Jenny K. Hager is an Associate Professor of Sculpture at the University of North Florida, where she has been teaching since 2006. She 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 is important in both her teaching practice and in her own work.
Hager is also interested in the idea that sculpture creates a sense of space. Her large-scale public work led her to open “Sculpture Walk,” a sculpture park in downtown Jacksonville in 2014. Sculpture Walk is a year long rotating exhibit. The park is free and open to the public daily. Hager’s cast iron 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, has traveled to the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans and York, Pennsylvania. Hager’s other recent projects involve large-scale parade animals inspired by the Chinese zodiac and infused with a personal narrative, which have been on parade or exhibited at Art Basel Miami (FL), Houston (TX), Corpus Christi (TX), New Orleans (LA), Birmingham (AL), Jacksonville (FL), and Josephine Sculpture Park (KY).