Penny Steel – Bio



Solo Exhibitions

1985 Graduate exhibition South Australian College of Art.
1986 Studio exhibition. Hahndorf SA.
1987 Gallery 48. Hahndorf SA.
1989 Noosa Regional Gallery. Mound Middens and Markers.
1990 Gallery Panache. Mooloolaba. Qld.
1992 Eaglehawk Gallery. The Consequence of the Dream. Glebe, NSW.
Childers Regional Gallery. The Consequence of the Dream.
1993 Blue Marble Gallery. Mandorla. Maroochydore Qld.
1999 SteelReid Gallery. Edward St. Brisbane. Artists Muse. Qld.


Group Exhibitions

1977 Two woman exhibition, Parramatta Leagues Club.
1978 Two woman exhibition, Peter Laws Interiors, Beecroft. NSW. A Public Showing of a Public Hanging.Painters Gallery, Sydney.
1981 Three woman exhibition. Cottage Gallery, Sydney.
1984 Contemporary Art Society Adelaide, members exhibition.
1986 Hahndorf Academy. SAContemporary Art Society Adelaide members exhibition.The Alice Art Prize.Whyalla Art Prize.The Stanthorp Art Prize. Qld.The Sunshine Coast Art Show. Qld.
1988 The Sunshine Coast Art Show Qld.

Caloundra Art Show.Hyatt Regency Coolum. Qld.Blue Marble Gallery, Buderim. Qld.Noosa Regional Gallery. Steel, Pugh, Pesu.Noosa Regional Gallery. Selected Survey.Sunshine Coast Art Group Show.

Sunshine Motorway Company art show. Qld.

1990 Maroochy Arts Festival Exhibition. Qld.Hyatt Regency First Anniversary Art Exhibition. Coolum. Qld.Blue Marble. Buderim. Qld.Sunshine Coast Art Exhibition. Qld.

Caloundra Arts and Crafts Exhibition. Qld.ACTA Maritime touring award.Space Base. Glebe. NSW.Queensland Arts Council exhibition. Layers.Logan City Art Prize. Qld.Hyatt Regency. Coolum. Qld.

Bundaberg Art Prize. Qld.

Noosa Regional Gallery. Twenty in Association. Qld.


Noosa Art Show. Qld.Atelier Show, Atelier de Seguret. France.Noosa Regional Gallery. Considering Landscape. Qld.Norfolk Island Gallery. Cross Currents.The Noosa Art Show. Qld.Fishers Ghost Exhibition. Camden. NSW.

Blue Iris Gallery, The Year of the River.

1993 The Maroochy Art Show.John Paul Colleg, Elements of Nature. Buderim. Qld.Immanuel Lutheran College Gallery. Tewantin Qld.Hyatt Regency Coolum. Mt Coolum. Qld.The Noosa Art Show. Qld.
1994 Hyatt Regency Coolum. Qld.Andrew Vincent Gallery. Bardon. Brisbane. QldLa Plage. Noosa.Qld.The Noosa Art Show. Qld.Maroochy Art Show. Qld.Buderim House Opening Exhibition. Qld.
1995 Noosa Regional Gallery. Femme, Terra, Noosa. Qld.
1996 Doggett St Gallery. Brisbane. Qld. Drawing The Line.
1998 SteelReid Gallery. Red Hill. QldUniversity of New England Gallery. Masters graduate exhibition.
1999 Royal Art Society. Harold Richardson Drawing PrizeBrisbane. Qld.Madonnas Lily. Holland Park. Qld
2001 Charles Ginn Gallery. The Archibelle. Paddington. Qld.
2002 Art Gallery Collections. Gold coast. Qld.
2004 Brisbane Town Hall Gallery for the State Library of Qld.Round Table Collaboration, Postal Collage, exhibition, Berkeley, California.200 Kilometres of the City.
2005 Wearable art, for Fibre Forum. Stuartholme School. Brisbane Qld.
2007 Cool Art Coolum. Salon de Refuses. Dobell Prize for Drawing.
2008 Ballarat Mining Exchange. Ship of Fools Ship of Hope. Vic.Yarra Sculpture Centre. Ship of Fools Ship of Hope. Vic.Hoxton Square. London. Internet collaboration, Expansion Night.
2009 Mt Coo-tha Botanic Garden Brisbane, installation of found   objects, organic sculpture.
2010  Louise Gains Gallery. Chepstow. UK.Louise Gains Gallery. Internet digital works. Circles.Postal journal collaboration. The Journeys of Esmerelda.Noosa Regional Gallery.  The collection of the Maroochy  Shire.

