Frederick Hayes

Artadia Awardee

“I was born in Atlanta, Ga and moved to California to study photography at the San Francisco Art Institute where I received both an undergraduate and graduate degrees. By the time I left school the photographic image had become tool for a more personal examination and exploration of my life experiences through the use of drawing, painting and sculpture.

I have participated in exhibitions at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SFMOMA, San Jose Museum of Art and received several awards including the Eureka Fellowship, Pollack-Krasner and a Diebenkorn Teaching Fellowship from SFAI and a NYFA in 2020. Other important awards, exhibitions and residencies include Robert Blackburn Workshop SIP Program, LMCC Swing Space, MacDowell, Headlands Center for the Arts, Hallwalls Art Center, Studio Museum, the New Museum. Recently I exhibited work in a group show “black anatomy” at the Spartanburg Museum in South Carolina and have exhibited at Cindy Rucker Gallery, Patricia Sweetow Gallery and Peg Alston Fine Arts.

I am interested in exploring notions of self and identity through works in various media that serves as a document of marginalized individuals. These works examine exterior (identity) and interior (self) separately and simultaneously while forming or suggesting a synthesis of the working class African American. I use photography to construct drawings, painting and found/recycle objects to build sculptures. I question types within the stereotype and its ability to focus on the single while alluding to the many. History and current social issues oscillate in importance with me along with day to day living.”