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Janet Biggs ’81 is an American artist, known primarily for her work in video, photography and performance. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She has captured such events as speeding motorcycles on the Bonneville Salt Flats, Olympic synchronized swimmers in their attempts to defy gravity, kayaks performing a synchronized ballet in Arctic waters, sulfur miners inside an active volcano, a camel caravan crossing the Taklamakan desert of Western China, and the exploration of an otherworldly crystal cavern half a mile below the earth’s surface.

Biggs received her undergraduate degree from Moore College of Art, and pursued graduate studies at Rhode Island School of Design.

She has had solo exhibitions and film screenings at the Blaffer Art Museum, d’art contemporain de Montréal; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; the Armory Art Fair; Tampa Museum of Art; Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl; Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art; Mint Museum of Art; Everson Museum of Art; Gibbes Museum of Art; Rhode Island School of Design Museum; and the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Australia; among others.

Her work has been featured in the first International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Cartagena, Colombia; the Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon, France; Vantaa Art Museum, Finland; Linkopings Konsthall, Passagen, Sweden; the Oberosterreichisches Landesmuseum, Austria; Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany; Museo d’arte contemporanea Roma, Italy; and the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan.

Reviews of her work have appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker, ArtForum, ARTNews, Art in America, Flash Art, Artnet.com, and many others.

Biggs is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including the Electronic Media and Film Program at the New York State Council on the Arts Award, the Arctic Circle Fellowship/Residency, Art Matters, Inc., the Wexner Center Media Arts Program Residency, the Anonymous Was a Woman Award, and the NEA Fellowship Award.

Her work is in collections including La Collezione Videoinsight®, Turin, Italy; Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain (FRAC), Languedoc-Roussillon, France; Zabludowicz Collection, London, England; the Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL: the High Museum, Atlanta, GA; the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC; and Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, NC.; and the New Britain Museum of Art, New Britain, Connecticut.

Janet Biggs is represented by Cristin Tierney Gallery, New York, NY, Galerie Analix Forever, Geneva, Switzerland, CONNERSMITH, Washington, DC, and Galerie Anita Beckers (Blink Video Art), Frankfurt, Germany.