Founding Directors: Margo Dolan and Peter Maxwell
Paintings by: Randall Exon, Pennsylvania, USA
The Ballinglen Arts Foundation was formed in 1992 to bring professional, established artists and younger artists of recognized ability, from Ireland and from abroad, to live and work in North Mayo so as to benefit both the artists and the community. Its programmes, a series of interrelated projects in the visual arts, provide a direct socioeconomic and educational benefit to the community whilst contributing substantively to the development of each individual artist's work.
Since 1968, Margo Dolan has been working in museum education and non profit institutions and galleries devoted to modern and contemporary work. In 1984 she and her husband, Peter Maxwell, founded Dolan/Maxwell Inc, a major Philadelphia art gallery. Peter Maxwell trained as an artist and has worked as an editor, art director, promotional and architectural designer. In 1991, they decided to transform Dolan/Maxwell to a private gallery operating by appointment. This enabled Margo and Peter to move to Ireland full time to found and operate The Ballinglen Arts Foundation.
Peter died in Philadelphia in 2016. Margo continues their hands on Directorship of Ballinglen going forward. In summer 2017 a grand celebration for Peter Maxwell & Ballinglen's future took place at The Ballinglen Centre.