Jody Hawk

Jody Hawk

Title: Associate Lecturer
Department: Photography
Office: Folk Hall 159
Phone: 330.972.6947


“I consider photography an interesting way to investigate the world. When I began to make photographs as an artist, my vision became enlightened. I discovered many unexpected treasures existed in my own back yard. Images may be used for comparison, dissection, reconstruction and documentation. I consider myself an anthropologist at times, and at other times a historian. Most of all I am an artist and through art I point at things that might otherwise go unnoticed.”


In her most recent body of work Ms. Hawk is investigating storytelling through aural and visual media. Her work will be shown at Massillon Museum in a show called “Local Allegories”, opening in April 2009. Incorporated in the show are digitally copied items from the Massillon Museum’s historical collection. Interviews for the project are from residents of Massillon.


Ms. Hawk also has a strong commitment to community involvement. She belongs to a small group of local artists called Raw Umber. These artists organize NE Ohio shows and will be presenting work at First Night, Akron. Ms. Hawk is collaborating with musician Gustave Aguilar for the First Night project and is helping to plan a musical instrument made from found objects. They were part of the Ingenuity Festival of Art and Technology in Cleveland as well. In addition she is helping to lead a group called Art Explorers, a group of youngsters who have an interest in art as a career.


Ms. Hawk says “One cannot be complacent about the art world and expect it to change anything. I believe in full participation right down to the grassroots level.”


Ms. Hawk has shown her work nationally and her photographs are part of many public and private collections.


MFA Massachusetts College of Art and Design, BFA University of Akron