EDUCATION
2006-7   Master of Fine Art, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne
1996-97  Post-Graduate Diploma in Fine Art, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne
1988-9    Certificate of Illustrative Photography, Photography Studies College, Melbourne
1982-85  Bachelor of Arts, University of Melbourne

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2018        Sea-change (2nd iteration) Art Central Hong Kong, Hong Kong                                                                                                                        2017         Reverse Photography, Rupert Bunny Fellowship Exhibition, St Kilda Town Hall Gallery, Melbourne                                                               2017         Sea-change, MARS Gallery, Melbourne
2012         Phototropic, Academy Gallery, Uni of Tasmania, Launceston
2011          Smack, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne  
2008        Fiction-Non-Fiction, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne
2008        Index, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne
2007        Index, Postgraduate Gallery, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne
2005       Tissue Issue. Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne
2003        Heavy Light, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne
2000        Penumbra, Robert Lindsay Gallery, Melbourne
1998         Proof, Talk Gallery, Melbourne.
1996         Photoelastic, Temple Studios, Melbourne. 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS                                                                                                                                                                                2018         Material Memories, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston                                                                                               Antipodean Emanations: cameraless photographs from Australia and New Zealand, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne                       

2016         Divine Abstraction, Justin Art House Museum, Melbourne                                                                                                                               2015         Unintended Refrains, George Paton Gallery, Melbourne
2014         Ex-libris – the book in contemporary art, Geelong Gallery, Victoria
                 Perceptions of Space: Justin Collection, Glen Eira City Gallery, Melbourne
2013         Missing Presumed Dead, Geraldton Regional Gallery, WA
2012         Missing Presumed Dead, Devonport Regional Gallery, & Cast Gallery, Launceston, Tasmania
                 ChromogenicFairfax Building, Melbourne
                 The Art of Collecting, George Paton Gallery, Melbourne
                 St Kilda Bowlling Club Studio Artists, The Gallery: St Kilda Town Hall, Melbourne
                 A Hand Up: fundraising exhibition for Prahran Mission, Deutscher and Hackett, Melbourne
2011          Recent Acquisitions: City of Port Phillip, St Kilda Town Hall Gallery, Melbourne
2010         Interieur-Exterieur, Lumas Galleries, Paris
                 The Apple Project, AC Institute, New York, USA
                 St Kilda Bowlling Club Studio Artists, The Gallery: St Kilda Town Hall, Melbourne
                 Nellie Castan Gallery @ the Depot Gallery, Sydney
2009        Josephine Ulrich and Wynn Schubert Photography Award, Gold Coast City Gallery, Queensland
                 Selected Works, Lumas Galleries, Berlin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Cologne, Munich, Stuttgart, London, Paris, Vienna, Zurich,
                 New York
                  Linking: St Kilda Bowlling Club Studio Artists, The Gallery: St Kilda Town Hall, Melbourne
2008         Order & Disorder: Archives and Photography, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
                  When You Think About Art, George Paton Gallery, Melbourne
                  Artists for Kids Culture Annual Exhibition and Auction, Brightspace, Melbourne
2007         Penelope Davis, Stephen Haley, Joyce Kohl, LA Artcore, Los Angeles, USA
                  Josephine Ulrich and Wynn Schubert Photography Award, Gold Coast City Gallery, Queensland
                  ANZ Visual Arts Award, VCA, Melbourne
                  Fremantle Print Award, Fremantle Arts Centre, Western Australia
                  William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize, MGA, Melbourne
2006         Light Sensitive: Contemporary Australian Photography from the Loti Smorgan Fund, The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia,
                  Federation Square, Melbourne
                  20/20, 18th Street Centre for the Arts, Los Angeles, California, USA
                  Linden Postcard Show. Linden Gallery, Melbourne
2005        Julie Millowick Photography Award, Castlemaine, Victoria
                  Recent Acquisitions City of Port Phillip, Linden Gallery, Melbourne
                  Paper Chase, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne
                  A4 Art, Westspace, Melbourne
                  Fundraiser, Ocular Lab, Melbourne
2004         Floranova, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne
                  Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Foundation for the Arts Photography Award, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Surfers Paradise
                  Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne Art Fair, Exhibition Buidings, Melbourne
2003         First Impressions, The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Federation Square, Melbourne
                  2nd Sight, The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Federation Square, Melbourne
                  Boogy, Jive and Bop, Academy Gallery, University of Tasmania, Launceston
2002         White and Black Photography, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne
2001          31st Alice Art Prize, The Araluen Centre, Alice Springs
                  City of Hobart Art Prize, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart
                  Salon Exhibition, Penthouse and Pavement, Melbourne
2000         The Hutchins Art Prize, The Long Gallery, Salamanca Place, Hobart
                   'F’: Divergent Abstraction and the Photographic Project, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney
                   A4 Art 2000, Westspace, Melbourne
1999           Moet and Chandon Touring Exhibition, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; National        
                   Gallery of Australia, Canberra; RMIT Gallery Storey Hall, Melbourne.
                   ‘F’: Divergent Abstraction and the Photographic Project, Glen Eira City Gallery, Melbourne
                   BAab/ talk exchange, Hanover Gallery, Liverpool, Britain.
1998           Focus #4: Click, Robert Lindsay Gallery, Melbourne
                   Deacons Graham and James/ Arts 21 Award and Exhibition, The Ian Potter Museum of Art,  Melbourne
                   taken, Project Space, RMIT, Melbourne
                   Post-Postcard Show, Linden Gallery, Melbourne
                   Anniversary, Talk Gallery, Melbourne
                   taken, Project Space, RMIT, Melbourne
                   3rd Exhibition, Pin Oak Gallery, Melbourne
                   Talk Artist’s Initiative @ Platform 2, Platform 2, Melbourne
                   'F’: Divergent Abstraction and the Photographic Project, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart
1997            “Disclosure”: new photo artists ‘97, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney
                    Introduction, talk artist’s initiative, Melbourne
                    Christmas Fundraiser, talk artist’s initiative, Melbourne  
                    ANZ Fellowship Exhibition, ANZ Bank, Melbourne
                    Work, Westspace Gallery, Melbourne
                    Victorian Campus Art Prize and Exhibition, George Paton Gallery, Melbourne
                    Proud, VCA Student Union Exhibition and Award, VCA Gallery, Melbourne
                    A4 Art, Westspace Gallery, Melbourne
                    VCA Graduate Show, VCA Gallery, Melbourne
                    Ashton, Raggert, McDougal Exhibition, Ashton, Raggert, McDougal Studios, Melbourne
1996            times five, First Site, Storey Hall, Next Wave Festival, Melbourne
                    Some Slips Don’t Show,  VCA Gallery, Melbourne.
                    A4 Art, Westspace Gallery, Melbourne
                    Agfa Summer Salon, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne
1994            Four Photographers, Linden Gallery, St.Kilda, Melbourne
                    A4 Art, Westspace Gallery, Melbourne
                    Agfa Summer Salon, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne
1993            Graduate Show, Photography Studies College, Melbourne

