Jane Wilson (04/29/1924-01/13/2015) was born Seymour, Iowa, and studied art at the University of Iowa. She later moved to New York City and had her first solo exhibition at the Hamsa Gallery in 1953. From 1967 to 1970, she taught at the Pratt Institute and taught at the Parsons School of Design from 1973 to 1983. From 1975 to 1988, she was an associate professor in the School of the Arts at Columbia University. Wilson has been a visiting artist at eight universities including Wisconsin and Virginia. She said that life-long influences on her landscape paintings were the "meadows, farmlands, flatlands and hills, endless vistas of Americana" in southern Iowa, where she grew up.