Janet Williams is Associate Professor and Area Coordinator of Ceramics at UNC Charlotte, teaching classes in Ceramics and Installation Art. Janet was born in S. Wales, UK and received her education in London, (Fine Arts and Ceramics) and an MFA in Ceramics from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan, USA. Janet is now a dual citizen of the USA & UK.
Janet’s artwork has been influenced by her experience as an immigrant to the USA, with maps and other data providing an entry and guide into new territories and a starting point into investigations of place. Searching for the relevance of an ancient medium–clay–in a digital world, Janet explores ways of bringing together these two different technologies, ceramics and the computer, the real and the virtual.
Exhibition and Residency experience:
Janet’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally and she has received many awards including: the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, two McKnight Foundation Residencies, Artist Fellowships from the Nebraska Arts Council, Arts & Science Council, NC and Faculty Research and Digital-Making Grants from UNC Charlotte. Janet has been a visiting artist at many Universities and Art Centers nationally and internationally and she has attended artist residencies and symposia throughout the United States, Canada, Europe & Asia– most recently at Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute, Jingdezhen, China (2011) the Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis (2012), The International Ceramic Research Centre, Guldagergaard, Denmark (2014). Her work is included in various national and international, public and private collections.
Teaching and work experience:
Before joining the faculty at UNC Charlotte, Janet taught Ceramics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the Cleveland Institute of Art and the University of Michigan. For 12 years, Janet was based at Art Farm, a non-profit artist residency program in Marquette, Nebraska that she co-founded and co-directed. She has completed a 1% for the Arts Commission for the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.