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Janet Zweig is an artist who lives in Brooklyn, NY, working primarily in the public realm. Her public works include a performance space in a prairie on a Kansas City downtown green roof, a generative sentence on a wall in downtown Columbus, a sentence-generating sculpture for an engineering school in Orlando, a memorial in the lawn of Mellon Park in Pittsburgh. a 1200' frieze at the Prince Street subway station in New York, and a system-wide interactive project for eleven Light Rail train stations in Minneapolis, incorporating the work of over a hundred Minnesotans. Her sculpture and books have been exhibited widely in such places as the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Exit Art, PS1 Museum, the Walker Art Center, and Cooper Union. Awards include the Rome Prize Fellowship, NEA fellowships, and residencies at PS1 Museum and the MacDowell Colony. She teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design and at Brown University.





Public Art Commissions
  City of Austin, TX: public art commission (in progress)
  City of West Sacramento, CA: public art commission (in progress)
  City of San Diego, CA: public art commission (in progress)
  City of Seattle, WA: public art commission (in progress)
  Spalding University, Louisville, KY: public art commission (in progress)
  City of Boise, ID: Vox Poplar, 2017, at Library at Bown Crossing.
  Westmoreland Museum of American Art and the City of Greensburg, PA: Analog Scroll 2016.
  City of Redmond, WA: public art plan and temporary project: Redmond Moving Art Center, 2014.
  Finding Time - Columbus Public Art 2012: Columbus never, 2012-2013, a temporary public work for Columbus Ohio Bicentennial.
  Percent for Art, New York Department of Cultural Affairs: North of the North Pole, 2013, at the Glen Oaks Library, Queens, NY.
  City of Kansas City: Prairie Logic, 2012, in collaboration with el dorado architects, in downtown Kansas City, MO.
  City of Milwaukee: Pedestrian Drama, 2011, on East Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI.
  4Culture: Limited Edition, 2011, at the Brightwater Treatment Plant, Seattle, WA.
  Florida Art in State Buildings: Lipstick Enigma, 2010, at the Harris Engineering Center, UCF, Orlando, FL.
  Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy: 7:11AM 11.20.1979 79°55'W 40°27'N, 2009, in Mellon Park's Walled Garden, Pittsburgh, PA.
  King County Library System, Seattle, WA: The Opposite of a Duck, 2009, at the Fall City Library, Fall City, WA.
  Metro Arts in Transit: If You Lived Here You'd be Home, 2007, for the Maplewood Light Rail station, St. Louis, MO.
  Metro Transit: Small Kindnesses, Weather Permitting, 2004, a system-wide interactive artwork, for the light rail stations, Minneapolis, MN.
  MTA Arts for Transit, New York: Carrying On, 2004, in the Prince Street N/R NYC station, with Edward del Rosario.
  New Mexico Arts, Santa Fe: Impersonator, 2002, at the Santa Fe Community College Instructional Technology Center.
  University of Minnesota Art on Campus, Minneapolis: The Medium, 2002, for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
  New Landmarks - Fairmont Park Art Association, Philadelphia: open-air library, 1998 (proposal).
  Percent for Art, New York Department of Cultural Affairs: Your Voices, 1997, at Walton High School, Bronx, NY.
Public Art Awards
  AIA Urban Design and Planning Honor Award, Central States Division, for Prairie Logic.
  Public Art Network Year in Review, 2013: for Prairie Logic, jurors: Jon Carson, Norie Sato, Justine Topfer.
  Public Art Network Year in Review, 2012: for Pedestrian Drama, jurors: Jean Greer, Daniel Mihalyo, Celia Munoz.
  Public Art Network Year in Review, 2011: for Lipstick Enigma and 7:11AM 11.20.1979 79°55'W 40°27'N, jurors: Kendal Henry, Gail Goldman, Richard Turner.
  The Mayor's Award for Public Art, City of Pittsburgh, 2011, for 7:11AM 11.20.1979 79°55'W 40°27'N.
  American Society of Landscape Architects, Special Recognition Award for Use of Technology and Collaboration with an Artist, 2011, for 7:11AM 11.20.1979 79°55'W 40°27'N with LaQuatra Bonci Landscape Architects.
  Public Art Network Year in Review, 2010: for The Opposite of a Duck, jurors: Helen Lessick, Fred Wilson.
  Annual Awards for Excellence in Design, 2009, from the Public Design Commission of New York City, for The Opposite of A Duck (#2) at the Glen Oaks Library, Queens, New York.
  Public Art Network Year in Review, 2008: for If You Lived Here You'd be Home, jurors: Jody Pinto, Ted Landsmark.
  Public Art Network Year in Review, 2005: for Small Kindnesses, Weather Permitting and Carrying On, jurors: Donald Lipski, Sherry Kafka Wagner.
  Public Art Network Year in Review, 2003: for The Medium and Impersonator, jurors: Patricia Phillips, Henry M. Sayre.
 
Grants, Awards
  New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, Computer Arts, 1999.
  Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, 1999.
  National Endowment for the Arts Visual Arts Fellowship, Sculpture, 1994.
  Arts International New York Grant for Artists at International Festivals, 1992.
  The Engelhard Award, the Engelhard Foundation with the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, 1991.
  Artists Space, New York Individual Artists Grant, 1990.
  Massachusetts Council on the Arts New Works Commission for visual/dance collaboration with artist Lorie Novak and choreographer Victoria Marks, 1987.
  Rhode Island School of Design Faculty Development Fund Grants, 1987 & 1990.
  Art Matters, Inc., NY Grants, 1986 & 1990.
  National Endowment for the Arts Visual Arts Fellowship, Artists' Books, 1985.
  Massachusetts Artists Foundation Fellowship, New Genres, 1985.
  Massachusetts Council on the Arts New Works Commission for artist’s book, 1984.
 
Fellowships, Residencies
  Residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH. 1989, 90, 91, 93, 94, 07.
  Residencies at the Ragdale Foundation, 2007, 08, 09.
  Residencies at Blue Mountain Center, 1997, 99.
  Residency at Djerassi Resident Artists Program, 1998.
  The Rome Prize Fellowship, American Academy in Rome, 1991-92.
  National Studio Program, PS1 Museum, Long Island City, NY, 1990-91.
  Residency at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival for collaborative visual/dance performance with artist Lorie Novak and choreographer Victoria Marks, 1986.
  Artist’s residency at Nexus Press, Atlanta Georgia, 1981.
 
Selected Exhibitions
Sculpture and Public Art exhibitions
  Momentum: Women/Art/Technology, Rutgers University, 2015.
  25 Artists from the Yale University Art Gallery Chasanoff Collection, Artspace, New Haven, CT, 2014.
  Art in the Public Sphere: Singular Works, Plural Possibilities University Gallery, Fine Art Center, UMass, Amherst, 2008.
  InWords: The Art of Language University Gallery, University of Delaware, 2007.
 

Complicit! Contemporary American Art & Mass Culture, University of Virginia Art Museum, Charlottesville, VA, 2006.

