Kevin Wallace, author and director of Californias
Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts, has included images of my works in
his new book on contemporary art, titled Intersection: Art &
Life, available starting June 2018.
Prince Georges Arts & Humanities Council awarded
me a 2018 Artist Fellowship. To me, this grant demonstrates PGAHCs
generosity, faith in its artists, and interest in our success.
In August 2019, I will be teaching an intensive workshop
on creating imagery from glass frit powder at Penland School of Crafts,
in located in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Spruce Pine, NC.
The DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities (DCCAH)
has awarded me the 31st Mayor's Arts Award for Excellence in the Arts.
I am so grateful for the recognition of and support for my work by the
DCCAH, and am proud to be part of the District of Columbia.
Glass Art Magazine featured a profile on my artwork and
works that were part of my solo exhibit at Maurine Littleton Gallery.
The article, titled Michael Janis: A Smart Balance of Person and
Public Art was in the January/February 2017 issue of the magazine.
The Washington Post Art Critic Mark Jenkins wrote a wonderful
review of my solo exhibit at Maurine Littleton Gallery. The Post described
my work as combining the stateliness of stained-glass windows
with the vivacity of pop art half medieval cathedral, half 1960s
Maryland Public Television (MPT) television show Artwork
had me Co-Host episodes of the show this past January. The series features
intriguing profiles of established, emerging and experimental artists
from across the country working in all creative categories: musicians,
performers, visual artists, writers, designers, and artisans.
The James Renwick Alliance (JRA) in Washington, DC named
me as the 2014 Distinguished Artist. As part of honor, I lectured on
my work, techniques and career at the Smithsonian American Art Museum
(SAAM). The museum filmed the presentation for broadcast view
the SAAM webcast online : http://americanart.si.edu
My glass and steel sculpture for the Hotel Palomar received
"Best Artwork Award 2007" from Boutique Design Magazine, nd
in January, the national newspaper The
Onion singled out that sculpture as one of the reasons that Washington,
DC is becoming a cool arts center. The Washington Glass Studio was also
featured in the article on public artworks.
A documentary film on my work and technique was created
by the Verizon FiOs creative film production team.
View online www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBTNm5jF3LE
The DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities features
one of my castings as part of the permanent collection in The John A.
Wilson Building City Hall.
American Craft Magazine featured my work in the April/May
2013 issue of the magazine. Titled Becoming
Michael Janis , the article gives an extensive profile of
my background and influences.
American Craft Magazine also featured the work of my studio,
Washington Glass School and Studio in the June/July 2013 issue of the
magazine. Titled Capitol
Improvements, the magazine reviews the process in our creation
of the new cast glass doors for the US Library of Congress Adams Building.
The U.S. Department of State awarded me a Fulbright Scholarship.
In 2012, I was Fulbright Specialist at the University of Sunderland
and National Glass Centre in the UK. The people, facilities and workshops
there were incredible and will have a tremendous impact on my work.
Id like to thank the US / UK Fulbright Commission, the Council
for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) The University of Sunderland,
the City of Sunderland and Creative Cohesion for all their generosity
and assistance in the assignment.