ABOUT THE CREATOR
Welcome to my gallery! I’m a painter, sculptor, photographer and writer of short stories & children’s stories containing my illustrations & poetry. Over the years, I’ve enjoyed teaching Visual Arts at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Indiana University, the University of Louisville and Kentucky State. Besides creating my own original works of art & exhibiting, I currently teach at Western Hills High School in Frankfort, Kentucky.
My creative process combines a mixture of media, including acrylic, pastel, colored pencil & Photoshop. To achieve the ‘atmospheric abstraction’ seen in my work, I especially make use of transparent layering. The size or scale of my pieces can often rely on the Nano image scale with the larger scale of an atmospheric universal firmament orientation to present ‘a microcosm of a microcosm’. That means both realities are visible at once, which creates a paradox or sense perceptive omnipotence in the viewer, much like being able to see that which is hidden by virtue of manipulation within a constructed reality.
In the spring of 2007, I was fortunate to be included in the first International Nano Art Exhibit in Finland, an exhibit of artists working with electron microscope images as a basis for creative exploration! I have also exhibited in several countries, including Japan, South Korea, Spain, Peru & Austria, as well as throughout the United States.
Enjoy my portfolio…and, please, contact me with any questions
ZEPHYR GALLERY. Louisville, KY. “Under the Knife.” July, 2010.
ZEPHYR GALLERY. Louisville, KY. June, 2008.
ZEPHYR GALLERY. Louisville, KY. June, 2004.
JOHN HARRIMAN GALLERY, PERUVIAN BRITISH CULTURAL CENTER. Lima, Peru. August 2002.
ZEPHYR GALLERY. Louisville, KY. June 2002.
ZEPHYR GALLERY. Louisville, KY. 2000.
ANNE WRIGHT WILSON ART GALLERY. Georgetown College. Georgetown, KY. 1997. “Fusion.”
MCGRATH GALLERY. Bellarmine University. Louisville, KY. 1994. “After the Storm.”
SWANSON CRALLE GALLERY. Louisville, KY. 1989.
ARTSWATCH. Louisville, KY. 1988. “From the Night,”
FLOYD COUNTY ART MUSEUM. Floyd County, IN. 1978.
AWARDS & HONORS
NASA SPACE CAPSULE OF IMPORTANT ART, MUSIC, AND WRITING BEING SENT TO THE MOON. Nano artwork by Janis Kirstein included. 2018.
MUHAMMAD ALI SHINE A LIGHT INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST AND EXHIBIT. Muhammad Ali Center, Louisville, Kentucky. 2016.
POWER OF ART AWARD, ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG FOUNDATION. Washington, D.C. 2011.
THE LUCY HARTH SMITH-ATWOOD S. WILSON AWARD FOR CIVIL AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN EDUCATION. Kentucky Education Association. 2009.
COMPETITION WINNER. 1ST INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF NANOART. 2007. Exhibition held at the Kotka Photographic Centre, Kotka, Finland. One of four artists from the United States chosen.
2000 OUTSTANDING INTELLECTUALS OF THE 21ST CENTURY. International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England. 2004-2005.
WHO’S WHO OF AMERICAN ARTISTS.2002- 2005. Marquis Who’s Who, New Providence, NJ.
21ST CENTURY AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT. 2004-2005. The International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England.
WHO’S WHO OF AMERICAN TEACHERS. 2004-2005. Marquis Who’s Who.
WHO’S WHO OF AMERICAN WOMEN. 2004-2005. Marquis Who’s Who.
WHO’S WHO OF INTERNATIONAL POETS.Owing Mills, MD. 2006.
DIALOGUE MAGAZINE COVER CONTEST. HONORABLE MENTION. Columbus, Ohio. Feb. 2003.
PURCHASE AWARD. DIGITAL ART COMPETITIVE EXHIBIT. Kentucky State University. Juror: C.J. Pressma. 2002.
KENTUCKY GOVERNOR’S ARTIST’S FELLOWSHIP AL SMITH AWARD. Sponsored by the Kentucky Arts Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts 2000 and 1983.
VERMONT STUDIO CENTER. Johnson, Vermont. Summer, 2001.
