Janis Mars Wunderlich
Janis Mars Wunderlich grew up in a large religious family in Northeastern Ohio, USA. Her detailed ceramic sculptures capture the vulnerabilities, dualities and complexities of being human, inspired by ancient ceramic story-telling figurines and her Cherokee Folk Artist step-grandfather, Edwin George. Wunderlich blends animal, plant, and other natural elements in her narrative figures to celebrate reciprocity, resilience, and the spiritual connectedness of all life. Wunderlich’s ceramic sculptures and paintings are in distinguished private and museum collections throughout the world, including Taiwan’s Yingge Ceramics Museum and The American Museum of Ceramic Art in CA. She is the recipient of many awards, including Artist Fellowships from Illinois and Ohio Arts Councils and the Virginia A Groot Foundation, and she is one of the featured artists in the award-winning documentary film WHO DOES SHE THINK SHE IS? Along with her passion to make art, Wunderlich is a mother to five grown children, grandma of three, marathon runner, lap-swimmer, bow-hunter, and an associate professor of art and art history at Monmouth College in Monmouth, IL. She holds a BFA from Brigham Young University and an MFA from The Ohio State University.