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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.

“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

SOLO EXHIBITION

Artifact Gallery, New York, NY, December 2022

SELECTED JURIED EXHIBITIONS

Urban Photo Awards Exhibition, Triest, Italy October-November 2021

Above and Under the Surface, Instruments of Memory, Online Exhibition, October 2021-January 2022

Framed: Shadow and Light Exhibition, Black Box Gallery, Portland, OR, September 2021

Summer Salon Exhibition, Van Der Plas Gallery, New York, NY, August 2021

Feature Shoot Exhibition, Foley Gallery, New York, NY, August 2021

The Art of Isolation Exhibition, Still Point Galllery, June - August 2021

Feature Shoot Exhibition, Blank Wall Gallery, Athens, Greece, June 2021

Feature Shoot Exhibition, Laurent Gallery, Melbourne, Australia, May 2021

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 2020

AWARDS

Stillpoint Gallery, "The Art of Isolation," - Best in Show
Selected for Who’s Who Top Professional Artists Series, August 2021
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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