David Hayes: Permanent Nature

June 1 – August 19, 2018

Born in Hartford, Connecticut, David Hayes (1931-2013) had strong artistic ties to Indiana. He received an AB degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1953 and an MFA degree from Indiana University in 1955. While at IU, Hayes studied with American sculptor David Smith, a pioneer in working with welded metal.

Hayes worked in the tradition of his mentor Smith and his friend Alexander Calder—creating joyful abstract representations of nature’s beauty. His welded steel sculptures are often painted in colors that seem to reflect the changing seasons of the year. The artist’s son, David Hayes, described the artist’s chosen material by saying, “My father liked the permanence of steel. Steel lasts.”

In addition to sculptures dating from 1972 to 2010, the exhibition will include studies made for the three-dimensional work. This is the first exhibition of the entire ten-piece Ventana series since the work was created by Hayes in 2006. The ten sculptures will be shown along with nine of the studies done in gouache, an opaque watercolor medium.

The exhibition will travel to the Fort Smith Regional Art Museum and the Muscatine Art Center following its premiere in Terre Haute. Support in part from the Edward and Verna Gerbic Family Foundation and the David Hayes Art Foundation.

Local support is provided by Coldwell Banker Troy Helman Realtors and Edward T. Hazledine in memory of his father Kenneth E. Hazledine (1908-1993) and his grandfather Edward T. Hazledine (1859-1941).