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
Another review of my solo exhibit was posted on East City
Art website, written by critic and Professor of Art History at Montgomery
College, Dr Claudia Rousseau. www.eastcityart.com/reviews/east-city-art-reviews-michael-janis-maurine-littleton-echoes-leaves-shadows/
The DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities (DCCAH)
has awarded me the prestigious Mayor's Arts Award for Excellence in
the Arts. The DCCAH has also granted me a Fellowship Grant for 2017.
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.
Maryland Public Television (MPT) will have me Co-Host
of the television show Artwork with the "First Lady"
of Maryland Public Television and cultural icon - Rhea Feikin. The show
will feature 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 episodes will air in late December and January.
Maurine Littleton Gallery will feature my new glass artwork
and sculptures in a solo exhibition titled Michael Janis: Echoes
of Leaves and Shadows that will run from September 16 - October
15, 2016. This is my first solo exhibition with Maurine Littleton Gallery.
The American Craft Council interviewed my about the solo show at Maurine
Littleton Gallery and featured the story on their website: craftcouncil.org/post/michael-janis-echoes-leaves-and-shadows
The American Glass Guild recently had me as a speaker
addressing the 10th Anniversary Conference recently held in Washington,
DC in 2015.
The Public Broadcasting Service local television network,
Maryland Public Television (MPT) featured my artwork in an episode of
the networks arts series television show Artworks, MPT's weekly
arts series features intriguing profiles of established and emerging
artists from across the country working in all creative categories.
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 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
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.
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.