Michael Janis

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Kevin Wallace, author and director of California’s 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 George’s Arts & Humanities Council awarded me a 2018 Artist Fellowship. To me, this grant demonstrates PGAHC’s 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 Vogue.” www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/in-the-galleries-conversations-between-mother-and-daughter-teacher-and-student/2016/10/06/b97fe20e-89a5-11e6-875e-2c1bfe943b66_story.html


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. I’d 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.