Pam Patterson

Pam Patterson (PhD) has, for 30 years, been active in the education, art, performance and women’s communities. Her research, performance and teaching have focussed on embodiment in art teaching and practice, the “body” in art, disability studies, women’s studies and art education with publications in journals such as: Studies in Art Education, LEARNing Landscapes, Canadian Art Teacher, Resources for Feminist Research, Matriarts: A Canadian Feminist Art Journal, FUSE, Fibrearts, Parachute; and presentations in conferences such as: the Feminism and Art Conference (Toronto), History of Art Education Symposium (Penn State), and Moving Bodies, Embodying Movement: Exploring the Rhetoric of the Body (State University of New York, Brockport) and various Canadian Society for Education through Art (CSEA) conferences across Canada. Her book, Enacting Learning: An Arts-Informed Inquiry with the Bay Area Artists for Women’s Art (BAAWA) was published by Lambert Academic Publishing, Saarbrücken, Germany. She was Director of Research for the Canadian Society for Education through Art (CSEA) and has acted as an ambassador for OCAD University and OISE, University of Toronto for the Canadian Association for the Study of Women and Education (CASWE).

She has taught graduate and undergraduate courses for various institutions: Sheridan College, George Brown College, Ryerson Polytechnical University, York University, Toronto School of Art, University of Toronto, University of Waterloo and was, for over 10 years, in Education at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Patterson has been teaching, and acting as Coordinator for Art and Design Education, in the Faculty of Art at OCADU since 2010. Since 2004, she has been Associate Scholar for the Centre for Women’s Studies in Education (CWSE) at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT) where she directs WIAprojects (, an interdisciplinary program in community-based, arts-informed, feminist-inspired research. For WIAprojects, she teaches workshops and curates exhibitions, performances and events. WIAprojects also publishes various documents and monographs.

As a performance and visual artist, she has exhibited and performed across Canada and internationally. Recently, she presented performance/video works Distended Topographies for EdgeZones, Miami and Red Square for TorinoPERFORMANCEART International Festival, Turin, Italy. Other works include: Body as Site/Sight, presented at A Space for 7A11D International Performance Art Festival in Toronto; and she lectured and performed works from the “Body in Extremis” series for Psi: Being Uncomfortable, Brown University, Rhode Island, Towards Tomorrow at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and Performance as Pedagogy for the Universities Art Association, Victoria. Patterson just presented new work with ARTIFACTS this past year for Made of Walking, in La Romieu, France and at Gallery 1313 in Toronto. Her current research with educators in two galleries in southern Ireland, and as artist, addresses intergenerational trauma, disability and language. Patterson is represented by Sybil Frank Gallery.