• MFA Rhode Island School of Design
  • BFA University of Washington


Professor of Art Kathryn Hagy joined Mount Mercy's art and design program in 2003.

Hagy holds a Master's degree from Rhode Island School of Design, where she earned the Award of Excellence in Printmaking. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in educational policy and leadership studies in the University of Iowa’s Higher Education and Student Affairs program.

Hagy has had numerous teaching and career positions in the art field, including working as a gallery director in Seattle, and a fine art printer at a New York City gallery. She 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 their winter-term session in France.

Hagy was the recipient of a 2010 Fulbright Scholar Award for teaching and research in Kathmandu, Nepal where she led art workshops, developed her artwork related to water images, and investigated Nepal's contemporary art scene. In 2012 Hagy received a Summer Scholarship Award from Mount Mercy to continue her research into the art of Nepal, from which she curated a traveling exhibit entitled Namaste Nepal. Other past awards include an Iowa Arts Council grant, 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.

She exhibits her work both nationally and internationally and has show work 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 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Hagy firmly believes in the benefits of experiential learning. She regularly involves her students in service projects like working alongside staff at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art or creating artwork for charity auctions to benefit local organizations. She enjoys taking her students on field trips to places like Chicago or Minneapolis to view their world-class art museums like the Art Institute of Chicago or Walker Art Center. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, swimming, and spending time with her husband and five children (i.e. two kids and three cats).