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Barbara Hagen  

Barbara Hagen

Start Date: 12/11/2017

Program: Photography instructor in Continuing Education; Photo 1, Photo 2, Photo 3, Photo 4, Beginning through Advanced.;

Education/Industry Certifications: Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Department of Art, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Master of Fine Arts degree, Department of Art, University of Texas at Austin.

Has Taught at SCC Since: 1996

Years of Work Experience Outside SCC: 15 years teaching photography in Austin, Texas, including the University of Texas. Photographer for the Harry Ransom Humanity Research Center, Photography Collection/Conservation Department, University of Texas, for 10 years. Photographer for former Texas Gov. Anne Richards. She also has served as a freelance photographer in Lincoln for 20 years and photographed for the Nebraska Broadcaster's Association for 15 years. She has had numerous one-person exhibits of her fine art photography, and has participated in many juried and invitational shows. Her work is in several collections, including the University of Texas.

Describe your teaching philosophy.
My goal is to introduce students to both the craft and creativity of photography. I use an improvisational approach to keep students engaged. Because repetition is so important when teaching the technical aspects of photography, keeping it entertaining is essential. My goal for students is to understand the principles of photography so well that they can be free to visually explore their world.

Why did you decide to teach at a community college?
I prefer the fast pace of the quarter system, as well as the diversity of the students.

What can prospective students expect when they enroll in your program?
To expect the unexpected! They will find a fun, creative environment where they will learn so much more about photography than just how to use a camera!

What experiences outside of SCC do you bring to the classroom/laboratory that enhance student learning?
Because I have been a practicing artist, photographer and teacher for 40 years, I have a wealth of real-life experiences and stories to share.

What do you enjoy most about working with students?
Teaching was been the joy of my life! Being a part of the student's adventure with photography and creativity is very rewarding.

What is the best part about being an SCC faculty member?
I have always felt I had the trust and support to teach my classes as I know best. I'm also proud to be associated with SCC and everything it stands for.

What has been your proudest moment as an instructor?
When a student discovers their own authentic creativity. When a student has their first solo exhibition. When a student becomes an acclaimed documentary photographer. With every quarter I am rewarded with such moments, particularly with my advanced students.

What do you like to do when you're not teaching?
Explore! I'm always looking for new experiences with food, craft beer, plants for the garden, and all things mid-century modern.

What would students be surprised to know about you?
That I learn more from them than they do from me!