Jane Dickson


Jane Dickson is a painter of urban life. She became known in the early ‘80s for her depiction of Times Square where she lived and worked from 1978 through 2008. Her vision has sprawled across America to include demolition derbies, carnivals, suburban homes, casinos, and highways. In 1981, Dickson organized “Messages to the Public” a Public Art Fund project, presenting artist designed works for SpectaColor’s 1 Times Square Billboard. In 2008 Dickson created a beloved series of 68 life-size mosaic figures of New Year’s Eve revelers installed in the Times Square subway stations. Dickson was an early member of the artist collective, Colab which presented the now legendary Times Square Show. She is married to the film director Charlie Ahearn with whom she collaborated on his seminal hip hop feature Wild Style. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and is included in the collections of 30 museums including The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art. In 2015, The National Portrait Gallery-Smithsonian Institution acquired her Portrait of Fab Five Freddy from 1982.

b. , New York

1976 B.A. Magna cum Laude, Visual Studies, Harvard University
1976 Studio Diploma, School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts

Solo Exhibitions
2015 The Return of City Maze, Wall Works, NY, S.Bronx NY
Seen Steven Harvey Fine Arts Project, NYC
2013 Out of Here 1999-2013 Omi International Arts Center, Hudson, NY
Reflected Glory Permanent laser-cut mural, Silent Barn, Bushwick, NY 2012 Whose World Is This? with Charlie Ahearn, William Patterson University, NJ
Eat Slots, Play Free Valentine, NYC
Dreamland Saoh Gallery Tokyo, Japan
2009 Night Driving Marlborough Gallery, NYC
2008 The Revelers: MTA Times Square Subway Station Mosaics NYC
2007 Sin Titul Galeria Petrus, San Juan, Puerto Rico
2006 Almost There Jersey City Museum, Project Room, Jersey City, NJ
2005 Every Ones A Winner Marlborough Chelsea, NYC
2003 New Work Marlborough Gallery, NYC
2001 Out Of Here Museum of Contemporary Art, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Someplace Else, Worldhouse Gallery, NYC
Road Trip Lemberg Gallery, Ferndale, MI
Lucky Food Miller Block Gallery, Boston, MA
More Live Girls Scolar Fine Art, London
1999 Out Of Here Galapagos, Brooklyn, NY
Almost Home University Galleries at California State, Northridge, CA
New Work Sandroni Rey, Los Angeles, CA
1998 Almost Flying Lemberg Gallery, Birmingham, MI
Strippers & Cars Vail Geisler Contemporary Art, Des Moines, IA
1997 Saints Grow Up Temple Gallery, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA
1996 Paradise Alley The Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, NYC
Peep Show The NY Kunsthalle, NYC
Who Do You Think You Are? Black + Herron Space, NYC
1994 Peepland: Paintings by Jane Dickson 1983-1993 Univ. Gal. of Illinois State Univ. Normal, IL Traveled to: State of Illinois Gallery, Chicago; Univ. Gal. Memphis State Univ., TN; Univ. Art Museum, Ariz. State Univ., Tempe, AZ; Long Beach Museum, CA;

