Janice Schuler Mixed Media Portrait, 2012
Janice Schuler (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 20th/21st century)
Acrylic paint, gauze and ink on board
Signed to lower right and verso
Date inscribed to verso
“The best thing about being an artist is you create something that was not here before,” says Pittsburgh-based artist and educator Janice Schuler. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University in Painting and Printmaking, Schuler’s work is figural, abstract, and expressionistic in both content and style. Her compositions reflect the Abstract Expressionist influence of both Willem De Kooning and Joan Mitchell, and the Surrealist and Art Brut influence of Jean Dubuffet, all of whom Schuler has identified as artists she admires. She explains that she enjoys working in a variety of media as each material brings a unique quality and contribution to a work of art. She applies her medium of choice with various instruments, such as old credit cards, fingers, knives, brushes, sewing materials, and other household items that she finds fit for manipulating paint.
In addition to working as an artist, Schuler is a retired art and communications instructor, and previously worked as a journalist for various publications, such as Pittsburgh magazine and the Pittsburgh Press, now the Post-Gazette. Aside from her degree at Carnegie Mellon University, her extensive education includes an M.A. in Motion Picture/Television-Critical Studies from UCLA, an M.A. in Conflict Resolution from the University of California of Pennsylvania, a Ph.D. ABD in Telecommunications and Film, and a Minor in Women’s Studies from the University of Oregon. Throughout her career, she has exhibited her work at several venues, including Eastside Gallery in Pittsburgh, the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh Exhibition Space, and the Members’ Gallery of the Pittsburgh Society of Artists among others.
- minor dust accretions to surface; minor discoloration to surface; abrasion through eyes; wear, toning and aging to gauze; wear and significant water damage to board; varnish staining throughout; wear, staining and dust accretions to verso.