Janice was born in Maytown, Pennsylvania. She received her BFA from the New York State College of Art and Design at Alfred University in 2000 and her MFA in 2008 from the Department of Ceramics at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She has spent the last year as a fellow at the Roswell Artist in Residency program in New Mexico. Previously Jakielski was a visiting professor at Colorado State University and Metro State College of Art and Design.
Recent Exhibitions include; Cutting Edge: Celebration of Fibers at the Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY, Far From Near at the Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, New Mexico (solo, Fancy/Free at the Bruce Gallery, Edinboro University, Edinboro, Pennsylvania (solo) and I Love My Love With a J at the Anderson Ranch, Gideon Gartner Gallery, Snowmass, Colorado (solo).