Group Exhibitions
2015 Coney Art Walls commission, Thor Equities and Jeffrey Deitch
Painting 2.0 Museum Brandhorst, Munich, Germany
KIEV Biennial, Kiev Ukraine, Sept. “Mistakes Were Made” curated by John Miller
Coney Art Walls Curated by Jeffrey Deitch, Coney Island, NYC
The Side Show Edgewood Gallery, Yale School of Art New Haven CT
Turn Up the Volume, Bronx Art Space, NYC traveling: Sacramento, CA
MFTA Loves NYC: A Retrospective of Creative Reuse MFTA, LIC, NYC
New York View Museum of American Illustration NYC
2014 Holler If Ya Hear Me National Museum of Hip Hop, NYC
The Horse Is In The Cart George Adams Gallery, NYC
Bad Conscience Metro Pictures, NYC
On the Horizon; Contemporary Landscape Adelphi University, Long Island, NY
No City Is an Island Lodge Gallery, NYC
City Nights with Bill Rice, Steven Harvey Fine Arts, NYC
2013 The Way We Live Now Luisotti Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Door Room Window Steven Harvey Fine Arts, NYC
2012 Times Square Show Revisited Hunter College, NYC
Rarely Seen Contemporary Works on Paper Art Institute of Chicago, IL
2011 Art in the Street LA Museum of Contemporary Art, CA
2010 The Street as Studio Kunsthalle Vienna, Austria
Neither Model nor Muse, Women as Artists McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX
2009 Looking at Music: Side 2 Museum of Modern Art, NYC
Recent Acquisitions McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX
Martin Wong’s Downtown Crossings Asian/Pacific/American Inst, New York Univ, NYC
2008 Espece D’ESPACE, les annes 1980, premiere partie Magazin d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble, France (catalogue)
2005 Downtown Grey Art Gallery, New York Univ, NYC; catalogue by Princeton Press
The East Village Show The New Museum, NYC (featured in catalogue)
New York, New York Marlborough Gallery, Madrid, Spain, traveled to Caja Granada, Spain; (featured in catalogue)
2004 Get Off! The Museum of Sex, NYC
New York, New York Marlborough Gallery, NYC, Madrid & Granada, Spain
At The Crossroads of Desire Axa Gallery, NYC
2001 Reconfiguration; Works on Paper Central Academy of Fine Arts Gallery, Beijing, Traveling to Modern Chinese Art Foundation, Ghent, Belgium
2000 Snapshot Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD, traveled Aldrich Museum, Stamford CT
Recent Acquisitions Microsoft Corp, Redmond, WA
Go Figure Snug Harbor Cultural Center, NY (featured in catalogue)
The Perpetual Well: Contemporary Art from the Collection of the Jewish Museum
Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, traveling
1999 Beyond The Mountains: The Contemporary American Landscape The Art Gallery, Tulane Univ., LA traveling (catalogue)
Pushing Paint Guggenheim Gallery, Chapman University, CA
Together/Working The Art Museum, University of New Hampshire
Urban Mythologies Bronx Museum of the Arts, NYC
1998 The Ten Commandments The Jewish Museum, NYC
1997 Studio Faculty Selects College Center Gallery, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
Public Notice Exit Art/The First World, NYC traveled to The Art Center Pasadena
Group Show Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea
