Born in Danville, Virginia in 1904, Fitzgerald studied at Randolph-Macon Woman's College (B.A.), also at the Art Student's League in New York with John Sloan (two years), and with Maurice Stern and Ambrose Webster in Provincetown, Massachusetts for three summers.
While she fulfilled many portrait commissions of notable figures, other work, expressionist in style, represents her quest for self-discovery. Fitzgerald went on to gain national status as a painter and teacher of art, establishing (founder) the artist collective, Abingdon Square Painters, in New York in 1948.
She served as lecturer at the Virginia Area University Center from 1949 to 1951; the Association of American Colleges, 1955 to 1964 and 1967 to 19
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