MFA in Art History, 2010
Jenny Hornby came to the University of Memphis in 2008 after earning a Bachelor of
Art, specialization Art Education at the University of Montana. In 2010 she graduated
from the University of Memphis with a Master of Art in Art History. Her thesis on
memory jugs is titled, "Continuity and Change in a Traditional American Art Form."
After graduate school Jenny worked at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art for five years as Associate Curator of Education and later Associate Director of Education. Her notable projects include redesigning the museum's flagship school outreach program Art Builds Creativity, establishing the Brooks Teen Program, and curating a number of noteworthy exhibitions. In 2012 she was named Tennessee's Art Museum Educator of the Year.
In 2015 Jenny began a new position at the Memphis Public Library developing and coordinating system-wide library services for children. She also leads the Explore Memphis summer reading program initiative and is working to establish early literacy centers at six libraries across the city. During the last six years Jenny has enjoyed successful collaborations with the University of Memphis Art Education department including a presentation on the Brooks Teen Program at the National Art Education Association, two professional journal publications, and a partnership with the University of Memphis Community Art Academy.