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Donté K. Hayes Virtual Artist Talk

December 2, 2021 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

The Fine Arts Department presents an artist lecture and exhibition of work by Donté K. Hayes, supported by the Forst Endowed Visiting Artist Program.

Donté K. Hayes’s research has been focused on the tradition of the pineapple as a symbol for hospitality, rooted in slavery and agricultural colonization of South America, the Caribbean, and the Southern United States. Hayes’s art practice also pulls from an interest in hip-hop culture, history, and science fiction. For Hayes, ceramics becomes a bridge to conceptually integrate disparate objects and images for the purpose of creating new understandings and connections with material, history, and social-political issues. The artworks suggest the past, discuss the present, and explore possible futures interconnected to the African Diaspora.

Donté K. Hayes graduated summa cum laude from Kennesaw State University, Georgia. Hayes received his MA and MFA with honors from the University of Iowa and is the 2017 recipient of the University of Iowa Arts Fellowship. Hayes’s artwork has been presented at the 1-54 art fair in London and at Design Miami in Florida. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C., The Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, South Carolina, and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, in Texas.

Hayes is a 2019 Ceramics Monthly Magazine Emerging Artists and Artaxis Fellow and is the 2019 winner of the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art from the Gibbes Museum of Art. He is represented by Mindy Solomon Gallery in Miami, Florida.


Artist Talk Thursday, December 2 at 4:30pm Pacific


Exhibition in Fine Arts Gallery 2, Pullman Campus

Opens December 2


Live Zoom Webinar – Free and Open to the Public

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December 2, 2021
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm