Janet Braun-Reinitz is a painter, community muralist and activist. Her involvement in social justice issues began in 1961 as a freedom rider when she was arrested and jail in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Since 1984 she has collaborated in painting more than fifty community murals in NYC, elsewhere in the USA and in seven international locations. The mural work has been chronicled in several documentary films including Beyond the Walls, Gail Embrey, Power Surge Productions, 2014, La GrandeJatte in Harlem, Directed and Edited by Thomas W. Campbell , 2013 , and The Women of Nostrand and Greene, Dave Reinitz, H2F Productions, 2006.
Her art has been widely exhibited, most recently in a solo exhibition at the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, 2018. Painted Ladies Speak….is a series of 60 collages rooted in a conversation between images of women In iconic art history references and contemporary social justice protests, from A (Angelico) to Z (Zubaran), from feminism and racism to gun violence. The painted ladies speak to us through the contemporary signage/commentary they carry.
Braun-Reinitz’s work is in collections as diverse as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Oakland Museum of CA, Bristol-Myers Corporation, NYC, PAD/D Archives, MOMA. In addition, she has twice been the recipient of “Anonymous”, a grant for the creation of political art (2014 and 2009), as well as other grants and prizes and is the co-author of On The Wall: Four Decades of Community Muralsin New York City.