Jenny K. Hager, MFA - Associate Professor, Art & Design

Jenny K. Hager, MFA

Associate Professor, Sculpture

Jenny Hager earned a BFA in Art Studio and a BA in Art Education from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY. She earned her MFA in Sculpture and Digital Media from San Jose State University in San Jose, CA. Ms. Hager’s research focuses on sculpture; her work is created using a variety of processes including welding, casting, and video, to name a few.  Ms. Hager most often works in long-term series and considers herself a hybrid artist – part sculptor, part performance artist, part video artist, part printmaker, and part stilt-walker. Her sculpture has been exhibited across the country and most recently, in Wales and Latvia. Currently, she is curating “Sculpture Walk Jax,” an outdoor sculpture exhibition in Main Street Park in downtown Jacksonville, through a grant from the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville. 

 

In Ms. Hager’s teaching practice, she fosters a creative and collaborative environment where learning can thrive. Expanding the horizons of our students is a significant part of her teaching practice. She believes that learning that takes place outside the classroom, in our own community, has the potential to be more impactful, for both the student and the community at large, because Community Based Learning offers a chance to engage with local culture, a chance to build relationships with community partners, and most importantly, a chance to provide real life experiences for the students. Community based learning is a core component of her teaching practice. Her students have created work in conjunction many community partners, including Fleet Landing, Gerdau Ameristeel, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, the Looking Lab at City Hall, MOCA, and One Spark.

 

Ms. Hager has a vision to bring Jacksonville to life with sculpture, beginning with UNF’s campus and extending to the community of Jacksonville and beyond. She transformed the campus by starting a Sculpture on Campus program, in which large-scale student sculptures are exhibited throughout the campus. As a Community Scholar, she has been developing a project, which would take this idea to the community. She is hoping to find local businesses and individuals who will partner with her to help place UNF student sculptures on K-12 campuses in Jacksonville. The idea is to provide opportunities for UNF students to exhibit their work, to enrich art education in Jacksonville through the placement of the sculptures, to provide student artist-talks/lectures to the K-12 students and to make Jacksonville a more vibrant city in which to live. A presentation of her community-based projects can be found here