• lecturer in studio practice, art history and theory, postgraduate supervision and examination
  • art practice using a range of art materials including painting, drawing and printmaking
  • public art practice using metal, MDF, glass and concrete with various technical effects
  • writing and curatorial practice
  • administration, management and advocacy responsibilities 


Postgraduate: 1997/9 MFA (U.W.A.) 1992/3 Postgrad Dip VA, (Curtin) Undergraduate: 1979-82 Dip of FA / London Dip A& D (Byam Shaw School of Art, London) 1973-76 Dip Teach (WACAE now Edith Cowan University)


National Gallery of Australia, Parliament House Canberra, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Edith Cowan University, Fremantle City Council, City of Joondalup, City of Bunbury, Subiaco City Council, Royal Perth Hospital, King Edward Memorial Hospital, Wesfarmers, Central Institute of Technology, Department of Sports and Recreation, Artbank, Bankwest, Western Mining Corporation, Presbyterian Ladies College, Private Collections: Australia – England


PRIVATE COMMISSIONS: JADD Projects Bassendean, FJM, Barker Road Subiaco, ECorp Shopping Centre Mt Hawthorn, Fini Mirvac: Bunkers Bay Resort, Crown Casino, Burswood
Current Projects: Osborne Park Hospital Upgrade, MRWA High Street Upgrade, Fremantle

PUBLIC COMMISSIONS: City of Fremantle, Leighton Beach Surf Club Memorial, Saint John of God Hospital, Midland, Western Australian Museum Collections and Research Centre, Kelmscott Senior High School, Foundation Housing, Walter Darius Resource and Knowledge Centre (Kwinana), City of Joondalup Mural Project, City of Perth Laneway Project, Rockingham General Hospital, Stirling City Council, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Emergency Department, Rockingham Justice Centre, Subiaco Redevelopment Authority, Peel Health Campus, Champion Lakes College Geraldton, Saint Vincent Aged Care Facility Midland, MRWA Graeme Farmer Freeway Tunnel Portals


2016 Ice/Land | Art Collective WA, Subiaco
2014 Cosmology, Art Collective WA, Subiaco
2012 Out There, Mossenson Galleries, Melbourne
2002 Sky/Sign Cullity Gallery, UWA, Nedlands 
1997  Air 2, Goddard de Fiddes Gallery, Perth
1996  Air 2, Goddard de Fiddes Gallery, Perth 
1995  Air 2, Goddard de Fiddes Gallery, Perth
1998  Postcards & Visions, Verge Gallery, Perth
1987  Pieceworks, Praxis gallery, Fremantle
1986 Mixed Media Drawings, Fremantle Art Centre, Fremantle
 1983  Recent Drawings, Galerie Dusseldorf, Perth


2020 Panacea, Fremantle Art Centre
  (Un)Ladylike Acts, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, UWA
  Six:2020: Mossenson Art Foundation Inaugural Exhibition: Subiaco
2018 No Second Thoughts - reflections on the Artemis women’s art forum | Lawrence Wilson
Art Gallery, UWA, Nedlands WA
2017 Stardust Memories | Holmes à Court Gallery, Vasse Felix, Cowaramup, WA
2015 Art Collective WA | Holmes à Court Gallery, Vasse Felix, Cowaramup, WA
 2014 Victoria Park Art Prize, selected exhibition, Victoria Park, WA 
  Works on Paper, Art Collective WA, Subiaco WA
2013 Bunbury Biennale, Bunbury, WA
  Pure Contemplation without Knowledge, Nyisztor Galleries, Melville, WA
  Expedition of Discovery Nyisztor Studio Annex Fillaudeau’s Cafe, Caversham, WA, curator Amanda Alderson
  The Sportsman's Suite: Mark Howlett Foundation Print Collection 1991-2011 (Touring Exhibition)
2012 Minawarra Art Awards, Joondalup Art Awards, Cossack Art Awards,  From the studio: an artist's choice by Penny Coss, Perth Galleries        
2011 MHF20, Fremantle Art Centre
2010   Home Open, Fremantle Art Centre, Off the Wall Central Gallery TAFE
2004 Clouded Over, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery
2002  MHF: First Decade, Art Gallery of Western Australia   
2001 Houseandlandpackage, LWAG.  
2000 Kedumba Drawing Prize, Kedumba, NSW . Out There, Contemporary Landscape, Cullity Gallery, UWA
1999 Imagining: Art of the Twentieth Century, AGWA.   Double Take: Recent Acquisitions, AGWA
1996  Joondalup Art Award: Invitation Exhibition, Joondalup
  Abject Lands: Personal Horizons, University of Arizona, USA.  
  Mine Own Executioner, Mundaring Art Gallery. 
   Contemporary Australian Women Artists AGWA.
   West of West, Goddard de Fiddes Gallery, Perth. 
   Drawing Out: Contemporary Drawing Practice in Western Australia, LWAG & Touring Exhibition


