Michael Janis (US 1963 - )


After a 20 year career as an architect in the United States and Australia, Michael Janis returned to the U.S. with a focus on working with glass. In 2005, Janis became the co-director of the Washington Glass School in Washington, D.C. 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 (IIRG).

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 and #31. The Fuller Craft Museum in Massachusetts mounted a solo show of Janis’ glass panels and sculpture in 2011. His artwork is in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Work Selection

Michael Janis - Echoes of Leaves and Shadows

Echoes of Leaves and Shadows

Michael Janis - Waiting for Moments that Never Come

Waiting for Moments that Never Come

Michael Janis - Radiance


Michael Janis - Stillness


Michael Janis - Structure


Michael Janis - Luminescence