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Penny Oliphant was born in 1955 in Binghamton, NY. Her family moved to Maine in 1957. In 1970, she helped establish a high school for college-level study in Portland, Maine. Penny received a scholarship to attend the Portland School of Art during high school in 1972. She went on to study Fine Arts at the Art Institute of Boston from 1973 to 1975.

The artist’s iconic images of everyday life in the small towns scattered across the state, offer a fresh look at the unappreciated aspects of Maine’s rural landscape.

In 2017, eighteen of Oliphant’s photographs were featured at the Out of the Blue Art Gallery in Boston, MA.

The artist is a member of the Boothbay Region Art Foundation. She is represented by The Lighthouse Arts Center Gallery. .

“Oliphant manages to employ successfully the very element of nostalgia that sinks so many Maine paintings. Nostalgia is a sweet-sad affair. In Maine genre art, the sweetness tends to prevail. Penny Oliphant has the good taste, and the intelligence to weigh the sad side as well.” —Edgar Allen Beem, Art critic and author

"Penny Parkhurst Oliphant's limited edition archival photograph, "The Artist's House," gives us a chilling feeling of isolation. The artist uses this dark captured moment to reflect on the frightening truth of loneliness in a place that should represent comfort, one's own home." —exerpt from Under The Mask's Press Release by Adriaan van der Plas, Van Der Plas Gallery, NYC

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

Stairwell Gallery, "Route 100" Solo Photography Exhibition, Bangor, Maine
Out of the Blue Gallery, "Road Worn" Solo Photography Exhibition,Boston, MA
Davidson Contemporary Art “Vintage Cars” Portland, ME
University of Maine “Night and Day” Augusta, ME
Owls Head Transportation Museum “Automotive Artworks” Owls Head, ME
Thomas College Art Gallery “Night Series” Waterville, ME
Show of Hands Gallery “Life on the Road” Kennebunk, ME
Railroad Square Gallery “Spring Training Photographs” Waterville, ME

SELECTED JURIED EXHIBITIONS

Sumner Art Museum “Maine Artists” Washington, DC
Colby College Art Museum “Maine Women in the Visual Arts” Waterville, ME
State House Capitol “Capitol to the Mountain Counties” Augusta, ME
Maine Coast Artist “Juried Exhibition” Rockport, ME
Real Art Ways Gallery “Juried Exhibition” Hartford, CT
Art for America Gallery “Inland Off-Shore” Newcastle, ME
Art in Maine Juried Exhibition Boothbay Harbor, ME
Maine Open Juried Exhibition Waterville, ME
Maine Photography Show, Juried by Peter Ralston, Boothbay Harbor, ME
Westbrook College “Women Artists” Portland, ME
University of Maine “Women Artists” Orono, ME

AWARDS

Stillpoint Art Gallery “Dwellings” - Artist of Distinction
Art in Maine Juried Show - Honorable Mention Award
Maine Open Juried Show - First Place Award Harry Faust Memorial Award
Danforth Gallery “Emerging Artists” - Third Place Award

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Yukyung Art Museum Geoje, South, Korea
Pittsfield Public Library, Pittsfield, ME
Maine's Percent for Art Program
Owl's Head Transportation Museum
People's Heritage Bank
 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019 Route 100 Solo Photography Exhibition, Stairwell Gallery, Bangor, Maine, August/September

2017 Road Worn, Solo Photography Exhibition, Out of the Blue Gallery, Boston, MA

2011 Penny Oliphant: Road Signs, Photographs and Artwork, Boothbay Harbor Memorial Libray September

2003 Summer in Central Maine: Recent Works by Penny Oliphant, Bangor, November

2002 Spring Training, Recent Paintings & Photographs by Penny Oliphant, Railroad Square Cinema Gallery Waterville, Maine, May

