Visual Art

Artwork of a Master Teacher: Janet Carson’s Work On Display in New Exhibit

work and prints – some from her home archives – feature Carson’s vivid colors and unique perspectives

Hannah Bryson |

ARTWORK OF A MASTER TEACHER. Janet Carson's artwork will soon be on display at the Pablo Center.
ARTWORK OF A MASTER TEACHER. Legendary artist Janet Carson's artwork will soon be on display at the Pablo Center. (Submitted photos)

Janet Carson painted life as she saw it. “Never one to shy from the hard reality of an object, she amplified the mundane in order to create a beautiful new point of view either by lending vivid color to an object, or a unique perspective,” said Rose Dolan-Neil, visual and literary manager at the Pablo Center at the Confluence. Carson taught art at UW-Eau Claire for 26 years and was the namesake of the gallery at the former Eau Claire Regional Arts Center. Her unique perspective on the Chippewa Valley will be virtually on display April 9 through June 13. The exhibit will feature 10 of her works – including prints from her home archives, which were gifted to the Pablo Center after her death in 2019. It will be the first time these prints are on view at the Pablo Center. “Many of her works in our collection feature old machinery, rusted gates, and tools and gadgets of her own imagination,” Dolan-Neil said. “Using her lifetime of skill and her world views, she was able to capture her environment in the beautiful colors of a watercolor palette, or in the elegant simplicity of a monotone print.” Check out the exhibit online at