Jane Haskell was born in Cedarhurst, Long Island, NY. She earned her BFA from Skidmore College and MFA in Art History from the University of Pittsburgh. She taught art history for 10 years at Duquesne University, and in the late 1970s, Haskell begin to work in fluorescent light and neon developing a relationship between neon light and the painted surface. Haskell’s designs range from Rothko-inspired painted canvases illuminated by neon, and 19’ tall painted-steel and neon sculpture – to major public commissions. Symbolism plays a significant role in Haskell’s artwork; for instance, her subway-station installation (1982) is based upon Pittsburgh’s confluence of three rivers. Her work is included in the collections of the Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), Amherst College (Amherst, MA), the Milwaukee Art Museum (Milwaukee, WI), the Museum of Neon Art (Los Angeles, CA), and the Westmoreland Museum of Art (Greensburg, Pennsylvania). In 2006, Jane Haskell was named “Artist of the Year” by the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.