Jane Niederhoffer Freilicher was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1924. In the 1940s, she married musician Jack Freilicher, through whom she met Larry Rivers. She also met Louisa Matthíasdóttir and Nell Blaine. In 1947, Blaine encouraged her to study with Hans Hoffman. Later she received her MA from Columbia University. Freilicher met and became friends with John Ashbery and Frank O’Hara. Freilicher married Joe Hazan in the 1950’s. They spent their summers on Long Island with artist and poet friends such as Fairfield Porter and Jimmy Schuyler. She and Joe built a home in Water Mill, New York. Jane enjoyed an accomplished career amongst her artistic friends from the New York School as well as artists from the Second-Generation New York School. Freilicher has had over fifty solo exhibitions across the United States and hundreds of group exhibitions nationwide. Her works are in the permanent collections of MoMA, Metropolitan, Whitney, and Cleveland Museum of Art.