Janina A. Ciezadlo is an artist and critic in Chicago. Her reviews appear in The Chicago Reader; Afterimage, The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism; Bridge; Artscope and The Chicago Art Critic's Association publications. Several of her poems and photographs have appeared in After Hours, a journal of Chicago poetry and art. Last year at Chicago Calling she read a dialogue written in collaboration with her daughter, then living in Beirut about the war in Lebanon. Her scholarly work has appeared in the Yearbook of Interdisciplinary Studies and the Proceedings of the Society for the Study of Social Imagery.
Janina has been a resident at Ragdale and an Artist-in-Residence at Oxbow and the recipient of a Works-in-Progress grant from the Illinois Arts Council (for Luminous Herbarium). She has served as President and Vice- President of her part-time faculty local.
Janina holds an MFA in printmaking and an MA with departmental honors in comparative literature from Indiana University, Bloomington. She has been exhibiting prints, photographs, and paintings since 1976. Most recently, she exhibited pieces from her series Maison Des Cartes: House of Cards at Gosia Koscielak Studio and Gallery in Wicker Park. Titles of recent one-person exhibitions include Imaginary Archeology, Ariadne's Knowledge, and The History of the Knot. In August Luminous Herbarium, an installation, was on display in a two-person exhibition at Gosia Koscielak Studio and Gallery.
Janina shows slides of work by Iraqi artists who are currently living in Iraq, and she reads a few short poems she has written about the war—at Café Mestizo on October 27. The artwork is from The Iraqi Art Gallery in Rogers Park.