Janet Jensen


I earned my BFA with honors from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. From 1968 until 2004, my career progressed as an art Gallery Director for the Peoria Art Guild in Peoria, Illinois, and Artist Liaison and Consultant for the Bradford Exchange in Chicago, IL. After moving to Maryland in 1990’s, I began working full-time on my art and I taught part-time at Montgomery College.

My art career included many hats: I’ve served as art juror and taught ceramic, pastel and papermaking workshops throughout the country. I sat on various committees and boards and am currently working with the River Walk sculpture project in Yankton.

I was member of the Maryland Pastel Society and served as its President for two years. I am currently member of the Pastel Society of America.

From the early 1980s until the present, my work has been shown in more than seventy solo and group exhibitions in the East Coast, Southwest and in the Midwest. Locally, I’ve had one-artist exhibitions at the Washington Pavilion for the Arts, Sioux Falls, the W.H. Over Museum, Vermillion, Yankton Area Arts, and The Hartington Library.

My pastel paintings have been purchased by private collectors and corporations in the United States and Europe. I’ve received numerous awards in competitive, juried pastel exhibitions. My work was exhibited in the International Pastel Society. I have been published in American Artist Magazine (2000 and 2004) and  South Dakota Magazine. The Washington, D.C. program, Art Strokes, has my televised interview in its archives, which is re-run periodically.

I work in my studio in Yankton. I work in both media of acrylic and pastel.