Artist: Michael Janis

  • After a 20 year career as an architect in the United States and Australia, Michael Janis returned to the US with a focus on working with glass. In 2005, Janis became the Co-Director of the Washington Glass School in Washington, DC. Janis has received numerous awards for his artwork including the Florida Art Glass Alliance’s Emerging Artist Award 2009, the Bay Area Glass Institute’s 2010 Saxe Fellowship and he was named a “Rising Star” at Wheaton Arts 2011. His glass artwork was featured in Corning Museum’s ‘New Glass Review’ #30 & #31. Awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 2012, Janis went to England’s University of Sunderland and taught at the UK’s National Glass Centre where he became an Artist-in-Residence at the Institute for International Research in Glass. Washington, DC’s James Renwick Alliance named him Distinguished Glass Artist for 2014, and he presented and lectured about his work at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in 2014.

    In 2016, The (Washington) DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities awarded Michael Janis the 31st Annual Mayors Arts Award for Excellence in the Arts. The Mayors Arts Awards are the most prestigious honors conferred by the city on individual artists, teachers, nonprofit organizations, and patrons of the arts.

    His work has been featured and reviewed in American Craft Magazine, American Style Magazine, and Glass Art Magazine, and is held in national and international private collections.


  • Art Institute of Chicago

    Fuller Craft Museum

    Permanent Collection, Bucharest Embassy, US Department of State, Romania

  • 2018  PGAHC Arts & Humanities Artist Fellowship

    2018  DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities Artist Fellowship

    2016  Mayor’s Art Award for Excellence in the Arts, Washington, DC

    2012  Fulbright Scholar, University of Sunderland, UK

    2012  Artist-in-Residence at the Institute for International Research in Glass