Janice Glowski

Janice Glowski



Director, Museum & Galleries, Art Historian

Janice Glowski is an arts professional, academic, and educator who views creativity as the essential ingredient of healthy communities and an activator of systems change. Her passion for teaching, learning, collaboration, scholarship, and curatorial work aligns with her commitment to help cultivate well-being and diversity in society and the environment. Glowski’s approach is informed by an interdisciplinary background that includes degrees in Asian Art History, Comparative Religious Studies, and Chemistry. She teaches in the Art History & Visual Culture, Art, and Integrative Studies programs.

In 2015, Glowski co-created with Diane Nance and Miguel Martinez-Saens Otterbein and the Arts: Opening Doors to the World (ODW), a collaborative, integrative arts initiative that brings visual art, dance, theatre, and music from around the world to Otterbein’s Frank Museum of Art, galleries, and performance stages. She established the ODW publication series, which has produced eight exhibition catalogs – all designed by Otterbein Graphic Design students and alumni, including The Pandemic Portraits by Nicholas Hill (2022) designed by Jacob Strous ’18 and which was short-listed for the College Art Association’s Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award for Smaller Museums, Libraries, Collections, and Exhibitions (2023).

Glowski works across-disciplines and has curated/co-curated more than twenty exhibitions that have traveled nationally and internationally, 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, Charles Csuri. In 2006, their collaborations resulted in a retrospective exhibition titled Charles Csuri: Beyond Boundaries, 1963-present that showed in 3 venues (SIGGRAPH Conference in Boston (2006), Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan (2008), and the Urban Arts Space in Columbus, OH (2010). The exhibition catalog, available here, was translated into Chinese. The 2022 Otterbein exhibition Lands, Real and Imagined: Women Artists Respond to the Art and Travel Writings of Maria Graham (1785-1842), co-curated with professor Patricia Frick, will open across three venues (Museo de Barburizza, Museo del Grabado, and Casaplan) in Valparaíso, Chile in Summer 2023, celebrating the 200th anniversary of Maria Graham in Chile.

Glowski has received multiple National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and Ohio Arts Council (OAC) grants and has managed large 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). In 2022, Glowski received funding from the Henry Luce Foundation for Chinese painting conservation and open-source database development in conjunction with the From Shanghai to Ohio: Woo Chong Yung (Wu Zhongxiong) exhibition curated by Hou-mei Sung (Cincinnati Art Museum, May 10 – August 18, 2024; The Frank Museum of Art, Spring 2025). The Frank Museum also was selected as one of five inaugural venues for the Himalayan Art Project (Fall 2024) traveling exhibition curated by the Rubin Museum, New York.


  • 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.