Janet Olney

Painting, Visual / Media

Awards Received

Individual Artist


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 subjective nature of reality and explore a realm of uncertainty that lies just outside our awareness.

About the Artist

Originally from Boston, MA, Janet received her MFA and BFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). She is the recipient of an MSAC Individual Grant, the Henry Walters Traveling Fellowship, and a Marcella Brenner Grant for Faculty Research. She was a resident at the Vermont Studio Center. Her recent projects include an installation at 355 Pod Space, VisArts in Rockville, MD and a solo exhibition at Martha Spak Gallery in Washington, DC. She has created site-specific installations for the Facebook AIR program in Washington DC and the MICA Juried Faulty Exhibition. Her work is included in “Abstraction,” a four-person exhibition at C. Grimaldis Gallery in Baltimore and an upcoming two-person show at Montgomery College in Silver Spring, MD. She lives and works in Baltimore and currently teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

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