2020-2021 Fremantle Festival 10 Nights in the Ports - Underneath/Overlooked
2014 City of Subiaco Work for Walls Public Project
2013-2015  The Sportsman's Suite: Mark Howlett Foundation Print Collection 1991-2011 (Touring Exhibition)
2011 Research MHF20 anniversary publication ISBN 978-0-646-56916-1
2010  Paint the Roof research project for Artsource and the Committee for Perth
2009  SITUATE online gallery for the Forest Place International Sculpture Award, Department of Arts Culture, Western Australia 
2008  Unity Through Diversity Cosmology Gallery at the Gravity Discovery Centre, Gingin 
2005 Grin, Breadbox 
1994 MHF Drawing Prize, Moore’s Building, Fremantle 
2000-2006  UWA BFA and Honours Graduating Students Exhibitions


2021 Fremantle Festival 10 Nights in the Ports + Heritage Council of Western Australia - Underneath/Overlooked, Moores Building, Fremantle, WA
2020 Mossenson Art Foundation Award Six:2020
2017 Wanneroo Art Prize | Highly Commended
2015 DCA Project Funding to attend NES Residency | Iceland
2000 Honorary Research Fellow : ALVA, UWA
1997 Artswa Travel Grant: Drawing Marathon with Graeme Nixon (Adelaide) 
  State Arts Sponsorship Award to the Mark Howlett Foundation 
1995  Dante Aligheri Society Travel Award (Venice Biennale)
1987 Fremantle Drawing Prize (Judge’s Commendation).               
  Creative Development Grant W.A. Dept Arts 
1984 Printmaker’s Association Print Award (Judge’s Commendation) 
  Guy Grey Smith Travel Grant (Sydney Biennale) 
1983 Special Project Grant  W.A. Arts Council & Theatre Board Australia Council  
1982  Graeme Hamilton Drawing Prize (Byam Shaw School of Art)  
1981 Chairman’s Prize, (Byam Shaw School of Art) 
1981/2  Bernard Bechener Bursary (2 years study scholarship UK)


2017 The Farm Margaret River | Residency
2015 NES Iceland | Residency
2015 Carpe Diem, Kumarakom, Kerala | Residency
1999 Abrolhos Islands (ECU),Artist in Residence (ECU Joondalup) | Residency
1983-1987 Pieceworks, Praxis Gallery | Installation
  ARX 87, Fremantle | Installation
  Hedged In By Habits, AGWA (Museum) | Performance
  Boundaries, Praxis Gallery | Performance with Swy Theatre Company


