Scott Penegar 

Sculptor and painter Scott Dixson Penegar received his art degree in 1984 from Appalachian State University. Following graduation, he moved to Morehead City N.C. and worked as a commercial fisherman and as an exhibit designer for the North Carolina Aquarium. He next moved to Charleston, S.C. and became a licensed tour guide while studying marine biology at the College of Charleston. Scott married fellow artist Kaye in 1988 and continued his art career where his main focus was on welded sculpture and oil painting. In 1992 Scott and his wife moved to the Caribbean where he studied with the prominent artist Jan D'Esopo. While living in San Juan he worked on many commissioned pieces including two large bronzes that are in the Puerto Rican capital building. Scott's art is heavily influenced by his passion for the sea. Scott has made two transatlantic crossings on a 34-foot sailboat, traveling from Maine to France and back via the Canary Islands and the Caribbean. During his travels, Scott spent much time visiting the works of the master painters and sculptors that have influenced his style. Scott returned to Charleston in 1995 to begin working on the sculptures and paintings that he and his wife now create as Penegar Studios. Scott's art is collected internationally and found in many private and corporate collections. He has created sculptures for South Carolina State Parks, Brookgreen Gardens, Ripley's Aquarium, The Frist Center for the Arts in Nashville, and Porter-Gaud School, to mention a few.  Several new projects have been a 6ft tall bronze eagle for The Citadel in Charleston, SC., A nine bronze sculpture installation, “The Gathering Place”, located in Marion Square in Charleston, and 6 baby bronze loggerheads for the town of Isle of Palms, SC. He has won numerous awards and grants and shows his art yearly at prominent art shows such as Sculpture in the Park, Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Juried Arts Festival, and The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition. In 2020 he was chosen to be one of 5 judges for the Federal Duck Stamp Competition. He is a signature member of the American Society of Marine Artist, a member of The National Sculpture Society and The National Maritime Historical Society. He has appeared in several publications including Southern Living, House and Garden, Charleston Magazine, and Marlin Magazine.


1918 Capri Dr.
Charleston, S.C.
Appalachian State University
  B.S. Commercial Art-1984
Occupation: Professional Artist
  Charleston, South Carolina 

1991-1995 Studied under Artist Jan D”Esopo. Worked making commissioned bronze sculptures in foundry located in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.

May 2023 "Blue Heron" stone sculpture was accepted into The American Society of Marine Artists 19thth National Exhibition.​
​January 2023: Completed bronze Horse Sculpture “Over the Last” to be used as yearly trophy for The Queens Cup Steeplechase. Charlotte NC
October 2022: Solo exhibition with wife, Kaye, titled “Coastal Visions-The Maritime Art of Scott and Kaye Penegar”. North Carolina Maritime Museum, Beaufort NC
September 2020 Chosen to be 1 of 5 judges for the Federal Duck Stamp
​Feb 2020 Dedicated 6 Bronze loggerheads Turtles, Hatchling Hunt" on walkways on Isle of Palms, SC 
Feb 2020 Dedicated "The Gathering Place" 9 Bronze Sculpture Fountain for Marion Square, Charleston 
Nov 2019 Game Day accepted to 18th Annual American Society of Marine Artist. Traveling to 7 museums
May 2019 Participated in Stone Carving workshop in Lawrence, Kansas
April 2019 Life-size Beaver sculpture, “Everett”, installed in Mt. Pleasant Memorial Park, SC
September 2019 Received Honorable Mention for Frolic-Atalaya Arts Festival
October 2018 Installed Bronze Eagle on top of Bond Hall at The Citadel, Charleston, SC
September 2018 Received Honorable Mention for Bronze Sculpture “Sudden Flight” at Atalaya Arts Festival. 
July 2018 Fluidity accepted to National Sculpture Society 85th Awards Exhibition and received both The Susan and Robert Rosen prize of $1000 and “The People’s Choice” award.
2016 “Hammerhead” Onyx shark sculpture chosen to be part of American Society of Maine artist 17th Exhibition. Traveling for 1.5 years showing at 10 museums
2017 Sailfish Sculpture “Tail Walker” Chosen to as one of 12 works as part of yearly Gallery edition of Marlin magazine
2017 Attended weeklong stone carving seminal at Sculpture Center in Rutland, Vermont 
2016 Aquarium show was voted “Best Art Exhibit” in Charleston by The City Paper  
2016 Chosen to create 7ft Tall Bronze eagle for The Citadel, Charleston, SC
2016 Won First prize at Atalaya Arts Festival
2015 One man Show at SC Aquarium Show “Wild Carolina- The Art of Scott Penegar”
2015 Commissioned to create Full body Bronze figure of Reverend Porter for Porter-Gaud School Charleston, SC
2015 Commissioned to sculpt turtle for Azalea Park Summerville, SC
2014 Permanent Installation of two bronze Otters at Little Otters Swim School, Huntersville, NC
2014 Chosen to Sculpt life sized Pileated Woodpecker for Town of Summerville, SC
2014 Octopus sculpture “Fluidity” selected to exhibit in The American Society of Marine Artist 16th Annual Exhibit.
2012 Sculpture “On the Rocks” accepted in International Maritime Arts Exhibition. Mystic, Connecticut
2011 Commissioned to sculpt Life sized child in bronze for Ashley River Creative Arts School. Charleston, SC
2011 Participating artist in Portrait battle. Redux Gallery Charleston, SC
2011 Elected Signature member in Artist for Conservation
2011 Elected Signature member of The American Society of Marine Artists
2007 Featured in Southern Living Magazine
2007 Riverhurst Arts Festival Winner
2007 Lowcountry Quarterly Grant recipient of $1000
2008 Relief sculptures and paintings purchased by ABC and used on sets of television show Army Wives.
2009 Artwork featured in Garden Design Magazine and Marlin Magazine.
2005 Finalist in Rotary Club Fountain Project $500
2005 Chosen for month long exhibition at South Carolina Aquarium
2001&2003 Purchase Award Winner at Atalaya Arts Festival, Murrel’s Inlet, SC
1998 Chosen to create two sculptures for Ripley’s Aquarium
1998 Created an “Art Deco” relief sculpture for The Frist Arts Center, Nashville, TN
1997 Designed and produced Cooper River Bridge Run Awards (Over 300 pieces)
1996 Opened Penegar Studios, Charleston, South Carolina

Several appearances on television discussing artwork.
Exhibit in prestigious art shows such as The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, Sculpture in the Park, The Easton Waterfowl Festival, and The Plantation Wildlife Festival
Donates work to numerous charities such as SPCA and The American heart Association
Artwork Represented by Hagan Fine Art, 177 King St. Charleston, SC
Lecture and lead seminars to artist groups and schools

Public Installations:
Carolina First Building
East Bay St. Charleston, SC
Roper Hospital
Calhoun St. Charleston, SC
East Cooper Hospital
Mt. Pleasant, SC
Fountain Hills Community Center
Fountain Hills, Arizona
Ashley River Creative Arts Center
Charleston, SC
Little Otters Swim School
Huntersville, NC
Town of Summerville, SC
Azalea park
Summerville, SC
Porter-Gaud School
Charleston, SC
 The Citadel
Charleston, SC
Mt. Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park
The Town of Mt. Pleasant, SC