AWARDS/ GRANTS/ RESIDENCIES  

2016             City of Melbourne studio residency, Carlton Connect Lab-14                                                                                                                        2015             Winner, Rupert Bunny Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship, City of Port Phillip                                                                                           2009-12       Studio residency, City of Port Phillip Shakespeare Grove Artist’s Studios
2007            Winner, ANZ Fellowship Award
2005-07       Melbourne Research Scholarship, University of Melbourne
2001             Tokyo Studio Residency, Australia Council for the Arts (Feb-May 2003)
1999              Finalist, Moet and Chandon Touring Exhibition
1998              Finalist, Deacons Graham and James/ Arts 21 Award and Exhibition
1997              Victorian Campus Art Prize and Exhibition, Award for Innovation
                      VCA Student Union Exhibition and Award, VCA Student Union Award

COLLECTIONS                                                                                                                                                                                                                National Gallery of Victoria, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Artbank, ANZ Bank, City of Port Phillip, BHP Billiton, University of Melbourne Student Union, Victorian College of the Arts, Charles and Leah Justin Collection, Private collections within Australia, China, Europe, Japan and the USA

ASSOCIATED PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE                                                                                                                                            2007                 Lecturer, Sculpture and Spatial Practice, Victorian College of the Arts
2004, 2008      Final Year Assessor, Photography Studies College, Melbourne
1997-2002        Founding Member, Talk Artists Initiative, artist-run space, located Melbourne CBD

