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Rachel Hayes | Collaborative Guest Artist at Corning Museum of Glass

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Building on a tradition of collaboration, The Rockwell Museum and The Corning Museum of Glass are pleased to once again host an emerging contemporary artist in Corning through the Rockwell Museum’s Antigravity Residency.

This year, The Corning Museum of Glass welcomes textile-based sculptor Rachel Hayes as part of The Rockwell’s annual site-specific Antigravity Project. This annual commission is coupled with a three-day guest appearance in The Corning Museum of Glass Amphitheater Hot Shop, where she’ll work collaboratively with the gaffers to experiment and realize her designs in glass.

See Rachel Hayes in the Amphitheater Hot Shop at The Corning Museum of Glass, March 26-28, 10 am–4 pm.

“I am a textile-based sculptor, often working in the realm of large format, site-specific installation. Using both familiar and unexpected materials that are typically machine sewn entirely by myself, I design and construct pieces that are visually remarkable, physically tactile, and emotionally uplifting, providing an opportunity for unexpected and elevated experiences. I interject color and form into environments that are both natural and manmade and use scale and the inherent responsiveness of the materials to create reflective experiences. When I install my work in nature, the pieces insert themselves into the surrounding environment and are activated by natural elements such as wind and sunlight. When installed indoors, the works respond to the architecture of the site and come alive through viewer engagement as bodies move in and around the space. Inspired by a vast array of sources—from abstract painting and minimalism to contemporary fashion and assorted textile techniques from around the world—my installations work within a given environment to reveal inherent qualities of that site, yet simultaneously function as stand-alone pieces in their own right.” – Rachel Hayes


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About the Artist

By Destiny Green

Rachel Hayes

Rachel Hayes was born in Kansas City, Missouri and lives and works in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Hayes received her BFA in Fiber from the Kansas City Art Institute, and her MFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. Often using fabric to create large-scale work, she is interested in inserting color and form into both built and natural environments.  

She is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Award in Painting and Sculpture, Augustus Saint-Gaudens Memorial Fellowship in Sculpture, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship in Sculpture, Virginia Commission for the Arts Fellowship in Sculpture, and a Charlotte Street Fund Award. Hayes has attended the Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program, New York, NY; Sculpture Space Residency, Utica, NY; Art Omi International Artists’ Residency, Ghent, NY; Roswell Artist-in-Residence program in Roswell, NM; and the Tulsa Artist Fellowship in Tulsa, OK.  

She has exhibited her work at institutions including the Sculpture Center in New York City, NY; Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY; Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV;  Fruitlands Museum & deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, MA; Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, KS; Roswell Museum of Art, Roswell, NM; Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, Cornish, NH, and at galleries such as Lowell Ryan Projects, Los Angeles, CA; Marinaro, New York, NY; Bravin Lee Programs, New York, NY; and ADA Gallery, Richmond, VA. Hayes has collaborated with the Italian fashion house Missoni on four projects, culminating with a solo exhibition during Milan Design Week. Recently, she exhibited site-specific installations with ISTANBUL74 during the 16th Contemporary Istanbul, in Turkey and at NOMAD in Capri, IT. Her installation “Someday When We Are Dreaming” is currently up in the atrium at the Nevada Museum of Art through 2025. Her work has been covered by The New Yorker, The New York Times, Architectural Digest, Vogue, The Cut, LA Weekly, Los Angeles Times, Harper’s Bazaar, Boston Art Review and Artforum among others. 

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