Janet Van Fleet is a self-taught Cabot, Vermont artist who produces two primary bodies of work: wall-hung Circular Statements that use buttons and other disks in wire grids, and freestanding figurative works called Curious Lifeforms, assembled using wood, wire, and found objects.Van Fleet grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, studied briefly at the Art Institute of Chicago, then went on to earn a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Education. She is a founder of Studio Place Arts (SPA), a three-story community center for the visual arts in Barre, Vermont, where her studio is located. She has been a Vermont reviewer for Art New England, and founded Vermont Art Zine with the late Marc Awodey. The Vermont Council on the Arts awarded her grants in 1996 and 2005 for the creation of three large installations, and in 2010 she traveled to Nagoya, Japan for On the Planet, an exhibit in connection with the UN Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biodiversity.