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Janet Echelman
Her Secret Is Patience
Phoenix, Arizona

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Janet Echelman is an American artist specializing in public art installations and sculpture. She graduated from Harvard University in 1987 with Highest Honors in Visual Studies. From 1988-1993 Echelman lived and worked in Bali, Indonesia before returning to America. She created her first permanent installation, She Changes, in 2005 in Porto, Portugal.

Echelman was first inspired to use nets in her work from her experience in India while on Fulbright Lectureship. This resulted in her first public sculpture series, Bellbottoms, in Mahaballipuram, India.  She first learned netting techniques from local fisherman in Mahaballipuram.  Most of her sculptures since have been both machine- and hand-woven from weather- and UV-resistant fibers.  In the last five years, using those fibers, she has built several permanent installations in Portugal, Phoenix, and British Columbia.

Education:
1992-95 Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College, New York. M.F.A. in Visual Art. Independent -study interdisciplinary graduate program.
1992-95 Lesley University, Massachusetts. M.A. in Counseling Psychology.
1991 New York School of Visual Arts, New York, 1991, independent studio program.
1987-88 University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. Rotary Graduate Scholar. Studied Chinese calligraphy and landscape painting. In residence with art studio.
1985-86 International School of America, International Honors Program. Comparative study in Japan, Bali, Australia, India, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Austrial, England, and France.
1983-87 Harvard College, Harvard University, Massachusetts. A.B., with Highest Honors in Visual & Environmental Studies. Minor field: History.

Awards, Grants, Residencies:
2011-12 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Fellowship in Fine Arts
2011 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence, Biennial Medal, for Phoenix Civic Space Park, featuring Her Secret is Patience
2010-11 American Academy in Rome, Resident in the Visual Arts
2010 Public Art Network, Year in Review Award to Her Secret is Patience, Phoenix AZ.
2009 Readers' Choice Award: Best Public Art, for Her Secret is Patience, Phoenix New Times.
2009 Environmental Excellence Awards, Art in Public Places Crescordia Award, for Her Secret is Patience, Valley Forward Association.
2009 Massachusetts Cultural Council, Artist Fellowship, dual award: Sculpture/Installation & Craft
2008 Award for Excellence in Structural Engineering, AZ Structural Engineering Assoc.
2007-08 Loeb Fellowship, grant for practicing professionals affecting the built and natural environment to pursue independent research and study, Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
2006-09 The Aspen Institute, Henry Crown Fellowship; 1st artist in Leadership Award Program.
2006 International Achievement Award of Excellence, Architectural Structures, for She Changes to Janet Echelman Inc., Industrial Fabrics Association International.
2006 New York Foundation for the Arts, Lily Auchincloss Fellow. Category: Architecture & Environmental Structures
2005-08 Public Art Network, Elected to PAN Council, a 16-member national board.
2005 Public Art Network, Year in Review Award to She Changes, Portugal.
2003-04 9-11 Memorial Design Competition, Hoboken, NJ. Winning Team.
2001 Japan Foundation, Major Visual Artist Grant to make sculpture in Kyoto, Japan.
Bogliasco Foundation, Residency in Genoa, Italy.
American Institute of Indian Studies, Senior Creative Artist Grant.
2000 Kohler Arts/Industry Fellowship, Metal residency at Kohler Factory in Wisconsin.
1999 Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York, NY. $18,000 award for visual art.
Massachusetts Cultural Council, Individual Artist Grant, highest level.
Art/Omi International Artists Residency, Omi, New York.
1998 America Center, Lithuania. Grant for permanent sculpture at Museum of Central Europe.
Museum of the Centre of Europe, Grant for residency and permanent sculpture.
Fundacion Valparaiso, Grant for artist's residency in Spain.
1997-98 Fulbright Senior Lectureship in Visual Art, Extension Grant.
G.V. Memorial Trust, Grant for building permanent sculpture in South India.
1997 Fulbright Senior Lectureship in Visual Art, Researched and lectured in India.
1995, 96 Harvard University Art Museums, Grant for installations: Fogg & Sackler Museums.
1993-99 Office for the Arts of Harvard-Radcliffe College, Multiple grants for Art.
1993-94 MFA Program Scholarship, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.
1987-88 Rotary International Foundation, One-year Graduate Art Scholarship, Hong Kong.
1987 Harvard Film Archive, Permanent Collection's Finishing Grant for 16mm film.
1981 Florida Orchestra, Young Artist Concerto Competition, First Place Prize in piano.

