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Janis Mars Wunderlich

Academic Biography:
I love making and teaching art that is tactile and process-oriented in nature. I get to use tools and raw materials, combined with natural elements to create expressive works of art. The field of Ceramics attracted me because there are so many varied materials, aesthetics, and applications, I will always be exploring and learning. Don't be jealous :) Come join me.

The favorable faculty-to-student ratio at Monmouth College allows me to truly individualize classroom instruction, and to assist each student in creating meaningful and well-crafted works of art.

Before coming to Monmouth College, I spent many years balancing a dynamic studio ceramic career with university teaching and raising my children.

Research Interests:
Ceramic Art History, World Art History, Contemporary and Historical Figurative Sculpture, Design, Contemporary Ceramics, Contemporary Female Artists, World Cultures in Art, Idea Generation for Artists, Studio Techniques, Gender Equity in the Art World, Printmaking Processes.

Selected Research and/or Creative Work:
Considered to be a contemporary ceramic master, Janis Mars Wunderlich has been creating intricately detailed ceramic sculpture for over 25 years while exhibiting extensively, teaching, and raising her 5 children.

Her work has been included in hundreds of national and international publications and exhibitions, including CONFRONTATIONAL CLAY: THE ARTIST AS SOCIAL CRITIC, at the American Craft Museum in NY, NY, AMERICAN CONTEMPORARY CERAMICS, at the Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taipei, Taiwan, and FORM AND IMAGINATION: WOMEN CERAMIC SCULPTORS, at the American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, CA.

She is the recipient of multiple Virginia Groot Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and Greater Columbus Arts Council Grants.

Courses Taught:
Art114D Art History Survey
Art101D Art and Ideas
Art260D Handbuilt Ceramics
Art111 Design
Art261 Wheel Thrown Clay

BFA Brigham Young University 1992
MFA The Ohio State University 1994

Contact Info:
Office: Rm 202 McMichael Academic