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Jana Millstone/Joan Libby Hawk Collaboration
2021 Fellowship Award Recipient

Collaboration Statement

Color & Clay – Duet is a collaborative project created by ceramist Joan Libby Hawk and painter Jana Millstone that integrates three-dimensional clay art and two-dimensional painting within a specially designed installation. Their purpose is to explore the ideas and aesthetic connection between the art forms, their makers and the viewer.

Jana Millstone 



Born in New York City, Jana Millstone is a painter who has made Sarasota her home. Jana holds a BFA from Pratt Institute, with additional studies at Parsons School of Design, The Art Students League, and the Fashion Institute of Technology.  She has exhibited in New York at Brooks Jackson Iolas Gallery, Porter Contemporary, Site-Brooklyn, as well as Susquehanna Museum of Art, PA. Her work can currently be seen at Art Uptown Gallery in Sarasota. Winner of the Society of Illustrators scholarship, she has since received numerous awards including the statewide Florida’s Finest first prize. Jana is a member of the following organizations: The Petticoat Painters; Florida Artist Group (FLAG); Women Contemporary Artists (WCA) and National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW). Her career designing high-end consumer products for home, fashion, and business culminated in her role as Director of Design Concept for Lenox China. She credits this experience with her facility to conceive and follow through the complex creative process. She works on more than one series at a time, each with a unique stylistic approach that is dictated by subject matter. She is currently collaborating on project of installations combining the ceramics of Joan Libby Hawk with her paintings in a visual and ideological dialog called Color & Clay-Duet.

Jana characterizes her practice as “a weird mix of play, alchemy, terror, and transcendence.”

Joan Libby Hawk

 Joan Libby Hawk anchors her ceramics in a modern sensibility, while referencing classic forms.  Emphasizing directness and disarming simplicity, she works in porcelain and stoneware utilizing a variety of firing techniques.  A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, she studied at the Ruskin School of Art in Oxford, England and subsequently earned an MFA in ceramics from the City University of New York.  Living abroad in Bangkok, Thailand and Phnom Penh, Cambodia, provided opportunities to study Asian art and ceramics. In 2017 she opened her Sarasota studio after a career in New York directing communications at NGOs, government and the United Nations promoting women’s human rights. A member of Sarasota’s Art Uptown gallery, where a changing exhibit of her work is always on view, she teaches ceramics at Suncoast Technical College and belongs to Women Contemporary Artists (WCA).  Shows include COLOR & CLAY—DUET, Art Uptown, February 2021 and participation in area juried exhibits such as the statewide Florida’s Finest 2020 at Art Center Sarasota.