Pamela Hoss moved to New Bedford, Massachusetts in 2007, after living in Brookline, with a studio in Boston’s Fort Point Channel. She currently maintains a studio at 88 Hatch Street in New Bedford. Hoss earned a BFA from Southeastern Massachusetts University in 1972 and an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University in 1984. She taught drawing in the Fine Arts Department at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth for thirty years and retired in 2018.
Hoss has been the recipient of numerous awards. She received a National Endowment for the Arts, Regional Visual Artist’s Fellowship from the New England Foundation for the Arts in Drawing. She has several pieces in the Drawing Collection at the Boston Public Library. Hoss has exhibited nationally and regionally in commercial galleries, university galleries and museums. Selected exhibitions include the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, the Fitchburg Museum, the Danforth Museum in Framingham, the Fuller Museum in Brockton, the Attleboro Museum and the New Bedford Art Museum/Art Works.
I often use myself as a vehicle for expression. Through the use of mirrors, some of my portraits are intimate investigations, while others, using full body postures, are theatrical large-scale narratives. Both elucidate my life as a woman in the different roles I’ve played. Self-portraiture has allowed me to uncover what could not be easily perceived. Currently, documenting the past with the present, I have been looking at myself through the lens of time, with a conscious awareness of age, gender and loss.