Kathleen Hayes earned a BA in printmaking from Sonoma State University and an MFA in visual art from the George Washington University.
Though the themes in her work have always revolved around nature, it was in graduate school that Ms. Hayes first became interested in the field of environmental aesthetics, and in particular the work of philospher Arnold Berleant. Berleant’s approach to environmental aesthetics emphasises the central role of the person as an active participant and the perceptual center in environmental experience.
Influenced by these ideas, Ms. Hayes began to create work from her experiential perception of nature. Of particular impact were the deceptively homogenous landscapes of fields and grasses, of which her current work is an outgrowth. Her fields pieces are relief paintings through which Ms. Hayes explores her experiences of particular aspects of nature.
Ms. Hayes is a recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in 2003. Recent exhibitions have included a solo show at Loyola College Julio Art Gallery in Baltimore in 2006 and the 2004 Fiber Art Bienial at Snyderman Gallery in Philidelphia.
Ms. Hayes lives and maintains a studio in Baltimore, Maryland.
- Pulp Function, curated by Lloyd E. Herman, Fuller Museum, Boston MA, May 2007–January 2008, travelling through 2010
- Patterns of Seeing, 2-person show, ArtSpace, Raleigh NC March–April 2007
- Fields, solo exhibition, Loyola College Julio Art Gallery, Baltimore, March 16–April 14 2006
- Explorations, Maryland State Arts Council Gallery, Baltimore, June–July 2004
- Fiber Biennial 2004, Snyderman/Works Galleries, Philadelphia, March–April 2004
- Works on Paper / Works of Paper, Snyderman Gallery, Philadelphia, February 2004
- SOFA Chicago, Snyderman/Works Galleries Booth, Chicago, October 2003, 2004, 2005,2006
- SOFA New York 2002, Snyderman/Works Galleries Booth, New York, May 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
- MFA Thesis Show, University Art Gallery, The George Washington University, Washington DC, May 2001
- ARTScape, National Association of College and University Business Offices, Washington, DC, December 1999–April 2000
- Annual Juried Awards Show, University Art Gallery, The George Washington University, Washington DC, April 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001
- Maryland State Arts Council, Individual Artist Award, 2003
- Julian H. Singman, Esq. Prize, 1998, 2001
- Philadelphia Enquirer, Philadelphia, PA, February 20, 2004
- MFA, The George Washington University, Washington, DC, 2001
- BA, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA, 1991