Randy Hayes is a highly regarded Seattle painter and photographer who creates mixed media works based on his travels to Europe and Asia and his ongoing relationship with the American South, especially his birthplace of Mississippi. A major exhibition of Hayes’ work, Randy Hayes: Unfamiliar Territory, will open June 2 and continue through August 26, 2012, at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.
Born in Jackson, Mississippi in 1944, Hayes spent his early childhood in the South. After graduation from high school in Tupelo, Mississippi in 1962, he attended Rhodes College and the Memphis College of Art, where he earned his BFA degree in sculpture in 1966. He moved to Seattle the same year to work as a Vista volunteer, and in the early 1970s he moved to Boston to work as a freelance painter and set designer for the PBS affiliate, WGBH. He returned to Seattle in the mid-1970s and has lived there ever since.