The Fairfax Art League is a cooperative organization that operates through the efforts of its members who plan, manage, staff and support its galleries, activities, and community outreach programs. The FAL provides opportunities to learn various mediums from creative individuals, to exhibit and sell artwork and to gain recognition within a friendly, supportive environment. 

The FAL holds monthly member meetings and educational demonstrations, workshops, juried shows and receptions throughout the year. Educational programs are available to members, the public, and elementary students. Most activities are free and open to the public.



The organization was founded by local artists Kathryn Higgins, Donya Bauer, Art Cole, Jackie Cawley, Deron Decesare, and Deborah Smith in 1986 and named the Fairfax Art League (FAL) the following year. It was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation in 1988.

The league is indebted to founder Kathryn Higgins who provided guidance and financial support to the fledgling organization over the years. With continued support from the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts and local sponsors, the Fairfax Art League has grown significantly and expanded its program and presence in the heart of downtown Fairfax City near the new Old Town Square Park.

Our Board and Committee Members


The President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer form the executive board of the Fairfax Art League. A dedicated group of committee chairs support the executive board.

To contact our board and committee members, please Contact Us.


The Fairfax Art League operates on an established set of bylaws that govern all activities such as elections, budget, and membership rules.

Fairfax Art League wishes to express their sincerest thanks and appreciation for support from the following: