Jane Filer grew up in San Jose, California. At age eleven, the family moved to Western Australia where Jane first became acquainted with the ethereal artwork of the aboriginal people. The mystical nature of this culture made for a lasting impression.
Encouraged by her godmother, Jane moved to Chicago at the age of 20 and began a formal art education. Later she attended Southern Illinois University where she received a Bachelors of Fine Art degree with honors and the Rickert-Ziebold Trust Award, the highest award in the country given to graduating seniors. Jane Filer has a devout following of art collectors and friends who attend her solo exhibitions. Many of her shows include “Happenings”, a modern primitive drum dance of characters roaming the gallery during opening receptions of her latest work. In 2006, Jane retired after teaching painting and drawing for 21 years at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, NC. In her honor the classroom was officially named, “The Jane Filer Studio”. Jane's work has been included in numerous prestigious collections in international, corporate and private sectors. Included among these are the American Embassies in Talin, Estonia and Kampala, Uganda, IBM, Momentum Research, The University of North Carolina, Duke Hospital, UNC Memorial Hospital, and Southern Illinois University Museum. Prominent collectors are Kevin Klose, President Emeritus, National Public Radio, and Eileen Naughton, Google New York - Media Sales Director. In 2010 Jane painted a 45 foot mural for RDU International Airport. The Triangle Area Sister Cities sponsored the commission, and the theme is ‘World Peace: One Friendship and One Community at a time’. This project spurred a bout of international travel including teaching workshops in France and a solo exhibition at the Stiftung Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum in Rheinhausen, Germany.
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