Jano Walley collection of visual materials

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This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

150 photographic prints and 4 pencil drawings of materials, including photographs of art work by Jano Walley: ceramics (teacups, dishes, and decorative art objects with non-objective glaze designs); jewelry (primarily bracelets, necklaces and earrings of twisted wire, metal and beads); and a few decorative metal sculptures.

Biographical Historical Note

Jano Walley was a ceramics and jewelry designer who was married to John Walley. Jano Walley studied at the Institute of Design and taught jewelry and ceramics at various Midwest art institutions, including Black Mountain College and the University of Illinois at Navy Pier. Both Jano and her husband, John Walley, were major contributors to the Chicago arts scene in the 1940s and 1950s and often held arts-related events at their studio and apartment.

Additional Notes

Related collections: John Walley Collection of Visual Materials, Connie Moran Collection of Visual Materials, Franz Lipp Collection of Visual Materials, and John Walley Papers, Visual Materials from the Institute of Design, Chicago History Museum; John E. Walley Papers, University of Illinois at Chicago, Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives.