RAIR | 2014-15
Rachel Hayes | Tulsa, OK
Rachel Hayes was born and raised near Kansas City, MO. Her installation- based work has been exhibited extensively at venues such as Sculpture Center, NY, Nerman Museum, KS, and in Lower Manhattan with BravinLee Programs, NYC. She has attended numerous residencies including the Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program, NY; the RAiR Program (2002-3) in NM; the Sculpture Space Residency, NY; and the Art Omi International Artists' Residency, NY. Hayes is the recipient of the Augustus Saint-Gaudens Memorial Fellowship in Sculpture, a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship in Sculpture, Virginia Commission for the Arts Fellowship in Sculpture, and a Charlotte Street Fund Award. She received a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University.
“My work embraces exquisite beauty, converses boldly with architectural spaces, and responds to radiant light, becoming anything from a minimalist sculpture to an abstract painting to a massive stained glass patchwork quilt. I use processes and materials based in craft and design to create abstract compositions that embrace the language of painting while interacting with space in a sculptural/architectural manner.”