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Local Artist Feature Wall: Janis Hefley

Displayed on our Local Artist Wall in the Gill Library, our fall feature artist Janis Hefley and her series of mesmerizing photographic works.

Digital imaging was in its infancy when Janis first became fascinated with black and white darkroom photography. Her original training was shooting film with single-lens-reflex cameras and darkroom printing processes. She taught both Latin and Art at ESD while finishing her master's degree and was offered the photography teaching position, which was a blessing. Janis taught in the same classroom and at the same desk and computer with the Studio Art teacher. The photo lab was a tiny darkroom with two enlargers. She worked to improve and expand the photography program at ESD for 17 years. The administration was very supportive and allowed her to design the entire photography digital lab, studio, and darkroom spaces in the new Susan B. Frank building. Janis loved her teaching experience at ESD and the many wonderful students she had the privilege of teaching. She retired from teaching at the end of 2012 and has since built a successful art photography business. She is very honored to have been chosen as the ESD Feature Artist for 2021 and is donating 20% of all sales in this show to the Visual Arts Department.

While practicing her career as an art photographer, Janis Hefley has exhibited her work extensively. In addition to this solo exhibition at ESD, her work is currently showing at the new location of Photographs Do Not Bend (PDNB) Gallery in Dallas. During the COVID-19 shutdown, her work was featured in the Celebrating Women Artists online exhibition at PDNB Gallery. Recently, her work was shown at the Contemporary Art Center in Abilene, Texas. She has also exhibited at Tom Maddrey PLLC, North Haven Gardens, The Small Gallery, The Dallas Bath House Cultural Center, and the McKinney Avenue Contemporary Gallery.

 Her work has been featured in D Magazine and most recently in Mountain Living Magazine as part of a Thom Filicia design.

Please visit the installation in the Gill Library or her website to view more of her work.