Originally from Boston, MA, Janet Olney is a multidisciplinary artist working in painting, drawing, and installation. She explores the contemporary human condition and the impact of technology on our perceptions of reality and physical presence through abstraction and world building.

Olney is the recipient of an Independent Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council, the Henry Walters Traveling Fellowship, and a Marcella Brenner Grant for Faculty Research. She was a resident at the Vermont Studio Center and the Facebook AIR program. Her recent projects include "Night and Day," an installation at 355 Pod Space, VisArts in Rockville, MD and "Rupture," a two-person show at Montgomery College in Silver Spring, MD. Her work was included in "Abstraction," a four-person exhibition at C. Grimaldis Gallery in Baltimore. She lives and works in Baltimore, MD.



MFA,  Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Baltimore, MD
PBC,  Studio Art, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
BFA,  Cum Laude, Painting, MICA, Baltimore, MD
New York Studio Undergraduate Residency Program, AICAD, NY, NY

Solo Exhibitions and Projects

2021   Night and Day, 355 Pod Space Gallery, VisArts, Rockville, MD

2019   Absence/Presence, ICA Baltimore, Baltimore, MD

2019   The Persistence of Shape, Lightwell Gallery, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK

2018   Convergence, mixed media permanent installation, Facebook Inc., Washington DC 

2017   If x, Then y, Gibbs Street Gallery, VisArts at Rockville, Rockville, MD
2016   Distant & Adjacent, Baltimore Office of Promotion, Baltimore, MD
2014   Puddle-wonderful, Ruth Marder Gallery, MICA, Baltimore, MD

Selected Exhibitions

2023   The 3rd MSAC Juried Triennial Juried Exhibition, MAP, Baltimore, MD

2023   Rupture, in A Pair of Pairs, Kings Street Gallery, Montgomery College, Silver Spring, MD

2022   Abstraction, C. Grimaldis Gallery, curated by Giulia Piera Livi, Baltimore, MD

2020   The BMA Salon, digital exhibition, featured gallery ICA Baltimore, Baltimore, MD

2020   ICA Baltimore Flat File Program Exhibition, ICA Baltimore, Baltimore, MD

2019   it can begin with clouds, Faculty Juried Exhibition, curated by John Ros,                                          Meyerhoff Gallery MICA, Baltimore, MD

2019   ICA Baltimore Flat File Program Exhibition, ICA Baltimore, Baltimore, MD

2019   Timber, Strathmore, Bethesda, MD

2019   Maryland State Artist Registry Juried Exhibition, MAP, Baltimore, MD

2018   Off the Web, The Peale Museum, Baltimore, MD
2018   Faculty Biennial, Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore, MD
2017   Baltimore/Washington International Airport Art Program, Baltimore, MD
2016   MAP 35th Anniversary Exhibition, MAP, Baltimore, MD
2016   Deal With It, Maake Magazine, Woskob Family Gallery State College, PA
2016   Faculty Exhibition, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
2016   Small Works, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2015   Spatial Conversations, Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD
2014   Everyday Painting, Fantastic Worlds, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2014   Chautauqua School of Art Annual Show, Fowler-Kellogg Art Center, Chautauqua, NY
2013   Regional Juried Exhibition, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD
2013   On Loan, Area 405, Baltimore, MD
2012   Parametric Pleasures, Riggs Gallery, Baltimore, MD
2012   Boston Young Contemporaries, 808 Gallery, Boston, MA

Grants & Awards

2023   Adjunct Faculty Professional Development Fund, MICA, Baltimore, MD

2019   MSAC Independent Artist Award in Painting, Baltimore, MD

2018   Marcella Brenner Grants for Faculty Research, MICA, Baltimore, MD
2018   Bethesda Painting Award, Semi-finalist, Bethesda, MD
2016   Lucas Faculty Grant, MICA, Baltimore, MD
2015   Bethesda Painting Award, Semi-finalist, Bethesda, MD
2014   Graduate Development Research Grant, MICA, Baltimore, MD

Fellowships & Residencies

2018   Facebook AIR program and installation, Washington D.C.
2018   Residency, ICA Baltimore, Baltimore, MD
2017   Residency, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
2016   Digital Fabrication Residency, Easton, MD
2014   The Chautauqua School of Art, Summer Studio Program Chautauqua, NY
2014   Henry Walters Traveling Fellowship, Tokyo, Japan

2019   John Ros, "it can begin with clouds," Essay and Exhibition Catalogue, Baltimore, MD
2019   Visits, Inertia Studio. “STUDIO VISIT – JANET OLNEY.” INERTIA, Amy Boone-McCreesh,              June 2019,
2018   Faculty Biennial. Edited by Kim Bannister. Loyola University Maryland, 2018. Exhibition                catalog.
2017  Jenkins, Mark. “Review | At the galleries: How humans threaten the natural world.” The                      Washington Post, WP Company, 22 Dec. 2017
2017  Mothes, Kate. "Janet Olney." Young Space. N.p., 13 May 2017. Web.
2015  Olney, Janet A. Studio Visit 2015: 145-46. Print.
2015  Mothes, Kate. "Janet Olney." Young Space. N.p., 26 Feb. 2015. Web.
2015. "Mike McConnell and Janet Olney: "Spatial Conversations" City Paper [Baltimore] 7 Jan.                     2015, Vol. 39 No.1 ed., This Could Be Your Week sec.: 6. Print.
2014  Greg Lindquist, "Everyday Painting, Fantastic Worlds,", August, 2014.

2014  Hyperallergic LABS, Olney, Janet. Interlocking. 2014. Painting, New York. 22 Mar 2014.      

2013  Ian MacLean Davis, "We Saw This, So Should You: MAP’s Juried Exhibition,"                              October 7, 2013.