Trained as a painter, Janet was first introduced to the fiber arts in 2011 and she has since embraced this exciting and fluid medium. A "maker" at heart, she has found in fiber the desired flexibility to create works while still utilizing a painterly approach. Janet exhibits her fiber work regionally and nationally and is the recipient of juror awards for excellence. She is an active member of several local and national art communities, her work has been published and can be found in private collections throughout the United States.
Janet is a member of the BAYarts faculty and continues to teach various artist workshops both at BAYarts and throughout the United States. Her most recent workshops have been held at the BAYarts campus, the St. Louis Artist Guild, VSA Studio and at the Missouri Fiber Artists Conference ( held in St. Louis in the Spring of 2016).
University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, Graduate
Sullins College for Women, Bristol, Virginia
Continuing Education: Slippery Rock College, Pennsylvania ; 2 summer semesters in Salzburg, Austria and Italy, academic focus was cultural studies and the visual arts.
Sullins College for Women; interim studying the Arts, London, England
Baldwin Wallace College, studying oil painting and color theory with Art Director Dean Drahos
The Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, Ohio; The Morgan Conservatory, Cleveland, Ohio; The Beck Cultural Arts Center, Lakewood, Ohio; BAYarts Gallery, Bay Village, Ohio, The Craft Alliance, St. Louis MO., The Foundry Arts Centre, St. Charles, Mo.; The University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo.; Maryville University, Town and Country, Mo.
Wade, Janet, National Women's Caucus for Art.org, featured artist of the month, National Website, July 2016
Wade, Janet, "Pairings", A Year-long Fiber Art Collaboration"; Missouri Fiber Artists, September 11, 2015, Exhibition Catalog
Wade, Janet, "Reimaging Femmage", Woman's Caucus for Art-St. Louis Chapter, Exhibition Catalog, message from the exhibition co-chairs, February 2015.
Wade, Janet, "3-D Fiber Explorations", American Craft Council.org., January 11, 2015
Wade, Janet, " 3-D Fiber Explorations", Gia on the Move.com, Lambert-St. Louis International Airport Gallery, December 23, 2014
Wade, Janet, Cleveland Talent magazine.org, Featured Artist ,October 1, 2014
Wade, Janet, "Equilibrium" catalog, 2014, National Juried Exhibition presented by the Women's caucus for Art, Edited and designed by Karen Gutfreund
Wade, Janet, "The Sketchbook Challenge", Winter Newsletter, 2013, Missouri Fiber Artists, article by Judy Cobillas, page 5.
Wade, Janet, " Speaking of Fibers", Press Release, 2013, Saint Louis University Museum Art Gallery, Saint Louis, Missouri, Page 1
Wade, Janet, " Artist of the Month", August, 2013, The Women's Caucus for Art, Saint Louis Chapter, Page 1.
Recent Honors and Awards in Fiber: 2015 Best Of Show recipient, " Speaking of Fibers", Missouri Fiber Artists, November
2015 Best Sculpture Award recipient, "Speaking of Fibers" Missouri Fiber Artists, November
2014 Featured Artist of the Month, Woman's Caucus for Art-Saint Louis Chapter, website, August
2013 Juror Award recipient for Excellence, "Currents", Missouri Fiber Artists, May
2012 Best of Show recipient, " Speaking of Fibers", Missouri Fiber Artists, September
Women's Caucus for Art (National 2018) New York Women's Caucus for Art (St Louis Chapter), St Louis Chapter Vice President and Programs Chair, 2012 to present, Co-Exhibitions Chair 2014-2015 for "Reimaging Femmage"
Missouri Fiber Artists
Textile Art Alliance, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio