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Artists Statement - Janet Morgan 2017
My artwork is grounded in the body, the kinesthetic: movement, music, and dance -- and also in its subtle forces -- emotional, spiritual and healing energies. The quest to reveal the underlying energy source runs through all of my work-- like the Sufis I find no separation between the divine and the body. This past fall I taught a four session class at the Rubin Museum of Art on Creating Your Own Deity. We started by looking at deities from all over the world and physically getting into their postures and stances - this way we could to feel the impetus of each deity, its strength, rage, balance or peace. We then created our own deities starting with our own body’s energy. As in my own work, our mainly Western perspective created new ways of manifesting traditional images that exemplify states of being.
And why is this art work be important? We live in a time of much anger and violence, and communication is often disembodied. The disconnect between ourselves and the natural world is causing serious problems. We need to come home to our bodies, our animal-ness, our human-ness, our body-temples. I worked for 18 years as an expressive arts therapist at Sloan Kettering with adult cancer patients, and I understand that there are times when it is advantageous to not be in our bodies. However, fully inhabiting our bodies as part of Gaia gives us knowledge of ourselves and our home, with the opportunity for healing and connection.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2018 The Color of Energy. The Center for Remembering and Sharing, New York, New York.
The Energy of the Body. Artist-in-Residence Exhibition. The Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, New York.
2017 The Energy Series. The Artisan Collective, Newark, New Jersey.
The 7 Chakras. The Healing Garden, Elements Music and Art Festival, Lakewook, Pa.
2016 'Scapes and Mysteries TAI Group, New York, New York.
Hudson Valley Sketches. Artist-in-Residence Exhibition. The Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, New York.
2014 Long Pond by Moonlight - Artist-in-Residence Exhibition. The Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, New York.
2013 New Meditations - Artist-in-Residence Exhibition. The Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, New York.
Meditations Artist-in-Residence Exhibition. The Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, New York.
2011 The HealersShambala Yoga and Dance Center, Brooklyn, New York.
The Wild Woman Book Artist-In-Residence Exhibition. The Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, New York.
2010 Landscapes Around the World. Artist-In-Residence Exhibition. The Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, New York.
Shambala Yoga and Dance Center Anniversary Celebration. Brooklyn New York.
2008 1st Annual Mother’s Day Blessing Celebration Official Artist St. Bart’s Church, New York, New York
The Sensuous Feast (Environment) One Touch, New York, New York
Artist-In-Residence Exhibition. The Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, New York.
Gods & Men: Musings on the Divine Masculine Madame X, New York, N.Y. Plus a Permanent Installation.
Dunya’s Art & Dance Celebration. The Metropolitan Building, Long Island City, New York.
Munchkinland Murals at the Kostume Kult Theme Camp, Burning Man, Black Rock City, Nevada.
2004 The Art of Empowered Bliss Official Artist of the Omega Institute’s Women and Power Conference, New York Sheraton Hotel.
Food for Eyes and Soul The Deities Dine at Omega Paintings from Morgan’s Supreme Beings: The God and Goddess Project. The Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, New York.
(Earlier solo shows upon request - 13 entries)
SELECTED TWO PERSON SHOWS
2013 Utah In Brooklyn, Open Studio Exhibition. Brooklyn, New York, with the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance.
2012 Death Valley -An Ongoing Exploration, Furnace Creek Visitors Center, Death Valley National Park, April. Catalog.
Go Brooklyn! Open Studios Brooklyn, NY. Designed Catalog, available on Amazon
2009Monadnock Literary & Arts Festival Exhibition Camp Glenbrook, Keene, New Hampshire
2007 Paintings of the Antarctic Peninsula. Onboard the Orlova in the Drake Passage, Quark Expeditions.
2005 Death Valley Artist in Residence Open House with Gregory Frux, Brooklyn, New York.
Bodypainting at Fashion Week · Hosted by Human Connection Arts, Lincoln Center, New York, New York
Into the Light. Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia.
Phantasm. Artfront Galleries Pop Up Gallery, Newark, New Jersey.
Cryptic Tarot. Artfront Galleries Pop Up Gallery, Newark, New Jersey.
House of Love, Glamour and Secret Garden online shows, the New Moon Project.
Luminous Bodies Residency Exhibition, Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto Island, Toronto.
Urban Meld, Artfront Galleries Pop Up Gallery, Newark, New Jersey.
Urban Evidence III. Urban Strategies, Newark, New Jersey.
Chroma. ArtFront Galleries, Newark, New Jersey.
Access Art 2017, Brooklyn Arts Council Pop Up Space, Brooklyn, New York.