1996 Partners in Printmaking: Works from SOLO Impression, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC
1995 Published By Joe Fawbush The Museum of Modern Art, NYC
47th Annual Academy Purchase Exhibition American Acad of Arts & Letters
Women in Print: Prints from 3M by Contemporary Women Print Makers Tweed
Museum of Art, University of Minnesota, Duluth and ten Midwestern venues
Edward Hopper and the American Imagination Whitney Museum, continuous slide show, NYC
Alternatives; 20 Years of Hallwalls Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Buffalo State College, Buffalo, NY
1994-5 New York Realism Past and Present Odakyu Museum, Tokyo; Kagoshima City
Museum of Art; Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art; The Museum of Art, Kintetsu, Osaka; Fukushima Prefectural Museum of Art; Tampa Museum of Art, FL
New York, New York: Recent Cityscapes The N. Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
1994 Le Temps D’un Dessin Gallerie de l’Ecole des Beaux Arts, Lorient, France
Drawing: Reaffirming the Media University of Missouri, St. Louis, MO
1993-4 Cadavre Exquis The Drawing Center, NYC; James Corcoran Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1993 American Art in the 20th Century: The Female Perspective Agi Katz Fine Art, London
1992 Slow Art: Painting in New York PS1, Brooklyn, NY
Setting the Stage: Contemporary Artists Design for the Performing Arts
Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH
1990 42nd Annual Purchase Exhibition American Acad and Institute of Arts & Letters, NY
Witness Against Our Vanishing Artists Space, NYC
1989 Nocturnal Visions in Contemporary Painting Whitney Museum at Equitable Center, NYC
The 1980’s: Prints From the Joshua P. Smith Collection The National Gallery of Art,
Washington DC
41st Annual Purchase Exhibition American Acad and Institute of Arts & Letters, NY
Drive! BMW Canada Inc, Ontario, Canada
The Future Now Bass Museum of Art, Miami, FL
1988 Eien Keuze/A Choice Kunst Rai 88, Amsterdam, Holland
Cultural Participation Group Material, Dia Art Foundation, NYC
Committed to Print The Museum of Modern Art, NYC
Nocturne: Portraying the Night Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
1987 A Graphic Muse: Prints by Contemporary American Women Mt Holyoke College Art Museum, MA; Yale Univ. Art Gallery, CT; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, CA; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA, The Nelson-Atkins Museum, KC, MO
The Viewer as Voyeur Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, NYC
1986 Public and Private: American Prints Today The Brooklyn Museum; Flint Institute of Arts, MI; Rhode Island School of Design, Providence; Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA; Walker Art Cent, MN
Art on Paper Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina
Arts and Leisure, Group Material, The Kitchen, NYC
1985 Life in the Big City Rhode Island School of Design, Providence
Correspondences: New York Art Now Laforet Museum, Harajuku, Tokyo; Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts, Utsunomiya; Tahaki Hall Espace Media, Kobe
Biennial Exhibition The Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC

