Jenny K. Hager, MFA
Hager, Professor of Sculpture at the University of North Florida, received her
MFA in Sculpture and Digital Media from San Jose State University in San Jose,
CA. Interested in a variety of processes and materials, including steel, cast
iron, post-it notes, video, wood, digital photography and found objects, she
finds inspiration in dreams, objects from her childhood, gadgets, sea life and
other curiosities. She is also very interested in collaboration; the spirit of
community important in both her teaching practice and in her own work.
work has been exhibited across the country and recently in the Cymru Ironstone
Castle Exhibition in Wales, the Pedvale Open-Air Art Museum in Latvia and Il
Giardino di Daniel Spoerri in Seggiano, Italy. Flight Lab, a video installation
by Hager, has traveled to the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans and
York, Pennsylvania. Hager’s most recent series “Second Line” celebrates
diversity of culture, individual storytelling and the spirit of the Second Line
tradition of New Orleans parade culture. In this series, Hager creates
large-scale parade animals inspired by the Chinese zodiac and infused with a
personal narrative. Most recently, Hager created a 20’ tall steel mosaic giraffe
sculpture for the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens.
Hager’s teaching practice 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. She and
her students have created work in conjunction many community partners,
including Fleet Landing, Klutho Park, Gerdau Ameristeel, the Jacksonville Zoo
and Gardens, the Looking Lab at City Hall, MOCA, CoRK, Ponte Vedra Cultural
Center, MOCA, Hemming Park, and One Spark.
Hager is an active member of the Jacksonville
art community. She has served on the MOCA Collections and Exhibitions
committee, as well as the MOCA Education committee. Interested in promoting
local artists and creating creative networks in Jacksonville, she has served on
the steering committee for the Northeast Florida Sculptors group since its
inception in 2009.
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. In partnership with
MountainStar Capital, the Lazzara Family Foundation, and Instructor Lance
Vickery, she also created a sculpture park in Jacksonville Beach in 2016, which
showcases large-scale outdoor sculptures by UNF Sculpture students. Hager and
Vickery also created a Sculpture on Campus Program at UNF, which showcases
large-scale outdoor sculpture, sculptural bike racks and benches by faculty and
students. Most recently, Hager and Vickery installed a collaborative sculpture,
“3 Clouds,” at Douglas Anderson High School in Jacksonville.
In 2014, Hager created
Sculpture Walk, an outdoor sculpture park for downtown Jacksonville. Sculpture
Walk, Inc., a registered 501(c)3, has hosted over 36 outdoor sculptures, bike
racks and sculptural benches by international, national and local artists in
Jacksonville at Main Street Park and Klutho Park. Hager has permanent works at
the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Atlantic Beach and downtown Jacksonville.
More of Hager’s work can
be seen here. https://jennykhager.com
presentation of her community-based projects can be found