1997 Vintage Theatres by Penny Oliphant, Railroad Square Gallery, Waterville, Maine, January

1995 Automotive Artworks by Penny Oliphant, Owls Head Transportation Museum, Rockland, Maine, September through November

1995 Recent Works by Penny Oliphant, Thomas College Art Gallery, Waterville, Maine, March

1994 Life on the Road by Penny Oliphant, Panoply Gallery, Waterville, Maine, May

1993 Recent Paintings of Penny Oliphant, Show of Hands Gallery, Kennebunkport, Maine, December

1993 Works by Penny Oliphant, Gorges Grant Hotel, Ogunquit, Maine, June

1990 Recent Paintings by Penny Oliphant, Department of Environmental Protection, Augusta, Maine, July

1989
Road Scenes by Penny Oliphant, Railroad Square Gallery, Waterville, Maine, March

1988 Recent Works by Penny Oliphant, The Harlow Gallery, Hallowell, Maine, August

1985 Recent Works by Penny Oliphant, The Last Unicorn, Waterville, Maine, September

1984 Recent Works by Penny Oliphant, The Harlow Gallery, Hallowell, Maine, August

Street Life by Penny Oliphant, The Nickelodeon, Portland, Maine, February

1983 Recent Works by Penny Oliphant, The Last Unicorn, Waterville, Maine, July

1981 Night Series by Penny Oliphant, Thomas College Art Gallery, Waterville, Maine, September

Recent Works by Penny Oliphant, The Last Unicorn, Waterville, Maine, April

1980 Night and Day by Penny Oliphant, The University of Maine, Augusta, Maine, August

Coast to Coast by Penny Oliphant, The Open Space Gallery, Bangor, Maine, May

TWO / THREE PERSON EXHIBITIONS

1997 Vintage Cars: Wendy Lewis and Penny Oliphant. Davidson and Daughters Contemporary Art, Portland, Maine (Oliphant sold out - over 20 paintings), August

1987 Inland - Off Shore with Allen Bray, Eric Hopkins and Penny Oliphant. Juried Exhibition, Art for America Gallery, Newcastle, Maine, June

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020 Art of Remediation, Yukyung Art Museum, Geoje, South Korea, November

2020 Feature Shoot Show, Blank Wall Gallery, Athens, Greece, November

2020 Art in America Magazine Annual Guide 2021, September

2020 Under The Mask, Van Der Plas Gallery, New York, New York, August

2020 Feature Shoot Show, Foley Gallery, New York, New York, August

2020 Feature Shoot Show, BBA Gallery, Berlin, Germany, July

2019 Accepted to Circle Foundation For The Arts

2019 Local Views Art Competition Gallery 25N.com Feburary

2018 Gallery Artists Show Lighthouse Art Gallery Bucksport, ME Winter

2018 Maine Photography Show
, Juried by Peter Ralston, Boothbay Harbor, Maine, May

2018 Feature Shoot Magazine, Nostalgic Photographs, June

2017 Gallery Artists Show Lighthouse Art Gallery Bucksport, ME Summer 2

2016 Solitude Juried Show Stillpoint Gallery Winter

2015 Gallery Artists Exhibition Boothbay Art Foundation Gallery Boothbay, ME Summer

2014 Gallery Artists Exhibition Boothbay Art Foundation Gallery Boothbay, ME Summer

2013 Gallery Artists Exhibition Boothbay Art Foundation Gallery Boothbay, ME Summer

2012 Gallery Artists Exhibition Boothbay Art Foundation Gallery Boothbay, ME Summer

2011 Summer Exhibition, Boothbay Art Foundation Gallery, June through September

2011 21st  Annual Open Juried Art Show,
Waterville, Maine, April

2010   Art in Maine Juried Exhibition,
Boothbay Art Gallery, October

2010 Figurative Expo. International Show, Infinity Art Gallery,
Oct.1 - Nov. 15

2010 Artist Gallery Exhibition of Artists of Distinction, Stillpoint Art Gallery
Jan. - Dec.

2010 20th Annual Open Juried Art Show, Blue Marble Gallery, First in Show

2009 Dwellings, Still Point Art Gallery, Artist of Distinction Award, Brunswick, Maine, June 22-August 30
          
2009 19th Annual Open Juried Art Show, Blue Marble Gallery, Harry Faust Memorial Award Rusted Plymouth, March 31 - April 25

2007 Millions Taken Daily Exhibition,University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor, Maine,
July–October