Selected Awards and Commissions
2016 Joan Mitchell Foundation New Orleans Studio Residency
2015 Coney Art Walls commission, Thor Equities and Jeffrey Deitch
National Academy Award for Excellence in Painting
2014 election to membership in the National Academy of the Arts
2013 Joan Mitchell Award $25,000 grant career recognition
2011 Residency Summer Yaddo Corporation, Saratoga Springs NY
2008 Residency MacDowell Colony for the Arts, Peterborough NH
2006 MTA mosaic commission for Times Square Station
2004 Radio Shack Painting Commission
JPMorgan Chase Private Clients Group Calendar
2000 summer residency Art/Omi, Omi, NY
1994 Lannon Foundation Grant for Peepland catalogue publication
Illinois State Council Exhibition Grant for Peepland
1990 Dewar’s Young Artist Award
1990 42nd Annual Purchase Awards, American Academy of Arts and Letters
1989 41st Annual Purchase Awards, American Academy of Arts and Letters
1987 Library of Congress Women Artists from the Collection Calendar
1985 National Endowment for the Arts grant ,Drawing
1985 Ariana Foundation Grant

Selected Bibliography, Periodicals
2015 Ogunseitan, Coryna, The Yale Herald, “Sitting Down with Jane Dickson”
2014 McDonald Crowley, Amanda, Wild Style: a story of 1980s New York graffiti through the lens of hip hop culture, Illustration, Artlink Magazine, vol. 34, no. 1, “Wall to Wall Graffiti Art”, p. 37
Chen, Wenjia, “Public Art, Art of Balance-Interview with American Public Artist Jane Dickson” in Epublicart Magazine, no. 2, print and online version
Kurchanova,Natasha, Lower East Side: the Real Estate Show Redux. Studio Intl, 9-5-14
2013 Gardner, Ralph, Artist of the Interstate Jane Dickson Wall St. Journal 12-11-13
e-Public Art Shanghai, Jane Dickson, Times Square Mosaics, June online
Samuels, Tanyanika, Fashion Moda, New York Daily News 2-15-13
2012 Colucci, Emily, Why Are We Revisiting The Times Square Show? Review, Hyperallergic Magazine 10-6-12 online
Kabat, Jennifer, The Weeklings Review, Jane Dickson: A Walk on the Dark SIde
Brody, David, “Flickering Purgatories” ArtCritical, Apr
D’Agostino, Paul, “Jane Dickson at Valentine Gallery” L Magazine, Apr
2011 Kusaatz, Simone, “Art, Access, & Decay, New York: 1975-1985” WhiteHot Magazine Apr
2010 Tanaka, Katsu “Arts for Transit!” AERA English Aug
2009 Berlind,Robert, “Jane Dickson Night Driving, Marlborough Gallery” Art In America, Apr
Catalogue Raisonné of Brooke Alexander, Worchester Art Museum, MA
2008 Rafsky, Sara, “Revelers with a Cause”, ARTnews, Summer, pg. 44
Hodara, Susan, “Underground Party,” Harvard Magazine, May/Jun, pg. 24, ill.
“Les Annees 1980 De L’Art; Retour Vers Les Fins De Partie”, Art21, Grenoble, France,
Numero 20; Nov 2008/Jan 2009, pgs. 21-29, ill.
2007 Correlati, Articoli, Venice, Italy Exitart.com, Apr 29
Artnet News, Apr 17
Nicholas, Louise, Apollo, London, “Art on the (subway) line”, May
Barrios, Mario Alegre, Ciencia,San Juan, Puerto Rico, “Metaforas Urbanas”, Jun 5
2006 Trebay, Guy, New York Times Dec 21
Interview with Liz Larner, Bomb Magazine, 25th anni issue, #96, Summer NYC
Ellis, Chris, Shattered Magazine, London
2005 Schjeldahl, Peter, The New Yorker Magazine,”That Eighties Show” Jan 24-31
Grundriss, Zum, Architektur & Wohnen, Jan cover, pg. 72-77 ill.
2004 Mantilla, Jose Ruiz, “La Marlborough Muestra el color”, El Pais, Madrid Sept 14
Gallego-Coin, Brigida, “La Cuidad del Artista Transeunte”, Vivir Cultura Nov 11
Munoz, Jorge, “Doce Miradas Sobre Nueva York”, Granada Hoy, Nov 11
Fuentes, Ana, “La Capital Del Mundo Llega ” La Opinion de Granada Nov 11
Robinson, Walter, Get Off, Art Net, Online Apr 29
Lewis, Joe, Jane Dickson, Art in America, Feb
2003 Edelman, Robert, Jane Dickson, ArtNet Online Magazine, Sept 12, ‘03
2002 Kavage, Sarah, “Freighted With Meaning or Memory: Jane Dickson Paints For The People” Matte, No. 2
2001 Kraus, Chris, “Jane Dickson” Art In America, Oct

