Janet Taylor Pickett retired as a professor of art at the Essex County College after 31 years. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, and her artwork is in private and public collections, including the Montclair Art Museum. She has been the recipient of a Ford Foundation Grant, a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship, a Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Grant, a Pilchuck Glass School Fellowship and a Valapariso Foundation Fellowship in Mojacar, Spain. Janet is an active working artist and lecturer and is an adjunct art professor at Bloomfield College. She has lived in Montclair for more than 17 years.