Born in Chicago, IL
Lives and works in Washington, DC
After a 20 year career as an architect in the United States
and Australia, Michael Janis returned to the US with a focus on working
with glass. In 2005, Janis became the Co-Director of the Washington
Glass School in Washington, DC. Janis has received numerous awards for
his artwork including the Florida Art Glass Alliances Emerging
Artist Award 2009, the Bay Area Glass Institutes 2010 Saxe Fellowship
and he was named a Rising Star at Wheaton Arts 2011. His
glass artwork was featured in Corning Museums New Glass
Review #30 & #31. In 2016, the DC Commission on the Arts &
Humanities awarded Michael the prestigious Mayor's Arts Award for Excellence
in the Arts.
The Fuller Craft Museum in Massachusetts mounted a solo
show of Janis glass panels and sculpture in 2011, and the Fuller
has recently acquired one of his works for their permanent collection.
His artwork is also in the permanent collection of the Art Institute
of Chicago and in the Permanent Collection of the Bucharest Embassy,
US Department of State, Romania.
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).
American Craft Magazine featured an extensive profile
on Janis work in the April/May
2013 issue. In the following issue (June/July),
the magazine interviewed him on the process his studio undertook
to create the cast glass panels for the U.S. Library of Congress
new entry doors.
The James Renwick Alliance named him Distinguished Glass
Artist for 2014, and he presented a talk about his work at the Smithsonian
American Art Museum in May 2014. Click on the link to see the Smithsonian