Janet Fish was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1938 and raised in Bermuda. Fish received a Bachelor of Arts degree at Smith College, Northampton MA and a Master of Fine Arts degree at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. She also studied at the Skowhegan Summer School, Maine and the Art Students League NYC.
Public collections include The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois; The Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio; Dallas Museum of Art, Texas; and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
Fish won the 2005 William A. Paton Prize for a watercolor, National Academy of Design, 2001 Henry Ward Ranger Purchase Prize, National Academy of Design,
2000 Lyme Academy, Lyme, CT: Honorary Dr. FA, 1994 American Academy of Arts and Letters Award, the 1993 Outstanding Woman in the Arts, Aspen Art Museum, CO, an Australian Council for the Arts grant to travel and lecture in Australia in 1975; MacDowell Colony Fellowships in 1968, 1969 and 1972 and the Harris Award, Chicago Biennial, 1974.
In 1987, Burton Skira & Co. Ltd. published the book Janet Fish by Gerrit Henry.
In 1997, John Szoke Graphics, Inc., published The Prints of Janet Fish. A Catalogue Raisonné by Linda Konheim Kramer. In 2002 Harry N. Abrams Inc. published “Janet Fish paintings ” by Vincent Katz.
Janet Fish works in her studios in New York City and Middletown Springs, Vermont and is represented by DC Moore Gallery, New York.