Janet Trierweiler

My passion for gestural abstract painting is reflected by my focus on the sensual nature of art and the healing aspect of beauty. The acceptance of paradox has been one of the most healing lessons of my life. My process reflects this attitude. It is both fluid and structural, organic and geometric, improv and laborious design. For me, painting is the challenge of bringing together what is seen and what is felt as one integrated unified whole.


  • The School of the Art Institute of Chicago - B.F.A.
  • American Academy of Art - Classical Drawing and Painting Studies
  • New York Institute of Art and Design - Certificate in Feng Shui Design


Oil, acrylic, and watercolor painting, drawing, ceramics

Areas of focus:

Gestural, expressionistic abstract painting. Minimal, elemental painting.



Exhibition highlights:

"Alma IV" Spring Exhibition, Chicago, IL 2023

"Art on the Move" Alma Gallery, , Chicago,Illinois 2022

"Of Two Minds"  Vivid Gallery, Winnetka, Illinois 2020

"Dual"  Gallery OTR, Evanston, Illinois 2019

"Untitled," Vivid Gallery, Winnetka, IL - 2018

"Undertow," Vivid Gallery, Winnetka, IL - 2017

"Janet Trierweiler/New Abstract Paintings," Leslie Wolfe Gallery, Chicago, IL - 2017

Other interests and inspirations:

Family, travel, nature, music

Publication highlights:

"The Thought-Provokers Celebrating Artists and Creatives," Voyage Chicago - 2018

"Chicago Creatives, Local Artists who Inspire Us," Voyage Chicago - 2018

Evanston Magazine - 2015

"Elemental Forms," Sheridan Road - October 2014

"Creating art in a spirited way: an interview with Janet Trierweiler," Pantheon - July 2014

Janet's teaching style:

She combines the learning of technical skill building with discussions of master artists and the history of art.  Janet builds the excitement and interest in students with her encouraging and relaxed approach and understands that each student is unique with their own direction, talent, and potential.

Janet loves EAC because . . .

The staff are truly some of the hardest-working and most creative and helpful people she knows. She loves the opportunity to guide talented students toward their unique personal expression and enjoys learning from them as much as they learn from her and each other.

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