Janet Eldridge-Taylor

M.A. Massachusetts College of Art
M.A. Art Edu. UMass Amherst, MA
M.A. School of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
BFA, UMass Amherst, MA

Originally from Massachusetts, I grew up in a town north of Boston. My dad was in the 10th Mountain Division in WW II and taught me to ski when I was 2 years old. Hiking and skiing in New Hampshire as well as going to museums in Boston and studying art determined the interests that I still pursue.

I attended the University of Massachusetts in Amherst earning a BFA degree in 3 years and a MAT the following year. While working as a high school art teacher for ten years, I continued taking courses at Mass College of Art and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston earning 65 credits beyond my Master’s degree. I worked in the Career Placement Office at the Museum School for 2 years and had an art studio in Boston. At that time, I was exhibiting oil paintings in national juried art shows.

My husband worked for the Fish and Wildlife Service and we moved out west to California. During the next 20 years, we moved three more times. We lived in Virginia Beach where I taught art at a middle school in Norfolk, Virginia. Our next move was to Kodiak, Alaska where I taught oil painting at a community college, worked at a small historical museum and took lots of photos of bears! We moved once again to a remote island location in the Gulf of Mexico when my husband got a job with the National Park Service at Dry Tortugas National Park.

In 2001, we returned to New England and bought an old farmhouse we are renovating in Halifax, Vermont. I have been teaching art classes at MSA for 8 years and thoroughly enjoy the enthusiasm the students have for the program.