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY                                                                                                                                                                   http://artradarjournal.com/2018/04/06/seismic-surveys-art-basel-art-central-hong-kong-2018-fairs-round-up/                                                       Jellyfish: Where art meets Science, Pursuit by the University of Melbourne, May 2017, https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/jellyfish-where-art-meets-science                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Sea-change: Penelope Davis, Assemble Papers, 21/4/2017, http://assemblepapers.com.au/2017/04/21/sea-change-penelope-davis/               Interview with Penelope Davis, LAB-14 Artist-in-Residence, Creative Spaces Blog, City of Melbourne Creative Spaces, http://www.creativespaces.net.au/blog/669/creative-spaces-open-studios-in-december                                                                                       MacDowell, Belinda, Art + Climate = Change 2017, The Culture Concept Circle, https://www.thecultureconcept.com/artclimatechange-2017-belinda-mcdowall-reports                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Vogue Living Australia, May/June 2016, image, pg. 58                                                                                                                                                            Attridge, Derek, The Work of Literature, Oxford University Press, 2015, front and back cover image          
Stephens, Andrew, “Inspiration by the book”, The Saturday Age, 8/2/14
Gellatly, Kelly (ed.), 101 Contemporary Australian Artists, National Gallery of Victoria, 2012, pp. 58-59
Williamson, Geordie, The Burning Library, Text Publishing, Melbourne, 2012, image on front cover
Machen, Mary, “A cutting-edge vision”, The Examiner, Launceston, 5/5/2012
Snell, Paul, Missing presumed dead (the loss of the referent?), catalogue essay
Le Monde Diplomatique, No. 682-58, Paris, France, January 2011, image on front page
Bunyan, Marcus, 'Penelope Davis: Smack at Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne', Artblart, 31/5/11, http://artblart.com/tag/penelope-davis-fluther/
Fereday, Susan, “Stretched Skin”, catalogue essay, March 2011, accompanying exhibition Smack, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne
Marsh, Anne, Look: Contemporary Australian Photography since 1980, Macmillan, Melbourne, Australia, 2010, p. 197
Dander, Heike, Heinemann, Julia and Ullrich, Marc, Collecting Fine Art Photography, Volume 1: Highlights of the Lumas Portfolio, teNeues Publishing Group, Kempen, Germany, 2008
Finch, Maggie, Order & Disorder: Archives and Photography, National Gallery of Victoria, 2008, pp. 25-27, pls. 18-19, also front cover image
For the exhibition, Order & Disorder: Archives and Photography, National Gallery of Victoria, work featured on exterior promotional banner and exhibition poster
Haynes, Janet, “Stephen Haley and Penelope Davis: saturated visions”, Two Up, Australian Art Review, Nov-Jan 2008/2009 Issue 17, pp. 56-59
Crawford, Ashley, “Penelope Davis: Fiction-Non-Fiction”, Photofile 84 Summer 08, p. 67
Stephens, Andrew, “Grasping the Past Imperfect”, A2, The Age, 18/10/08
Universite du Luxembourg, Service de la biblioteque pamphlet, front cover image
Haley, Stephen, “Double Exposure: Post-photographic practice”, Photofile 84 Summer 08, p.47
Crombie, Isobel, Light Sensitive: Contemporary Australian Photography from the Loti Smorgan Fund, National Gallery of Victoria, 2006, pp. 17, 107, pls. 2-3
McAuliffe, Chris, catalogue essay for Recent Acquisitions, City of Port Phillip, 2005
Nelson, Robert, “It’s a Wrap”, Sightlines Critical Guide, The Age, 2/9/05
Haley, Stephen, Tissued, exhibition essay for Tissue Issue, Nellie Castan Gallery
Crawford, Ashley, Preview, Australian Art Collector, #33, July-September 2005
Stephens, Tony, “Ulrick Schubert Photography Award”, Photofile, #72, Spring 2004
Backhouse, Megan, “Camera-ready Artworks On Display”, Around the Galleries, The Age, 4/10/03
Haley, Stephen, Transparent Things, Catalogue essay for Heavy Light, Nellie Castan Gallery
Van Wyke, Susan and Lindley, Paula, Second Sight Educational Resource, National Gallery of Victoria, 2003
Nelson, Robert, “Elusive signs of the real in primitive photography”, The Age, 16/4/03
Day, Charlotte, First Impressions: Contemporary Australian Photograms, Photofile, #69, 8/03
Crombie, Isobel, First Impressions Catalogue, National Gallery of Victoria, 2003
Crombie, Isobel and Van Wyk, Susan, 2nd Sight: Australian Photography in the National Gallery of Victoria, National Gallery of Victoria, 2002, p. 112, and front cover image
Ennis, Helen (ed), Photofile 66, September 2002, Traces, front cover image
Nelson, Robert, “A Strong Showing”, The Age, 27/12/00
Nelson, Robert, “Unravelled Layers”, The Age, 30/8/00
Nelson, Robert, “Pushing the right buttons”, The Age, 5/4/00
Williamson, Claire, “Mirrors and Windows”, Art Monthly, No.124, 10/99, pp.4-7, work reproduced
Nelson, Robert, “Focus on photographers who click as artists”, The Age, 27/10/99
Brown, Scott, “Give Me Something to Believe In”, 1999 Moet and Chandon Exhibition Catalogue, 1999
Marie Claire Lifestyle, Marie ClaireApril 1999, work reproduced
Artbank Promotional Pamphlet, 1998, work reproduced
Klaosen, Diana, “Divergant Abstraction and the Photographic Object”, ArtlinkVol. 18, #4, December 1998, p.84
French, Blair, “Reticent thoughts on ‘dumb’ theory”, Photofile, #55, November 1998, pp.28-31, work reproduced
Cuthbert, Simon, ‘F’: Divergent Abstraction and the Photographic Project, exhibition catalogue, September 1998
Kent, Rachel, Deacons Graham and James/ Arts 21 Award, finalists exhibition catalogue, 8/98
Cattapan, John, Takenexhibition catalogue, July 1998
Clabburn, A., “Getting it together for a little showing off”, The Age, 11/2/98
Parker, K. and French, B., “Disclosure”, Disclosure: new photo artists ‘97, exhibition catalogue, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney
James, B., “Galleries”, Sydney Morning Herald, 19/12/97, work reproduced
“Dress Circle: A Critical Guide to What’s On”, Sydney Morning Herald, 30/12/97
Bridie, Sandra, Photoelastic, interview accompanying exhibition, Temple Studios, 1996
Bridie, Sandra, Penelope Davis, interview accompanying exhibition, Fictional and Actual Artists Space, 199