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Janine Polak

Assistant Professor of Art+Design

Janine Polak has exhibited throughout the U.S., including at Essex Flowers in New York, N.Y.; Brennan & Griffin, NYC; Scott Charmin in Houston, Texas; and Sardine in Brooklyn, N.Y.; and internationally in Beijing, China, and Australia. She currently lives and works in Queens, N.Y.

Polak received her BA in studio art and economics from the University of Virginia in 2005 and was awarded an Aunspaugh Fellowship the following year. In 2008, she earned her MFA in sculpture at the Yale University School of Art. She began teaching in the School of Art+Design at Purchase College as a part-time lecturer in 2011–12 and then as a part-time assistant professor from 2012–13 through 2014–15. She is currently a visiting assistant professor and the coordinator of the foundation program in the School of Art+Design.

Representative Courses


Peer Mentoring

Lens & Time

Make, Mix, Move

Special Topics: Fibers