Janice Essick is a predominantly self-taught artist who developed her love of painting in high school. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Janice came to Interact in 2005, eager to devote her days to painting and drawing and establish herself as a professional artist in the Twin Cities arts community. Janice has developed an extensive body of work during her time at Interact and continues to paint and draw steadfastly, with hopes of gaining wider recognition. Janice shows regularly at Interact Gallery and other local Minnesota galleries, including a 2010 exhibition at Form and Content Gallery. In 2009, Janice participated in Interact's FAME (Fine Artist Mentorship Experience) program, in which she was mentored by locally and nationally recognized Minneapolis based artist Janet Lobberecht. In addition to showing in galleries across the Twin Cities, Janice’s work was used by award winning set designer Kate Sutton-Johnson in the stage designs of Theater Latte Da’s Six Degrees of Separation.