Stephen Hayes Creations

 

Bio

Stephen L. Hayes

Stephen L. Hayes, Jr. makes art—woodcuts, sculptures, installations small and large—from found materials that draw on social and economic themes ingrained in the history of America and African-Americans. His approach is simple: “If I can’t find it, I’ll make it. If I can’t make it, I’ll find it.”

Hayes grew up in Durham with his older brother, Spence, and his mother, Lender, who were pivotal in shaping and sparking his creative approach. When Hayes was in the first grade, he broke a remote-control car. His brother took it apart and attached the motor to a battery, bringing it back to life. Amazed, Hayes began breaking all kinds of things to see how they worked and what he could create with the pieces. By second grade, his mother had given him a real workbench; she and Hayes’ brother would also bring home abandoned equipment for tinkering. By high school, he learned to crochet.

He went to North Carolina Central University, aiming to transfer to North Carolina State University to study mechanical engineer. Instead, through a friend, he discovered graphic design. His new major led to a ceramics course, where his enthusiasm and skill led to being allowed as much time as he wanted on the wheel. He threw enough pots to develop a strong portfolio, leading to a residency at the acclaimed New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Hayes earned an M.F.A. in sculpture at Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta. His thesis exhibition, "Cash Crop," has been traveling and exhibiting for nearly a decade.

Frequently in his work, Hayes uses three symbols: a pawn, a corn, and a horse to explore America’s use (or misuse) of black bodies, black minds, and black labor. Artists, he believes, are as much translators as they are creators.


Education

MFA, Sculpture - Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, GA (2010)

BA, Visual Communication - North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC (2006)


Solo Exhibitions

- 2019

  • Cash Crop, 109 East Franklin, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Destroy the Man, Keep the Body, Wilmington, NC
  • Legacy Legacy Legacy, CAM Raliegh, Raleigh, NC
  • Cash Crop, Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, VA

- 2018

  • Selected New Work, Duke University, Rubenstein Building, Durham, NC
  • Identity and Economic Exploitation, North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC
  • Cash Crop and New Works, TRAX Visual Art Center, Lake City, SC

- 2017

  • Richer Than Gold,Durham Arts Guild, Durham, NC
  • Daily Bread,Durham Arts Guild, Durham, NC
  • Cash Crop, Rosa Parks Museum, Montgomery, AL

- 2016

  • Cash Crop, International Civil Rights Museum, Greensboro, NC

- 2015

  • Cash Crop, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN
  • Cash Crop, Water Works Visual Art Center, Salisbury, NC

- 2014

  • Cash Crop, African American Museum of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
  • Cash Crop, The YMI Cultural Center, Asheville, NC
  • Cash Crop, Mason Murer Fine Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA

- 2013

  • Cash Crop, 701 Contemporary Center of Art, Columbia, SC

- 2012

  • Cash Crop, Harvey B. Gantt Center, Charlotte, NC

- 2011

  • Cash Crop, North Carolina Central University, Durham,NC

- 2010

  • Cash Crop, Mason Murer Fine Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA

- 2008

  • Desiring to be Something More,St. Joseph's Hayti Heritage, Durham,NC

Group Exhibitions

- 2019

  • Breathing Without the Body,Basement Art Space, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Arts Fields, Lake City, SC
  • An Exhibitions of Artistic Voices, Winston-Salem State University, Winston, NC

- 2018

  • Black On Black, American Tobacco, Durham, NC
  • Deep Flash, Vis-Arts, Rockville, MD
  • 64rdAnnual Juried Exhibition, The Durham Art Guild, Durham, NC
  • By the People, THEARC West, Washington, DC
  • By the People, Voices from Future Past, National Cathedral, Washington, DC
  • Welcome to the Resistancs Art in Trumpian Times, Kyo Gallery, Alexandria, VA
  • Exchanges,IA&A at Hillyer, Washington, DC
  • Performance Cycle 1, Halcyon Arts Lab, Washington, DC
  • Hidden Voices, Raleigh, NC

- 2017

  • Black On Black 2, Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh, NC
  • Hidden Voices, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
  • 63rdAnnual Juried Exhibition, The Durham Art Guild, Durham, NC
  • Salisbury Outdoor,Sculpture Commision, Salisbury, NC

- 2015

  • McColl Center of Art and Innovation, Charlotte, NC
  • Salisbury Outdoor, Sculpture Commision, Salisbury, NC

- 2014

  • Cash Crop, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN
  • Cash Crop, Water Works Visual Art Center, Salisbury, NC

- 2014

  • Bodies of Remembrance,The Sonya Haynes Stone Center, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Salisbury Outdoor, Sculpture Commision, Salisbury, NC

- 2013

  • Faculty Exhibition,Water Works Visual Art Center, Salisbury, NC

- 2012

  • Slavery by An Other Name, National Black Arts Festival, Atlanta, GA
  • Young Talent From Atlanta, Rush Arts Gallery, Manhattan, NY

- 2011

  • Road to Equality, Freedom Riders Mesuem, Montgomery,AL

- 2010

  • Art Auction, Moca Gala, Atlanta, GA
  • Race Sex Religion Politics… What not to talk about, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
  • Past, Present, and Other Natural Disasters, Space One Eleven, Birmingham, AL

- 2009

  • Open Studio, Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, GA
  • Race Religion & Other Natural Disasters,Ar-che-type, Atlanta, GA

- 2008

  • Sloppy Seconds, Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, GA
  • Sweet Fried, Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, GA

- 2006

  • The Student,North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC

- 2004

  • Durham Art Walk,Main Street, Durham, NC

Awards/Honors

- 2019

  • North Carolina Arts Council, Emerging Artist Grant, Durham, NC

- 2018

  • The1858 Contemporary Southern Art Award, nominee, Charleston, SC
  • Honorable Mentions Salisbury Outdoor Art, Salisbury, NC (2017-2018)

- 2016

  • 1stplace Salisbury Outdoor Art, Salisbury, NC (2015-2016)

- 2012

  • Best of Best, Charlotte, NC

- 2011

  • Movers and Shakers
  • Encore Series Exhibition, Savannah College of Art and Design

- 2010

  • Featured artist Cash Crop, Mason Murer

- 2009

  • Featured artist in Race Religion & Other Natural Disasters, Ar-che-type

- 2008

  • Artistic Honors Fellowship Savannah College of Art and Design

- 2007

  • Summer Scholarship to New York State college of Ceramics at Alfred University

- 2006

  • Academic Honors North Carolina Central University (2005-2006)
  • Dean's List North Carolina Central University (2004-2006)

- 2002

  • United States Achievement Academy National Award

Residencies

- 2020

  • Duke Brock Family Visiting Instructor in Studio Arts, Durham, NC (2018-2020)

- 2018

  • Halcyon Arts Lab, Washington, DC (2017-2018)

- 2017

  • The Durham Art Guild, Durham, NC

- 2016

  • McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC

- 2013

  • 701 Contemporary Center of Art, Columbia, SC

- 2007

  • New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, NY
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