Penny McElroy

Professor, Chair
Art Department

Penny McElroy

Areas of Expertise

  • Graphic Design
  • Collage/Mixed Media
  • Printmaking
  • Book Arts


M.F.A. University of Wisconsin /Madison, Graphics

B.A. Alma College, Social Work

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Penny McElroy is an artist and teacher. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, and working as a counselor for 5 years, Penny entered the graduate graphics program at the University of Wisconsin / Madison. Since earning her MFA in 1984, Penny has taught graphic design, printmaking and book arts – first at Bethany College in Kansas and, since 1986,  at Redlands.

Penny’s artwork spans a broad range of media, from drawing, painting, and printmaking to 3-D ceramic pieces. Recently she has been experimenting with layered mixed media works on paper that incorporate light and video. Penny’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States and abroad, including recently at the Cal Poly Pomona exhibit Ink & Clay, where her work, el matrimonio de Archimedes, won the University President’s Purchase award. Other recent art venues also include Whitney Modern Gallery in Los Gatos, ARC gallery in San Francisco, Skylight Gallery in New York, Gallery 825 in Los Angeles, Lalit Kala Akademi in New Delhi, India, Cali,  Medellin and Manizales, Columbia, as well as Quilmes, Argentina. 

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Courses Taught

2-D Design


Graphic Design (Intro, Intermediate and Advanced)

Book Arts


Relief Printmaking



Textile Arts

Create your own Oracle

Drawing for the Fearful

Every Picture tells a Story

Gender, Race and the Political in Art

Art and Social Reality in Mexico

Making Metaphors – Collage and Assemblage

Women Weaving the Creative Process

In a Perfect World Mural Project


Department Chair, Art Department, University of Redlands

Assistant Professor, Bethany College, Lindsborg KS, 1984 - 1986

Salesperson, Madison Art Supply Company, Madison Wisconsin

Head Resident, Hollins College, Virginia

Counselor, Program for Alcohol and Substance Treatment, Big Rapids, Michigan

Exhibitions, Publications, Invited Presentations

"Evaluating the AP Portfolio in Studio Art"

Cover Art and Book Design - "Strange Toys" by Patricia Geary

"a turning night of stars" (solo exhibit), Klemm Gallery, Siena Heights University, Adrian, MI

Residency - Siena Heights University, Studio Angelico , Adrian, MI

"recovered mercies" (solo exhibit), Peppers Art Gallery, University of Redlands, CA

"Material Girls" (invitational exhibit), Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA

"Women's Work is Never Done" (invitational exhibit), Fullerton College Art Gallery, Fullerton CA

"East in Eden" (invitational exhibit), Kellogg Art Gallery, Cal Poly Pomona, CA

"Summer Stock," (juried exhibit) Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA

Cover Art: "Camera Obscura" by Rebecca Bednarz

Lecture: "All this Singing One Song," School of the Visual Arts Conference on

Liberal Arts and the Education of Artists, New York, NY

Awards, Honors, Grants

Elected to the Board of Directors - Redlands Art Association

Outstanding Faculty Research Award - University of Redlands, 2007

Juried Membership - Gallery 825, Los Angeles Art Association

Chief Faculty Consultant, Advanced Placement Studio Art – Educational Testing Service

Committee Member Test Development Committee - Advanced Placement Studio Art

Several Summer Research Grants - University of Redlands


Johnston Center for Integrative Studies

College Art Association

Southern California Women's Caucus for Art


Redlands Art Association