Penny McElroy

Professor, Art


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

B.A. Social Work, Alma College


Ann Peppers Hall
P: 909.748.8507
P: 909 748 8508


Degrees: M.F.A. Graphics, University of Wisconsin/Madison, 1984; B.A., Social Work, Alma College, 1975

Office: Ann Peppers Hall #109

Phone: 909/748-8507 Campus Ext. 8507



Areas of Expertise

Graphic Design, Collage/Mixed media, Printmaking, Book Arts

Professional Background

Penny's artwork has been exhibited throughout the United States and abroad, including recently at the The Artist's Gallery in Santa Monica, Gallery 825 in Los Angeles, Brand Library Art Gallery in Glendale, galerie sei-un-do in Zurich, CH, Siena Heights University in Michigan, the Riverside Art Museum, Huntington Beach Art Center, Fullerton College Art Gallery, and the Second City Arts Council in Long Beach. Recently, Penny has developed an interest in mail art and has begun mailing her pieces to various exhibits around the world.

Penny also maintains an active graphic design practice - 5&dime design. She recently created the cover art and designed the Gorsky Press reissue of "Strange Toys" by Patricia Geary, and designed the cover art for "Camera Obscura," a book of poetry by Rebecca Bednarz, published by Noemi Press.

Courses Offered

  • 2-D Design

  • Drawing

  • Graphic Design (Intro, Intermediate and Advanced)

  • Book Arts

  • Typography

  • Relief Printmaking

  • Serigraphy

  • Monoprintmaking

  • 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

Degrees Held

  • M.F.A. Graphics, University of Wisconsin , Madison, 1984

  • B.A., Social Work, Alma College, 1975

Previous Teaching Experience

Assistant Professor, Bethany College, Lindsborg KS, 11984 - 1986

Professional Experience

  • Salesperson, Madison Art Supply Company, Madison Wisconsin

  • Head Resident, Hollins College, Virginia

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

  • Department Chair, Art Department, University of Redlands

Awards, Honors and 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

Exhibitions, Presentations and Publications

"Evaluating the AP Portfolio in Studio Art" 2009
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

Professional Affiliations

  • Johnston Center for Integrative Studies

  • College Art Association

  • Southern California Women's Caucus for Art

  • AIGA

  • Redlands Art Association