Janice Lessman-Moss is a weaver whose art practice revolves around an interest in the interconnection of abstract systems rooted in the common binary language of the computer and the loom. Networks of patterns, composed digitally on the computer screen are informed by the architecture of the weaving process in combination with an element of random selection and intuitive sense of order. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she currently resides in Kent, Ohio, where she is Professor and Head of the program in Textiles at Kent State University. She is strongly committed to education in textile art and design and maintains a vibrant studio in the School of Art. Her deep engagement with digital weaving led her to Digital Weaving Norway in Honefoss, Norway where, in 2013, she was their first Artist-in-Residence, and more recently, she completed a residency at the Icelandic Textile Center in Blonduous, Iceland.
Lessman-Moss received her BFA from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University and her MFA from the University of Michigan. Her work has been included in solo and group exhibitions throughout the U.S. and in Poland, Japan, Israel, Korea, and the Netherlands. She has been awarded nine Individual Artist Fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council since 1984, and received an Arts Midwest/National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Crafts. In 2016, she was recognized with the Ohio Governor’s Award for Individual Artist.
Portrait photo by Robert Christy, Kent State University.