Penny Duff is an arts organizer, educator, quilter, and inchoate homesteader based in Galien, MI and Chicago, IL. She is the Director of Education at Chicago Artists Coalition, where her work aims to strengthen creative and economic opportunities for artists in Chicago through workshops, residencies, and peer exchanges. In addition, Penny is a Lecturer in the Arts Administration & Policy department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She also hosts a weekly freeform low-power FM radio program, Vernacular Media, on WRHC-LP – Radio Harbor Country. Together with her husband, Michael Slaboch, Penny runs a multi-disciplinary arts space called The Storehouse from their home in rural SW Michigan. She received a Masters of Media Arts from The New School in NYC (2009) and a Masters of Arts Administration and Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2012).
The driving force in her various practices is a dual objective: to animate vernacular spaces with cultural activity and critical inquiry, and to illuminate and extend connections between informal practices, institutions, and diverse bodies of constituents.