TED Talk 2011

For speaking engagements, contact: artstudio (at) echelman.com.


“It is not a small task to impress the Yale World Fellows. Incredibly accomplished leaders from around the world, the Fellows have seen and heard a lot. And Janet had them mesmerized. Her warm and engaging personality, her creativity, the passion she holds for her work captivated the group. Janet is an inspiration!”

Valerie Rose Belanger,
Managing Director,
Yale University – World Fellows Program
New Haven, CT

“Janet was the perfect speaker to launch our Conference on leaders catalyzing action! Through collaboration and team building, she is indeed catalyzing action, and her magnificent installations are transforming urban places around the world. Her story is inspiring and the potential of her work unlimited!”

Rob Collier,
Council of Michigan Foundations
Grand Rapids, MI

“Janet was the closing plenary speaker for ICMA’s 2012 Annual Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, which attracted 2,500 attendees. The conference took place just blocks from Civic Space Park, where Her Secret is Patience is the focal point. Janet took the engagement more seriously than most keynote speakers, investing considerable energy in tailoring her presentation to our audience by learning about their responsibilities and taking the time to speak with ICMA leadership and a number of members. She also graciously agreed to a last-minute request to meet with a group of ICMA’s young leaders. In response to Janet’s presentation, which focused on the important role that public art can play in revitalizing communities, one attendee observed that her presentation ‘… was outstanding and I think it would be great to start the conference with someone like that who focused on the right brain plus interesting visuals. I loved how she made the connection between communities and art forms. More of that!”

Ross Hoff,
Conference Director, Director of International Programs,
International City/County Management Association (ICMA)

“Janet held a spiritual, inspiring lecture, which moved the audience because of the strong artistic expression in her art installations. We were brought into her artistic life with her warm and gentle voice telling us about all the joy, all the challenges and the hard work behind the success of her art installation … She inspired the students and her Norwegian art colleges with sharing her knowledge and showing her amazing art installations.”

Hilde Hauan Johnsen,
Bergen Academy of Art and Design,
Bergen, Norway

“Because of the diversity of the Surface Design Association population – artists, designers, educators, students, curators, museums and libraries, etc. – it’s not always easy for a presenter to appeal to the wide range of interests in our field.  Janet was first-up at the recent SDA conference in San Antonio Her talk completely resonated with the group and set a buoyant tone for the rest of the conference.  We were mesmerized, energized, inspired and just plain smitten.  The standing ovation said it all.”

Diane Sandlin,
Executive Director,
Surface Design Association,
Austin, Texas

“Janet Echelman was simply amazing. Not only was her lecture inspiring, thought provoking, and insightful, she patiently engaged students during her entire visit to Toledo. She exceeded expectations and I hope she revisits our city soon.”

John Henry Livingston,
Founder of Whirlwind U Motivational Institute,
Lifeplan of Toledo for Teens & Coference Host

“Janet clearly made an incredible impact … She can provide us with an opportunity to reshape our community artistically.”

Peter Gerkin,
President of Lucas County Commissioners
Toledo, OH

“Janet Echelman’s presentation was inspiring, entertaining and thought provoking.  Her ability to take what most people would see as a desperate situation, when her art materials didn’t arrive, and turn it into an opportunity by being able to see a fishing net in a way that others didn’t.  Her approach to art showed that without collaboration and research, creativity may never leave the sketch pad. Ms. Echelman was engaging and a delight to hear speak and her message of never giving up and belief in yourself came through loud and clear.”

John Adams,
Senior Director for Enrollment Brand Strategy,
The University of Toledo

Other Lectures


King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)
“Taking Imagination Seriously”
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
January 12, 2013

Lamar Dodd School of Art
University of Georgia
Artist Talk
February 11, 2013


International City/County Management Association (ICMA) 98th Annual Conference
“Revitalizing Urban Spaces with Public Art”
Phoenix, Arizona
October 10, 2012

American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Annual Meeting and Expo
“Merging Art and Landscape”
Phoenix, Arizona
October 1, 2012

International Hands-On Textiles Conference
“Contemporary Textile Art and Design”
Sogn og Fjordane Museum of Fine Arts
Forde, Norway
September 27, 2012

Lifeplan for Teens of Toledo ‘Taking Imagination Seriously’ Conference
“Taking Imagination Seriously”
University of Toledo
Toledo, Ohio
April 25, 2012


TED2011: The Rediscovery of Wonder, “Threads of Discovery” session
“Taking Imagination Seriously”
Long Beach, CA
March 4, 2011

Presidential Speaker Series: Profiles in Innovation
“A New Way of Creating Art”
Northeastern University
Boston, MA
December 1, 2011

Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Artist Talk
Boston, MA
November 3, 2011

Wentworth Institute of Technology
Artist Talk
Boston, MA
November 2, 2011

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Artist Talk
Joint Program Presentation
Cambridge, MA
April 22, 2011

Fairmount Park Art Association
“Shaping Public Space”
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia, PA
April 4, 2011

10th Annual Conversation on the Liberal Arts Conference: ‘The Fine Art of the Liberal Arts’
Artist Talk
Westmont College
Santa Barbara, CA
February 26, 2011


The ArtScience Prize, Water Panel
Panel Discussion
Boston, MA
October 29, 2010

Texas State University
Artist Talk
San Antonio, TX
October 12, 2010

Denver Art Museum
Artist Talk
Denver, CO
July 9, 2010

Aspen Ideas Festival
“Public Sculpture and Private Creativity”
Aspen, CO
July 7, 2010

Public Art Network Preconference Roundtable Workshop: Redefining the Public Paradigm
“Temporary Public Art”
Baltimore, MD
June 25, 2010

University of Pennsylvania
“Cities and the Creative Economy”
Philadelphia, PA
May 27, 2010

Western New England College
“The Creative Mind”
Springfield, MA
April 29, 2010

22nd International Sculpture Center Conference,
“Language of Sculpture”
London, UK
April 9, 2010

Biola University Annual Symposium
“Artist in the City”
La Mirada, CA
March 6, 2010

“Artist Talk”
New York, NY
January 22, 2010

Art Chicago: NEXT Speaks
“The Fabric of Sculpture: Texture, Textile, Text”
Chicago, IL
May 2, 1010


Build Boston Conference
“Visionary Public Spaces”
Boston, MA
November 20, 2009

Boston Society of Architects Lecture Series
“Fluid Movement”
Boston Public Library
Boston, MA
October 21, 2009

Azusa Pacific
University Guest Lecture
Los Angeles, CA

Transcultural Exchange
“Exploring Careers in Creative Arts”
Boston, MA

Next American City URBANEX
US Salon”Urban Art in Public Spaces”


Montclair State University
“Shaping Public Space”
Montclair, NJ

The City University of New York
Macaulay Honors College Seminar
New York, NY

University of North Carolina Public Art 360 Symposium
“Art and Public Art: What’s the Difference: The Artist’s Roundtable
Chapel Hill, NC


Tampa Museum of Art
Visiting Artist Lecture
Tampa, FL

Textile Study Group of New York, Inc
Visiting Artist
New York, NY

Woodbury University
Visiting Artist Lecture
Burbank, CA

Museum of Arts and Design
“Air is Fluid” Exhibiting Artist Lecture
New York, NY

Vancouver Architecture League
Visiting Artist
Vancouver, Canada

Americans for the Arts Annual Convention
“Risk & Reward: Balancing Acts in Arts &  Community”
Las Vegas, NV


Rhode Island School of Design
Visiting Artist Lecture
Providence, RI

New York Foundation for the Arts
Visiting Artist Lecture
New York, NY