I’m an experienced freelance editor, proofreader, and indexer. For the last ten years, I’ve edited, proofread, and indexed a wide range of art-related materials for leading scholars, museums, and academic presses. Recent projects include David Smith in Two Dimensions: Photography and the Matter of Sculpture (University of California Press, 2015); A History of Fashion Plates: 150 Years of Style (Yale University Press, 2015); Keith Haring: The Political Line (Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 2014); and Machine Age Modernism: Prints from the Daniel Cowin Collection (Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 2015).

Educated as an art historian, I take a scholarly approach to editing, paying meticulous attention to the content of a text as well as the finer points—grammar, style, flow, and editorial consistency. Often working as a member of a virtual team in collaboration with authors, artists, and designers, I’m frequently involved in nearly every phase of a book’s production, from editing the front and back matter and everything in between, to proofreading the layouts and creating the index.

My field of expertise is Russian art, a subject that I’ve written about myself in publications such as Russian Life, Studies in the Decorative Arts, and the Zimmerli Journal. However, I’m comfortable with and conversant in all areas of art history and have edited many publications on non-Russian topics, including those listed above.

I’m delighted to take on projects of any size or complexity. Well aware that quick turnarounds are often needed, I’m equipped to accommodate any time frame, no matter how short!



Jane Friedman is more than an editor. Her thoughtful approach to a text not only helps improve the style, but quite often the content, as well. It’s intellectually gratifying to work with a person who cares that your message will be clear and stylistically perfect.

Konstantin Akinsha, Independent art historian and contributing editor to ARTnews magazine


Jane Friedman
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