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Janice Kluge

Janice Kluge

The themes of Janice Kluge’s work are autobiographical and narrative. She is influenced by cultures that recognize the importance of animals by depicting them in mythical, archetypal or symbolic legends. Her sculptural ceramics use household objects that represent the fragility of domestic relationships and figures and animals whose narratives also portray the diversity of life that enhances our humanity through co-existence.

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Janice Kluge Chasing the Blue Wolf at MudFire Gallery
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Janice Kluge Searching (Blue Bear) at MudFire Gallery
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Janice Kluge Third Eye Meditation at MudFire Gallery
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Janice Kluge Wolf on Cup at MudFire Gallery
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Janice Kluge at MudFire

Gallery group show Damn Right I Got the Blues, June 2011

 

Janice Kluge Artist Bio

Janice Kluge received her M.F.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and B.F.A. degree with Honors, from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. She was a Professor of Art at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she has taught from 1982- 2007. Currently, she is an Emeritus Professor and working full-time as an artist in Birmingham, Alabama.

Kluge has exhibited nationally and internationally and is included in various public collections among them- the Shengua Art Center, Nanjing, China, Centro Cultural, Chiguanyante, Chile, Huntsville and Mobile Museums of Art, Shaw Art Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, The University of Georgia, Athens, and many private collections within the southeast. Most notable national exhibition venues include the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC, A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY; San Francisco State University, California; the Fine Arts Center in Taos, New Mexico; and The Hand and the Spirit Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona.

Kluge has received recognition through numerous grants and awards. Her work has been reviewed and published in numerous journals and art magazines, such as, SCULPTURE magazine, Metalsmith magazine, American Crafts magazine, ART PAPERS, and CIRCA: Art Magazine, covering contemporary visual culture in Ireland. Most recently her work has been pictured in the Lark Ceramics Book, Image Transfer on Clay, 2006, and Beginning Sculpture, Davis Publications, and The Sculpture Reference, 2005.

 

Janice Kluge Artist Statement

I am influenced by cultures that recognize the importance of animals by depicting them in mythical, archetypal and symbolic narratives. My most recent body of work juxtaposes ordinary household objects with animal and figure fragments These pieces are based on personal relationships, domestic fragility, the importance of what people pass on, collect and inherit, and the illusive nature of memories. The work also portrays the diversity of life and creatures that enhances our humanity through co-existence.

