Artist Features

Penelope Caldwell

Caldwell, Penelope. Lynn, 2010. 2018 Individual Artist Fellow, Oregon Arts Commission.

Originally published February, 2018

Penelope Caldwell is an artist and midwife. She grew up in Ghana, Argentina and Brazil with roots in New York City. In 2005, Caldwell received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her work has since been exhibited throughout the West, including Verum Ultimum and Gallery 114 in Portland; Space Gallery, Denver, CO; Art Association of Jackson Hole, Jackson, WY and Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Says the artist, “In my portraits I attempt to capture a state that quivers between what ‘exists’ and what is ‘illusion’; the thing that separates and defines us. It may be a slump in the shoulders, a blank banal stare, a hint of fear, pleasure, or a subtle ‘flaw’.”

Courtesy of the Oregon Arts Commission.

Artist Credit: Penelope Caldwell