About Janet

Janet Fagan's deep love of the landscape began on the pristine beaches of Northwest Florida where she grew up. Days were spent exploring coastal dune lakes, forests, and the shimmering Gulf of Mexico. At home, Janet was surrounded by art and encouraged to create. As a young adult, Janet knew she would be an Artist and with the loving encouragement of her family, left Florida to pursue her dream. She studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and ultimately received her Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. The first gallery to represent Janet was the Richard Rosenfeld Gallery in Philadelphia. Since then, Janet has exhibited in Florida, Georgia, and Washington and her work can be found in both public and private collections. Janet has acted as a Juror for National exhibits as well as for various non-profits in the Puget Sound area she now calls home. She has taught extensively in the Northwest for the past 18 years, both privately and as an Art Educator and Teaching Artist for the Seattle Art Museum. She has also worked as an Educator at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center for the last seven years. Beyond her work in the arts, Janet is passionate about long-distance trail running, skate skiing, playing the fiddle, and travel. She lives in Seattle with her cats Dune and Sylvio and her beloved partner, James. 

Curriculum Vitae

b. 1967


The Art Institute of Boston, Boston, MA
Masters of Fine Arts, 2011
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Bachelor of Fine Arts 1995, Magna Cum Laude
The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Certificate of Fine Arts 1991

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Confluence Gallery, Twisp, WA, 2017
Art Study at Piatti’s, Seattle, WA, 2014
Blindfold Gallery, Seattle, WA, 2012
Venue Gallery, Ballard, WA, 2009, 2010,11
Blue Horse Gallery, New Works, Bellingham, WA, 2008
Frame Up Studios, February – November, Solo Exhibit, 2007
Bohemia Gallery, Solo Exhibit, Ashland, Oregon, 2006
Laura Frost Fine Art, Winter Remembers Spring, Solo Exhibit, Seattle, WA, 2005
Frame Up Studios, Birds in the Garden, Seattle, WA, 2005
Laura Frost Fine Art, stories, dreams and memories, Seattle, WA, 2004

Selected Group Exhibitions and Installations

Book Cover, “An Earlier Life”, Ovenbird Books, 2016
Confluence Gallery, Twisp, WA, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018
Center on Contemporary Art (COCA), Seattle, Across the Divide IV, 2012
One year exhibit, Collection of the President, Lesley University, 2011
Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI, 2011
Boston Young Contemporaries, Boston, MA, 2011
The Art Study, Meet the Artists of the Art Study, Group Show, Seattle, WA, 2011
Gallery 206, Public Art Installation, Seattle, WA 2011
University Hall Gallery, AIB at Lesley Univ. 14th Graduate Exhibition, Cambridge, MA, 2011
Core Gallery, Core Sample, Seattle, WA, 2011
University of Washington, Medical Center Collection Purchase, 2009
Book Cover, “Blessing of the Animals”, EWU Press, 2009, Brenda Miller
Lakewood Gallery, Cross Roads, Lakewood, WA, 2008
Gage Fine Art, Youth Instructors’ Exhibit, Seattle, WA, 2008
Bohemia Gallery, Group Show, Ashland, Oregon, 2008
Gallery Fraga, Colors: The Beauty of Nature, Bainbridge Island, WA, 2008
Just Art, Invitational Auction, Seattle Men’s Choir, Seattle, WA, 2006, 2007
Ballard Works Gallery, Garden Arts Invitational, Seattle, WA, 2006
Christoff Gallery, Selected Works with Frank Burk, Seattle, WA, 2006
University House at Wallingford, Natural Forms: Artistic Impressions, Seattle, WA, 2006
Laura Frost Fine Art, Seattle Sampling, Seattle, WA, 2005
Laura Frost Fine Art, Garden Show, Seattle, WA, 2005
Seattle Men’s and Women’s Chorus, Second Annual Invitational Art Auction, “Just Art”, 2005
Washington Mutual, Emerging Artists Show, Seattle,Gardner Gallery, Times 3, Atlanta, GA, 2004
Arts and Design Society, Family Affair, Ft. Walton Beach, FL, 2004
Anthony Ardavin Gallery, Wet Paint, Group Show, Atlanta, GA, 2003
Art Fest, Atlanta, GA, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003
Anthony Ardavin Gallery, Same Voice, Atlanta, GA, 2002
Anthony Ardavin Gallery, One of a Kind, Group Show, Atlanta, GA, 2001
Mona's, YATMA Faculty Group Show, Seattle, WA, 2000
Anthony Ardavin Gallery, Love, Group Show, Atlanta, GA, 2000
Montgomery Museum of Fine Art, Art Auction, 2000
Anthony Ardavin Gallery, Three Women, Atlanta, GA, 1999
Anthony Ardavin Gallery, On Reflection, Group Show, Atlanta, GA, 1999
Anthony Ardavin Gallery, Legacy of Mystery, Atlanta, GA, 1998
Montgomery Museum of Fine Art, Art Auction, 1998
SOHO Gallery, Grand Opening, Pensacola, FL, 1998
The Art Center, A Family Affair, Ft. Walton Beach, FL, 1997
Rosenfeld Gallery, Dealer’s Choice, Philadelphia, PA, 1997
Need in Deed Annual Heart Show, Philadelphia, PA, 1996, 1997
NW Florida Museum of Art, Purchase Award, 1995
The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Thesis Show, 1991
The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Juried Student Show, 1991
Beaux Art Show, Fort Walton Beach, FL, 1988, 90, 91
Arts and Design Society Annual Show, Fort Walton Beach, FL, 1988, 91
NW Florida Museum of Art , Annual Show, FL, 1989, 90, 91, 95

Selected Collections

Northwest Florida Museum of Art
The University of Washington

Selected Guest Artist and Residencies

2018 - Present, Lead Teaching Artist, Here:Now, Creative Aging Program, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA 2017 - Artist in Residence, John Stanford International School, Seattle, WA 2012 - Present, Educator, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Visitor Center, Seattle, WA 2013 - Juror, 25th Annual Cinco Banderas Exhibition, Pensacola, FL
2011 - Video artist-interview to support Arkansas Technical University contemporary art history curriculum
2001 - present, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
2008 - 2010 Gage Academy, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
2008 - University of Washington, Jackson School’s annual Mosaic workshop, EARC
2007 - Published curricula support for “Dragon Fire, Ocean Mist” by Yvonne Palka
June 2005 - January 2007, Senior Educator, Portfolio Development, CLC Gallery, Lynnwood, Washington
2004 - Frye Museum, Seattle, WA
2004 - Museum of Glass and Modern Art, Tacoma, WA
2003 - 2003, Seattle Children’s Museum, Seattle, WA
2002 - Curator, Triangle Gallery, YWCA, Beyond the Mask, Seattle, WA


2018 - present, Frye Art Museum, “Bridges” Creative Aging Program, Seattle, WA 2017 -18, Days for Girls, Hygiene Kit creation, Seattle, WA 1999 - 2008, Feral Cat Spay Neuter Project, Seattle, WA

Current Representation

RAREculture, New York, NY


Crop, Los Angeles, CA


Confluence Gallery, WA





Janet donates 5% of all sales to the Nature Conservancy to help protect the wild places and animals that we all love.