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Life & Work with Tim Jaeger

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tim Jaeger. 

Hi Tim, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
The older I get the longer the story gets, so I’ll try to keep it short…I was raised in Paducah, Kentucky, and moved to Sarasota in 1998 to attend Ringling College of Art + Design where I earned my Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Fine Arts and a Minor in Modern Art History from the Ringling College of Art and Design, in Sarasota, Florida. 

Since graduating Ringling, for over twenty years, I’ve maintained my studio in Sarasota while participating in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Florida, Kentucky, Nebraska, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Louisiana, New York, and South Carolina. Additionally, I have received several awards and grants including the Artist Residency and Fellowship Chateau L’Hesperit, Monaret, France, and the Arts Leadership Award, Sarasota County Arts Council. 

My paintings can be found in numerous public and private collections including Walt Disney Resorts, Joann Fabric, RBC Wealth Management, St. Petersburg. Louisville Chamber of Commerce, Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, Kentucky; and the Southeast Guide Dogs Center, Palmetto, Florida. 

In addition to my studio practice, I am also the Director and Chief Curator of Galleries + Exhibitions at Ringling College of Art + Design, a long-time art instructor, husband to artist, Cassia Kite, and father of two. 

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I don’t really know how to answer this except that I like to say that I’ve taken the stairs instead of the elevator. Everything that I’ve worked towards and for has come with some degree of difficulty. However, I am thankful for this–the struggle is a part of what is needed in order to appreciate the gifts of life. 

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others? 

Painting. Currently, I feel as though I’m best known for my large-scale aerial beachscapes. The series consist of very colorful and complex scenes of our regional beaches looking down. Patterns and pops of color appear almost abstractly, however are anchored by figures interacting with one another. 

I’m most proud of the relationships I’ve built collaborating with designers, galleries, and artists throughout the years. Keeping yourself open to the ideas of others has ushered my painting career into directions I never thought I’d go–and I couldn’t be happier. 

Networking and finding a mentor can have such a positive impact on one’s life and career. Any advice?
Simply put, show up and participate. Support others in (and outside) of your field–regardless of whether or not you know them. Be open to volunteering and/or spearheading an effort. Take pride in your community and embrace where you live. Realize that you can make a difference–sometimes it just takes a time, organization, patience, and hard work. 


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1 Comment

  1. Laura Krieger

    November 17, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    So glad to see this tribute to Tim Jaeger, a remarkably talented and innovative Sarasota artist as well as an advocate for community participation in all things art. He is also an excellent teacher and mentor and continually fosters a connection for local artists.

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