Penelope JENCKS '53 Donates Sculpture
Posted 04/12/2011 03:14PM

We are excited to announce that noted artist and High Mowing alumna Penelope JENCKS ’53, has donated a life-sized terra cotta sculpture, Ruth, to High Mowing School. Ruth arrived on campus on April 6, and is located in the Main Building’s third floor lobby. View photos of her arrival on our website. The faculty and staff of High Mowing School are grateful for this beautiful and generous gift to our school.  Visit to see more of her work. 

Penelope is perhaps best known for her bronze sculpture of Eleanor Roosevelt, which was the first public monument to an American woman to be commissioned by the City of New York.  Eleanor Roosevelt, an 8 foot tall sculpture mounted on an enormous piece of granite, is on permanent display at Riverside Park in Manhattan. 

Photo by Jonathan Goell

Penelope is a working sculptor whose career has spanned over 40 years.  She has a BFA from Boston University and has studied under Hans Hoffman, at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and at Stuttgart Kunstakademie in Germany.  Her works are included in public and private collections worldwide.  In 2007, she completed a larger-than-life sculpture of Robert Frost, which had been commissioned by Amherst College.  She is a member of the National Academy of Design, the Royal British Society of Sculptures and the National Sculpture Society, and has received many awards for her work, including the International Association of Art Critics New England Award, the Agop Agopoff Prize for Sculpture and four MacDowell Colony Residencies.