STAMPS School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan published

Janet Taylor Pickett: History and Artistry

September 25, 2023

“If you want to get to know renowned artist Janet Taylor Pickett, look no further than her artwork, which is informed by her personal and shared history.  ‘Everybody has a story to tell,’ Taylor Pickett said. ‘The paintings, the mixed-media, the fabric works… my past informs all of it somehow. It’s part of who I am. No matter what I chose to do, my history would be imbued into it one way or another.’  Taylor Pickett’s history is firmly rooted in Ann Arbor, Michigan. As part of the third generation in her maternal family raised in the city, Taylor Pickett received her BFA from the University of Michigan in 1970 and her MFA in 1972. She is recorded as one of the first Black students to receive a BFA and MFA at U‑M.  Taylor Pickett reflects on her rich history and U‑M experience as a celebrated artist.”


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