Curator, writer and educator in art. She is a professor and exhibit director at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has been chief curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and Chicago. Her desires to see artistic speeches critically involved in public spaces led her to replace museum spaces in the streets. Mary Jane Jacob is considered a pioneer in areas of public and socially committed art. She has held several exhibitions and developed new opportunities for public art with the participation of some of the most relevant contemporary artists, including Mark Dion, Suzanne Lacy, Ernesto Pujol, J. Morgan Puett, Pablo Helguera, Marina Abramovic, Rick Lowe And Alfredo Jaar. She is currently working on the Living Modern Chicago program, a collaboration between The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Mies van der Rohe Society / Illinois Institute of Technology, along with other cultural institutions in Chicago.