Originally from Southern California's San Fernando Valley, Penelope Young received her M.F.A. in Studio Art from California State University Northridge, where she transitioned from clay to mixed media sculptural work. She has been an artist-in-residence at Mt. St. Marys College in Santa Monica, California, the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, California and the Public Art Academy in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Ms. Young has exhibited her work nationally and internationally in galleries, such as the Brand Library Galleries, Glendale, California, LA Artcore Brewery Annex, Cerritos College Gallery Art Gallery, Cerritos, California, the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art and Gallery 825. In 2002, her work in porcelain was included in Taking Measure II in Jingzen, China. The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art's The Office, 2012, as well as Busywork 2011 at the Kondos Gallery, Sacramento City College included her large scale installation Clerical Vortex.
Most recently, Penelope has exhibited an installation and work: Library Cards, in Art Alive, the Penn College Galleries in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, and Doing Pennants at the Fifth Floor Gallery in Chinatown Los Angeles.
Penelope has taught at the Bucknell University Craft Center, Pennsylvania, California State Universities Long Beach and Northridge, the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and Inner-City Arts in downtown Los Angeles. She was the Chairman of the Art in Public Places Committee for the City of Burbank, and consulted on set as an artist and prop-maker for Hungry Man Productions and the HBO Series Six Feet Under. She currently teaches at the Palm Springs Art Museum, the College of the Desert in Palm Desert, CA, and online Art Appreciation at Bakersfield College.