Over 30 years as an active artist, Janet Goldner has shown her work in numerous exhibitions throughout the US, as well as in Lithuania, Germany, Italy, Bosnia, Australia, New Zealand, and Mali. Highlights include The Global Africa Project at the Museum of Arts and Design (2010-11) and Women Facing AIDS at the New Museum (1989) as well as Have We Met?, a major installation at Colgate University ( 2007). Goldner's wall installation, Negelan is in the permanent collection of the American Embassy in Mali. Permanent public sculptures include Most of Us Are Immigrants at the Islip Museum on Long Island and Granary in the city of Segou, Mali in collaboration with Segou artists.
Ms Goldner is the recipient of numerous awards, grants, and artist residencies, including a Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship to Mali in 1994-5 and a grant from the UN Special Committee Against Apartheid. She is currently a Fulbright Senior Specialist.
Goldner has a thirty-five year relationship with Africa, especially with Mali. Since her Fulbright, she has spent several months every year in Mali engaged in a wide variety of cultural projects.
An artist-scholar, she has curated exhibitions, published articles and catalogs, and lectured at conferences, universities, and community venues. Recently published is Janet's chapter in Contemporary African Fashion published by Indiana University Press and an essay published in Poetics of Cloth, the catalogue for the exhibition of the same name shown at NYU.
She received a BA from Antioch College and an MA from NYU. She participated in Arlene Raven's writing workshop, participated in Forum '85, the UN Women's Conference in Kenya and interned with Nancy Graves.