She received her BA from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts in 1985 and studied at The International Center for Photography in New York. Ashford’s work has been exhibited in “Picturing an Ethical Economy” in New York at Trinity Wall Street. Her work is in the collection of Women & Infants’ Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island. Her work has also appeared in the “Editions/Artists’ Book Fair” at Cade Tompkins Projects, New York and at Cade Tompkins Projects, Providence, Rhode Island.

Education

2010-2015

Classwork, International Center of Photography, New York, NY

1986

BA, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA

1982

Noble and Greenough School, Dedham, MA

 

Select Exhibitions

2018

View Find 7, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA

 

2017

Cat Perkins, Southport, CT

Sunni Spencer, New York, NY

 

2016

United States Naval Observatory, Home of the Vice President, Joseph Biden, Washington, DC

Sea Star Beachwear, Southampton, NY

Reflections of Nature, Artful Living, Washington, DC

 

2015

Refresh, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA

Spirit of Water, Antique and Artisan Gallery, Stamford, CT

 

2012

Cade Tompkins Project, Swifty’s, New York, NY

Cade Tompkins Project, Arthamptons Fair, Bridgehampton, NY

 

2011

Cade Tompkins Project, Next Air Fair, Chicago, IL

Pulse: Late Night at the New World Symphony

 

2010

Elements of Nature, Cade Tompkins Project, Providence, RI

Picturing an Ethical Economy, Trinity Wall Street, New York, NY

Coleman Center for Creative Studies, Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI

Pink is the New Black, Cade Tompkins Project, New York, NY

 

2009

Cade Tompkins Project, Editions/Artist Book Fair, New York, NY

Save the Children: Photographs of Ethiopia, Gallery R’Pure, New York, NY

 

Online Features

2015

“To Do: Spirit of Water at the Antique and Artisan Gallery,” Tory Burch Daily Blog

“Spotlight on Penny Ashford,” Hanover Avenue

Ann Ainsley’s The Stylistic Blog

 

2012

“Meet the Photographer: Penny Ashford,” Tory Burch Daily Blog

Penny Ashford finds inspiration in nature and in particular, water and the abstracted movement, light and color of the sea. Literally immersed in her subject, Ashford employs an underwater camera, which changes the traditional horizon line from a straight horizontal line to a fluid and moving line. Extreme close ups of bubbles and eddies turn into abstracted forms with biomorphic structure and composition. Her camera is an extension of her eye and is carried with her on her travels to various locations in the world including Ethiopia where she created photographs for the Ethiopia Exhibition for Save the Children.