Pamela Dodds was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, grew up in Toronto, and was transplanted south of the border to the USA as a teenager. She began her art practice in Boston, Massachusetts, where she first exhibited at the artist-run Bromfield Gallery. Early in her career, the Prints and Drawings Dept. of the Boston Public Library began collecting her works on paper.
She also spent years in Cleveland, Ohio off and on, where she found a vibrant art scene and where her work was championed by galleries including William Busta Gallery. In 2007 the Cleveland Museum of Art purchased the 6-print suite Ebb.
In 2008, she returned to Toronto. She received a generous grant from the Gottlieb Foundation, NY and a Nick Novak Residency at Open Studio Printmaking Centre, Toronto. In 2014 her work was supported by the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund Grant for feminist art, and the Hexagon Fellowship at Open Studio.
In 2016, the work was featured at Lesbian ARTivisms in the Age of Globalization Colloquium, University of Ottawa. In 2017 she received a project grant from Ontario Arts Council; The Visual Arts Centre of Clarington, ON, presented a 15-year retrospective of her work in print, including the newly completed Undertow installation in the gallery’s loft-like upper level.
An installation of Undertow was exhibited at the Impact 10 - International Multidisciplinary Printmaking Conference in Santander, Spain, 2018. Other international exposure includes FiLiA Feminist Conference, London, UK, 2017, Haugesund Museum of Fine Art, Norway, 2019, and Tŷ Pawb, Wrexham, Wales, UK 2019-2020. She is a citizen of both the USA and Canada and currently lives and works in Toronto.