JANET KIERSTEAD is a graduate of Mass. College of Art with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts, and Lesley College Graduate School with an M.A. in Art Psychology. Memberships include Rockport Art Association, Copley Society of Boston, North Shore Arts Association and Mass. Center For Native American Awareness.
Her work has been shown locally and in national exhibitions, with awards in both arenas. It hangs in many public and private collections. She has been published twice in American Artist Magazine; first in 1972 in an article by Charles Movalli, and again in 1980 in a commemorative issue.
Although I’ve worked with oils in a realistic manner in the past, for several years I have been interested in exploring my family’s Native American heritage. My influences come from many sources: realism, impressionism and modernism, as well as historical and contemporary indigenous arts. The highlights of my art studies have come from visits to museums in Paris, Munich and Saltzburg in addition to Native American museums in South Dakota, New Mexico and the new NMAI in Washington, DC.