Penny Cerling has been a pillar for over three decades in the fine art printmaking environment of Houston, Texas. She has also been a staunch supporter of the AP/RC, donating her artworks as well as many prints by artists with whom she collaborated as master printer. She worked from 1980 to 1990 at Little Egypt Enterprises, a print shop started by David Folkman. Then she opened Cerling Etching Studio which was active until about 2000. Currently she dedicates most of her time toward creating drawings on paper or wood.
Combing through her archives, Cerling found several of her etchings, mostly from the 1980s, and one work that she printed in collaboration with Richard Thompson. These donations from Cerling and her husband, Jeff Skarda, added important artworks to her archive at the AP/RC. It is an exceptionally valuable archive because it contains Cerling’s individual creative efforts as well as her collaborations with other artists, a rich and varied resource for grasping the transitions between artist and printer.