Artist Biography

The work of Janice Wright Cheney – whose textile-based practice explores themes pertaining to natural history and domestic labour – has been shown both nationally and internationally. Most recently, her solo exhibition Trespass (2010) was displayed at the New Brunswick Museum, Saint John, NB and at the Tides Institute and Museum of Art in Eastport, ME. Her work is in the collections of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the New Brunswick Museum and the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. She has received numerous creation grants from the New Brunswick Arts Board and The Canada Council for the Arts. She was the 2004 recipient of the prestigious Strathbutler Award for Excellence in the Arts, and has been elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (2010). Wright Cheney was among artists selected for Oh Canada, a survey of contemporary Canadian art, held at MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA, 2012.

Janice Wright Cheney graduated from Mount Allison University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1983, and completed a MEd in Critical Studies at UNB (2003).  Wright Cheney lives in Fredericton NB, where she teaches at the New Brunswick College of Craft & Design.


And I quote:

“Several years ago I began making detailed studies of insects in embroidery. I strive to render the insects as realistically as possible by referring to field guides and often working from actual specimens.”

-Janice Wright Cheney