Postal Collage project. Works sent to UK, France, USA,   Ireland. Exhibition in LA and Berkeley California. No 1.

Round table Collaboration ROUND1 Exhibitions in Berkeley  University, Shuman Block gallery, Ramons Taylor Gallery San Francisco.


Continuation  of Postal Art Collage collaborations. No 2.Studio exhibitions. NSW.

Round table Collaboration ROUND2 Exhibitions in Berkeley  University, Shuman Block gallery, Ramons Taylor Gallery San Francisco.


Postal Collage collaborations continued.

Round table Collaboration ROUND3 Exhibitions in Berkeley  University, Shuman Block gallery, Ramons Taylor Gallery San Francisco.


Exhibition of Postal Collage Collaborations in LA. And   Berkeley California. No 3.Installation of Studio exhibitions. Open Studio.

Round table Collaboration ROUND4 Exhibitions in Berkeley  University, Shuman Block gallery, Ramons Taylor Gallery San Francisco.

Louden Nelson Community Centre Santa Cruz.

2015 Installation of studio exhibitions. Continuation of Postal art collage project number 4.  


Installations and Collaborations

 1959 Windows for retail businesses. Bournemouth. UK
 1968 Paper sculpture for Whitefriers Glass, depicting hand blowing of lead glass in workshop, installed in Lawleys of London with Peter Steel.
 1969 Windows for Farmers  (now Myers) Sydney.Windows for Darryl Lea Sydney and suburbs.Windows for retail shops Sydney suburbs.Advertising at Channel 7 for retail shops Sydney.
 1971 Production and design for Performing Arts, Evans High School. Girraween High School.
 1985 Installations in Birchgrove Fine Crafts, Hahndorf SA.


 SteelReid Studio Collaborations

 1999  Co- Director SteelReid Gallery. Edward St. Brisbane and Musgrave Rd Red Hill with Brian Reid.Moray Café. Exhibition with Brian Reid.Installations for Qld. Art Gallery, Opera Qld, and the Dept. of the Premier and Cabinet.Madonnas Lily Installation of paintings with Brian Reid.

Wearable Art Performance Fashion, Fetish and Fantasy.Cotton Pavilion. Brisbane Showgrounds.Installation of paintings SteelReid Gallery. Red Hill. Qld.Installations for Queensland Art Gallery, Opera Qld. And Premiers Dep.Installations for the stages at the Woodford Folk Festival. Qld.Installations for la Boite Theatre season. Brisbane.SteelReid Gallery Exhibition. Red Hill.

Evergreen Paddington Exhibition. Qld.

Organic sculptural installation for Interflora Qld. RNA Showgrounds.

Multiple installations for Queensland Art Gallery, Opera Qld, Dept. of the Premier and Cabinet.

Inglewood Olive Festival. Installation and live painting of model.

Wearable Art Performance  Sugar, Sex and Sorcery, with Brian Reid and Niki at the Brisbane Convention Centre. Installation of organic sculpture on the stage at the Brisbane Concert Hall for Renee Flemming concert.