Got Art? Annual Benefit for the Creative Center, Houston Street Center, New York, New York
Arizona Aqueous XXXI. Tubac Center of the Arts, Tubac, Arizona.
Nasty Women Exhibition. The Knockdown Center, Maspeth, Queens, New York.
Sanctuary. Tabla Rasa Gallery, Brooklyn, New York. Designed Catalog, available on Amazon.
Feminist Icons. Diane Kane Boutique, Brooklyn, New York.
Art Heart Fashion for Fashion Week. Angel Orensanz Center, New York, New York.
Art Slope, Brooklyn, New York.,
Buddha, Gaia Gallery, Brooklyn, New York.
Parks 2016, 100 Years of National Park Service. Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee. Wi.
Baba Yaga. Six Summits Gallery, New York, NY.
Urban Legacy. ArtFrontGalleries, Waterfront Recreation Center, Newark, New Jersey.
Art and Chaos, a Response. Studio 5404 Art Space, Massapequa, Long Island
Sodom By The Sea Salon. Coney Island Museum, Brooklyn, New York.
Brooklyn Art: Micro-Retrospectives. Supercollider Lounge, Brooklyn, New York.
Glover’s Fine Arts Summer Exhibition. Clover’s Fine Arts, Brooklyn, New York.
Mountain: The Art of U.S. National Park Artists in Residence. Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee. Wi.
Sensory: A RAW Artists Event. Brooklyn, NY.
Holding Ground Conference Art Exhibition, The Commons, Brooklyn, NY
American Alpine Club 2015 Annual Benefit Dinner Silent Auction Exhibition. New York, New York.
Quintessence - Three Visions. Ram Dass Library, the Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY. Catalog (on Amazon). Artists Alicia Hunsicker, P.C.Turczyn, with essays by Kim Stanley Robinson, David S. Rubin, Amina Eagle and Michael S. Schneider. Designed Catalog, available on Amazon
Access Art - Juried Fundraising Exhibition for the Brooklyn Arts Council, Brooklyn, NY.
9th Annual Canyon River Runners Art Show John Wesley Powell River History Museum, Green River Utah.
Women: Where Art Meet Spiritual Practice. Liberation in Truth Social Justice Center, Newark, N.J.
12 Artists at the Henle Studio Christiansted, St. Croix, USVI
February Women’s Show, Woodstock Goddess Festival, Varga Gallery, Woodstock, NY.
Balance Hive at 55, New York, N.Y.
Hudson River Contemporary: Works on Paper Boscobel Exhibition Gallery, Garrison, New York. Exhibition catalog.
Curated by JamesL. McElhinney And Katherine E. Manthorne.
Three Artists In the Andes, Exhibition and Book Launch Maria Henle Studio, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Three Artists In the Andes, Exhibition and Book Party Open Studio in Brooklyn, NY.
Salon de Refuse Pen and Brush, New York, NY.
Earth Celebrations , ACA Gallery, New York, NY.
The Divine Feminine Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, Wappingers Falls, NY.
Broome Street Gallery Invitational Exhibition Broome Street Gallery, New York, NY.
New Works by Gallery Artists Tabla Rasa Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
Painting the Americas, North and South of the Border El Taller Latino Americano’s Grady Alexis Gallery, NY.
Umbrella! (Commission) Forecast Public Art Silent Auction, Historic Union Depot, St. Paul, Mn.
Broome Street Gallery Invitational Exhibition Broome Street Gallery, New York, NY.
Paradigm Shift- in Honor of Kinji Akagawa. Minneapolis College of Art and Design Gallery, Minneapolis, Mn.
Yosemite Renaissance. Traveling exhibition starting at the Yosemite Museum. HONORABLE MENTION
Fish Follies Cordova Historical Society and Museum, Cordova, Alaska.
Generations VI. A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY.
Singular Objects: from the Artistsbook Library and Kentler Flat Files at Proteus Gowanus Brooklyn College Library.
Chakra Paintings at the Dance and Draw. The Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, New York.
The Original Face. Microcosm Gallery, New York, New York.
Urban Shaman: Visualizing Spirit Liberation in Truth Social Justice Center, Newark, N.J.
Music to My Eyes Artwork inspired by music. Tabla Rasa Gallery, Brooklyn, New York.
Small Works Show Brooklyn Artist’s Gym Gallery, Brooklyn, New York.
Why We Gather Times Square Gallery, New York City.
Wish You Were Here AIR Gallery, New York, NY.