2018 Remembering ARTEMIS: A Western Australian Women’s Art Forum, Gemma Weston, UWA Press
2014 Penny Coss + Penny Bovell, Louise Morrison, Artist Profile Issue 26, 2014, ISSN 1834 7940
2013 The Sportsman's Suite: Mark Howlett Foundation Print Collection 1991-2011 ISBN 978-0-646-90148-0
2012 MHF20, Mark Howlett Foundation publication, ISBN 978-0-646-56916-1
2008 Unity through Diversity Multicultural Art Project at the Cosmology Gallery, Gingin WA,  ISBN 978-0-9751554-2-4
2006 The Big and the Small: community and individualism ACUADS Forum
2005 Grin: Catalogue essay, Breadbox Gallery
2002 Sky/Sign : Limited Edition Artist’s Book, MHF Publication, Perth. ISBN 0-9581089-0-0  
  MHF Commission #7, Catalogue, Helen Hewitt
2001 Art Online, Article, Dialogue Magazine, (OLA) Perth Weekly, Objects of Worship, Evi Ferrier, May/June, Vol. 4, Issue 19, p9. 
  Catalogue: House and land package, Robert Cook, UWA. West Australian
2000 Out There: Currents in the Landscape, Catalogue, Sandra Murray, UWA, p4. 
  Self-directed Learning Manual co-authors Kerry Williams & Penny Bovell, SoA, Curtin University of Technology Two Images, 
  Catalogue essay, Goddard de Fiddes Gallery, Perth 
1999 Imaging the Sky: unpublished Master's thesis, UWA Scholars Centre
1998 Postcards and Visions: Musing on the Effect of Sky Gazing and Painting, Catalogue, Verge Gallery, UWA 
  Postcards and Visions Limina Journal, Vol. 2 1998 (UWA)
1984 Worthy Passions, Catalogue, MHF Drawing Prize
1986 Artlink:  Feminist Ideology and Art Practice Praxis Magazine # 18 p36 
1984 Art & Text: Tertiary Art Education: Philosophies & Strategies


2014 Penny Bovell and Penny Coss, Artists Profile, feature article by Louise Morrison February Issue 2014 p53-55
2013 Snell, T. SCOOP Home and Art Magazine Edition 36, Autumn 2013 
2011 Forster S. A Strong Finale for the Mark Howlett Foundation, Imprint: Quarterly Journal of Print Council of Australia, Summer 2011, Vol 46 # 4. Legacy, Artifacts: Friends of the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Nov 2011, p9. Foundation Farewell, Fremantle Herald, 19 November 2011. Bevis, S. Howlett’s 20-year legacy. The West Australian- Today, 25 November 2011. Eakin, B. Revels with a cause. The West Australian - Agenda, 18 June 2011. Morgan, E. Long term model strikes final pose. WA Business News, 2 June 2011. Nico, J. Exhibition Celebrates Foundation’s 20th year. Fremantle Gazette, 29 November, 2011. Exhibition Reviews, Scoop Homes & Art: Summer 2011-2012, p212. MHFMark Howlett Foundation, Artsource Newsletter Dec 2011, p23
2008  Crowns Content Publication: Who’s Who in Western Australia  
2004 2004 Cement Concrete Aggregates Australia Etching Images Into Concrete, July15, 2004 ISSN 1441-1709 Insite Magazine: Artist Profile: Reach for the Sky, Nyanda Smith, Summer Edition 2004/5, p90-91 ISSN 1449-915002. UWA NEWS: Public Art for Public Patients, Lindy Brophy, 17 May Vol. 26 #6
2002 Artlink: Article Patronage Feature Edition
  AFWA Newsletter: Glamour and the Ghetto: The Artist and Urban Renewal, Spring Vol. 11 Ed # 3, p8 
2001 Every Woman liftout, Women Artists Shine at Exhibition, Fri May 18 p5 
2000 Post Newspaper A Heavenly Fascination, Lesley Zampatti, Aug 19, p39. Artseen Website: 
  Review:, Rachel Berry, 6 Jan. Post newspaper, Landscape theme for PIAF Feb 5, p 48 
1998 West Australian, Big Weekend, Look Hard to Learn, David Bromfield, Sat June 20, p6 
1997 Image: Belle Magazine, Dec-Jan, no. 138, p26. Mine Own Executioner, Catalogue, Michelle Theunissen, Mundaring Arts Centre, p4. West Magazine, West Coast Arts, Paula Silbert, p7. West Australian, Big Weekend, Art Seeks the Silver Lining, Feature Article, David Bromfield, April 12, p7. West Australian, Big Weekend, Visibly difficult show not to be missed, David Bromfield, Mar1, p7. NAVA Newsletter The Mark Howlett Foundation, Merrilee Kessler, Mar 97, p6. Artsline: MHF Article, Innovation in the Arts, p6.
1996 West Australian, Big Weekend, Familiar Views of Cottesloe’s Coast From Artists Old and New, David Bromfield, Oct 19, p7
1995 Image: Belle Corporate &  Office Design, Autumn/Winter, p46/48. Drawing Out, Catalogue, Judith Dinham, ECU, p3. West Australian, Big Weekend, Sky’s the Limit but not for Bovell’s Air Show, David Bromfield, April 15, p6. The Western Review, A Critique of Interpretation, Geoff Vivian July 1995.


