Using 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 the Maryland Institute College of Art and her MFA from the Hoffberger School of Painting (MICA). She is the recipient of a MSAC Individual Artist Award in Painting, the Henry Walters Traveling Fellowship to study in Tokyo, Japan, and a Marcella Brenner Grant for Faculty Research. She was a resident at the Vermont Studio Center and her work is featured in volume 32 of Studio Visit magazine. Her recent projects include a permanent installation for the Facebook AIR program in Washington D.C. and solo exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Baltimore and the Lightwell Gallery, University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK. She currently teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art.