  Along the Way: MTA Arts for Transit, Celebrating 20 years of Public Art, UBS Gallery, NYC, 2005.
  City Art, projects from New York's Percent for Art Program, Center for Architecture, NYC, 2005.
  Reduce, Reuse, Reexamine, Wave Hill Glyndor Gallery, Bronx, NY, 2004.
  Bronx Public Art: The Spotlight Series, Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY, 2003.
  Situated Realities, Maryland Institute of Art, Baltimore, MD, 2002.
  Paradise Now, Exit Art, New York City, and The Tang Museum, Skidmore College, 2000-2001.
  Beyond Technology: Working in Brooklyn , Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY, 1999.
  The Lottery, The Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 1999.
  Digital Hybrids, McDonough Museum of Art, Youngstown, Ohio, 1999.
  Arte del Nuevo Medio, Museo del Arte Contemporaneo, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1999.
  Popular Science, The Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA, 1999.
  Ex Machina, 2 person show at Connecticut College Symposium on Arts and Technology, New London, CT, 1999.
  The Next Word, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY, 1998.
  Reading Between the Lines, The Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, 1998.
  Techno-Seduction, Cooper Union and the College Art Association, New York City, 1997.
  Parallel Universes, The Eighth Floor Gallery, New York, NY, 1997.
  In Three Dimensions: Women Sculptors of the '90s, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, NY, 1995.
  Mind Over Matter, solo window installation, Motel Fine Arts, NYC, 1995.
  X-Sightings, Anderson Gallery, Buffalo, NY, 1995.
  Body/Machine, Big Orbit Gallery, Buffalo, NY, 1995.
  The Computer in the Studio, DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA, and the Computer Museum, Boston, 1994.
  Contemporary Art in Rhode Island, Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, RI, 1994.
  Janet Zweig, Recent Sculpture, solo show, Huntington Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art, 1993.
  The Liar Paradox, solo show, Sala 1, Rome, Italy, 1993.
  Taking Liberties, three-person show, DiverseWorks, Houston, TX, 1992.
  Volumination, The Ulrich Museum, The Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, 1992.
  Red Cross, The Artists Museum, Lodz, Poland, 1992.
  Invention and Revision, solo show at the Wallace Gallery SUNY, Old Westbury, NY, 1991.
  International Studio Program Exhibition, The Institute for Contemporary Art, PS 1 Museum, NY, 1991.
  Special Project Room, PS 1 Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art, Long Island City, NY, 1990.
  Trouble in Paradise, List Visual Art Center at MIT, Cambridge, MA, and The Art Gallery, U. of MD, 1989.
Artist's Books, etc.
  Reading with the Senses, Lunder Art Center, Lesley College, Boston, MA, 2016.
  P is for Performance, Purchase College, Purchase, NY, 2013.
  Directed: The Intersection Between Book, Fim, and Visual Narrative, Minnesota Center for Book Arts and Carleton College, 2012-13.
  The Flipbook Show, Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, Dusseldorf, Germany, 2005.
  Contemporary Art and the Mathematical Instinct, travelling exhibition: U. of MN, Rutgers U., U of Richmond, 2004.
  Artist's Books, No Reading Required, the Walker Art Center and MN Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN, 2004.
  Splendid Pages, Toledo Museum of Art, OH 2002 .
  Working in Brooklyn: Artists' Books, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY, 2000 .
  Bibliovertigo, Northern Illinois University Art Museum, Dekalb, IL, 1995.
  Book Ends and Odd Books, Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff Center for the Arts, Banff, Alberta, Canada, 1994.
  Off the Shelf and On-Line, traveling exhibition, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN, 1992-3.
  Photographic Book Art in the United States, traveling exhibition: Texas Woman's University, The Washington Center for Photography, San Francisco Camerawork, Houston Center for Photography, etc, 1992-5.
  Boundless Vision: Contemporary Bookworks, San Antonio Institute of Art, TX, 1991.
  Turning Pages, The Space Gallery, Boston, MA 1991.
  Learn to Read Art: Artists' Books, The Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, 1990.
  Massachusarts, an exhibit of Massachusetts Fellowship recipients, Boston Center for the Arts, 1990.
  Ambitious, a project for Artforum, April issue, 1989.
  Artists/Books, The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, 1989.
  Women’s Autobiographical Books, U. of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, 1987.
  Editions and Additions: International Bookworks, U. of California touring exhibition, 1986.
  In Context: Contemporary Artists’ Books and their Antecedents, the Atheneum, Alexandria, VA, 1986.
  Massachusetts Artists Foundation Fellows, Polaroid’s Clarence Kennedy Gallery, Cambridge, MA, 1986.
  New Narratives, American Bookworks in Print, Institute of North American Studies, Barcelona, 1986.
  Photographic Books to Photobookworks - 150 Years of Photography Publication, CA Museum of Photography, 1986.
  American Bookworks in Print, sponsored by the USIA, traveled to Spain, Germany, Cameroon, Liberia, Senegal, 1985.
  Typographisms, Pompidou Center, Paris, France, 1985.
  Light/Heavy Light: Contemporary Shadow Use in the Visual Arts, San Francisco Cameraworks, 1985.
  Offset: A Survey of Artists’ Books, a traveling exhibition by New England Foundation for the Arts, 1984.
  Books Artists Have Made, Cleveland Art Institute, 1984.
  An Exhibition of 50 Artists who use Offset as an Innovative Medium, San Francisco Camerawork Gallery, 1984.
  Breaking the Bindings: American Book Art Now, Elvejem Museum, University of Wisconsin, traveling, 1983.
  Ex Libris: Books by Artists, Traction Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, 1982.
  3 person show: Visible Language Workshop, MIT (offset prints), 1982.
  Presswork: Projects produced by Artists in Residence at Nexus Press, Atlanta, GA (offset prints), 1981.
 
Education
  MFA: The Visual Studies Workshop, State University of NY, Rochester, NY.
  BA: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
 
Teaching
  Senior Critic, Rhode Island School of Design, 1982-present.
  Adjunct lecturer, Brown University Graduate Program in Public Humanities, 2008-present.
  Visiting Critic, Yale University, 1991-2000.
  Assistant Professor, Boston University, 1983-1984.
  Adjunct faculty (1982-2000) at: Cooper Union, Bard College MFA Program, Anderson Ranch, Emerson College, Massachusetts College of Art, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
 
Collections
Sculpture in private collections including Yale University Art Gallery, Howard Stein, Alan Chasanoff.
Books in collections including: The Museum of Modern Art; The Whitney Museum, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, International Center of Photography, California Institute for the Arts, The Houghton Library at Harvard; The Cleveland Art Institute; Wellesley College Library; The Visual Studies Workshop; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; The Art Institute of Chicago; The Walker Art Center; the Pompidou Center; The Rhode Island School of Design, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
 
