Posts by Michael Janis

Michael Janis developed a focus on glass after working for twenty years as an architect in the United States and Australia. Now as Co-Director of the Washington Glass School, Janis has taught at the UK’s National Glass Centre at the University of Sunderland, Penland School of Crafts, California’s Bay Area Glass Institute, Cleveland Institute of Art, and The Glass Furnace (Istanbul, Turkey). Awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 2012, he became an Artist-in-Residence at the Institute for International Research in Glass (IIRG) at the University of Sunderland. Janis’ artwork has been shown at major galleries and international art fairs and is included in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2011, Janis had a solo exhibition of his artwork at the Fuller Craft Museum (Massachusetts), and was named a “Rising Star” by the Creative Glass Center of America. The James Renwick Alliance named him "Distinguished Artist 2013/2014 and had him present his work at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Janis was awarded the prestigious Mayor's Arts Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2016. Janis is also editor the Washington Glass School blog.

DC GlassWorks Announces its Closure

DC GlassWorks - one of the glass studios integral to Washington DC's contemporary art scene - has announced its closing soon. David D'Orio, the artist-entrepreneur who founded the hotshop with four other artists (Graham Caldwell, Jesse Caldwell, Alger Dole, Wyndell Williams, David D'Orio) in 2001 said that the changes in...

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By Michael Janis on April 9, 2019

Artist Tim Tate to Represent USA in Venice Exhibition

Returning for the 58th Biennale di Venezia, the sixth edition of the art exhibit GLASSTRESS brings together a new line-up of leading contemporary artists from Europe, the United States, Latin America, India, and China in an ambitious exhibition exploring the endless creative possibilities of glass. The show "GLASSTRESS" is a...

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Montgomery County Executive’s Awards Honors Washington Glass School’s Erwin Timmers

The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) has announced the recipients of the 2018 County Executive’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities. Established in 2002, these awards honor community leaders whose work in the cultural sector has made an impact in Montgomery County, MD. Among this...

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The Pizza Artistically Considered: Art Works Now ‘Master-Pizzas’ Project

As the organization Art Works Now prepared for their new landmark home in Hyattsville, they teamed up with the building’s restaurant, Pizzeria Paradiso and Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council to embellish the new restaurant space with “Master Pizzas” created by invited artists and arts organizations from the surrounding community. Each...

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Job Opening at Washington Glass School

Deadline: Wed, 31 May 2017

The Washington Glass School is seeking a warm glass studio coordinator.

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EMBRACING NARRATIVE: Featuring Artwork of the Washington Glass School and the Virginia Glass Guild Opens at Portsmouth Art & Culture Center

Opening Reception: Friday, March 3 from 5-8pm at Portsmouth, VA Art & Cultural Center

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By Michael Janis on November 28, 2016

Washington Glass School Inaugurates Glass and Steel Sculpture at New Laurel Library

New Washington Glass School public art sculpture unveiled at the Laurel Library on November 28.

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By Michael Janis on October 5, 2015

Prince George’s County Artist Represents the USA at International Glass Heap Challenge

Washington Glass School’s Debra Ruzinsky is one of nine international artists who have been invited to participate in the competition.

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By Michael Janis on September 4, 2015

Novie Trump at Hillyer Art Space–Longing For Distant Skies

Michael Janis previews the work of Novie Trump at Hillyer Art Space.

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By Michael Janis on March 30, 2015

A Warm Welcome to Otis Street Arts Project!

Otis Street Art Projects takes over the former Red Dirt Studios warehouse space

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By Michael Janis on March 10, 2015

UDC Welcomes East City Artist Derek Hambly

Artist Derek Hambley will teach ceramics at UDC

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By Michael Janis on November 24, 2014

Gateway Arts District Welcomes White Point Studio

Michael Janis profiles the opening of White Point Studios led by critically acclaimed artist Laurel Lukaszewski.

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By Michael Janis on June 23, 2014

Washington Glass Studio Creates DC's Newest Public Art East of the River

Michael Janis, co-director of the Washington Glass School describes the process of installing a new public art piece shaped by community participation.

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By Michael Janis on January 8, 2014

Glass Artist Audrey Wilson Solo Exhibit at Washington Glass School

Washington Glass School presents the solo exhibit of glass artist Audrey Wilson. An opening reception is scheduled for Saturday, January 11 from 6pm to 8pm.

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By Michael Janis on December 12, 2013

Flux Studios Hosts Its First Annual Cups Show

Event: Saturday December 14 from noon to 5pm

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