Jacqueline Hayden, professor emerita of film and photography, has been a professional artist since 1979 when she received her Masters of Fine Arts degree from Yale University. Ms. Hayden has been a professor of film and photography at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts since 1991. She has received numerous awards, including a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship for her photographs of nude older figure models titled Figure Model Series 1991-96. Figure Model Series and Ancient Statuary Series 1996-2000 have been shown in numerous museum exhibitions, including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New Museum of Contemporary Art and the Alternative Museum in N.Y.C., Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Connecticut, and National Museum of Bellas Artes and National Museum of Decorative Arts in Havana, Cuba. She has been an artist in residence at the Banff Center for the Arts in Alberta, Canada and at the American Academy in Rome, Italy.
Professor Hayden is a founding faculty member of Hampshire College's study abroad program in Havana, Cuba. In January 2002 and 2003, she and her students completed the first digital photographic archive of the old city of Havana, Cuba. This was a community service project for the Office of the Historian in Havana by Hampshire College. She has been the faculty in residence in Havana for the academic semesters in 2003, 2006, and 2010.
In September 2003-July 2004, Ms. Hayden collaborated with the Cuban dance troupe, Danza Voluminosa, on a theater production, Una Muerte Dulce, staged at Teatro Nacional, Havana on July 4, 2004. In 2001, she created a video projection for Danza Voluminosas' latest theater production, Freddy. Ms. Hayden has also collaborated with Cuban documentary filmmaker Lizette Vila on numerous projects: in 2004 the video Sexualidad about the Cuban transvestite community, and in March 2010 Anti Barbie, a collaborative photography project exhibited at the National Museum of Bellas Artes in Havana. In April 2007 she had a solo exhibition at Artes Plasticas Galleria in Havana, and in March 2009 portraits from Sexualidad were exhibited in "Gender, (Trans) Gender and the (De)Generates," A Special Project of the 10th Edition of the Havana Art Biennial on Integration and Resistance of Genders in the Global Era.