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Born in Poland in 1956, Janusz Walentynowicz came to Illinois from Denmark in l982, to study with Joel Philip Myers, head of the glass program at Illinois State University.

A master of kiln cast glass and reverse painting Walentynowicz is admired world wide for his expressive figurative imagery and the intensity of emotion portrayed in his relief’s and sculptures. No artist has been more effective in bridging the gap into the fine arts than Janusz Walentynowicz.

The power of his work has inspired museums in the US, France and Denmark not only to collect his work but to include him in solo, group and juried exhibitions.

Her Majesty The Queen’s Collection, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Ebeltoft Glasmuseum, Ebeltoft, Denmark.

Kunstforeningen Af 14. August, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Handelsbankens Kunstforening, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York.

Arkansas Arts Center Foundation Collection, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Museum of Arts and Design, New York, New York.

Collection of the Regional Council of Upper Normandy, Rouen, France.

Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH

Rockford Art Museum. Rockford, IL.

Detroit Institute Of Arts. Detroit, MI.

Cleveland Art Museum, Cleveland, OH

Hsinchu Cultural Center, Hsinchu, Taiwan.

Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco

Museum, Beelden aan Zee, Scheveningen, Holland

National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia, PA

Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA

Hotel Murano, Tacoma, WA

Alexander Tutsek Stiftung, München, Germany

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Ca

Lowe Art Museum at The University of Miami, Miami, FL

Montreal Museum of Fine Art’s

de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA

Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH

The Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, MI

Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass

The Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI

Selected Exhibitions

2020

Group, Marshall Dulaney Pitcher, 50 year anniversary Award Exhibition, The Wonsook Kim School of Art, Illinois State University.

2016

“Life is not a Beach”, Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung, München, Germany

2014

“Dayton Celebrates Glass”, The Dayton Art institute, Dayton, Ohio 

2013

Expressions in Contemporary Glass, Echt gallery at: The Art Center at Highland Park, Highland Park, IL

Solo “Guns Save Lives?”, Hawk Galleries, Columbus, OH

2012

Solo: “New Work” Echt  Gallery, Chicago, IL

“Seeking Freedom”, Six artists’ journey from oppression to freedom, National Liberty Museum, Philadelphia, PA

Fifty Years”: Contemporary American Glass from Illinois Collections, Krannert Art Museum, College of Fine + Applied Arts, U of I, Urbana- Champaign, IL

“Into The Light: Illinois Glass”, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL

“50 Years of Studio Glass”, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, KY Glass at 50”: A Tradition in Flux, University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

“In the name of love”, Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung, München, Germany

2011

Solo: Habatat Galleries, West Palm Beach, FL

“Frozen In Tension” ”, Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung, München, Germany

2010 Studio Glass”, Anna and Joel Mendel Collection, The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, QC, Canada

Solo: “New Work” Berea Center for the Arts, Berea, KY

2009

“Frozen-in Tension” Alexander Tutsek-Stiftung, München, Germany

Solo: “Reflections” McLean County Arts Center, Bloomington, IL

“Masters of the Medium”, Habatat Galleries, Boca Raton, FL.

Solo:Ken Saunders Gallery, Chicago, IL

“Studio Glass”, Anna and Joe Mendel Collection, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada.

“Art Palm Beach” , Habatat Galleries, Boca Raton, FL.

2007

Solo, “Coming Home” Glasmuseum, Ebeltoft, Ebeltoft, Denmark 

Solo, “Guns Save Lives” Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Ebeltoft, Denmark 

2006

Solo: “New horizons”, Marx⬥Saunders Gallery, Chicago, IL  

“The face – lost and found again”, Alexander Tutsek Stiftung, München, Germany

“Contemporary glass 2006”, Habatat Galleries, Boca Raton, FL.

2005

“Dual Vision”  The Chazen Collection, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY

“Sculpting in Glass” Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art,

Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.

Solo: Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

2004

“Ten Over Ten”, Marx⬥Saunders Gallery, Chicago, IL

Solo: Habatat Galleries, Boca Raton, FL.

Solo: Hawk Galleries, Columbus, OH.

Solo: Marx⬥Saunders Gallery, Chicago, IL

“Fire and Form”, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL.

2002

Group show, “On The Surface” , The Arts Center, St. Petersburg, FL. 

Group show, “Inspired in Illinois” , Lakeview Museum, Peoria, Il.

Group show, “Sculpture in glass“ , Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville, AR.

Solo: “Guns Save Lives”, Habatat Galleries, Boca Raton, FL.

Solo: “Intimate Levels”, Habatat Galleries, Boca Raton, FL.