An Odyssey: UW-Madison MFA Printmakers Return, U.W.M. Memorial Union Gallery, Madison, Wisconsin.
Woodstock Goddess Festival Exhibition The Varga Gallery, Woodstock, N Y.
(Earlier group shows available upon request – over 100 entries)
2017 ongoing Be Wild Woman Residency. Live painting, projects for ritual.
2017 Luminous Bodies Residency (with 17 artists) at Artscape Gibraltar, Toronto Island, Toronto, Ontario
2017 Artist in Residence, Elements Music and Art Festival, Lakewood, Pa.
2018, 17, 16, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, 8, 7, 3 Artist in Residence at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York. Workshops for staff.
2013 Artists in Residence, Hanksville Elementary School, Hanksville, Utah. One week of teaching.
2012 Artist in Residence at the Babayan Culture House, Ibrahimpasa (Cappadocia) Turkey.
2012, 11, 10, 9 Artist in Residence for Earth Celebrations, Hudson River Procession, workshops with students.
2008 Artist in Residence at Saint Bartholomew’s Church, Sunday Series, New York, New York.
2008, 6, 5 Artist in Residence at Death Valley National Park, California. Ranger talks and workshops.
2001 Artist in Residence at the Weir Farm National Historic Site, Wilton, Conn.
PUBLICATIONS, ARTICLES AND REVIEWS, BY AND ABOUT
The Art of Janet Morgan Fuse: A Tribal and Tribal Fusion Belly Dance Magazine, Issue #9, 2013
PUBLICATIONS, ARTICLES AND REVIEWS, BY AND ABOUT (cont.)
Book: Welcome to Death Valley! A Guided Tour Through California’s Death Valley National Park, Children’s book written and illustrated by Janet Morgan, 2012 Art & Adventures Publications.
Death Valley - An Ongoing Exploration - Exhibition Catalog for the show at the Furnace Creek Visitors Center in Death Valley National Park, April 2012,
Art & Adventures Publications. Essays by Terry Baldino, Chief of Interpretation, DVNP. James McElhinney, and Rowland Russell PhD.
Weird World: The Strangest Stories & Oddest Images from around the world. (Photo published). 2009 Bradt and Wanderlust.
Brooklyn Artists Fall in Love with Death Valley National Park International Business Times March 2, 2012
Ann Japenga Janet Morgan and Gregory Frux: Bringing Back Expedition Art californiadesertart.com/?p=646
Gregory William Frux Landing a Residency in a National Park Art Calendar March 2009
En Couleur California Plein Air Magazine December 2005
Alex Littlefield Death Valley National Park Attracts Brooklyn Artists Brooklyn Eagle, July 20, 2005
Death Valley National Park Hosts Visiting Artists Pahrump Valley Times, July 2, 2005
Death Valley National Park Hosts Visiting Artists Death-Valley.us, June 30, 2005
Gregory William Frux Janet Morgan, Belly Dancing Artist Unveils Larger Than Life Paintings, Zaghareet! Magazine,
A Couple from New York, Bishkek Tonight (Vecherny Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan), September 6, 2000.
Agnes Murray Brooklyn Arts Council Exhibit Focuses on Brooklyn Landmarks, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, November 6, 2000.
Printmaker’s Portfolio 2000, Brooklyn Heights Courier, December 4, 2000.
Gregory William Frux An Introduction to Website Design: Janet Morgan Art Calendar, Sept. 1999.
Janet Braun-Reinitz Visions of The Goddess The Ithaca Journal, June 1989
Janet McCann Hymns to a Female God As Yet Unnamed. Vortex, Spring 1988.
Vivien Raynor Rutgers: ‘Outsider’ and One ‘Insider’. New York Times, April 26, 1987.
Janet Gillespie Janet Morgan: 7A Restaurant. 108- An East Village Review, Sept 1986.
Alice Gottesman & Nancy Lupone They Do Windows. Village Voice, April 1983.
TEACHING, WORKSHOPS AND LECTURES
Bragging Rites, Writing Workshop. 7th Annual NYC Poetry Festival, Governors Island, New York.
Art Workout: Drawing Middle Eastern Dance and Music. The Art Students League of New York. 2015 - 2017.
Creating Deities: Exploring Inner Guides of Strength, Love and Insight. Four sessions. The Rubin Museum of Art, New York. 2014 - 2017
Making the Invisible Visible - Art of the Body’s Energy. Talk at the exhibition Quintessence, the Ram Dass Library of the Omega Institute. June. 2014.
