B. 1950 Jane Hammond studied poetry and biology at Mt. Holyoke College in Massachusetts before earning her BA in art. After studying ceramics at Arizona State University, Tempe, she received her MFA in sculpture from the University of Wisconsin at Madison (1977). She moved to New York and began compiling images from instructional or scientific manuals, children's books, books on puppetry and magic, as well as charts on alchemy, animals, religion, and phrenology. From this collection she culled 276 images that functioned as her image bank for subject matter.
In 1989 Hammond received her first one-person exhibition at the New York alternative space, Exit Art; that same year, she received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, and the New York State Council on Arts. Since 1989, Hammond has exhibited internationally in Sweden, Milan, and Holland. Her work has been the subject of one-person exhibitions at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, the Cincinnati Art Center, and the Orlando Museum of Art. Hammond was invited by Bill Goldston to print at ULAE in 1989; after experimenting with monoprints, she turned to a combination of lithography, silkscreen, intaglio, and collage to achieve the complex layering of her trademark images.