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 Jan (Janet G) Holmquist  (1948 - )

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Lived/Active: Nebraska      Known for: expressionism, abstraction

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The following is from the artist, February 2005.

Janet G Smith, (aka Janet G. Stevens and Jan Holmquist), was born in Lincoln, Nebraska to E. Stevens and E. Dinsmoor. Her art talent came from the 'Stevens' of Europe and her maternal grandfather, 'Samuel Dinsmoor'. Dinsmoor sculpted "The Garden of Eden" in Lucas, Kansas. She has one son Clifton, who is a fisherman, photographer and artist in Alaska.

Janet Smith studied art in the Lincoln Public Schools and at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Her technique and style in acrylics are self-taught. Her canvases from 1974-1985 were signed Jan Holmquist. She created one series of 26 paintings produced between the years of 1975-1985. The paintings were gifts to family and friends. These colorful abstract acrylic paintings are documented and titled in alphabetic order A-Z. Her favorite works are monochromatic featuring textures and color suspended in polymers painted on canvas created during the same years.

Smith's career as a stockbroker/financial advisor turned her art focus to art consulting. After September 11, 2001 (911) she became an independent curator working for private collectors throughout the United States. September of 2004 the "Military Collector and Historian", an international journal published her article about her folk art discovery. The United States Marine curators confirmed her assertion that the picture is of the first issue of US Marine uniforms from 1798-1804. Smith continues to compile biographies of American Artists for a book. She contributes American biographies to AskArt's website.

In January of 2004 she started a series of winter workshops titled "Art Collecting for Everyone". The workshops were throughout the USA. She was a guest speaker for the Fine Art Department at Creighton University. Her topic was titled "Art Research and Art History". She presented the seminar "Art and Science" to a group of doctors at Creighton University Medical Center (CUMC). With the approval of the CUMC board of directors, department heads and interested staff, she is using the Lodox Statscan to x-ray art. This resource is critical to her continuing art research.

Smith is an adjutant professor at Creighton University in Omaha in the Fine Art department. She has enlisted the aid of art history majors who independently are compiling catalogue raisonne for American artists. The preserving of important works of art, as well as biographies and artist career timelines is the focus of this project.

Photography has taken a new interest for her because of her art research with infrared and ultraviolet scientific photographs. Along with photography she is picking up the paint brush for more works on canvas using the scientific influence of the digital camera.

The joy and insight she gains from interviewing American artists throughout America and writing their biographies reinforces a need for greater focus on American artists. The creative fiber of art weaves a beautiful tapestry of visual arts throughout America. Art in America is a priceless treasure with something for everyone.


Autobiography written February 2005 and submitted by Janet G. Smith, art consultant, art historian, art authenticator and independent curator

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