David Hayes Sculpture

David Hayes' <em>Griffon</em>, 1989, is featured on the exhibition brochure cover. This 27-foot tall painted steel work was purchased with funds provided by the Humana Endowment for American Art, 1989.026

David Hayes' Griffon, 1989, is featured on the exhibition brochure cover. This 27-foot tall painted steel work was purchased with funds provided by the Humana Endowment for American Art, 1989.026

Front lawn, Entrance Atrium, and Courtyard May 31–August 31, 2013

This exhibition of eight sculptures is organized in memory of alum David Hayes (American,1931-April 2013). After graduating from Notre Dame in 1953 Hayes earned a MFA '55 from Indiana University, Bloomington, where he studied with the famous American sculptor David Smith.

Throughout his sixty-year-artistic-career Hayes created sculptural forms abstracted from organic forms encountered in daily life. His sculptures have affinities to Alexander Calder's playful stabiles (Hayes met Calder in Paris) and to the shapes and colors of Matisse's late paper cutouts. Hayes works are firmly rooted in Modern artists' interests in industrial materials and in commercial fabrication processes.

The sculptures of David Hayes have been exhibited in America, France, and the Netherlands and are in the collections of over 100 museums, including The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan; and the Snite Museum of Art.

The Snite Museum of Art is deeply grateful to Sir David Hayes, the artist's son, who made this exhibition possible.

View a PDF of the David Hayes exhibition brochure.