2003-2009 Full time lecturer in Art History and Studio Practice Department of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Visual Art, University of Western Australia
2001-2003 Curriculum development and lecturer in History, Theory and Practice, Curtin University of Technology and Open Learning Australia
1995-2000 Lecturer in the History Theory & Practice of Drawing and Studio Practice, Department of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Visual Art, University of Western Australia
1983-1991 Tutor in Experimental Drawing, Visual Art Department, Edith Cowan University
1976-1979 Full-time secondary art teacher at Rockingham Senior High School and Swanbourne Senior High School


2016-2019 Board Member | Artsource
2012-2013 Founding Board Member | Art Collective WA
1991-2011 Mark Howlett Foundation, founding member (The MHF is a non-profit organisation raising funds for special projects, fellowships and commissions for visual artists.)
2006-2008 Tertiary sector representative on the Art and Design Panel, Curriculum Council
2005 Committee member: Bureau of Ideas
2002 Personal & Particular at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery curated by John Barrett- Lennard. An exhibition focusing on private collections in Perth. represented as a collector
2001 Judge and invitation speaker: Fremantle Print Awards, Fremantle Arts Centre
1996 Industry and Training Council (TAFE) Advisory Board Member


2013 Guest Speaker Karrakatta Club
2011 Invitation lecture, 6x6 Artsource
2010 Invitation lecture, Art Gallery of Western Australia
2005 Bureau of Ideas: paper presentation: Happiness (one of three speakers on melancholia)
  Postgraduate Research Institute: Air seminar paper with Professor Ellen Dissanayake
2004 Guest lecture for Clouded Over exhibition, Walking Air and the Imagination, LWAG
2002  Studio Visit: MHF Commission: Friends of AGWA
2001 Judge and Opening Speaker: Fremantle Print Awards, Fremantle Art Centre
  Guest Speaker: Suburbia, for Houseandlandpackage, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, UWA
2000 Guest Lecture: Mastering Painting, Theory & History, Masters of Art Education, ECU
  Public Floor Talk: Out There – Currents in the Landscape, Cullity Gallery, UWA

AAA Conference, Paper Presentation: Musing of the Effects of Sky Gazing and Painting, AGSA, Adelaide

1998 Artist Presentation: International Art Space, Kellerberrin, Australia
  Artist Presentation: Symposium on Urban Dynamism and Asian Art, in conjunction with the exhibition Traditions & Tensions, AGWA
1997 Postgraduate Conference: The Iconography of Clouds & Air as Metaphor in Painting, UWA
  Guest Speaker: Returning to Painting, WA Women’s Discussion Groups, AGWA
  Master Classes: Drawn from Life, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, UWA
  Studio Visit: ‘Colour me Contemporary,’ Friends of the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery