Associate Professor of Art and Department Chair of Communications, Literature and Arts Kathryn Hagy has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant by the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board to teach at the Fine Arts College of Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, Nepal during the 2010-2011 academic year.
Hagy 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. In addition, Hagy will also work with Lasanaa Alternative Arts Space, an autonomous organization that encourages different national and international artists to explore beyond the conventional and traditional art forms. Hagy will have the opportunity to conduct workshops for Nepali village children or collaborate in other avenues with Lasanaa.
Hagy is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in 2010-2011. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.
Hagy’s interest in learning more about Nepal stemmed from a 2006 visit, where she met a Newari artist who showcased a unique personal style of artwork while also following the traditional religious canon in his work. “Here was someone truly inspired by his own visions, coupled with traditional imagery,” says Hagy. “I found it fascinating and began to wonder about other artists like him, and I look forward to continuing that exploration through this Fulbright grant.”
Hagy joined Mount Mercy in 2003. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Rhode Island School of Design and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Washington.
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 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.
In 2006 Hagy had a solo exhibit of her artwork at CSPS/Legion Arts in Cedar Rapids. In 2007 Hagy’s artwork was included in an exhibit at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, and in 2008 her work will be exhibited in a group show in Oregon. In 2008 Hagy received a “Scholarship of Exploration” Award from Mount Mercy in order to help her pursue work in her field. The primary focus of her artwork for this scholarship will be to continue her ongoing series of water images.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support.