At age eleven, Jane Filer moved with her family from California to Western Australia where she first became acquainted with the ethereal artwork of the aboriginal people. The mystical nature of this culture made for a lasting impression. Filer received her BFA, with honors, from Illinois University and was awarded the Rickert-Ziebold Trust Award, the highest award in the country given to graduating seniors. She received her MFA at UNC, Chapel Hill. Presently she lives and works in her hand- built home. This environment maintains the creative fire for her inspiration.
Filer’s work has been included in numerous prestigious corporate and private collections, nationally and internationally. Among these are; the American Embassies in Talin, Estonia and Kampala, Uganda, IBM, Momentum Research, The University of North Carolina, Duke University Hospital, UNC Memorial Hospital, and Southern Illinois University Museum.
In 2010 Filer was commissioned to paint a 45 foot mural for the 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’. The project led to wonderful international connections and opportunities including teaching workshops in France and a solo exhibition at the Stiftung Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum in Rheinhausen, Germany.