Kathryn Hagy

Associate Professor of Art
Chair, Department of Communications, Literature, and Arts

433 Warde Hall
319-363-1323 ext. 1225

BFA  University of Washington
MFA  Rhode Island School of Design


Associate Professor of Art Kathryn Hagy joined Mount Mercy's Art department in 2003. She holds a Master's degree from Rhode Island School of Design, where she earned the Award of Excellence in Printmaking.

Hagy has had numerous teaching and career positions in the art field, including working as a gallery director in Seattle, a professional organizer in New York City, and a fine art printer at a gallery in New York City. She has taught art at Ewha Woman's University in Seoul, South Korea, as well as at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she served as a pre-college drawing instructor and an adjunct faculty member for the winter-term session in France.

Hagy is the recipient of a 2010 Fulbright Scholar Award for teaching and research in Kathmandu, Nepal where she will teach art, continue to develop her artwork related to water images, and investigate how Nepal's arts flourish under political and social pressure as artists confront censorship or lack of financial/community support. She also hopes to establish connections for further exchange opportunities and exhibits between artists, students, and professors. You can read about her Nepal experiences on her blog. In 2008 and 2009 Hagy received "Scholarship of Exploration" Awards from Mount Mercy in order to help her pursue work in her field. Her past awards include a Fellowship to the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire, a grant from the Manhattan Graphics Center, and a residency at the Frans Masereel Centrum in Belgium.

In 2010 Hagy exhibited her work in a two-person show at the Krause Gallery in Providence, Rhode Island and a group exhibit at the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado. Her work will also be included in an Iowa Invitational exhibit later this year at the ICON Gallery in Fairfield, Iowa and a group exhibit at the 1708 Gallery in Richmond, Virginia. She exhibits her work both nationally and internationally in such venues as the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium, the International Print Center New York, David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art and CSPS/Legion Arts in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Hagy has an art studio in Cedar Rapids and creates much of her current work in landscapes around the world. She is a member of the College Art Association, the Mid-America Print Council, and the Southeastern College Art Conference. She has regularly involved her students in service projects such as working alongside staff at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art or creating artwork for charity auctions to benefit organizations such as Cedar Rapids Animal Care and Control or Tanager Place, which focuses on helping children with severe social and psychological challenges. Hagy firmly believes in the benefits of experiential learning and study abroad and enjoys taking her students on field trips or the Mexican Art and Culture course in order to help them be exposed to different experiences and populations of people. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, swimming, cycling, and spending time with her cats