Rachel Wiley-Janota(b.1985) is an award winning visual artist working in painting, film photography, printmaking and rakuceramics. Wiley-Janota travels from her studio on the Gulf Coast to the Pacific Northwest each year, capturing American landscapes in her work. Artist and mother, she spends her time nurturing ideas in her studio and garden, and avidly collecting vernacular photographs, mid century ephemera and vintage textbooks while traveling.
Selected Awards International Art Consortium Award, University of West Bohemia, Plzen Czech Republic, Hunting Art Prize Finalist 2012 and 2013, and Honor Student of the Year, Fine Art Department at University of Houston Clear Lake, published photographer, Seities Magazine, Calgary, Alberta
Artist Statement “There are often numerous stories within my works, some constructed by the artist and hopefully more interpreted by the viewer. I love how stories tend to stick with us, and how they can influence the way we see the world. So I’ve intended for my works to be both intimate and universal in this way. My work can offer an escape from our fast-moving world, and a much needed connection to both our human history and to the subtle forces of nature that still surround us.
I’m attracted to both intuitive and analytical decision making in my art-making process, and I try to let evidence of both remain in my finished works. In most of my works I want to combine representational forms with a sensitivity to subtle color and texture, embracing both spontaneity and control in my process for photographs and paintings alike.
My intention as an artist, in whatever media I choose, is to reveal and share new ways of seeing the overlooked in our everyday lives, highlighting the magic in the mundane. I'm attempting to thoughtfully see, create, and share as much as possible in the short life that I’ve been given, and I aspire to reflect the sincerity of all of these interests in my diverse body of work.”
Solo Exhibitions: 2018 Landscapes + Stories, René Wiley Gallery, Galveston, TX (Scheduled) 2017 End of the Road: Retro Galveston Lost and Found, René Wiley Gallery (October 14, 2017) 2016 born of the sky, René Wiley Gallery, Galveston, TX ( October 7, 2016-November 26, 2016) 2015 Eventide: René Wiley Gallery, Galveston, TX (October 10 – November 24, 2015) 2015 instant diaries: polaroids & paintings, Gallery Jatad, at Bosta Coffee & Wine, Houston, TX, (April 25 – July 25, 2015) 2014 New Landscapes: René Wiley Gallery, Galveston, TX (October 11 – November 24, 2014) 2014 aeonian echoes, FotoFest International Exhibit, Gallery Jatad, Houston, TX (March 13 - April 26) 2013 ceremonies of the air: peripheral views of galveston island, René Wiley Gallery, Galveston, TX (October 5 - November 24, 2013)
Awards/Honors/Scholarships: 2017 Commissioned to paint the USS Gabrielle Giffords Naval Ship, Galveston, TX 2014 Honor Student of the Year in Fine Arts, University of Houston-Clear Lake, Houston, TX Honorable Mention, 2014 BFA Juried Exhibition, University of Houston-Clear Lake 2013 Hunting Art Prize Finalist 2013, Hunting PLC, Houston, TX 2012 Hunting Art Prize Finalist 2012, Hunting PLC, Houston, TX International Art Consortium Award, University of West Bohemia, Plzen, Czech Republic International Education Fee Award Scholarship, University of Houston-Clear Lake, Houston, TX 2011 Best of Show Award, 2011 Winter Juried Exhibition, The Arts Alliance Center, Clear Lake, TX 2009 Dean's Award Scholarship, University of Houston-Clear Lake, Houston, TX 2008 People's Choice Award, Fall 2008 Juried Student Show, College of the Mainland, Texas City, TX 2003 Academic Scholarship, University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX
Education: 2015 Bachelors of Fine Arts, University of Houston Clear Lake (scheduled) Studied under Jason Makepeace, Sandria Hu, Nick DeVries, Matthew Linton 2012 University of West Bohemia, Plzen, Czech Republic Associate of Visual Arts, College of the Mainland, Texas City, TX Studied under Mark Greenwalt 2011 Associate of Art, Galveston College, Galveston, TX 2004 Glassell School of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX 2004 University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX
Two Person Exhibition: 2014 Georgetown Arts Center with Rene Wiley, Georgetown, TX, (July 25 – August 31)
Selected Group Exhibitions: 2016 Mementos: Winter Juried Exhibition, Cannon Beach Gallery, Cannon Beach, Oregon 2015 Rockin Rollin Prints Juried Exhibition, Print Matters, Williams Tower, Houston, TX Winged Galveston: 2015 Group Exhibition, René Wiley Gallery, Galveston, TX Barrier Island: 2015 Group Exhibition, René Wiley Gallery, Galveston, TX 2014 2014 Bachelors of Fine Arts Juried Exhibition, University of Houston Clear Lake, Houston, Texas Oh Snap 2, Juried Exhibition of Cell Phone Photography, College of the Mainland Art Gallery Seities STREETS issue, Photography Publication Launch & Exhibition , Shelf Life Books, Calgary, Alberta, Canada When They Roll Up The Sidewalks, Group Exhibition, University of Houston at Clear Lake, TX 2013 TWELVE, Group Exhibition of Photography, July 13, 2013, The Grand 1894 Opera House Summer Reflections, Group Exhibition, May 31 - July 12, 2013, René Wiley Gallery, Galveston 2013 Hunting Art Prize Gala, May 4, 2013, Friedkin Companies Campus, Houston, TX Foggy Illuminations, January 2013 Group Exhibition, René Wiley Gallery, Galveston, TX 2012 2012 Hunting Art Prize Gala, April 28 2012, Friedkin Companies Campus, Houston, TX Summer Light, 2012 Group Exhibition, René Wiley Gallery, Galveston, TX Oh Snap, 2012 Juried Photography Exhibition, College of The Mainland Art Gallery, Texas City, Light and Water, 2012 Group Exhibition, René Wiley Gallery, Galveston, TX 2011 Winter Juried Exhibition, Juror: Nina Makepeace,The Arts Alliance Center at Clear Lake Fall Juried Student Show, College of the Mainland Art Gallery, Texas City, TX Night and Day, 2011 Group Exhibition, René Wiley Gallery, Galveston, TX 2008 Fall 2008 Juried Student Show, College of the Mainland Art Gallery, Texas City, TX
Publications: 2016 A Family Tradition, Coast Monthly Magazine, August 2016 2015 Galveston Monthly Magazine, cover image, September 2015 2014 aeonian echoes, Gallery Jatad, 2014 catalog of exhibition images, Houston, TX Culture Scene, Houston Chronicle, April 10, 2014, Houston, TX THEME:STREETS SEITIES no. 003, Winter 13/14, Juried Publication, Calgary, Alberta, Canada Shallow Dance, Matty Sullivan, collection of essays, selected cover image Inspired by Marfa, Students Create Their Own Art Haven, Kallie Hayde, The Signal Newspaper,University of Houston-Clear Lake, Page 7. 2013 Featured Artist, Donna Gable Hatch, Galveston Monthly Magazine, October 2014 Issue, Pages 48-50. 2013 Treasures Magazine, Art & Life in Galveston County, First Edition 2013, Fischer Bessi, Page 13. 2012 Alliance Provides Forum for Artists, Lori Meeks, Houston Chronicle, January 3, Vol. 70, Page 8B.
Volunteer Service: 2015-2016 Seeding Galveston, Urban Garden & Food Bank Donations, Galveston, TX 2013-2016 Galveston Humane Society, Galveston, TX 2014-2016 Ronald McDonald House, Galveston, TX 2010-2012 Volunteer Biologist Aide, The Rainforest at Moody Gardens, Galveston, TX 2009-2010 Art Teacher, Sunshine Center, Galveston Arts Center, Galveston, TX 2007-2008 Volunteer Biologist Aide, The Aquarium and The Rainforest at Moody Gardens, Galveston, TX
Professional Experience: 2009-Current Gallery Assistant, René Wiley Gallery, Galveston, TX 2008-Current Private Painting Instructor, Rachel Wiley-Janota Fine Art, Galveston, TX 2011-2015 “Art for All” Education Outreach Instructor, Galveston Arts Center, Galveston, TX 2010-2012 Galveston Arts Columnist, The Parrot Newspaper, Galveston, TX 2004-2012 Office Manager, Dr. Richard C. Ressling, D.D.S. Inc., Houston, TX
Charitable Donations of Artworks 2013-2018: Galveston Historical Foundation, 1877 Tall Ship Elissa Galveston ISD Educational Foundation Ronald McDonald House of Galveston Galveston Island Humane Society Galveston Chapter AAZK Galveston’s Seafarers Center Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council Muscular Dystrophy Association Houston Galveston Island’s Own Farmers Market Galveston Island’s Lifeguards Coastal Conservation Association of Galveston Galveston Island Tree Conservancy Moody Methodist Church SMART Family Literacy Galveston Art Center Family Service Center of Galveston