Pamela Benham studied painting in New York City at the Art Students’ League under a Ford Foundation Grant and a Reginald Marsh Scholarship, and she graduated from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art with a BFA.
Moving to Paris, she studied at the Ecolé des Beaux-Arts for two years with Pierre Carron. Other influential teachers were Robert Beverly Hale, Dory Ashton, Paul Resika, Leland Bell and Stephen Posen. In NYC, she worked with Claes Oldenburg, as the painter of two of his projects.
Benham is a recipient of an ARTIST SPACE Grant and an Adolph Gottlieb Foundation Grant. She was also awarded artist-in-residencies at the Skowhegan School in Maine, Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, Parson’s Altos de Chavon in the Dominican Republic, and Colgate University in Hamilton, NY.
She has exhibited internationally in museums and galleries including the Musée d’Art Moderne and the Musée du Luxembourg in Paris. She has had over twenty solo exhibitions in galleries in New York including the Miller, Susan Schreiber and Jayne Baum Gallery. In the last two years. Benham’s thirty exhibitions include: the Monmouth
Museum in New Jersey, the Attleboro Arts Museum in Massachusetts, Rochester Contemporary Art Center in New York and and in Santa Barbara - the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, the Sullivan Goss Gallery and GraySpace Gallery.
She has now established her West Coast painting studio, the Art House Studio, in Santa Barbara, California.