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Mary Jane Jacob

Mary Jane Jacob, American curator. Fellow National Endowment Humanities, 1973-1974, 1980-1981.


  • Jacob, Mary Jane was born on January 5, 1952 in New York City. Daughter of Elmer J. and Catherine (Marino) Jacob.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Fine Arts, University Florida, 1973. Master of Arts in art history and museum studies, University Michigan, 1976.


    • Associate curator modern art Detroit Institute Arts, 1976—1980. Chief curator Museum Contemporary Art, Chicago, 1980—1986, Los Angeles, 1986—1989. Independent curator, since 1989.

      Curator Spoleto Festival United States of America, Charleston, South Carolina, since 1991. Professor, chair of sculpture School Art Institute Chicago, since 1999, executive director exhibitions, since 2008. Adjunct faculty Graduate Center Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.

      Progressive director Sculpture Chicago. Consultant Ferguson Fund, Art Institute Chicago, Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority. Artist's liaison Office of Surface Mining/United States Department Interior, National Endowment Arts.

      Consulting curator Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, 1994—1998.



    • Married Russell L. Lewis.
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    Born January 5, 1952
    (age 65)
    • 1973
      University Florida
    • 1976
      University Michigan
    • 1976 - 1980
      Associate, curator modern art Detroit Institute Arts
    • 1980 - 1986
      chief curator Museum Contemporary Art
      Chicago, Illinois, United States
    • 1986 - 1989
      chief curator Museum Contemporary Art
    • 1989
      independent curator
    • 1991
      curator Spoleto Festival United States of America
      Charleston, South Carolina, United States
    • 1999
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