One-Person Exhibitions & Major Sculptural Commissions & Installations:
2010-13 Dilworth Plaza, City Hall, Philadelphia, PA (design phase, expected 2013)
2010-12 Matthew Knight Arena, Eugene, OR. (expected 2011)
2011 SFO Airport Terminal 2, San Francisco, CA. (April 2011)
2010 Biennial of the Americas, “1.26”, Signature commission for Biennial; Denver Museum of Art.
Richmond Olympic Oval,Water Sky Garden, 2010 Winter Olympics (permanent commission)
2009 Phoenix Civic Space, Her Secret is Patience, Phoenix, AZ, (permanent commission)
2008 Chapel Hill Public Library and Art Garden, Chapel Hill, NC, (design phase)
2007 Hoboken 9-11 Memorial Island, Hudson River, Hoboken, NJ. (won design contest)
Museum of Arts and Design, Radical Lace Exhibition, The Expanding Club.
2006 William F. Poe Garage, Line Drawing, Lights on Tampa Commission, Tampa, FL
2005 Praca Cidade Salvador, She Changes, Porto waterfront, Portugal. (permanent commission)
Walnut Street Bridge, Portugal Prototype, Chattanooga, TN.
2004 Art Rotterdam, Target Swooping V, Netherlands. Project attaching Cruise Terminal to Port.
Venice Biennale- Fifty Plus, Venice, Italy. Venice Project, Florence Lynch Gallery.
2003 Florence Lynch Gallery, NYC, NY. One-person exhibition.
2002 Bass Museum of Art, with Art Basel Miami Beach, Target Swooping IV
The Armory Show, Piers 88 and 90, NYC, NY. Roadside Shrine II.
Florence Lynch Gallery, NYC, NY, Target Swooping III.
2001 Caja De Cordon, Burgos, Spain, Target Swooping II, in courtyard built in 1485 A.D.
ARCO, Target swooping down…bullseye!, Madrid, Spain.
Target…, entrance courtyard of Parque Ferial Juan Carlos I, Madrid.
2000 Florence Lynch Gallery, NYC, NY. Installation: Gravity's Angel, by Janet Echelman.
I-45, National Interstate Highway, Houston, TX with Buffalo Bayou Artpark. Roadside Shrine
1: Cone Ridge, Commissioned sculpture, International Sculpture Center Conference.
Randolph Courtyard, Harvard University. Floating, site-specific work.
1999 Atrium Gallery, University of Connecticut, Storrs. Site-specific sculpture.
Randolph Courtyard, Harvard University. Eye of the Storm.
1998 Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University. Inside-Outside, an installation.
Museum of the Centre of Europe (Europos Parkas), Vilnius, Lithuania.
Trying to hide with your tail in the air, a permanent sculpture installation.
G.V. Memorial Trust, Collection and Sculpture Garden, Coimbatore, India.
South India Project: in the garden of earthly delights.
1997 Birla Museum, Calcutta. Birla Century Bhavan Gallery, Bombay.
National Institute of Design Gallery, Ahmedabad, India. Sculpture combining bronze & net.
Traveling exhibition. Sponsors: U.S. Embassy-Bombay, USEFI, & NID.
1996 Sackler Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge. Wax Hands installation.
1995 Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. Casa De Luz: a sculptural
collaborative project produced with HIV+ mothers.
Adams Artspace, Harvard College, The Invisible Figure.
1994 Harvard Graduate School of Design, Lobby Gallery. Currents: Faculty Exhibit Series.
Josh Kligerman Gallery, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Avery Art Center, Bard College, NY. Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition.
1993 Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL. Janet Echelman: New Vision.
Jakarta Cultural Torch Museum, Indonesia.
Two Worlds, One Artist: Works from Indonesia & America by Janet Echelman.
1992 Adams Artspace, Harvard University. From Boston to Bali: Recent Work by Echelman.
1991 Nations Bank Plaza, Recent Paintings from the Bali Studio: Works by Janet Echelman.
1990 Fung Ping Shan Museum, Hong Kong.
Acrylic-Batik-Crayon: Works from Bali by Janet Echelman.
1989 BMPAH, Ft. Myers, FL. One person exhibition curated by artist Robert Rauschenberg.
1989 USF Contemporary Art Museum at One Tampa City Center, Tampa, Florida
1989 Fine Arts Gallery, Hong Kong University. Recent Work from the Bali Studio: Acrylic Paint on Dyed Canvas by Janet Echelman.
1988 Central Gallery, The Fringe Club, Hong Kong.
1985 Mather House Atrium Gallery, Harvard University. Paintings by Janet Echelman.

Selected Group Exhibitions:
2011 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship Winners, Massachusetts.
2009 AA/FAB, Architectural Association, London, UK, September 21st-26th.
SIGGRAPH 2009, New Orleans, LA. August 4th-6th.
2008-09 Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ. Radical Lace, Subversive Knitting. September 20th 2008 - January 4th 2009.
Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, IN. Radical Lace, Subversive Knitting. April 25th -August 24th, 2008.
2007 Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY. Radical Lace, Subversive Knitting.
2004 Center for Contemporary Non-Objective Art (CCCNOA), Brussels, Belgium. Convergence, curated by Florence Lynch Gallery.
William Benton Museum of Art, University of Connecticut. Massala: Diversity and Democracy in South Asian Art.
2002 Art Projects, Art Basel, Miami Beach, FL. Curated by James E. Rondeau, Contemporary Art Curator, Art Institute of Chicago.
2001 Open Spaces: Esculturas e Intervenciones en El Espacio Publico, ARCO, Madrid. Curated by Alicia Murria and Mariano Navarro.
2000 Boston Sculptors at Chapel Gallery, Newton, MA. Invitational: Winners of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Awards.
1999 ART/OMI Foundation, Omi, NY.
Fuller Art Museum, Brockton, MA. Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition by Environmental Inc. Curator: Susan Stoops.
1994 DeCordova Museum, School of Art Gallery, Faculty Exhibition Inauguration.
1993 Luis Sert Gallery, Carpenter Ctr. for Visual Arts, Harvard University.
30th Anniversary Exhibition, juried selection of alumni works.
1991-92 Tampa Museum of Art, Florida State University Museum of Art, Univ. of Florida Art
Museum, Vero Beach Art Center, Daytona Beach Museum of Fine Art. 40th Anniversary Juried Exhibition of Florida Craftsmen.
1988 Hong Kong, Kowloon, and New Territories Sites (traveling exhibition).
Philippe Charriol Foundation: 1988 Modern Art Competition Winners.
1987 Carpenter Center Main Gallery, Harvard University. Senior Theses & Projects.

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