Jackie Kerns Heigle

Associate Professor

Jackie Kerns Heigle
615-904-8458
Room 102, McFarland Building (MB)
MTSU Box 58, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information

  • M.F.A., University of Memphis, TN (1995)
  • B.S., University of Colorado, Boulder (1983)

Areas of Expertise

B/W and Color Photography
Pinhole Photography
Alternative Processes
Digital Imaging
Photography History
Extensive Travel Abroad

Biography

Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, my first career was in Advertising in San Francisco, where I managed newspaper ad production for I. Magnin and Bullock Wilshire's 32 stores nationwide in the late 80's. It was exhilarating to work with such creative people including copywriters, designers, art directors, illustrators, etc. An opportunity to take a night class in photography changed everything for me. Five years later, I began teaching photography while pursuing the MFA in Photography / Prin...

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Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, my first career was in Advertising in San Francisco, where I managed newspaper ad production for I. Magnin and Bullock Wilshire's 32 stores nationwide in the late 80's. It was exhilarating to work with such creative people including copywriters, designers, art directors, illustrators, etc. An opportunity to take a night class in photography changed everything for me. Five years later, I began teaching photography while pursuing the MFA in Photography / Printmaking at the University of Memphis. I�ve been teaching ever since at universities and in workshops in New Mexico, Tennessee, and Texas. My work in Pinhole Photography, Multiple Image Composite, and Wet-Plate Collodion is a curious take on American vernacular photography, as I strive to monumentalize the trivial. The work has been exhibited in regional and national group and solo exhibitions. In 2010, I was honored with a New Mexico Acclaimed Artist Award for a collection of my pinhole images from New Mexico and the Southwest.
Today, I continue my work in both the Southwest and Tennessee, but have added a new dimension by committing myself to working with children in Uganda. Travel abroad has long been a major part of my life, but more recently service oriented photography and photography activism have become my new interest and focus. I hope to expand opportunities for students interested in social work, global studies, and travel photography in general.




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