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Artist Talk with Michael Janis

Thu, Apr 13

MOCA Members FREE | Non-members $5

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MOCA welcomes artist Michael Janis for an artist talk and Q&A in conjunction with Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art. Janis works with powdered glass, high-fire enamels, and decals to create dreamlike imagery. Join the artist for this exclusive public conversation about his work and unique artistic process.

Michael Janis was born in Chicago, Illinois and received his Bachelor of Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1983. After an extensive 20 year career in architecture here in the U.S. and Australia, Janis returned to the United States to pursue a career as a glass artist. In 2004, he took a “Narratives in Glass” class at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine with Michael Rogers, then head of the Rochester Institute of Technology School for American Crafts. The following year, he studied at Brooklyn’s Urban Glass studio with Jeremy Lepisto, who taught Janis how to draw with glass powder. He became co-director of the Washington Glass School in Washington D.C. in 2005. The artist has received many notable awards including being named Distinguished Glass Artist of 2014 by James Renwick Alliance. His artwork has been featured as part of the Corning Museum’s New Glass Review and is in the permanent collection at the Art Institute of Chicago.

The artist practices a technique known as “sgraffito” which is drawing using tiny beads of glass to explore glass on a human scale. What Janis does takes a tremendous amount of patience and has earned him global recognition. Janis seeks with Echoes (2015) to share the connection between our outer and inner worlds. He shows how the two can collide. When we’re in solitude we are still connecting to others.

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Image credit: Michael Janis, Echoes, 2015. Kilnformed glass, glass powder imagery, steel.

Michael Janis, Echoes, 2015. Kilnformed glass, glass powder imagery, steel