Statement / Exhibitions

Janine Stern’s disciplined and intense works evoke an atmosphere of mystery, emptiness and isolation. Abandoned gas pumps, cafes, factories and hotels recall a past that is long-since forgotten. Stern says, “I am drawn to what is left-over in life. I guess this resonates in my work.” Stern’s painstaking attention to detail plays an important role in her explorations of texture, light and shape. She uses a grid system and works directly from photographs, sometimes applying fifteen layers of pencil and forty different colors. Her precise rendering of now-obsolete relics raises interesting questions about the durability of human structures.


BORN    1961- New Castle, Pennsylvania


B.A. in Studio Arts, University of Pittsburgh, PA 1984
Advanced Study, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1981 Lucca, Italy


The Municipal Museum of Art International Biennial, Gyor, Hungary, 2005
Frey Norris Gallery, San Francisco, CA. 2002
The Factory Drawings, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH 2000
American Picturesque, Van de Griff Gallery, Santa Fe, NM. 1992
O.K. Harris Works of Art, Birmingham, MI. Recent Works, 1992
The Butler Institute Of American Art, Youngstown, OH 1991
Pittsburgh Biennial, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA 1990
#6 Carson Street Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA 1990


The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown ,OH
The Municipal Museum of Art, Gyor, Hungary
Howard Heinz Endowments, Pittsburgh, PA   
Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh History Center, Pittsburgh, PA
Reed Smith Shaw & McClay, Pittsburgh, PA
Buchanan Ingersoll, Pittsburgh, PA
Matthews International, Pittsburgh PA
Corporate Jets, Allegheny County Airport, Pittsburgh, PA
Individual Collections
Terry L. Weiner, Palm Desert, CA


Mary Shaw Horn Memorial Award, Associated Artists 1996
City of Pittsburgh Council Commendation Times Project, 1991
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Specific Project Grants, 1989,1992,1993, 1995


Gallery Director, Tadu 2005-2018   
Gallery Director, The Edge Gallery, Janine Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
Founder Times Project, 1990 Pittsburgh PA


Cline, Lynn, “Industrial Resolution”, Pasatiempo, The New Mexican, 29 September 2000
Addison, Laura, “Janine Stern”, THE Magazine, November 2000
Homisak, Bill, “Stern far from the madding Crowd” Tribune-Review, 21 January 1990
Clark, Vicky, Pittsburgh Biennial Catalogue, Pittsburgh Center for the Art, 1990