Discipline: Film/Video, animation, Film/Video, experimental, Visual artist, drawing, Visual artist, sculptor, Writer, fiction

Jane Aaron

Discipline: Film/Video, animation, Film/Video, experimental, Visual artist, drawing, Visual artist, sculptor, Writer, fiction
Region: New York, NY
MacDowell fellowships: 1981, 1982, 1984, 1987

Jane Aaron (1948-2015) was an internationally-recognized artist, award-winning animator, and best-selling children’s book illustrator and author.

Jane’s seven independently-produced experimental animations, compiled in the half-hour ”Aaronimation,“ are quintessentially cinematic. One of her experimental animations that she called her MacDowell movie, “Remains to be Seen” (1983, 4 minutes), includes several locations throughout the colony.

The films have been seen on PBS, HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, The Learning Channel, and TV networks internationally; in many museum permanent collections, including Metropolitan Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Hirshhorn Museum, Walker Art Center and Exploratorium; in public screenings including Whitney Museum Biennial and Museum of Modern Art Cineprobe; at Animation Festivals in Annecy, Zagreb, Ottawa, Bristol, Toronto, Stuttgart, and Hiroshima; at the New York, London, Edinburgh, Sydney, Telluride, Filmex, Sinking Creek, and Tribeca Film Festivals, winning ASIFA Award, Best of Zagreb, and prizes at twenty other festivals.

Jane produced/directed films for “Sesame Street” (200+ films), “Between the Lions,” PBS, HBO, Nickelodeon, Success for All, Think Smart Games, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (“Curious George”) as well as Warner Bros. Records for “Century’s End” music video by Donald Fagen, for Nick at Nite, MTV, VH1, Fawcett Press, ABC TV, PBS "Image Union," and other clients,

Aaron illustrated Little, Brown’s New York Times children’s book #1 bestseller "No More Secrets for Me" written by Oralee Wachter, and "Close to Home" (Scholastic, Inc.), by Wachter. She was author and illustrator of “When I Feel...," four children’s picture books (Golden Books) about emotions.

Aaron was honored as 1996 Distinguished Alumnus at her alma mater Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, where she had received her B.F.A. in sculpture. She graduated from NYC’s High School of Music and Art. Jane was on the MacDowell Colony residents committee for several years.