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 Michael Janis  (1959 - )

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Lived/Active: District Of Columbia/Maryland/Illinois / Australia      Known for: Glass abstract sculpture, architecture, teaching

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After a 20 year career as an architect in the United States and Australia, Michael Janis returned to the US working with glass as a sculptural medium in 2003. In 2005, Janis became the Co-Director of the Washington Glass School in Washington, DC.  Janis was named Florida Art Glass Alliance’s Emerging Artist Award 2009, California's Bay Area Glass Institute’s 2010 Saxe Fellowship and he was named a “Rising Star” at New Jersey"s American Glass Museum during the Biennial Glass Weekend in 2011. His glass artwork was featured in Corning Museum’s ‘New Glass Review’ #30 and #31.

The Fuller Craft Museum in Massachusetts mounted a solo show of Janis’ glass panels and sculpture in 2011. His artwork is in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL.
Awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 2012, Janis went to England's University of Sunderland and taught at the UK's National Glass Centre where he became an Artist-in-Residence at the Institute for International Research in Glass (IIRG).

Janis is best know for his intricately detailed glass powder imagery that he fuses into his glass sculpture. His figurative sculptures are noted for the surreal or dadaist references in his figurative imagery.

The American Craft Magazine had a profile of his work in the April/May 2013 issue Ritzel, Rebecca (2013, April, May) "Becoming Michael Janis" American Craft Magazine, 73, pgs 48-55.


Waggoner, Shawn (2012, May June) "Pushing Powder - Michael Janis' Glass Frit Drawings" Glass Art Magazine, 27, pgs 32-36 (cover story)

Campello, F. Lennox (2011) 100 Artists of Washington, D.C. Atglen, Schiffer Publishing Ltd

Rooney, E. Ashley (2011) 100 Artists of the Mid-Atlantic. Atglen, Schiffer Publishing Ltd

Snyder, Jeffrey (2010) Art Glass Today. Atglen, Schiffer Publishing Ltd

Neiswander, Dr Judith (Ed.) (2006) 50 Distinguished Contemporary Artists in Glass. London, The Intelligent Layman Publishers Ltd

Written and submitted March 2013 by Chip Montague, Washington Glass School, Washington, DC.

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