Crystal Reverie exhibit in the Crystal Bridge by Rachel Hayes

Crystal Reverie exhibit in the Crystal Bridge by Rachel Hayes


Crystal Reverie exhibit in the Crystal Bridge by Rachel Hayes

  • Crystal Bridge at Myriad Gardens
  • August 17 – October 21, 2019
  • Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm
  • Free with Crystal Bridge admission
    • Free for members, $8 adults, $7 seniors/military/students

Artist Statement

I create art installations with textiles outside in nature, responding to and highlighting attributes in sites ranging from canyons, deserts, forests, lakes, and even my own backyard. I am excited to present work at Myriad Botanical Gardens, where my work is slightly protected from the elements of wind and water, yet still harnesses the sun while engaging with the natural world. The architecture of the Crystal Bridge and all the beautiful colors and textures found inside are both distinguished collaborators and muse. I use translucent materials that adapt easily to the environment in which I use them, as well as put emphasis on it. For me it is important to let the fabric drape as it naturally wants, let the layers of color build-up, let the sunshine through, let shadows happen, and to let the work and the environment meet in the middle. Sometimes an installation becomes a portrait of the textile piece, and other times the installation becomes a portrait of the surrounding landscape. I am open to letting it be both.

Artist Bio

Rachel Hayes received her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in Fiber, and her MFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. 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; Sculpture Space Residency, New York; Art Omi International Artists’ Residency, New York; and the Roswell Artist-in-Residence program in Roswell, New Mexico.

She has shown her work at the Sculpture Center in New York; Taubman Museum of Art, Virginia; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas; Roswell Museum of Art, New Mexico; Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, New Hampshire; and with BravinLee Programs. Hayes has completed commissions for Facebook Headquarters in Palo Alto, California; Bloomberg Headquarters in New York; and for the Rosslyn Business Improvement District in Washington D.C. Recently, Rachel has collaborated with the Italian fashion house Missoni, culminating with a solo exhibition. Her work has been covered by The New York Times, The Cut, Interior Design, Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Art Forum, and Art Papers, and she was featured in the new documentary Being Missoni.

She is currently a fellow with the Tulsa Artist Fellowship, established by the George Kaiser Family Foundation.