Jane Dickson is the painter of American darkness. First recognized in the early 1980s for her depictions of Times Square. Dickson was part of the politically charged 1980’s scene of artists working at the intersection of street art, hip hop, film and installation like David Wojnarowicz, Keith Haring, Jenny Holzer, and her filmmaker husband Charlie Ahearn. She was a member of the influential artist collectives Colab (Collaborative Projects) and Fashion Moda in the South Bronx. As one of the organizers of the now legendary Times Square Show for which she created the poster and digital animation that ran hourly on the Spectacolor sign at 1 Times Square, the first computerized light board in New York. This groundbreaking digital installation led Dickson to initiate the “Messages to the Public” series, in 1981, with the Public Art Fund, presenting a series of animated artworks on the billboards of Times Square and bringing first public attention to her friends, Keith Haring, Jenny Holzer, David Hammons, Crash among others.