Lectures, Panels, Editorial positions
  Public Art Network, Americans for the Arts conference, Year in Review juror, 2014
Editorial Board: Journal of Artists' Books, 1995-2000.
Art Editor: Chain literary journal, 1997-2002.
  Guest lecturer at various institutions including: MIT, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston University, Wesleyan University, Worcester Art Museum, the Hartford Atheneum, NYU, Harvard University, University of Massachusetts, Folger Shakespeare Library, Brown University, Sarah Lawrence College, SUNY at Purchase, SUNY at New Paltz, Temple University in Rome, Photographic Resource Center, Moore College of Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Bard College, Maryland Institute College of Art, Connecticut College, Alfred University, Public Art Network Conference, Carnegie Mellon University, Art Institute of Chicago, Vassar College, Pratt Institute, The Wexner Center for the Arts, University of Kansas, Public Art Network panels in Baltimore and Pittsburgh, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
 
Articles, Artist's Books
  John Newman: Ask the Fact for the Form, cometogethersandy.com, The Brooklyn Rail, 2014.
  Review of Locating the Producers, O'Neill and Dougherty, Public Art Dialog, 2013.
  "Summing Up," in Druckworks, Johanna Drucker - 40 years of Books and Projects, Center for Book and Paper Arts, 2012.
  "Artists, Books, Zines," Afterimage , Vol. 26, No. 1, 1998.
  !Chuck, a poem written as an executable program in TrueBasic, artsMEDIA, 1998.
  "Ars Combinatoria: Mystical Systems, Procedural Art, and the Computer," Art Journal, fall issue, 1997.
  "Ars Combinatoria and the Book," Journal of Artists' Books, #8, 1997.
  "All Dressed Up With No Place to Go," Journal of Artists' Books, #4, 1996.
  nine editioned artists' books (1979-1989) including Sheherezade, 1988, This Book is Extremely Receptive, 1989 (published by Pyramid Atlantic (both in collaboration with writer Holly Anderson), and Heinz and Judy, a play, 1985, published by the Photographic Resource Center, Boston, MA.
 
