Penelope Harris

Life Dates
b. 1938

Born in New York City, Harris is the daughter of realist painters Audrey Buller and Lloyd Parsons. Harris moved to Chestnut Hill in 1969 when her husband decided to return to his native Philadelphia. It was not until she lived here that she began to paint, enrolling in Woodmere’s art classes. Encouraged by her success, she entered a certificate program at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1974.


Artists Who Make a Difference 

Every year, Woodmere organizes a gala party in order to recognize individuals who have made a difference in the life of the Museum. This year, our party was virtual and we honored three artists who have volunteered at Woodmere for ten years and longer: Penelope Harris, Peter Paone, and Bill Scott. 

Woodmere offers this exhibition as an expression of gratitude. Harris, Paone, and Scott are all painters, and their drives and interests are different. Click below to learn about their individual talents and achievements. 

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