly laden with a full measure of his prolific imagination…”

— David B. Lee, Executive VP and Publisher, Remedy Health Media & former Sr. VP, Magazine Publishers Association