Michael Janis

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The DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities has selected me as a finalist for the “Excellence in the Arts” category for the prestigious Mayor's Arts Award. The 31st awards ceremony takes place at the Historic Lincoln Theater in September.


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 and featured the story on their website : craftcouncil.org/post/michael-janis-echoes-leaves-and-shadows


My work in the exhibit “Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art” organized by the Society for Contemporary Craft continues at the Ohio Craft Museum, through August 21, 2016. This powerful exhibition breaks down social stigmas surrounding mental health issues and offers an opportunity to understand mental health through fine craft.


The DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities (DCCAH) has awarded me a 2016 Artist Fellowship. The DCCAH is an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.


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 network’s 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
Washington, DC


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.