Jake Weigel is from Marshfield, Wisconsin and is currently Assistant Professor of Art, Sculpture at California State University, Stanislaus in Turlock, California. Previous teaching experience included 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. Additionally, Weigel writes for International Sculpture Center and other arts publications periodically. He 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. Weigel has volunteered at Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark and the National Ornamental Metals Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. He has also worked at Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee and Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado.
A major passion for Weigel is exploring localized landscapes by hiking, camping and canoeing with extensive travel internationally and throughout all 48 states in the continental United States including the U.S./Mexico border region. He has exhibited widely, participating in exhibitions in Dallas, Memphis, Nashville, Raleigh, Cincinnati, Atlanta, Seattle, Minneapolis, New York and abroad. Weigel received a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and MFA in Studio Art with an emphasis in Sculpture from the University of Mississippi.