Lois Dodd was born in Montclair, New Jersey in 1927. She graduated from The Cooper Union in New York in 1948. In 1952, she was one of five artists to establish Tanager Gallery, part of the co-operative 10th Street galleries located in New York City's East Village throughout the 1950s and 1960s. A life-long teacher of painting, Dodd spent much of her career as a professor at Brooklyn College from 1971 to 1992, where she guided a new generation of American artists with an unpretentious and candid spirit. Since 1980, she has served on the Board of Governors of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and she is an elected member of both the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and the National Academy of Design. Dodd's work is found in the Museum of Modern Art, the Cooper Hewitt Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the National Academy of Design in New York, among others.