Jane Dickson was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1952. She attended the School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, receiving a Studio Diploma. She also attended Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. She studied etching, drawing and painting at the Ecole de Beaux Arts in Paris.
Dickson is a figurative painter and printmaker, interested in presenting psychic touchstones that resonate with and draw out the feelings of the viewer on such subjects as home, the road, sexuality and desire. Dickson has been hailed as a contemporary of Edward Hopper, though her work is far more psychological.
Her commissions include a subway poster for the Metropolitan Transit Authority of New York in 1992 and a design of a permanent installation at the University of Rouen in Normandy, France in 1997, among others. In 1990 she received the Dewar’s Young Artist Award and the 42nd Annual Purchase Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 1994 she received a Lannon Foundation Grant for the Peepland Exhibition catalogue publication and an Illlinois State Council Exhibition Grant for the same project.