Philadelphia Museum of Art, Saturday Classes, 1959 – 1963
Penland School of Arts and Crafts, summer of 1966
Philadelphia College of Art, BFA, Fabric Design, 1968
Exhibited paintings as half of a collaboration, Victoria+Dodd, in numerous galleries throughout the United States in the years 1985 – 1992.
Representation for Victoria+Dodd: Joy Berman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Claire Spitler Works of Art, Ann Arbor, MI
I no longer have access to any of the precise information about these shows and galleries due to a flood in 2009 which destroyed most of my memorabilia and paper records.
Paintings done by Victoria+Dodd hang in many private collections and numerous corporate collections including Moss Rehab, the Children’s Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, all in Philadelphia PA. They were also featured in the first year of the Bravo channel as part of their Bravo Artists.
Victoria’s work is a part of the permanent collection of Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.
Writer, Art Matters, Philadelphia, PA 1985 – 1988
Speaker, Artist’s Magazine Conventions, Washington, DC, Chicago, Marketing for Artists, based on three-part series published by that magazine in 1986.
The severe crippling from progressive systemic sclerosis, a fatal, incurable autoimmune disease for most who acquire it, terminated my outwardly directed and collaborative art work in 1988 and my focus was directed towards my own healing, using painting extensively as a healing tool for myself, for many years.
Returned to creating art – as an individual - in 2008.
Instructor, Feeling-Based Collage, The Learning Center, Providence RI, 2008.
Returned to functioning professionally as an artist, 2010.
Current representation : Xanadu Gallery, Scottsdale AZ
On Line Gallery: VictoriaPendragon.artspan.com
Phoenix & Dragon, Roswell, GA – September, 2012
Lotus Moon Studio, York PA – ongoing
Awakenings Holistic Center, Berkeley Springs, WV - ongoing
Moss Rehab, juried exhibition, All About Art, Philadelphia, PA - April 2011
Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, Art Ability - Bryn Mawr, PA - November 2011
Hampshire County Juried Art Show – Romney, WV – October 2011 – Special Recognition Award
Bedford County Juried Art Show – Bedford, PA – October 2011 – Second Place, 2-D
Saville Gallery, Cumberland, MD, Mon Amor, My Love – October 2011
Art In The Park, Berkeley Springs, WV – tourist season 2011, 2012
All About Art – Moss Rehab, Phila PA – juried exhibition – April 2012
Lotta Art for School 33 Art Center – April 2012
Uniontown Art Club –May 19 – June 3, 2012
Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, Art Ability - Bryn Mawr, PA - November 2012
Nails In The Wall, Metucheon, NJ – September – December 2012
2013 ArtScape Banner Program, Winchester, VA
Art Ability - Bryn Mawr, PA - November 2013
Okanagan Erotic Arts Festival - British Columbia - June 2013
Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, Art Ability - Bryn Mawr, PA - November 2013
Nails In The Wall, Metucheon, NJ - Immigration Issues, January - April, 2014
2014 ArtScape Banner Program, Winchester, VA
Member Shows (juried)
Bedford County Members Show – January/February 2012 – 2nd prize 2-D
Hampshire County Members Show – Romney, WV – April 2012 – Special Recognition Award
Bedford County Members Show – November 2012
MEMBER: Very Special Arts, Coalition of Visionary Resources
Because my mother thought thst she detected in me an artistic bent, I was trained since childhood in the arts, first in Saturday classes at the Philadelphia Museum of Art , later at the Penland School of Arts & Crafts and ultimately at the Philadelphia College of Art, from which I eventually graduated. I did not begin my first foray into the public art world until the mid 1980’s and then, as half of a collaborative artist known as Victoria+Dodd. We did comparatively well as an artist and our work found its way into a number of corporate collections. We also wrote and lectured on marketing for artists.
In 1988 through 1989 I experienced the crippling of my whole body and the hardening of my internal organs due to progressive systemic sclerosis. Art as a way of interacting with the world stopped for me as I embarked on an adventure that would first save and then change my life. My very unlikely recovery led me towards work where I could be of assistance to others and public art took a back seat for many years as I used it only for personal therapy, exploration and an expansion of my consciousness.
In 2008, following a divorce from my collaborator, I began to feel an irrepressible urge to create and that urge found its expression first in collage, then in painting on silk and finally emerged in a meeting of mediums, in which I layer painted silk with collage as well as found and created objects. My focus is almost always feeling energy. These are still the mediums in which I do most of my work.
I became acquainted with the various manifestations of energy during my years of healing as I explored one after another so-called alternative methods in that there was – and is – no known cure for scleroderma. During that time I also became acutely aware of the role that feelings play in the body and in the way that they affect the energy of the body. In my work, I strive to create pieces that inspire feelings in the viewer, allowing their feelings to evoke response. In my Wordscapes, I offer a little somethng for the mind as well. First published as a poet in 1964, I have gone on to become both a published poet and author.