Madison Hager grew up in rural Wisconsin and spent her youth active in the local 4-H club, which is where she learned to sew, cook and garden, and participated in the county fair.   Madison received her bachelor’s degree in Art from the Universityt UW-La Crosse and is currently pursuing her Master's in Fine Arts in Sculpture and Expanded Practice at Ohio University.  Her current research investigates the gendering of work in the home as well as her own relationship to domestic space using performance art, sewing and installations.  Madison has exhibited at institutions such as the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and The Esther Allen Greer Museum Gallery.  At Ohio University she is teaching for the Art Foundations and Sculpture Departments.

Artist Statement 

To enjoy and be knowledgeable of the systematic socialization of behaviors and interests can bring forth tension in the psyche.  .  I enjoy cooking, I take refuge in cleaning and pride in the cleanliness of my home.  At the same time, I am aware of the systematic undervaluing of woman’s labor in the home and how the cleanliness of the home reflects unproportionally on the woman living there. I’m aware of that I was taught how to be a ”good girl”  and a “Lady”. .  Through education we become aware and intellectual sees the incongruence of our beliefs and actions.

Through alteration and transformation, I reveal and heighten the absurdities of the gendering of labor and the expectations put on woman.  I use repetition to move actions beyond the repetition of the quotidian.  I use found objects and everyday domestic objects to root my work.  I manipulate, repeat, change scale to slip out of reality into the surreal.  

Madison M Hager

(715) 965-0732 • madison_m_hager@live.com

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Education  

Master of Fine Arts, Ohio University- Athens, OH,                                               Fall 2016- Spring 2019

Concentration: Sculpture + Expanded Practice 

 

Performance Master Class, Carrie Mae Weems - Athens, Oh                                              January 2019

Participant and Performer 

 

Bachelor of Science, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, La Crosse, WI          Fall 2010- Spring 2014

Major:Art Concentration: Drawing   Minor: Liberal Studies – Focus in Education

Dean’s List 2010-2014

 

Teaching Experience 

Intro-Sculpture, Instructor of Recorded Ohio University                                                          Spring 2019

Structure, Art Foundations Instructor of Record Ohio University                                                Fall 2018

Function, Art Foundations Teaching Assistant Ohio University                                              Spring  2018

Structure, Art Foundations Teaching Assistant Ohio University                                                   Fall 2017

Guest Lecture-Performance Art, Seeing and Knowing Art Class Ohio University                   Fall 2017

Guest Demonstrator-Plastic Bags, Structure Art Foundation, Ohio University                       Fall 2016

Intro-Sculpture, Co-Taught Ohio University                                                                                   Fall 2016

 

Exhibitions

The Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens OH                                                                                                  2019

            Athens Voices Juried show  

Seigfred Gallery Ohio University, Athens OH                                                                                         2019

Irreconcilable Differences: MFA Thesis Exhibition

Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN                                                                    2018

Show: Artist and Instagram

Seigfred Gallery Ohio University, Athens OH                                                                                         2017

Novum: MFA Second Year Show

The Ridges, Athens OH                                                                                                                               2018

Open Studios: Giant Kroger Bag Interactive Exhibition  

The Ridges, Athens OH                                                                                                                               2017

Open Studios 

The Ridges, Athens OH                                                                                                                               2017

Open Studios: Ephemeral Installation of ice 

Trisolini Gallery, Baker Center Ohio University, Athens OH                                                               2017

            From There to Here 

The Esther Allen Greer Museum Gallery, Rio Grande OH                                                                   2016

Sculpture and Ceramics Exhibition 

University Gallery UWL, La Crosse WI                                                                                                     2014

You Sunk My Ball Park Frank, Senior Show

University Gallery UWL, La Crosse WI                                                                                                     2014

UW-La Crosse Juried Show

Murphy Library, La Crosse WI                                                                                                                    2014

 Junior award Show

UWL Student Gallery, La Crosse WI                                                                                                        2013

Junior Show

 

Performance

Forum Theater, Ohio University- Athens OH                                                                                        2019  

            Wade in the Water

Weld House Studios, Athens OH                                                                                                  2018-2019

Sleep On it  

Seigfred Gallery Ohio University, Athens OH                                                                                       2018

Flattening: Rolling self-Flat with Rolling Pin 

Seigfred Gallery Ohio University Athens OH                                                                                        2018

Taciturn: Ironing the Floor                                                                                                 

The Ridges and Montrose Place, Athens OH                                                                                        2017

Cut Ink: Performing the Stamp 

Athens OH                                                                                                                                                   2017

Burden of Change: 8+ hours holding ball of ice 

Baker University Center, Ohio University, Athens OH                                                                      2017

Ownership: wearing ice neckless till it melts apart

 

Awards

Graduate Assistantship, Ohio University                                                                                     2017-2019

School of Art Full Tuition Scholarship, Ohio University                                                           2016-2019

Bill Fiorini Award, UW-La Crosse Juried Art Show                                                                              2014

Carol Hutchins Winther Award, UW-La Crosse Juried Art Show                                                     2014

Junior Show Award Show Recipient, UW-La Crosse                                                                           2013

 

Additional Professional Experience 

Administrative and Management Experience 

Publicity Assistant: Social Media coordinator, Ohio University Collage of Fine Arts and                   2018-2019

 Kennedy Museum of Art, Carrie Mae Weems Visiting Artist, Athens, OH                   

Social Media Management, Ohio University Sculpture + Expanded Practice, Athens OH,              2016-2019

Publicity Assistant: Social Media coordinator, Temporal and Corporal Art Show, Athens OH         2017-2018

Water Front Coordinator, Fortune Lake Lutheran Camp, Crystal Falls MI                                          2013-2014

Student Advisor, UW-La Crosse Residence Life, La Crosse WI                                                             2012-2013

Student Advisor for Activity’s and Relations Committee

Public Relations Coordinator, UW-La Crosse Residence Life, La Crosse, WI                                     2012-2013

Vagabond Councilor Coordinator, Fortune Lake Lutheran Camp, Crystal Falls MI                                       2012

Public Relations Chair, UW-L Hutchison Hall, La Crosse, WI                                                                 2011-2012

 

Additional Teaching Experience 

Art Instructor, 4-H Day Workshop, Green Lake County WI                                                                              2016

Teacher, Christian Chapel Preschool, Onalaska, WI                                                                                  2013-2015

Art Instructor, 4-H Day Workshop, Green Lake County WI                                                                              2014

Lifeguard Instructor, Fortune Lake Lutheran Camp, Crystal Falls MI                                                     2013-2016

Arts and Crafts Coordinator, Fortune Lake Lutheran Camp, Crystal Falls MI                                                  2011 

 

Conferences 

International Sculpture Conference, Pittsburgh PA                                                                                              2016

National Conference on Education for the Ceramic Arts, Pittsburgh PA                                                        2018

Women in Graduate School Conference, Athens OH                                                                                         2019

 

Curatorial Experience 

Juror, Temporal and Corporal Art Show, Athens, OH                                                                              2017- 2018

 

Artist Talks 

Mitchel Auditorium Ohio University Athens, OH Performance and Artist Talk Taciturn                              2017