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Meet the Artist: Jennifer Hecker

Art Reflected: The Inspiration of 100 Years. Hecker and Spencer

Title:  An Apron for Peeling Onions (left)
Materials:  Metal Mesh, Gesso, Paint/Ink, Glass and a Knife
Inspired by Lillie Martin Spencer “Peeling Onions” (right)

Bio:
Jennifer Hecker has an extensive and diverse exhibition record that includes solo shows, commissions, collaborative installations, public art projects, outdoor sculpture shows, adjudicated exhibits and permanent collections. Locally, in 2004, Jennifer completed a significant commission for a three-part, site-specific sculpture for Christ Church in Pittsford, NY. In 2006, her commissioned outdoor sculpture for the village of Brockport, Les Racines et les Raisons (The Roots and Reasons), was dedicated in Remembrance Park. Most recently (2010), she had a solo exhibition of mixed media sculptures and small-scale bronze castings at Mercer Gallery on the campus of Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY. Jennifer is also the recipient of many awards.

Jennifer is a Professor in the Department of Art at SUNY College at Brockport, where she has taught all levels of sculpture as well as general education art course since 1989. In 1999 she was awarded a Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and in 2002 she completed a 6-year term as department chairperson. Jennifer received her MFA in Sculpture from the University of Minnesota in 1984 and her BFA in Sculpture with honors from the University of Illinois in 1980.

Inspiration:
“Always loved this painting. Wonderful combination of strength (raised arm holding knife) and vulnerability (tears in the eye). Since the woman depicted is working in a kitchen and not wearing an apron, I thought I’d make one for her.”

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