Pat Richards Dodds
I credit my lifelong inspiration for painting through my early exposure to the arts. Awarded a scholarship for life drawing at Chouinard Art School while in high school, I continued my studies at the University of Washington. After a hiatus devoted to raising my family, I furthered my studies at Ventura College under the tutelage of Gerd Koch, Hiroko Yoshimoto and others.
During that period of time I was a member of Studio 83 and exhibited at Buenaventura Art Association the Ventura County Government Center and Art Illusions Gallery. More recently I have shown my work at Studio Channel Islands Art Center, Fox Jeweler’s and the Crowne Plaza Hotel. I am an Artist in Residence at Studio Channel Islands Art Center.
In 1989 I began a career in banking, which afforded me the opportunity to manage and curate over 30 exhibits at Ventura County National Bank, both at the corporate offices and the Camarillo Service Center.
In 1998 I became a founding member of Studio Channel Islands Art Center on the campus of CSUCI, serving as the first chairperson of the Board. In 2005 I organized and help to curate the international Chinese exhibit, the Year of the Monkey. Most recently I served as the Director of Fund Development for the SCIART Board of Directors.
One of my deep interests is to mentor young artists and to encourage them to continue their passion for art. With this in mind I was instrumental in creating the Mentor to Many project, which established an annual award for local college and university students, the Studio Channel Islands Art Center’s Award for Excellence in fine Art. This is the 10th year for the Award.
I have won many awards for my work, including Ventura College, BAA, Studio Channel Islands Art Center and the Ventura County Fair. My work is included numerous private collections as well as the permanent collection at the University of Washington.
My studio is located at Studio Channel Islands Art Center, Building B1, 2222 Ventura Blvd, Camarillo.
Chouinard Art School 1954
University of Washington 1956-1956
Ventura College 1974
Fox Fine Jewelers 2012
Studio Channel Islands Art Center 2011
Studio Channel Islands Art Center 2007
Ventura Art Walk Featured Artist
Buenaventura Art Association 1998
Art Illusions Gallery 1987
Ventura City Hall 1984
Artists in Residence, Studio Channel Islands
Los Angeles Art Association
Ojai Art Association
Buenaventura Art Association
University of Washington