2017 Festival Judges

David Fairrington

David is an internationally known artist who grew up in Texas and graduated from Texas Tech University. After graduating, David served as an Army Combat Artist for the Department of the U.S. Army in Vietnam. The paintings he did are now in the U.S. Army Center of Military History in Fort Belvoir, Virgina.

After the military, David opened his own design studio, designing and executing movie posters for such studios as Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Bros., Columbia Pictures, Universal Pictures, Sony and MGM Studios.   David was named a “Master Artist” by International Artist Magazine and his portraits are in private and corporate collections. He is also an accomplished landscape painter, with his work hanging in several state and local government buildings.

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Penny McElroy

Penny McElroy is an artist and teacher. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, and working as a counselor for five years, Penny entered the graduate graphics program at the University of Wisconsin / Madison. Since earning her MFA, Penny has taught graphic design, printmaking and book arts at Bethany College in Kansas and at the University of Redlands in California.

Penny’s artwork incorporates a broad range of media, from drawing and painting to 3-D ceramic pieces. Recently she has been experimenting with layered mixed media works on paper that incorporate light. Penny’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States and abroad, including recently at the Cal Poly Pomona exhibit Ink & Clay, where her work, el matrimonio de Archimedes, won the University President’s Purchase award.

Other recent exhibition venues for Penny’s artwork also include ARC gallery in San Francisco, Skylight Gallery in New York, Gallery 825 in Los Angeles, Lalit Kala Akademi in New Delhi, India, Cali,  Medellin, and Manizales, Columbia, as well as Quilmes, Argentina.

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