MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)2019
Artist StatementUsing a personal language of shape and color, Janet Olney reframes the familiar to reveal an alternate world populated with things that defy naming. Her paintings and installations investigate the realm of uncertainty that lies just outside our awareness: a peripheral world straddling analog and digital spaces.
Originally from Boston, MA, Janet received her BFA in Painting from Maryland Institute College of Art and her MFA from the Hoffberger School of Painting (MICA) in 2014. She is the recipient of the Henry Walters Traveling Fellowship, a Marcella Brenner Grant for Faculty Research, and a Lucas Grant for Faculty Teaching and Curriculum Development. She was a resident at the Vermont Studio Center, and her recent projects include an installation for the Facebook AIR program in Washington D.C. and a solo exhibition, If x, Then y at VisArts in Rockville, MD. In 2019, Janet has solo shows at the ICA Baltimore and the Lightwell Gallery, University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK. She currently teaches at MICA.