Selected Bibliography, Books
2014 Bloodworth, Sandra, Along the Way: MTA Arts For Transit Monacelli Press, NYC
Who’s Who In American Art (included yearly since 1986)
2013 Rushmore, RJ, Viral Art, online i-book, Viralart.net
Benton, Janetta, DiYanni, Robt. Handbook for the Humanities, Pearson Press, Boston
Altshuler, Bruce. Biennials and Beyond, Phaidon Press, New York
2012 Carr, Cynthia, , Fire in the Belly the art of David Wojnarowicz,
Cozzolino, Rbt. Ed, The Female Gaze, the Linda Lee Alter Collection of Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, PA
Cooper, Shawna, The Times Square Show Revisited, exhibition catalogue, print and online, Hunter College Art Gallery, NYC
Astor, Patti. Fun Gallery…The True Story New York City
Farrell, Jennifer. Get There First, Decide Promptly, The Richard Brown Baker Collection of Postwar Art Yale University Press, CT ill pg 133
2011 Benton, Janetta and DiYanni, Bob, Art in Culture 4th ed. Prentice Hall/Pearson, NY
Benton, Janetta and DiYanni, Bob Handbook of the Humanities Prentice Hall/Pearson, NY
Ribbat, Christpoh, Flackernde Moderne University of Paderborn Germany
2010 Nguyen, Patrick, Beyond the Street, Gestalten, Berlin
Ault, Julie, A Chronicle of Group Material, Four Corners, London
Kunsthalle, Wien, Street and Studio. From Basquiat to Seripop, Vienna
2008 Sharpe, William, New York Nocturne, Princeton Press, NJ
Kahane, Lisa, Do Not Give Way to Evil, Powerhouse Press, NYC
Rosenberg, Aura, Who Am I? What Am I? Where Am I?, Hatje Cantz, Germany,
2007 Marks from the Matrix, Illinois State University, Collaborative Limited Edition Prints 1976- 2006
Peltason, Ruth A. ed., Creative Time: The Book, Creative Time & Princeton
Architectural Press, NYC, Pages 78, 260, 264
2006 Berman, Marshall, On the Town, One Hundred Years of Spectacle in Times Square Random House, NY
Taylor, Marvin J., The Downtown Book Princeton University Press, NJ
2005 Landscape – Cityscape, Marlborough Gallery, pg. 24 ill.
2003 Sayre, Henry M., A World Of Art Prentice Hall, NJ
2002 Tillman, Lynne, This Is Not It Distributed Art Publishers, NY
Ault, Julie, Alternative Art New York, 1965-1985 The University of Minnesota Press,
2000 Bee, Susan & Mira Schor, Meaning, An Anthology of Artists’ Writings, Theory, and Criticism Duke University Press, Durham & London
1997 Schor, Mira, Wet: On Painting, Feminism, and Art Culture Duke University Press, Durham
1995 Kahn, Robin ed., Time Capsule, A Concise Encyclopedia by Women Artists Creative Time in cooperation with SOS Int’l & D.A.P., NY
1992 Glueck, Grace New York, The Painted City Gibbs Smith Publisher, Salt Lake City.
1990 Freeman, Phyllis, Mark Greenberg, Eric Himmel, Andreas Landshoff, & Charles Miers eds., New Art Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers, NY
1987 Field, Richard S. & Ruth E. Fine, A Graphic Muse, Prints By Contemporary American Women Hudson Hills Press w/ Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, NY
Frank, Peter and Michael McKenzie, New, Used & Improved Art For The 80’s Abbeville Press, NY
1985 Miller, Mark and Moore, Alan eds., ABC No Rio Dinero: The story of a Lower East Side Art Gallery ABC No Rio with Collaborative Projects, NY

Selected Bibliography, Media
2015 Morgan, Teirnan, Hyper Allergic, “A Classic Bronx Street Art Maze Is Reborn”
Miss Rosen, Crave, “Interview: Jane Dickson, City Maze”
2014 COlab, The Real Estate Show, and ABC No Rio; Clocktower Radio Art on Air, NYC
2013 Keith Haring Video Interview, Keith haring Retrospective, Musee d’Art Moderne, Paris
2012 Interview, BreakThru Radio, Brooklyn, Mar
2008 First Look New York, NBC TV Oct 4,5,6
Interview, MezamashiTV, Fuji TV Network, Japan, Jan 18
2007 Interview, Noevir Weekend Avenue @ New York, Tokyo FM radio stations, Dec 29
Naanes, Marlene, AM NY, “ New Year’s Eve all year long” Nov 13
1990 Kuspit, Donald. “Art Today” (video), Mar

Museum Collections
The Art Institute of Chicago, IL
The Bronx Museum, NYC
The Brooklyn Museum, NY
The Katzen Art Center at American University, Washington DC
Library of Congress, Washington DC
Huntington Art Gallery, University of Texas, Austin
Illinois State University Gallery, Normal
The Jewish Museum, NYC
Kings College, Cambridge, England
The Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
Minneapolis Museum of Art, MN
The McNay Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC
Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA
The Museum of the City of New York, NYC
The Museum of Modern Art, NYC
The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC
The New School for Social Research, NYC
The Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Toledo Museum of Art, OH
The San Francisco Museum of Art, CA
The Univerity of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Vin och Sprithistoriska Museet Stockholm, Sweden
Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MS
Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC
Yale University Art Gallery, CT
The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Lectures On My Own and Others’ Work

2015 Eugene Leake Visiting Artist Lecture at the Center for Visual Arts,
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD lecture on my work
Yale University Graduate School of Art lecture on my work
DeYoung Museum of Art, San Francisco lecture Keith Haring
Adelphi University Long Island NY Lecture on my work
2014 City Lore Center, NYC lecture on Fun Gallery 1980s