curriculum vitae

Penelope Houston
b. 1957, Los Angeles.
Lives and works in Oakland, CA


2012    Bachelor of Arts (magna cum laude)         Studio Art        San Francisco State University.
1977-78          Painting           San Francisco Art Institute.

Selected Exhibitions

The 5th Annual Coaster Show, La Luz de Jesus Gallery, juried, Los Angeles. 
Muzzlers (the Accused), 
La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles. (two person show)
Backstage at Hinckley’s, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco. (installation and performance)
Muzzlers and Big Heads
, Land and Sea, Oakland CA. (solo show)


Put a Librarian On It, San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco. (solo show)
Wall of Sound, Steven Wolf Fine Arts, San Francisco.
Art of a Warrior Tribe, Gildar Gallery, Denver. Curated by Adam Lerner, MCA Denver
Under The Big Black Sun, LA MOCA, Los Angeles. (performance)

2011     24th Annual Stillwell Student Exhibition, Stillwell Gallery SFSU, juried, San Francisco (awarded Best in Printmaking)

2003    The Rawk Show, Gallery Lombardi, Austin, TX.

Guest Lectures

2017    Artist Lecture, La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles.
2012    Artist Conversation Series, MCA Denver, Denver.
2003   Puro Punk, with Julio Cesar Morales, California College of Art, San Francisco.
2002   Punk 101, California College of Art, San Francisco.
2002   Graduate student mentor, California College of Art, San Francisco.

Related Experience

From 1977 to the present Penelope has performed over 1000 shows with her critically acclaimed proto-punk band the Avengers and her solo bands throughout the USA and Europe. She has released 13 albums with independent and major labels. Her career is well documented in publications from Newsweek to Slash.