Solo: “Guns Save Lives”, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI.

Solo: “Cello”, Habatat Galleries, Birmingham, MI.

Group Show, “PARADE”, (100 works by 100 artists) A choice of the Beelden aan Zee Museum, Den Haag, Netherlands

2001

Solo: Riley Hawk Galleries, Columbus, Ohio

Solo: Marx⬥Saunders Gallery, Chicago, IL

1999

Solo : Habatat Galleries, Boca Raton, FL.

Solo: Marx⬥Saunders Gallery, Chicago, IL

1998

Solo: Riley Hawk Galleries, Cleveland, Ohio 216, Riley Hawk Galleries,

Two Person: “Walentynowicz and Helledie” Skagen City Hall, Skagen, Denmark.

Solo: Habatat Galleries, Pontiac, MI.

Group Show: “Recent Glass Sculpture: A Union of Ideas”, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI.

Group Show: “Glass Today”, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland,OH

Group Show: “Calido”, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AR

Group Show: An International Contemporary Glass Exhibition, Hsinchu

  Cultural Center, Hoinohu, Taiwan.

Solo: Marx⬥Saunders Gallery, Chicago, IL

Group show: “Springfield Art Association, Springfield, IL

Group Show: “Temporal Discord”, Tucson, AZ

Group Show: ”       ” Lakeview Museum, Peoria, IL

Group Show: “Glorious Glass” Owensboro Museum of Fine Art,

Owensboro, KY.

Group Show: “A Passion for Glass” The Aviva and Jack A. Robinson

Studio Glass Collection. The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI.

Solo: Habatat Galleries, Boca Raton, FL.

Solo: Heller Gallery, New York N.Y.

“Glass, Fiber and Wood” – The Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL.

Solo: Riley Hawk Galleries, Columbus, Ohio

1996

Solo: The Polish Museum of America, Chicago, IL

1995

Solo: Heller Gallery, West Palm Beach, FL

“Illinois Glass Invitational”, Parkland College, Champaign, IL

Solo: Marx⬥Saunders Gallery, Chicago, IL

Solo: Riley Hawk Galleries, Cleveland, OH

1994

Solo, Marx⬥Saunders, Chicago, IL

“Arafi”, Bal Harbor, FL, Marx⬥Saunders

1993

Miami Art Exposition 93, Miami Beach, Florida. (Riley Hawk Galleries)

Solo: Heller Gallery, New York, NY.

Solo: Riley Hawk Galleries, Columbus, Ohio

1992

Solo show at: LewAllen Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Solo show at: Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

1991

Solo:  Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NY.

“Le Verre”, Contemporary Glasswork Art Exhibition, Espace Duchamp-

Villon, Rouen, France

1990

Four Person: Holsten Galleries, Palm Beach, Florida.

1989

Two Person: Esther Saks Gallery, Chicago, Illinois.

Solo:  Anne O’Brien Gallery, Washington, DC.

Two Person: Sanske Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland.

National Objects Invitational, The Arkansas Arts Center Decorative Arts Museum, Little Rock, Arkansas

1987

“Between Art and Craft, The Fine line”, Academy of The Arts, Easton,

Maryland.

1986

Solo: Anne O’Brien Gallery, Washington DC.

1985

Solo: Gallerie Angela Hölling, Hameln, West Germany.

Solo:   The Marshal Dulaney Pitcher Art Award.University Galleries,

Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois.              

Solo: Anne O’Brien Gallery, Washington DC.

1984

“Glass That Works”, The Fifth Arango Design Competition, Coral

Gables, Florida.

Americans In Glass, The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Arts Museum,

Wisconsin.  National and European tour.

1983

Pilchuck Glass Exhibition, Traver Sutton Gallery, Seattle, Washington.

Annual Juried Student Exhibition, University Galleries, Illinois State

University, Normal, Illinois.

Nordisk Glas, Kvadrat, Ebeltoft, Denmark

1982

Dansk Glas, Den Permanente, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Glas Og Kvadrat, Aarhus Kunstbygning, Aarhus, Denmark.

1980

Solo: Kr. Sonnerup Kunsthandværk, Kr. Sonnerup, Denmark.

Solo: Tølløse Centralstkole, Tølløse, Denmark.

1978

Galleri 139, Vodskov, Denmark.

Solo: St. Tåstrup Præstegard, St. Tåstrup, Denmark.

1977

Solo:  Næstved Centralsygehus, Næstved, Denmark.

Solo:  St. Merløse Centralskole, St. Merløse, Denmark.

Solo:  Stestrup Skole, Stestrup, Denmark

1976

Solo Show at: Galleri 4, Tølløse, Denmark,