Janet Echelman is an American artist who creates aerial urban sculpture that responds to environmental forces including wind, water, and sunlight. This year she premiered Water Sky Garden at the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games, and she completed 2009′s largest US public art commission, Her Secret is Patience, a new civic icon for Phoenix that has been hailed for contributing to the revitalization of its downtown. Echelman’s 160-foot-tall waterfront She Changes in Portugal was called “one of the truly significant public artworks in recent years” by Sculpture Magazine. Her art has been presented in Spain, Italy, Portugal, Lithuania, India, Japan, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Canada, Mexico, and the US. She graduated from Harvard College and completed graduate degrees in psychology and painting, yet is a self-taught sculptor.