2002 Organic installations for Qld. Art Gallery, Dept. of the  Premier and Cabinet.
2003 Wearable Art Performance, Craig St Studio.Interflora wearable art performance, Turning Heads. Jupiter’s Casino, Gold Coast. Qld.
2004 Installation for Channel 7 Dinner at Resturant11 Brisbane.Coffee Club installations. Paddington, Brisbane.Flora Galore window installations. Red Hill, Brisbane.Wearable Art Performance, Qld Abused Child Trust, with Will Goodman, Jay Mansfield Askew, Daniel  Lightfoot, Tony Bunting.Organic installations, Qld. Art Gallery, Opera Qld. Premiers  Dept.
2005 Installation of painting Coffee Club, Paddington, Qld.Installations of organic sculpture, Flora Galore Red Hill. Qld Art Gallery, Opera Qld, Premiers Dept. Park Floristry School.
2006 Installations for Qld. Art Gallery, Opera Qld, Flora Galore, Red Hill. Dept. of the Premier and cabinet.
2007  Studio exhibition  and installation. Red Hill.
2009 Studio exhibition and installation. Red Hill. Wearable Art Performance, Botanica, Mt Coo-tha Botanic Gardens, Brisbane.
2010  Production of DVD’s for SteelReid Studio Productions.
2011 Studio Exhibitions Blue Mountains, NSW.
2012 Installation of works in SteelReid Studio, Blue Mountains. NSW.
2013 Open Studio. Public viewings SteelReid Studio. NSW.
Installation in windows Katoomba NSW.
2014 Installation in windows Katoomba NSW.Studio installations Katoomba NSW.


Works in collections

Hyatt Regency Coolum, Ambassadors collection. Mallisons Stephens and Jacques Brisbane. Maroochy Shire Council. South Australian College of Fine Art. Private collections in the UK, France, Switzerland and Australia.


Awards and Prizes

Dip. Art Ed. Alexander Mackie.

Bach.Art Ed. City Art Institute.

Grad. Dip. Fine Art South Australian College of Art.

Master of Letters Visual Art and Design. University of New England.

1987 Sunshine Coast Show First prize for drawing, First prize for painting.
1988 Sunshine Coast Show, First prize for drawing, highly commended for painting,Caloundra Art Show, Grand Champion for painting.
1989 Caloundra Art Show, Highly commended for painting.Sunshine Motorway Art Prize, First prize for painting.
1992 Noosa Art Show, highly commended for portraiture.Maroochy Shire Council Award for excellence.Awarded RADF Grant for proposal The Legend of Maroochy.



Teaching with the NSW  Dept. Ed. Pendle Hill High School, Evans High School, Girraween High School (head of art). Production and   performance and design for musicals at Pendle Hill, Evens High and Girraween. Worked on the programme notes for ART IS, ABC   productions. Worked on K-12 Curriculum, Dept. Education NSW. Art Consultant for Met. West. Relieving position.

Supply art teacher in art South Australia.

Studio workshops in drawing Hahndorf SA.

Visiting artist, Coolum High School, Burnside High School (art enrichment programme)

Workshops for Hyatt Regency art centre Coolum, Noosa Art Group, Wide Bay Art Society, Noosa. Coolum Studio. Dept. of Welfare Maroochy Shire.

Tutor Sunshine Coast TAFE in painting    Regional Gallery, Weyba Art Group, Halse Lodge Noosa. Noosa Regional Gallery.

Judging and Talk Pomona Show, Regional Arts Development Fund committee member, Noosa region, Judge, Mathew Flinders Art Show.

Workshops in floristry The Flora Galore Way, Red Hill Brisbane.

Park Floristry School, organic sculpture, Norman Park.

Water colour workshop, Craig Street Studio.

Selection panel for BMAN. Blue Mountains NSW.



The Garden as Art. Post Grad thesis. College of Fine Art SA.

The Study of Objects in the Context of Myth. Master’s thesis UNE.

Listed in Artists and Galleries of Australia, Max Germaine.

Who’s Who of Australian Visual Artists published by NAVA

Women Artists of Australia Max Germaine.

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