2006 Maine Discovery Museum: Hold Everything Exhibition,
Bangor, Maine September
         
2006 Invitational Exhibition,
Maine Art Gallery, Wiscasset, Maine, July

2004 Maine Discovery Museum: Looking Good Exhibition, Bangor, Maine, Sep - Nov

2004 Summer Juried Exhibition, Maine Art Gallery, Wiscasset, Maine, June

2004 Gallery Artists Show, Maine Art Gallery, Wiscasset, Maine, June

2003 Capitol to the Mountain Counties, Exhibition, State House Capitol, Augusta, Maine, February -  April

2003 Maine Discovery Museum: Sitting Pretty Exhibition, Bangor, Maine, September - November

2002 Honor Roll of Juried Shows Invitational Exhibition, Maine Art Gallery, Wiscasset, Maine, October

2002 Gallery Artists, Maine Art Gallery, Wiscasset, Maine, July

2002 Summer Juried Exhibition, Maine Art Gallery, Wiscasset, Maine, June

2001 Maine Women in the Visual Arts, Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville Nov-Dec.

2001 New Paintings by Gallery Artists, Maine Art Gallery, Wiscasset, Maine, July

2000 New Paintings, Member Show, Maine Art Gallery, Wiscasset, Maine, August

Juried Show, Maine Art Gallery, Wiscasset, Maine, July

1999 Summer in Maine, Juried Exihibition, Working Art Gallery, Belfast, Maine, August

Members Show, Maine Art Gallery, Wiscasset, Maine, August

Juried Exhibition, Chocolate Church Art Gallery, Bath, Maine, August

Revolutionary Art, Juried Exhibition, Artworks Together, Belfast, Maine, July

Juried Exhibition, Maine Art Gallery, Wiscasset, Maine, July

Blues, Juried Exhibition, Artworks Together, Belfast, Maine, June

Juried Exhibition, Artworks Together, Belfast, Maine, May

1998 Members Show, Maine Art Gallery, Wiscasset, Maine, August

Contemporary Art, Davidson and Daughters, Portland, Maine, July

1997 Members Show, Maine Art Gallery, Wiscasset, Maine, Sept.

No England, No Amerstam, too, Juried Exhibition, Real Art Ways Gallery, Hartford, CT, June

1996 Juried Exhibition, Maine Art Gallery, Wiscassett, Maine, July

1995 Gallery Artists, Lakes Gallery, South Casco, Maine, Summer

1994 Gallery Artists, Lakes Gallery, South Casco, Maine, Summer

1993 Gallery Artists, Lakes Gallery, South Casco, Maine, Summer

1992 Juried Exhibition, The Art Gallery at Six Deering Street, Portland, Maine, September

Members Show, Danforth Gallery, Portland, Maine, August

Members Show, The Harlow Gallery, Hallowell, Maine, July

1991 Thomas Moser Showroom, Portland, Maine, July

University of New England, Biddeford, Maine, February

1990 Maine Artists: The Next Generation Show, Sumner Museum, Washington DC, June

1989 Juried Exhibition, Maine Coast Artists, Rockport, Maine, August

Juried Exhibition, Chocolate Church Art Gallery, Bath, Maine, July

1988 Maine Central Institute, Pittsfield, Maine, August

1986 Members Show, The Harlow Gallery, Hallowell, Maine, June

Members Show, Juried Exhibition, Art for America Gallery, Newcastle, Maine, June

1983 Members Show, Juried Exhibition, Art for America Gallery, Newcastle, Maine, June

Members Show, The Harlow Gallery, Hallowell, Maine, June

1982 Spectra II, Juried Exhibition, University of Maine, Orono, Maine, September

Juried Exhibition, Chosen Works Gallery, Bangor, Maine, February

Members Show, Juried Exhibition, Art for America Gallery, Newcastle, Maine, June

Members Show, The Harlow Gallery, Hallowell, Maine, June

1981 Members Show, The Harlow Gallery, Hallowell, Maine, June

Spectra I, Westbrook College: Juried Exhibition, Portland, Maine, May


        

 
 

 



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