Dominic Pangborn is best defined as an “Evolutionist.” He believes that art should reflect a current mood, expression and point in time. Pangborn’s works grow and change in style, medium and subject matter based on that particular period of his life’s experience. The constant element that is intrinsic to his every work is his heritage – a fine balance of eastern and western culture, philosophy and outlook.
Pangborn received his formal education at the prestigious Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, an elite institution that also trained Walt Disney and other luminaries. He started his art career in Chicago before moving to Detroit. Always striving to develop his talents, Pangborn continued his studies at the Illustrators Workshop in Terrytown, New York; Syracuse University and attended the executive program at Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. Pangborn was also a professor at the College for Creative Studies (CCS) and has received an Honorary Doctorate from Marygrove College in Detroit, Michigan.
Pangborn’s multi-dimensional career spans graphic design, fashion design as well as his passion for fine art. Pangborn’s, critically acclaimed, fine art has been published in Playboy and exhibited at museums across the country including the esteemed Detroit Institute of Art; and hang on the walls of collectors across the United States and abroad.
Pangborn has established his own fashion label, the Pangborn Design Collection. Upon its inception, Pangborn became an over-night success as the label was carried through upscale retailers including Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom and many exclusive boutiques. Today, Pangborn’s art is incorporated into fashion, home décor and other mediums including giclees and fine art prints. His creations have become an American lifestyle. Pangborn has opened his own retail stores, which bear his name – located throughout metropolitan Detroit and St. Thomas US Virgin Islands.
A fervent believer in giving back to one’s community, Dominic Pangborn serves on a variety of boards for charities and not-for-profit organizations. As a Korean adoptee brought to America, Pangborn reflects on the opportunities presented to him and in turn gives passionately of his time, talent and heart.
Pangborn travels extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.