Janet Echelman

Janet Echelman is an artist who defies categorization. She creates experiential sculpture at the scale of buildings that transform with wind and light. The art shifts from being an object you look at, to a living environment you can get lost in. ​Using unlikely materials from fishnet to atomized water particles, ​Echelman combines ancient craft with cutting-edge technology to create art​works that ​have ​become focal points for urban life on four continents.

Recipient of the Harvard GSD Loeb Fellowship, the Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellowship, a Fulbright Lectureship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, Echelman was named an Architectural Digest Innovator for "changing the very essence of urban spaces." Her TED talk "Taking Imagination Seriously" has been translated into 34 languages with more than one million views. She recently received the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award in Visual Arts, honoring “the greatest innovators in America today.”

Recent prominent works include: “1.8 Renwick” at the Smithsonian American Art Museum Renwick Gallery; “Impatient Optimist,” a new ionic piece for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation campus in Seattle giving visual from to their mission; and “Water Sky Garden,” a commission for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.

Janet Echelman is an artist who defies categorization. She creates experiential sculpture at the scale of buildings that transform with wind and light. The art shifts from being an object you look at, to a living environment you can get lost in. ​Using unlikely materials from fishnet to atomized water particles, ​Echelman combines ancient craft with cutting-edge technology to create art​works that ​have ​become focal points for urban life on four continents.

Recipient of the Harvard GSD Loeb Fellowship, the Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellowship, a Fulbright Lectureship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, Echelman was named an Architectural Digest Innovator for "changing the very essence of urban spaces." Her TED talk "Taking Imagination Seriously" has been translated into 34 languages with more than one million views. She recently received the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award in Visual Arts, honoring “the greatest innovators in America today.”

Recent prominent works include: “1.8 Renwick” at the Smithsonian American Art Museum Renwick Gallery; “Impatient Optimist,” a new ionic piece for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation campus in Seattle giving visual from to their mission; and “Water Sky Garden,” a commission for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.