Aaron Pennington

Alumnus Aaron Pennington is an artist who works in a wide-variety of mediums including painting, printmaking and installation. Pennington earned his B.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD (2012) and his M.F.A. from ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, CA (2022). His works have been exhibited throughout the U.S. and abroad, including the Boston Center for the Arts, Claremont Graduate University and HVW8 Berlin.

My conversation-based critiques allow students to craft an artistic vocabulary that is both personal and professional. I believe that articulate ideas = articulate emotions.


  • Printmaking Teaching Assistant, ArtCenter College of Design, 2021-22
  • Painting Teaching Assistant, ArtCenter College of Design, 2022
  • Projects Teaching Assistant, ArtCenter College of Design, 2021
  • After School Art Instructor, Center for Visual Arts, 2017-19
  • Screen Printing Teaching Artist, Studio 345, 2016-17
  • Digital Photography Instructor, Elmer A. Henderson Hopkins School, 2015

Career Highlights

  • Included in “SoCal MFA 2022” exhibition at Claremont Graduate University curated by Dion Johnson
  • Screen printer for “Laura Owens & Vincent van Gogh” exhibition at Fondation Vincent van Gogh Arles, 2021
  • Solo exhibitions “;)” Greensboro Project Space (2018), “1990 WAS 67 YEARS AGO” Paper Cut Gallery, Charlotte NC (2017)

Honors, Awards & Recognitions

  • Graduate Art Summer Scholarship, ArtCenter College of Design, 2021
  • Helen C. Stevens Scholarship, MICA, 2012
  • William R. Kenan Fellowship, Penland School of Craft, 2011   
  • Santa Farinella Sangiamo Scholarship, MICA, 2011   
  • Community Arts Partnership Public Art Grant, MICA, 2009     
  • Fanny B. Thalheimer Scholarship, MICA, 2009    
  • Presidential Scholarship, MICA, 2008     


M.F.A.ArtCenter College of Design

B.F.A.Maryland Institute College of Art

H.S. Diploma, Visual ArtsUNC School of the Arts