Selected Bibliography
  Sterling, Bruce. Showtime, Janet Zweig, Lipstick Enigma, Wired Magazine, Beyond the Beyond, October 26, 2010. 
Flood, Kathleen. The Mathematics of Makeup?, VICE Magazine: Creators, October 26, 2010.
Castle, Chelsea. Bicentennial Artist seeking words for story unfolding on wall, The Columbus Dispatch, June 21, 2012. 
Thorsen, Alice. It's a Big Surprise, The Kansas City Star, September 30, 2012. 
Spencer, Laura and Julie Denesha. Boxcar Installation Transforms Downtown Rooftop, WKCUR, Kansas City Public Media. 2012.
Law, Carolyn and Matthew Stadler, "Artists and Parks," Public Art Review, fall/winter 2011.
Mitchell, W.J.T. and Mark B.N. Hansen, eds. Critical Terms for Media Studies, U. of Chicago Press, 2010.
Drucker, Johanna. SpecLab: Digital Aesthetics and Projects in Speculative Computing (chapter 3.4), U. of Chicago Press, 2009.
Phillips, Patricia C., "Please Give Norbert Weiner Some Naughty Schnauzers (and Other Curious Developments in the Work of Janet Zweig,)" Sculpture Magazine, April 2009.
Smith, Todd, "City describes Itself on Metrolink Bridge," Mid-County Journal, St. Louis, Jan. 9, 2008.
Brown, John, "New Maplewood Sign Turning a Few Heads," Fox News TV broadcast, St. Louis, Dec. 17, 2007.
Koutsky, Linda, "Janet Zweig interactive Art Kiosks," Downtown Journal, April 24, 2006.
Flanagan, Regina, Scape, summer, 2005.
Kayim, Gulgun, "The Hiawatha Line," Public Art Review, Spring-Summer, 2005.
Marvin Heiferman, editor, City Art: New York's Percent for Art Program, Merrell Publishers, 2005.
Jack Sullivan, "Train of Thought," Saint Paul Pioneer Press, November 13, 2004,
MPR's Morning Edition with Cathy Wurzer, two radio programs about the Hiawatha Light Rail interactive project, 2004.
Mitchell, W.J.T. What Do Pictures Want? The Lives and Loves of Images, U. of Chicago Press, 2005.
McMorrow, Deborah. Reduce/Reuse/Reexamine at Wave Hill Glyndor Gallery, The Brooklyn Rail, April 2004. 
Mitchell, W.J.T. The Work of Art in the Age of Biocybernetic Reproduction, Modernism/Modernity Vol. 10, 2003.
Steve Dietz, "Interactive Publics," Public Art Review, Fall-Winter, 2003
Deborah Karasov, "SITE: University of Minnesota Art on Campus Program," Sculpture Magazine, October, 2003
Art in America, August Annual Guide: Public Art 2002 in Review: Impersonator.
Penny Balkin Bach, Lucy Lippard, Thomas Hine, New Landmarks: Public Art, Community, and the Meaning of Place, Editions Ariel and Fairmount Park Art Association, 2000.
Johnson, Ken, "Art in Review" (Brooklyn Museum of Art), The New York Times, Sept. 3, 1999.
Gass, William H., "In Defense of the Book," Harper's Magazine, Nov., 1999
Cotter, Holland, "Way Up in the Bronx a Hardy Spirit Blooms," The New York Times, May 7, 1999.
Means, Amanda, "Janet Zweig's Kinetic Sculpture," Bomb , Winter, 1999.
Blankstein, Amy, "Commissions," Sculpture Magazine, May, 1998
Drucker, Johanna "Artists' Profiles" and cover image, Art Journal, fall issue, 1997.
Brush, Anjanette, "Virtual Selves and Historical Bodies," Exposure, Vol. 31, 1997.
Cosper, Darcy. "Community Action", Metropolis Magazine, Fall, 1996.
Drucker, Johanna. The Century of Artists' Books, Granary Books, 1995.
Lloyd, Ann Wilson. "Janet Zweig - Artificial Mind Games," Art New England, June/July 1994.
Drucker, Johanna. "Artists' Books and the Cultural Status of the Book," Journal of Communication, Winter 1994.
Temin, Christine. "Women sculptors on cutting edge," The Boston Globe, December 8, 1993.
McQuaid, Kate. "Graves and Zweig: sharp stuff at Mass College of Art," The Boston Phoenix, December 3, 1993.
Polkinhorn, Harry. "Object with no Interior," American Book Review, February-March, 1993.
Skadjune, David. "Off the Shelf and On-Line," Artpaper, November, 1992.
Huber, Caroline, and Jane Creighton. "Taking Liberties" (catalogue) DiverseWorks, Houston, TX, 1992.
Chadwick, Susan. "Artists take some liberties with their work," The Houston Post, November 14, 1992.
Harrison, Helen A. "General Washington, Meet Colonel North," The New York Times, October 6, 1991.
Levinson, Nan. "Bowdler Revisited," Index on Censorship, March, 1990.
Levinson, Nan. "Cuttings," Boston Review, January, 1990.
Friis-Hansen, Dana. "Trouble in Paradise" (catalogue), MIT List Visual Art Center, 1989.
Princenthal, Nancy. "Artists' Book Beat," Print Collectors' Newsletter, Nov.-Dec., 1989.
Gessert, George. "Green Light: Reviews of Artists' Books," Northwest Review, vol. 27, #2, 1989.
Hoffberg, Judith. "Artists' Books," High Performance, winter, #44, 1988.
Princenthal, Nancy. "Artists' Book Beat," Print Collectors' Newsletter, May-June, 1988.
Scott, Joanna. "Life is a Book," Afterimage, April, 1987.
Tannenbaum, Barbara. Exposure, The Journal of the Society of Photographic Education, 1983.
Zelavansky, Paul. "Piggybacking a Genre," American Book Review, May-June, 1983.
Gever, Martha. Afterimage, Summer, 1982.
Phillpot, Clive. Franklin Furnace Flue, Spring, 1982.
Stewart, Bhob. Views, Journal of New England Photography, 1982.
visual/dance pieces reviewed in: Boston Herald, Oct. 29, 1988; Boston Globe, Oct. 29, 1988; Boston Phoenix, Nov. 4, 1988; New YorkTimes, Dec. 10, 1986; Downtown, Dec. 19, 1986; The Village Voice, Dec. 30, 1986; Boston Globe, Oct. 14, 1986; Boston Herald, Oct. 14, 1986.
 
Scenography
  Acts of Omission, a visual/dance performance in collaboration with choreographer Victoria Marks, presented at the Strand Theater, Boston, MA, and at Dance Theater Workshop, NY, 1988.
  What Holds You, a a visual/dance performance in collaboration with Lorie Novak and Victoria Marks, presented by the Boston Dance Umbrella, Boston, MA, 1986; Dance Theater Workshop, N. Y., 1987; The Place Theater, London Dance Umbrella, London, 1987; and the Strand Theater, Boston, 1988.