Public Art Concepts Exhibit at Joe's Movement Emporium


Unbuilt public artwork proposal for Liberty Center by Washington Glass Studio


Opening Reception: Friday September 27, 2013 at 7:00 pm. Thru November 22, 2013


Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mount Rainier hosts an exhibit of public art concepts and what it takes to create artwork in the public realm title  “Public Art Concepts: An Exhibit Of Proposals”
Coordinated by Alonzo Davis | Curated by Nehemiah Dixon III

“Public Art Concepts” gives the public an opportunity to engage with the artist in a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to create artwork for a public space. Given the growing interest in and number of street murals and 3-D works along the arts district corridor “Public Art Concepts” paves the way for a focused dialogue about what it means to create an arts district and how this change begins with the artist. The exhibit features scale models and proposals for public art works by regional and national artists who have applied for grants and commissions, some of which were awarded and others not.

Opening night features a lively panel of participating artists and reps from funding agencies that have diverse experience in the public art arena.


Featured Artists:

  • Alan Binstock,
  • Joanna Blake,
  • Margaret Boozer,
  • Howard Connelly,
  • Alonzo Davis,
  • Melissa Glasser,
  • Martha Jarvis Jackson, Luis Peralta,
  • Valerie Theberge,
  • Washington Glass Studio (Erwin Timmers, Tim Tate, Michael Janis)

Joe’s Movement Emporium is located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt Rainier, MD




Michael Janis
Authored 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.