ALL-ACADEMIC AWARD. 2001, awarded by the State Journal Newspaper in Frankfort, KY. Each teacher is chosen by one of the top 4 academic students at Western Hills High School as a teacher who was the most positive influence in their educational history.
WHO’S WHO IN AMERICAN ART. 2001, Marquis Who’s Who .
INTERNATIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL CENTRE LISTING. Cambridge, England. ’95-’98. Biographical reference.
GOVERNOR’S SCHOLARS FACULTY. Danville, KY. 1994-’97.
ARTS ADVOCATE AND MENTOR AWARD, GOVERNOR’S SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS. Louisville, KY. 1994.
ALL ACADEMIC TEACHER AWARD. Franklin County, KY. 1994.
ELEANOR ROOSEVELT AWARD FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE. Awarded for performance as Chair for the Education Foundation, Louisville Chapter, American Association of University Women. 1991.
FELLOWSHIP. Kentucky Foundation for Women. 1987.
PURCHASE AWARD. Eight State Annual Graphics, J.B. Speed Art Museum. Juror: Brooke Alexander, Director, Brooke Alexander Gallery, New York City.
MERIT AWARD. Water Tower Annual Exhibit. Juror: Jackie Winsor, New York City Sculptor. 1983.
PURCHASE AWARD. East Coast College Invitational. Norfolk State University, VA. 1981.
ART CRITIC, COURIER-JOURNAL NEWSPAPER. Louisville, KY. 1979.
SELECTED INVITATIONAL & GROUP EXHIBITIONS
20TH ANNIVERSARY ZEPHYR COOPERATIVE GALLERY MEMBER SHOW INVITATIONAL, 2007. Louisville, Kentucky.
1ST INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF NANO ART 2007. Competition winner. Kotka Photographic Centre, Kotka, Finland.
NANO ART INTERNATIONAL ON LINE COMPETITION 2007. Use of digital and electron microscope photography.
INTERNATIONAL ARTIST INVITATIONAL EXHIBITION. Kaza Gallery, Tokyo, Japan. 2005.
”KENTUCKY WATER,” 2005. Kentucky Folk Art Center , Morehead, KY.
“THREE STATE INVITATIONAL POLITICAL ART EXHIBITION.” 2004. Glassworks, Louisville, KY.
“ALTERNATIVE VIEWS: APPROACHES TO ABSTRACTION.” INVITATIONAL, ALLEN R. HITE INSTITUTE, UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE, KY. 2004
INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITON 2004. Greeley Square Gallery, N.Y., N.Y.
HASSELBLAD INTERNATIONAL PHOTO COMPETITION 2004. Linz, Austria.
2004 NATIONAL JURIED PHOTO COMPETITION. “THROUGH A LENS–URBAN LANDSCAPE.” The Coastal Arts League. Half Moon Bay, California. Juror: Photographer Richard Newman.
JOHN HARRIMAN GALLERY, PERUVIAN BRITISH CULTURAL CENTER. Lima, Peru. August 2002. “Artistas del Vermont Studio Center en Lima.”
DIALOGUE MAGAZINE COVER CONTEST EXHIBITION. Columbus, Ohio. Acme Art Company. Feb. 2003.
DIGITAL ART 2002, COMPETITIVE EXHIBITION. PURCHASE AWARD. Kentucky State University. Frankfort, KY. Juror: C.J. Pressma.2003.
2000 OHIO ANNUAL ART EXHIBITION. Carnegie Center for Art and History, New Albany, IN.
ARTS ON MAIN EXHIBITION. Juried art exhibit, Shelbyville, KY. Juror: Leah Stoddard, Assistant Curator and Registrar at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, OH. 1998.
KENTUCKY FOUNDATION FOR WOMEN INVITATIONAL. Ten Year Retrospective. Eagle Gallery, Murray State University, Murray, KY. 1995.
17TH ANNUAL FINE ARTS COMPETITIVE. Arts Consortium of Cincinnati, OH. Juror: Beryl J. Wright, Associate Curator of Exhibitions, Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art. 1993.
KENTUCKY SOUTH CAROLINA EXCHANGE. South Carolina State Museum, Columbia, S.C. 1992.
