Janet Koplos, lead author, is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communications and earned a master’s degree in art history from Illinois State University. She has been writing regularly on all art mediums for 25 years, in newspapers, magazines, catalogs and books. She was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts critic’s grant in 1978, and from 1990 - 2009 she was a senior editor at Art in America magazine in New York City. Since 1976 she has written approximately 2,500 articles, reviews, essays and chapters. She is the author of Contemporary Japanese Sculpture (1991) and Gyongy Laky (2003).
Koplos has lectured extensively, and has juried, critiqued and consulted. Her services to the field include stints on the boards of the Twin Cities Journalism Review and the American Section of the Association Internationale de Critiques d’Art, and the College Art Association’s Frank Jewett Mather Award Committee. She is on the faculty of the Parsons New School of Design, teaching “Criticism: Concept and Practice.” The particular strengths she brings to this project are her journalism training as a clear writer; her long exposure to the entire spectrum of crafts, art, architecture and design; and her decades of experience in editing.