Artist Rachel Hayes will be in residence at the School of Art the week of March 13th and will deliver a public lecture on Tuesday, March 14 at 5:30pm in the S151 auditorium. In addition to her lecture, Hayes will be working on a site-specific installation in the Atirum of Dodd. Hayes creates fabric structures that vibrantly explore painting processes, quilt making, architectural space, light, and shadow. Her large-scale pieces reflect her interests in both painting and the craft of sewing. Her colorful patchwork installations allow Hayes to explore her fascination with processes and materials based in craft and design and to create abstract compositions that embrace the language of painting while interacting with space in a sculptural manner.
Hayes’ work has been exhibited at various venues including Sculpture Center in Queens, NY and the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, VA. Hayes has been commissioned to create public projects in various US cities including Manhattan and Brooklyn. She is the recipient of the Augustus Saint-Gaudens Memorial Fellowship in Sculpture; a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship in Sculpture; and the 2016 Joan Mitchell Foundation Award for Painters and Sculptors. Hayes received a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in Fiber and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Painting. Her studio is currently based in Tulsa, OK.