As a multidisciplinary artist Jake Weigel focuses on object making and installation methods through a variety of research topics. Combining traditional media and processes with new technology, he continually expands his practice and teaching opportunities through contemporary dialogues with an emphasis in ontology, the metaphysical branch the that investigates the nature of being, reality and representation, particularly of objects, both natural and man-made.
Previous teaching experience includes Visiting Lecturer of Sculpture and Director of the Nancy Fyfe Cardozier Gallery at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in Odessa, Texas from 2014 to 2017 and at the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University. He has served as committee chair for the Odessa Council for Arts and Humanities’ Public Art Committee and Co-Chair of Exhibitions for the 2015 and 2017 Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art & Practices at Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark in Birmingham, Alabama where he continues research activities with the permanent collection of wood patterns. Weigel has also worked and taught workshops at Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee and Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado.
Weigel has exhibited widely, participating in exhibitions in Dallas, Memphis, Nashville, Raleigh, Cincinnati, Atlanta, Seattle, Minneapolis, New York, San Francisco and abroad. He is currently Assistant Professor of Sculpture at California State University, Stanislaus in Turlock, California.