Janine Vigus designs books and exhibitions with artists, editors, curators, and art historians. She has worked on staff at several local institutions, including LACMA, the Fowler Museum at UCLA, and LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes. She has designed the research journal and several books with the Huntington Library Press, Steve Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, Chaffey Community Museum of Art, Ontario, and artists and art historians including Thomas Frontini (forthcoming, 2023), Birgitta Lindros Wohl (forthcoming, 2023), Rafa Cardenas (2021), Erin Curtis and Linda Vallejo (2019), Nancy Macko (2007 and 2015), Elizabeth Saveri (2010), Victoria Daily (2009), and with the Small Arms Survey, Geneva (2008). She has also collaborated with artists and curators to develop and design exhibitions including with Erin Curtis and Mujeres de Maíz, Erendina Delgadillo and the estate of Gilbert "Magu" Lujan, John Pohl and Asaro with the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, with Esperanza Sanchez and local Latinx scholars and activists, and with Mariah Shevchuk and Five Oaks Museum in Portland.
She has designed identities for the Chinese American Museum (Los Angeles) and the Vincent Price Art Museum (Los Angeles). While at LACMA she assessed, managed, and designed the museum's members' publication and exhibition promotional materials including street banners and print advertising. She collaborated with John Coy and Claes Oldenburg on a book for Gemini G.E.L. that was included in Mixing Messages: Graphic Design in Contemporary Culture at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum (1996).
Janine co-organized and led workshops at the California Association of Museums conference in Santa Barbara and San Francisco (2013–14) on the intersection of design and narrative in exhibition design. She has been an active member of an association of exhibition professionals, "Excellent Judges," who reviewed and assessed exhibitions in Los Angeles from 2008–16. She organized a workshop to review wayfinding and exhibition narrative at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes in 2012.
- MA in Art History - The Open University, UK (Merit), 2018
- UK Art History dissertation prize nominee
- BA in Studio Fine Arts - The Evergreen State College, WA
- History of Typographic Form
- Language and Gender
- Conceptual Art & Design
- Pushing the Press exhibition, Art + Design Museum, Los Angeles. Curated by Michael Dooley, 2016
- David Tudor’s Rainforest pop-up installation at Machine Projects, 2011
- Mixing Messages: Graphic Design in Contemporary Culture exhibition, 1996. Collection of the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian National Design Museum
- Bobrow Thomas and Associates 20th anniversary celebration invitation, Simpson Paper Competition. An international traveling exhibition, 1993
- Claes Oldenburg: Sculptures & Lithographs at Gemini, 1988–91. Catalog design with John Coy and Laurie Handler. American Center for Design 16th Annual 100 Show, 1992
- Illustration for Pentagram Design. Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles Illustration West Certificate of Merit and exhibition, 1992
- PubWest Book Design, Academic or non-trade book. Lucy Peltz. Facing the Text: Extra-Illustration, Print Culture, and Society in Britain, 1769–1840. National Portrait Gallery, London and Huntington Library Press, San Marino. Silver award, 2018
- Publishing Professionals Network exhibition and book show, San Francisco. Suzanne Muchnic, LACMA So Far, Huntington Library Press, Certificate of Merit award, 2016
- Dooley, Michael. “Location, Location: For Designers, Downtown is LA’s New West Side,” Print, 2016
- American Association of Museums Publication Design award, At the Museum, 1998
- Claes Oldenburg: Sculptures & Lithographs at Gemini, 1988–91. Catalog design with John Coy and Laurie Handler included in Lupton, Ellen. Mixing Messages: Graphic Design in Contemporary Culture, Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian National Design Museum, 1997