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The Jane Ellen Story

Jane Ellen Murray began her love of dance early on. A Chicagoland native, Jane Ellen devoted much of her early years to the art of Tap, for which she was awarded an Illinois State Championship. Additionally, she appeared in countless performances and concerts, including as the star of the Oak Park Follies.

Ever the creative, Jane Ellen poured that energy into her studies at Vassar, receiving the Vogue Prix de Paris award, sponsored by Conde Nast. Post-graduation, she began what would be a meteoric and historic career in advertising. As a Creative Director of J. Walter Thompson, one of the first women to hold said title, Ms. Murray was celebrated by her peers on countless occasions, including winning a prestigious Clio award for the art direction for a Pepsi International Campaign and being named “Advertising Woman of the Year,” by the Women’s Advertising Club of Chicago.

As she transitioned from her groundbreaking career, Jane Ellen discovered a new passion ---painting. After studying at the Palette & Chisel, she was invited to show her work at the Biennale Internazionale Dell’Arte Contemporanea, in Florence, Italy. Since then, her work has been shown throughout the country and around the world, including: the Amsterdam Whitney and Broadway galleries in New York City, the Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Art in Las Vegas, the Gora Gallery in Montreal, the Gallery in Redchurch Street in London and finally, most recently, in the LuminArte Gallery, in Dallas. For her dedication to the form, Ms. Murray has been listed in International Contemporary Master IV.

The Jane Ellen Murray Gallery honors Ms. Murray’s commitment to Chicago Human Rhythm Project. Her generosity ensures that the visual and the performing arts will always be in rhythm at the American Rhythm Center