Janice Glowski, Director, Museum & Galleries, Art Historian, Art
Director, Museum & Galleries, Art Historian
Janice Glowski is an educator, academic, arts professional, and synthetic thinker who is deeply committed to the healthy integration of art, education, and diverse cultures in ways that build community. Her passion for teaching, learning, collaboration, and curatorial work is never separate from her commitment to helping cultivate well-being in society. Her approach rests on a broad interdisciplinary background that includes degrees in Asian Art History, Comparative Religious Studies, and Chemistry.
In 2015, Janice co-created with Diane Nance and Miguel Martinez-Saens the Otterbein and the Arts: Opening Doors to the World, a collaborative, integrative arts initiative that brings visual art, dance, theatre, and music from around the world to Otterbein’s Museum, galleries, and performance stages. She established the Opening Doors Publication Series, which has produced five exhibition catalogs that were designed by Otterbein Graphic Design students. The Opening Doors exhibition, On Being Gandhi: The Art and Politics of Seeing, co-curated with Dr. Chaya Chandrasekhar, opened at Otterbein’s Frank Museum of Art and travelled to Duke University, Belmont University in Tennessee, and the University of San Diego.
She has received three National Endowment for the Arts ARTWORKS grants and two Ohio Arts Council grants in support of the Opening Doors exhibitions. As an arts professional, she has managed projects supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE).
Janice has curated over twenty exhibitions, contributed essays to international exhibition catalogs, presented academic papers at national and international conferences, and published in peer-reviewed journals and monographs. Since 1999, she has curated the work of pioneering computer artist and visionary extraordinaire, Charles Csuri. In 2006, their collaborations resulted in a retrospective exhibition titled Charles Csuri: Beyond Boundaries, 1963-present that opened at the Annual SIGGRAPH Conference in Boston, traveled to the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts in Taiwan, and showed in the Urban Arts Space in Columbus, Ohio. The exhibition catalog, available here, was translated into Chinese.
- PhD, Asian Art History, with a focus on South Asian, Himalayan Art, and Buddhist Art, The Ohio State University
- Masters in Liberal Studies, Comparative Religious Studies with an emphasis on Visual Culture, The Ohio State University
- BA, Chemistry, Wittenberg University
Research, Creative, & Professional Work
In addition to serving as the Director of Museum & Galleries, Dr. Glowski also teaches in Otterbein's Art History and Integrative Studies programs. From 2006 – 2014, Janice taught in the Art and Religion Departments and the East Asian Studies Program at Wittenberg University. She has taught courses in Asian art history, African art history, World art history, museum & curatorial studies, Buddhism and Buddhist art, Hinduism and South Asian art, sacred architecture, and the mind, body and world across cultures. She also has co-taught courses on the art and religion of protest and power in South Asia and a travel course in Thailand.