Re-visioning our bodies. Omega Women’s Leadership Council for the participants of the Women Serving Women Summit; Nourishing Body, Mind, and Spirit. 2014.
Five Day Painting Intensive in the Utah Desert, Escape Goats Guide Service, Escalante, Utah. 2013 and 2014.
Hanksville Elementary School, five days of teaching kindergarten through fifth grade. Hanksville, Utah, 2014.
The Energetic Landscape at Art Church, Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, Wappingers Falls, New York, 2013.
Guest teacher at PS 273 Early Childhood Center, Queens, New York. 2013.
Guest teacher with Lifetime Adventures in Las Vegas, with J.T. Reynolds, retiredSuperintendent of Death Valley National Park. 2013.
Guest teacher at Live Artin Death Valley, with Spoke the Hub Dancing of Brooklyn, Amargosa Opera House, Death Valley Junction, to benefit Marta Becket. 2013,
Substitute teaching, figure drawing. The Art Students League, New York, 2009 - 13.
Annual Three Day Painting Workshop. Conducted at the Fire Island Appalachian Mountain Club Cabin. 2007, 8, 9, 10,12 and 13.
(earlier workshops on request – over 50)
2014 Painting of The Goddess of Serendipity, Sue Silverstream.
2008 New York City Public Art for Public School, Early Childhood Center, Queens. Terracotta relief plaques.
2008 Private Commission: Portrait of Sarasvati, acrylic on canvas.
2006 Madame X Lounge, New York, New York. Portrait of the God Pan, permanent installation.
HONORS AND AWARDS
Antarctic Print published by Theme Media Polar Arts Program, 2010.
Honorable Mention The Yosemite Renaissance Exhibition, Yosemite National Park and Traveling.
Prize Judge at the 16th Annual Medical Complex Art Exhibition. Weill Cornell Medical Library.
Lithograph Published by the Brooklyn Arts Council and presented to Brooklyn Borough President Howard Golden as a tribute award, 2001.
Also presented to Marilyn Gelber of the Independence Community Foundation, 2005.
Print Presentation at the Visionary Dance Retreat, Maui, Hawaii, 2004.
Honorable Mentions at the 10th and 11th Annual Medical Complex Art Exhibition. Weill Cornell Medical Library. 2000, 2001.
Best in Show at The Seventh Annual Medical Complex Art Exhibition. Weill Cornell Medical Library, New York, N. Y. 1997.
Recreation Therapist Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Patient Recreation Department, with the Adult population.
Supervision of art and music therapy interns. Publisher of creative arts magazine The Creative Network.
Yearly patient art exhibition. 1988 through 2006.
Director of the Poetry and Small Press Department at the Gotham Book Mart, New York City. Manager of Poetry and
Small Press Department. In-house graphics, catalog production, exhibitions, university accounts. 1979 - 1987.
ILLUSTRATION AND DESIGN WORK
Graphic and poster designs for Musicians of Brooklyn Initiative, The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church, Outreach Theatre,
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Oakland University Department of Music, Theatre and Dance, San Diego Folk
Dance Center, Morgiana’s Middle Eastern Dance Troupe, American Dance Festival; Antioch University, New Hampshire.
Small Press Book illustration for The Perishable Press, Red Ozier Press, Black Mesa Press, The No Press, Gaedes Pond
Press, Rara Avis Press, Cross Cultural Communications, The Subcutaneous Press and the Perivale Press.
Magazine illustrations for Whole Terrain (Antioch College), Crescent Magazine’s Dance Issue, Small Press Magazine,
Ahnoi, Fiction Network, Identity, East Village Eye, Mother Jones, Alive & Well, BWAC Magazine, Redrock Wilderness;
Newsletter of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, and The Ostrovski.
Brad Washburn Mountaineering Museum
Death Valley National Park Museum
Department of Education, New York City
Glacier National Park
Henry S. Hall, Jr. American Alpine Club Library, Golden, Co.
Joshua Tree National Park
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
National Museum of Art of Kyrgyzstan
New York Public Library Rare Book Room
Numerous Library Fine Press Collections, illustration in fine press book.
Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College
State University of New York at Stony Brook
The Juilliard School, Dance Department
The Museum of Comedy, Queen, New York
University of Wisconsin at Madison
You Should Be Dancing Studio, New York, New York
Master of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, 1979. Warrington Colescot, Jack Damer.
One-Year Intensive Program in Art Therapy at the Studio Workshop School, New York City. Dr. Erika Steinberger.
Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, 1976. Kinji Akagawa, Siah Armajani.
Junior Year at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Eric Fischl, Mira Schor, Gary Kennedy