Michael Janis

Artist Bio



The DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities (DCCAH) has awarded me a 2014 Artist Fellowship. The DCCAH is an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.


I will be teaching my frit powder imagery in glass at Penland School of Crafts in 2014. The class, titled “Compelled by Narrative”, is scheduled for Summer Session 7, August 24-30, 2014.


The James Renwick Alliance (JRA) in Washington, DC is an independent national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing scholarship and education on contemporary American craft. The JRA has named me as their “Distinguished Artist in Glass” for 2014. As the Distinguished Artist, I will be conducting a workshop and giving a lecture on my work at the the Smithsonian Museum. The workshop is scheduled for Saturday, May 3 and the lecture on my work at the Smithsonian American Art Museum is scheduled for 2 pm on May 4th, 2014.


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 recently acquired one of my castings for permanent exhibit in The John A. Wilson Building City Hall Art Collection. The new and much heralded collection is open to the public.

City Hall Art Collection
John A. Wilson Building
1350 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC


Recently I was included recently included in a new book, 50 Distinguished Contemporary Artists in Glass, edited by Lisa Hoftijzer (ISBN 0947798609 IL Publishers Ltd, London).
Distinguished appraisers in glass chose 50 artists who, in their opinion, represented "the best work of their generation".


American Craft Magazine featured my work in the April/May 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 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.