Hazel Janicki

(London, England, 1918 - 1976, Sarasota, Florida)


Hazel Janicki studied painting at the Cleveland Institute of Art beginning in 1937 and is associated with the Cleveland School of artists. Early in her career, Janicki was a frequent participant in the Cleveland Museum of Art’s annual May Show and designed posters advertising the Akron Public Library. She joined the Kent State University faculty in 1952 and was active at the Ten-Thirty Gallery in Cleveland, a non-profit gallery that also showed works by William Sommer. Janicki is best known for her dreamy, allegorical scenes of figures in unidentifiable landscapes. In the late 1960s she began to move toward incorporating sculptural elements and reliefs in her artworks although she never abandoned painting completely. Janicki exhibited in many major cities, including Chicago, IL.; St. Louis, MO; Los Angeles, CA; Philadelphia, PA; Washington, D.C., and New York City. Among the many honors she received, she was awarded a Tiffany Foundation grant in 1949, the Clarke Prize from the National Academy of Design in 1951 and a grant from the National Institute of Arts & Letters in 1955. Her work can be found in the collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art, OH; The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH and The Art Institute of Chicago, IL, among others.

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