INTERNATIONAL INVITATIONAL EXHIBITION OF AMERICAN ARTISTS. ASSEMBLAGE AND COLLAGE. Dongyang Gallery, Seoul, South Korea, with artists such as Robert Motherwell and Chuck Close. 1988.
INTERNATIONAL JURIED ART COMPETITION. Mussavi Art Center, New York City. Jurors: Holly Solomon, Donald Kuspit, Art Critic, “Art in America,” Barbara Toll, Louis and Susan Meisel.
MID AMERICA BIENNIAL NATIONAL ART EXHIBITION. Juror: Thomas M. Messer, Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City. Owensboro Museum of Fine Art, KY.
J.B. SPEED ART MUSEUM COMPETITIVE EXHIBITION. Juror: Abram Lerner, Director Emeritus of the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.
AMERICAN ANNUAL WORKS ON PAPER EXHIBITION. Zaner Gallery, Rochester, New York. Juror: Andre Emmerich of Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York City.
EIGHT STATE ANNUAL GRAPHICS COMPETITIVE EXHIBITION. J.B. Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY. Juror: Brooke Alexander of Brooke Alexander Gallery, New York City.
WATER TOWER ANNUAL EXHIBITION.Louisville Visual Art Association, KY. Juror: Janet Flint, The Hirsch Adler Gallery, New York City.
WHITEWATER VALLEY ANNUAL PAINTING COMPETITIVE EXHIBITION. Juror: Ned Rifkin, Assistant Director/Curator, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York City.
FIRST ANNUAL ALL KENTUCKY EXHIBITION. Juror: Iris Cohen, Director of Contemporary Art, The Hammer Galleries, New York City. Purchase Award.
WATER TOWER ANNUAL EXHIBITION. Louisville Visual Art Association. Juror: Robert Reed, Chairman Undergraduate Art Department, Yale University.
SOUTHEAST PAINTING COMPETITIVE EXHIBITION. Fine Arts Center, Bellair, FL. Juror: Miriam Schapiro, Painter, New York City.
KENTUCKY ARTISTS’ EXHIBITION. James Hunt Barker Gallery, New York City. Sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. C. Vanderbilt Whitney.
WATERCOLOR U.S.A. NATIONAL PAINTING COMPETITIVE EXHIBITION. Springfield Art Museum, MO. Juror: William Struve, Director Frumkin and Struve Gallery in New York City.
MID STATES INVITATIONAL EXHIBITION. Evansville Museum of Art, IN. Juror: Horance Jansen, Art Historian.
LA GRANGE NATIONAL PAINTING EXHIBITION. Juror: Ted Potter, Director, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art.
EMERGING KENTUCKY ARTISTS EXHIBITION. Juror: Franklin Page, Director J.B. Speed Museum. Louisville, KY.
CAPITAL ART EXHIBITION. Washington, D.C. Juror: Sam Gilliam, Painter, Washington, D.C.
W & J NATIONAL PAINTING EXHIBITION. Washington and Jefferson College, PA. Juror: Peter Plagens and Fred Spratt, Painters.
NATIONAL APERTURE 85. Associated Artists’ Gallery, Winston Salem, N.C. Jurors: Cornell Capa, Executive Director of International Center for Photography in New York City, and Rob Hernandez, Photography Editor, National Geographic Magazine, Washington, D.C.
TERRANCE GALLERY NATIONAL EXHIBITION. Hudson, N.Y.
ROCKFORD INTERNATIONAL PRINT AND DRAWING EXHIBITION. Rockford, IL.
EAST COAST ART INVITATIONAL. Norfolk State University, VA. Purchase Award.
VERMILLION NATIONAL PRINT AND DRAWING SHOW. ND.
COLLECTIVE CONTRASTS EXHIBITION. Zephyr Gallery, Louisville, KY. Kentucky Women’s’ Foundation Grant Recipients.
EIGHT STATE SCULPTURE EXHIBITION. J.B. Speed Art Museum, KY.
PUBLIC RADIO PARTNERSHIPS. Louisville, KY.
COLDWELL FINANCIAL. Louisville, KY.
CAPITAL PLAZA HOTEL. Frankfort, KY.
NORFOLK STATE UNIVERSITY MUSEUM. Norfolk , VA.
TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY.
I.C.H. CORPORATION. Louisville, KY.
BROWN, TODD, AND HEYBURN LAW FIRM. Providian Building, Louisville, KY.
SIGFRIED, FESSEL AND MOLLER ADVERTISING. Louisville, KY.
TISCHNOR INTERIOR DESIGN. Louisville, KY.
OLD NATIONAL BANK. Louisville, KY.
FARMERS BANK. Louisville, KY.
TACHAU, Maddox Hovious & Dickens LAW FIRM. Louisville, KY.
WYATT, TARRANT, AND COMBS LAW FIRM. Louisville, KY.
Feder, Barnaby J. “ The Art Of Nanotech.” NEW YORK TIMES. Accompanying slideshow with Nanoart by Janis Kirstein included. January 25, 2008. Technology Section.
Aarah Gividen, “Art and Science, Up Close and Personal.” THE STATE JOURNAL. Frankfort, Kentucky. p. 1.April 27, 2007.
Ahrens, Paula. “Interview: Three Artists, A discussion of the Visual Arts in Their Lives and in Louisville.” LOUISVILLE DINING, SHOPPING, AND ENTERTAINMENT.Kentucky. P. 10. September 2004.
Munoz, Julian. “El Arte Que Alento La Esperanza, Tras El 11 5.” ARTE Y NATURALEZA. Madrid, Spain. May 18,2004.
“Plastico Contacto.” CARETAS MAGAZINE ILUSTRACION PERUANA. P, 75. Lima, Peru. August 15, 2002.
“En el Britanico: Arte desde el Vermont Studio Center.” P. 20. EXPRESO NEWSPAPER. Lima, Peru. August 9, 2002.
“Miguel Velit y Janis Kirstein en el Centro Cultural Britanico Arte de Vermont Studio Center.” P. 24. LA REPUBLICA NEWSPAPER. Lima, Peru.August 17, 2002.
Martin Vargas. “La Angustia y el a Asombro.” EL PERVANO NEWSPAPER. Lima, Peru. August 15, 2002.
Dominick, Wayne. “’Digital Art 2002′ Opens at KSU.” THE STATE JOURNAL. Frankfort, KY. April 21, 2002.
Peterson, Karen S. “Relationship Respite.” USA TODAY. July 19,2000. The article includes my painting session at the Vermont Studio Center.
Brown, Nichole. “Looks Like Rain.” LEO NEWSPAPER. September 14, 1994.
Heilenman, Diane. “McGrath Gallery.” COURIER JOURNAL NEWSPAPER. September 1994.
Meloy, Maggie. “Artswatch.” DIALOGUE MAGAZINE. March/April 1989, p.33.
Hines, Jane. “Presbyterians in the Arts.” PRESBYTERIAN VOICE. December 1988, p. 8.
THE AMERICAN VOICE. 1986 Winter Quarterly, Kentucky Foundation for Women. Louisville, KY. Charcoal Drawings.
MASTER OF FINE ARTS UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS. AMHERST. 1981.
BACHELOR OF ARTS UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE, KY. 1977.
INDIANA UNIVERSITY, BLOOMINGTON. 1975.
KENTUCKY STATE UNIVERSITY. 2002-2003. Art Appreciation, Photoshop, and Advanced Drawing. Frankfort, KY.
The UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE. 2001. 2-D Design and Photoshop. Louisville, KY.
WESTERN HILLS HIGH SCHOOL 1989- PRESENT.
GOV SCHOLARS PROGRAM 1995-’98.
OLDHAM COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL 1987-’89.
UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE 2002001, TEACHING TWO-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN. 1985-’89 CLASSES TAUGHT: FOUNDATION COLOR, ADVANCED PAINTING, TWO-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN.
INDIANA UNIVERSITY 1984-’85 NEW ALBANY, IN. CLASSES TAUGHT: BEGINNING DRAWING.
The UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS 1979-’81. AMHERST, MA. CLASSES TAUGHT: BEGINNING DRAWING
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