Janice Kluge Artist Resume

Education:
1982, Master of Fine Arts, University of Wisconsin, Madison
1980, Master of Art, University of Wisconsin, Madison
1974, Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, (with Honors)
Selected Exhibitions:
2011, Hot Tea, Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2011, Invitational Blues Show, MudFire Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2010, Reader's 10, Ten Year Anniversary Exhibition, Susan Hensel Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
2010, Anthropology, Central Booking Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2010, To Kill a Mockingbird, Civil Rights Museum, Birmingham, AL, and Stonehendge Gallery, Montgomery, AL
2010, 10th Annual National Juried Cup Show, Kent State University, Downtown Galley, Kent, OH
2010, Hot Tea, Invitational Exhibition, Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO
2010, 8 Fluid Oz., Shaw Center for the Arts, Baton Rouge, LA
2009, Natural Histories, Central Booking Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2009, Migration, Paper Wasp Gallery, Mobile, AL
2009, Spirit Garden, Three Solo Exhibition, Bare Hands Gallery, Birmingham, AL
2009, Art of the Book, Chesser Gallery, Mobile, AL
2009-10, The Soul's Journey, Traveling Invitational: The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, Hendersonville, NC; West Carolina University Museum, NC; Myrtle Beach Burroughs, and Chapin Art Museum, NC; and Johnson Center for the Arts, Troy, AL
2008, Infusion 10 x 10, National Juried Exhibition, Craft Alliance Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2008, Expo Book Arts, Centro Cultural, Casa Del Omar, Chiguayante, Chile
2008, Eight Fluid Ounces III, National Juried Exhibition, Shaw Center for the Arts, Baton Rouge, LA
2007-08, The Ring Show: Then and Now, Traveling Invitational, Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, TN, in conjunction with SNAG Conference, Savannah College of Art, Savannah, GA, and Smithville Center for the Arts and Crafts, TN
2008, Anagama Exhibition, Invitational Exhibit, Alabama School of Mathematics and Science, Mobile, AL
2007, Alabama Sculpture Invitational, Eastern Shore Art Center, Fairhope, AL
2006, Distance, Invitational Group Exhibition, Shengua Art Center; Nanjing, China
2006, Metalsmiths and Mentors, Chazen Museum of Art; Madison, WI, (catalogue)
2005, Engendered Species, Solo Exhibit, Bare Hands Gallery, Birmingham, AL
2005, 2 ones + 1 two, Two Person Exhibit, Space 301, Centre for the Living Arts, Mobile, AL
2001-04, Voices Rising, Mobile, Montgomery, and Birmingham Museums of Art
2000, Voices Rising: Alabama Women at the Millennium, Group Exhibition The National Museum for Women in the Arts; Washington, D.C., (catalogue)
1999, Installations and Sculpture, Solo Exhibition, University of Georgia; Macon, GA
1998, Teaching Art: Invitational Exhibition, Columbus Museum of Art, GA, (catalogue)
1998, Encounters, From a Whisper to a Scream: The Evocative Work of Janice Kluge, Solo Exhibition, Huntsville Museum of Art, (brochure)
1998, Dia De Los Muertos, C. Chavez Student Art Center; San Francisco, CA, (brochure)
1998, Days of the Dead, National Juried Exhibition, Fine Arts Center; Taos, NM
1997, Southeastern Fine Craft Biennial II, Nominated Invitational, Florida Gulf Coast Art Center, Belleair, FL, (brochure)
1996, Alabama/Belfast Exhibition, Ormeau Baths Gallery; Belfast, Northern Ireland
1996, Invitational Small Sculpture Exhibition, Southern Illinois University Gallery, Edwardsville, IL
1995, The World's Women On-Line, interactive electronic networking project, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona and United Nations World Conference on Women, Beijing, China
1994, Emphasis Sculpture, Invitational, Blackfish Gallery, Portland, OR, in conjunction with Society of North American Goldsmiths Annual Metals Conference
1993, Artspace, Kohler Art Center, curator, Ruth Kohler; Sheboygan, WI
1992, Master Metalsmiths III, Invitational Exhibition, University of Wisconsin Alumni Show, The Hand and the Spirit Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
1991, Personal Metaphors, Four-Person Exhibition, Connell/Great America Gallery Atlanta, GA, in conjunction with the Annual Society of North American Goldsmiths Conference
1990, Focus: Four Alabama Artists, Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL, Ruth Appelhof, Curator of Contemporary Art, Birmingham Museum of Art, (catalogue)
1988, A.I.R. Gallery, Invitational exhibition of sculptors; NYC, (catalogue)
Public Collections and Commissions:
Centro Cultural, Chiguayante, Chile
Shaw Art Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
The Shengua Art Center, Nanjing China
Mobile Museum of Art
The Huntsville Museum of Art
The University of Georgia, Athens
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Alabama Power Company
Alabama Veterans Memorial, Birmingham
Gordon Pearsons State Building, Montgomery, Alabama
Grants, Awards:
2002, Research/Technology Grant, School of Arts and Humanities, University of Alabama at Birmingham
2000, Office of the Provost Faculty Development Program Grant, The University of Alabama at Birmingham
1998, Individual Artist Grant, Alabama State Council on the Arts
1998, Andy Warhol Foundation Grant, UpSouth, Space One Eleven; Birmingham, AL
1997-98, Faculty Research Grant, The University of Alabama at Birmingham
1996, ABBACUS, Artist Exchange; Belfast, Northern Ireland
1995-96, Faculty Research Grant, The University of Alabama at Birmingham
1988, Individual Artist Grant, Alabama State Council on the Arts
1986, SECAC Grant, Southeastern College Art Association
Selected Bibliography:
Callahan, Ashley. Rob Jackson, Mary Hallam Pearse, The Ring Shows: Then and Now, catalogue,Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, 2008
Wandless, Paul Andrew, Image Transfer on Clay: Screen, Relief, Decal and Monoprint Techniques,A Lark Ceramics Book, 2006
Dallow, Jessica, "Engendered Species, Three solo exhibitions at Bare Hands Gallery," ART PAPERS, (regional critical publication), , p. 55, January/February 2006
Williams, Arthur, The Sculpture Reference, p. 63, 171, 462, Sculpture Books Publishing, 2005
Williams, Arthur, Beginning Sculpture, Davis Publications, 2005
Price, Mark S., review, Janice Kluge, SCULPTURE, magazine p. 60, Vol. 18, No. 2, March 1999
Clark, Christine, curator. 1999 Exhibition in Print, METALSMITH, magazine, Vol. 19, No. 4, 1999
McAvera, Brian. "Belfast/Iceland and Belfast/Alabama exchange," SCULPTURE, (magazine), spring 1996
Williams, Arthur. Sculpture, Technique, Form and Content, (sculpture textbook), p. 307, Davis Publications, 1995
McTigue, Eoghan. Review, "A.B.B.A.C.U.S"., Catalyst Arts and Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast, March-April 1996,
CIRCA, Art Magazine, covering Contemporary Visual Culture in Ireland, p. 62, No. 76, summer 1996
Seiffert-Kantor, Carolyn. Feature Article. "Shelters and Shrines," METALSMITH, magazine, Vol. 12, No. 3, summer 1992
Professional Experience:
2007, Professor of Art Emeritus, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
2000, Professor of Art, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, (Interim Chair 2000-03)
1989, Associate Professor of Art, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
1982, Assistant Professor of Art, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL