My work is a response to pictures typically deleted… “throwaway” snapshots that aren’t staged but honest, humorous and colorful. I look for themes, making unrelated photos relate, repeating an image, and altering size. I exaggerate color and use texture to create movement, moving further away from static portrayal.
Biography
Janet Tsakis has a B.A. in Visual Arts from Rutgers University and received an M.A. in Arts Education from Kean University. She has exhibited throughout the tri-state area and received the Leila Gardin Sawyer Memorial Award from The American Artists Professional League, New York, NY. Other honors include the Geraldine Dodge Full Fellowship Award at Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT and the Geraldine Dodge Fellowship, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA. Her work has been reviewed in the Star-Ledger (NJ) and the Adirondack Journal (NY). She is a member of the Art Educators of New Jersey.
Education
1990 – 1992 Master of Fine Arts in Arts Education, Kean University, NJ.​​​​​​​
Awards
2009  Leila Gardin Sawyer Memorial Award, American Artists Professional League, New York, NY
2003  Marion Anderson Portrait Award, New Jersey Center For Visual Arts, Summit, NJ
1982  Excellence in Visual Arts, Middlesex County College, NJ
Solo Exhibitions
2009 Maxwell’s, Holy Matrimony, Hoboken, NJ
2005 Maxwell’s, Portraits, Hoboken, NJ
Selected Group Exhibitions
2010 Charmingwalls Gallery, Six by Six Show, New York, NY
2009 Salamagundi Club, 81st Grand National Exhibition, New York, NY
2007 Rahway Arts Guild, Small Works, Rahway NJ
2006 Maxwell’s, Veterans of Iraq/Afghanistan Fundraiser, Hoboken, NJ
Grace Van Vorst Church, Faces of Grace, Jersey City  NJ
Hudson County Art Annual Show, Identity, Jersey City, NJ
2005 Hoboken Artists Open Studio Tour, Hoboken, NJ
Edward Hopper House, Small Works of Great Importance, Nyack, NY
Kean University, Art Educators of NJ Exhibition, Union, NJ
Bula, Art Educators of NJ Exhibition, Newton NJ
Times Square Lobby Gallery, Unsung Heroes, New York, NY                            
2004 City Without Walls, 23rd Annual Metro Show, Newark, NJ
Edward Hopper House, Small  Works of Great Importance, Nyack, NY
A.I.R. Gallery, Wish You Were Here Show, New York, NY
New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Members Exhibition, Summit NJ
Times Square Lobby Gallery, Everyday Magic, New York, NY
Times Square Lobby Gallery, American Iconography, New York, NY      
2003
Montclair Art Museum, Studio Montclair Slide Night, Montclair, NJ
Overlook Hospital, Art at Overlook, Summit, NJ
New Jersey Center For Visual Arts, Members Exhibition, Summit, NJ
Georgian Court College, Art Educators of New Jersey Exhibition, NJ
Clifton Arts Center, Heartstrings, Clifton NJ
2002 City Without Walls, 1st Annual Metro Show, Newark, NJ
New Jersey Center for the Visual Arts, Members Exhibition, Summit NJ
2000 Montclair Art Museum Gift Store, Artist of the Month, Montclair, NJ
1995 Ward Nasse Gallery, Spring, New York, NY                                        
1992 Kean University, Masters Thesis Exhibition. Union, NJ
1991 Kean University, Major Works, Union, NJ
1989 Amos Eno Gallery, Post  Five, New York, NY