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Penny Feder

"I work late at night and into the morning in a quiet, dark spaciousness full of possibilities, where creating becomes a constant inner dialogue of conflict and choice. I take creative chances, make bold mistakes, go in unplanned directions. It is both exhilarating and exasperating. When a piece is complete, I feel it in my gut. Nevertheless, I will sleep on it (don't call me early!). "

Nothing passes Penny Feder's mind's eye that isn't revealed in her unique handling of colors, shapes, forms, and textures. She works in a variety of media, including printmaking, collage, oils, and pastels, and depicts a wide range of subjects from people and animals to architecture and nature. No matter the medium and subject, there is a special vision at work in her art. Contemplative and surprising, Penny Feder's work invites you into her world of design, color, and light.

Penny Feder's colors 'sing' in her mixed-media work, making the viewer want to touch and crawl into their surfaces. In her mixed-media work, Feder interweaves oil and acrylic pigments, torn papers, and fibers with a varnish mixture, all while scraping and reworking the canvas. Her series of glazed oils on gesso hardboard glow with richly layered colors. In her etchings, she combines traditional printmaking techniques with hand-painted color to create uniquely beautiful pieces.

Penny Feder graduated with a BA in art education and an MA in printmaking. An award winner in national and international competitions, Feder has exhibited in solo and group shows in the USA and Europe. Her work can be found in many private, public, and corporate collections, including the US State Department and the Smithsonian Institute. Her work has also been featured in several network television shows, including Roseanne and Melrose Place.

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Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Long Island Printmakers Society, Belgium, Wijkcentrum Franz Masereel, 1988
Coconut Grove Art Festival: First Prize, Florida USA, Miami, 1982
Knickerbocker Artists Annual: Gold Medal, NY, NYC, 1984
Audobon Artists Society: Silver Medal for Creative Graphics John Taylor Arms Award, NY, NYC, 1986
Las Olas Art Festival: Judges Rocognition, Florida USA, Ft. Lauderdale , 1983
Collections
National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC, 1992
Award winning Brooklyn Artists, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY, 1988
Nynex Corporation, NY, NY, 1990
Art Collection, United States State Department, Washington, DC, 1989
Collection, Olympia Medical Center, Seattle, 2005