Photo Credit: Adam Murphy
Rachel Hayes is a nationally recognized artist who creates fabric structures that vibrantly explore painting processes, quilt making, architectural space, light and shadow. Because of the large-scale nature of her installations and her interests in painting and the craft of sewing, Hayes’ work is a balance of power and fragility. Installation-based works have been exhibited extensively at venues like the Sculpture Center in Queens, NY, where she designed a linear corridor of pleather, vinyl, velcro, and wood titled Trans Revelation Celebration. A folded nylon and light-gel installation titled Almost Always was displayed at The Nerman Museum in Overland Park, KS. Hayes has been commissioned to create public projects in cities across the country. She has attended numerous artist residencies including the Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program in Brooklyn, NY and the Art Omi International Artists Residency in Ghent, NY. Hayes has received the Augustus Commission for the Arts Fellowship in Sculpture and a Charlotte Street Fund Award. As a visiting artist and lecturer, Hayes has worked with a diverse range of students in fiber, sculpture, painting, ceramics, and photography departments at numerous institutions such as University of Iowa, University of Vermont, and University of Arkansas. Born and raised outside of Kansas City, MO, Hayes received her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has based her studio in locations across the USA from Brooklyn, NY, to Roswell, NM. Hayes currently lives in Tulsa, OK where she and her husband Eric Sall are both residents at the Tulsa Artist Fellowship. Rachel is a recipient of the 2016 Joan Mitchell Foundation Award for Painters and Sculptors.