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.

Lives and works in Wilmington, Delaware




Classwork, International Center of Photography, New York, NY


BA, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA


Noble and Greenough School, Dedham, MA


Select Exhibitions


Page Bond Gallery, Beat the Heat, Richmond, VA

Page Bond Gallery, Solstice – Celebrating Summer Catalogue , Richmond, VA

Jessica Hagan Fine Art & Design, Blue + White Exhibiton with

Emily Randolph, Newport, RI Newport Art Museum Biennial, Newport, RI

Jessica Hagan Fine Art & Design, Small Works , Newport, RI



Newport Art Museum Biennial, Newport, RI

Jessica Hagan Fine Art & Design Fall Exhibition , Newport, RI

Memorial Sloan Kettering Koch Center Art Walk, NYC

Exhibition at the Brownstones, Red Bank, NJ

Memorial Sloan Kettering Koch Center – Permanent Collection



Vanishing Ice, Solo Exhibition Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA

Permanent Installation at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital, NYC

View Find 7, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA



Cat Perkins, Southport, CT

Sunni Spencer, New York, NY



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



Refresh, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA

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



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

Cade Tompkins Project, Arthamptons Fair, Bridgehampton, NY



Cade Tompkins Project, Next Air Fair, Chicago, IL

Pulse: Late Night at the New World Symphony



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



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

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


Online Features


“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



“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.