CONTEXT Art Miami will feature my new work at Alida Anderson
Art Projects Space #A29. My new collaborative pop art sculpture works
made with Tony Porto will command the center of the booth, and I will
also unveil my newest sgraffito artwork in the same show. CONTEXT Art
Miamis 10th Edition offers an exceptionally strong platform for
collectors to discover and acquire fresh and significant works in todays
primary art market. Go to www.janis-porto.com
to see the fun new works!
Duncan McClellan Gallery in St. Petersburg, FL will present
my work in a group exhibit of artists from the Washington Glass School
in February, 2023. The Gallery is itself a work of art, featuring nationally
and internationally recognized glass artists.
Habatat Detroit Fine Art will showcase my artwork in their
51st Glass International Award Exhibition in June of 2023. The Glass
Art Society (GAS) also has their conference in Detroit so expect
lots of events and special displays!
The City of Mount Rainier, MD has selected my artwork
to be part of a new public art project that features artwork on banners
throughout the Mount Rainier downtown as a way to show the diverse range
of talents in the arts community!
Sandra Ainsley Gallery in Toronto, CA showcased an extensive
exhibit of my glass artwork. Many of the works are still at the Canadian
Gallery, click here
for gallery link.
I am honored to be a finalist in Contemporary Crafts
2022 Elizabeth R. Raphael Founders Prize. My glass artwork will
be featured in Transformation 11: Contemporary Works in Glass September
9, 2022-March 18, 2023. Big thanks to jurors - Heather McElwee, Anna
Rothfuss, Cathy Raphael, Alex Raphael, Rachel Saul Rearick and Kate
The Tacoma Museum of Glass (MOG) and Floridas Imagine
Museum have each recently acquired my glass sculptures for their permanent
WGS Contemporary featured the collaborative sculptures
made by Tony Porto and me at the Art Basel Miamis SCOPE Art Fair.
Indianas Fort Wayne Museum of Art recently acquired
Traces of Memory a large cast glass sculpture collaboration
between Tim Tate and me for the museums permanent collection.
Asheville, NCs Momentum Gallery has opened in their
new downtown space at 52 Broadway Street. The new space is stunning!
Be sure to visit the Gallery if you are in Asheville!
A collaborative work with artist Tim Tate, Chris Shea
and I will be part of Berengo Studios Glassstress Exhibition at
the 2022 Venice Biennale.
the artist talk on Habatat Galleries YouTube page:
Artist Tony Porto and I have collaborated on a new series
of glass/mixed media sculpture Habatat Galleries "Not Grandmas
Glass" (NGG) exhibit/competition. NGG is new and groundbreaking
competition, to be held over 12 months, and featuring 12 artists that
are pushing the medium beyond the norm. The premise of the exhibit is
to showcase works that are outside "traditional" studio art
glass, where the artists were challenged to make works that would be
in a contemporary museum. From Habatat's website: "Creating work
that is probably not in Grandmas art collection
artists are extremely innovative and I propose that they will all be
important in the future of the glass medium."
In our series we pay homage to the underdogs of pop culture
- the cartoons, action figures, and toys of childhood. Figures as diverse
as Batman, Darth Vader, My Little Pony, Wonder Woman, Hulk Hogan are
explored. In the works, we walk a really fun line between taking this
stuff seriously and also being able to laugh at it all.
Tony and I have a long history of artistic collaboration
- our first work together was acquired for the permanent collection
by the Art Institute of Chicago.
For a full review of these sculpture clink on this
link to jump direct to www.Janis-Porto.com
Detroits Habatat Galleries is featuring my work
in a solo exhibit where I am & you may be on Artsy.net.
The gallery also features the collaborative work I made with artist/studio
partner Tim Tate in a special exhibit Living Within The Story.
The James Renwick Alliance (JRA) in Washington, DC honored
my work in Washington, DCs Artomatic with their Award of
Excellence. Previously, the JRA named me as the Distinguished
Artist in 2014. As part of honor, I lectured on my work, techniques
and career at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM).
I was awarded Washington, DCs 31st Mayors
Arts Award for Excellence in the Arts. The DC Commission for the Arts
& Humanities (CAH) has supported my work over the years, and I am
eternally grateful. The CAH has seven of my works in their permanent
collection of art.
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.