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Connie Hayes holds a B.F.A. from the Maine College of Art and a M.F.A. from the Tyler School of Art, where she spent one of her graduate years in their program in Rome. Connie has maintained a studio since 1974 and supported herself through painting exclusively since 1993. In 1992 she was the Interim Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine. Also at the Maine College of Art (MECA), she served as the B.F.A. Foundation Program Coordinator from 1991-1992, a B.F.A. Drawing Instructor from 1987 to 1992, Director of Continuing Studies and Student Life from 1985 to 1988, and Assistant Director of Admissions from 1982 to 1984. In 2003, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Maine College of Art.
A painter of town views, Connie Hayes travels widely for her subject matter, which reflects her idea that Americans are a young nation in search of their identity. She paints big urban skies, dramatic shadows, and details of sunlit interiors.
Selected Exhibitions (solo):
2004 Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine
1998 Ben Shawn Gallery, William Paterson University, New Jersey
Selected Exhibitions (group):
2006 Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, Maine "CMCA's 2006 Biennial Juried Exhibition"
2005 Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Ogunquit, Maine
The Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Ogunquit, Maine
2003 Portland Museum of Art, "Contemporary Art From the Permanent Collection: Vernacular"
Portland Museum of Art 2003 Biennial (juried)
2001 Colby College Museum of Art, "16th Annual Maine Women's Study Conference Exhibition
2000 The Armory Show, New York City "Works on Paper"
Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland , Maine "Carina House: The First Decade"
1998 National Academy Museum 173rd Annual Exhibition, New York City
"The Biennial at Ben Shahn Galleries: Lines of Direction", William Paterson University, Wayne, New Jersey; Curators Award
1996 Maine Coast Artists and the Baxter Gallery at Maine College of Art; "Skowhegan at 50: The Maine Legacy", Portland, Maine
1995 Collett Art Gallery, Weber State College, Ogden, Utah, "On the Street Where You Live" Supported by NEA through Artists Space, New York City
Ogunquit Museum of American Art, "Mainescapes: Women Artists, 1900-1995", Ogunquit, Maine
Selected Collections and Commissions:
Monhegan Museum, Maine; Museum of Art, University of Maine, Orono; Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Maine; Art in Embassies Program; Sanaa, Yemen; ABC, Good Morning America; Fortune; The New Yorker; Blue Cross Blue Shield; UNUM Life Insurance; L. L. Bean; The New Yorker; US Savings Bonds; Harvard Business School; Oppenheimer Funds; Rockefeller Collections; Habitat For Humanity
The Art of Monhegan Island, Carl Little, Down East Books, 2004
The Boston Globe Magazine, Edgar Allen Beem, September 26, 2004
STERN Das Deutsche Magazin, Jan Christoph Wiechmann, September 2, 2004
Maine Sunday Telegram, Bob Keyes, July 11, 2004
PAINTING MAINE The Borrowed Views of Connie Hayes, Carl Little (introduction), Chris Crosman (foreword), Borrowed Views Press, 2004, 120pp.
Maine Sunday Telegram, Philip Isaacson, February 23, 2003
The New York Times, "2003 Portland Museum of Art Biennial" April 4, 2003
Maine Sunday Telegram, Bob Keyes, April 6, 2003
Maine Boats and Harbors, "Connie Hayes Borrows the View" Autumn 2002
The Art of Maine in Winter, Carl Little, Down East Books, 2002
Art and Antiques, "From Ideas to Art": Five Rising Art Stars" Edward Gomez, December 2001
American Artist, Christopher Willard, September 2000
Maine, the Spirit of America, Edgar Allen Beem, Harry N. Abrams, 2000
Maine Times, "No Artist is an Island" January 6, 2000, Donna Gold
Portland Press Herald, "It's on the House" July 26, 1999, Amy Sutherland
Art New England, "New Borrowed Views" December 98/January 99, Shirley Jacks
2005 National Arts Education Association, Boston
2004 Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Maine
Union of Maine Visual Artists
Farnsworth Art Museum, Maine
2001 Maine College of Art, MFA Program
1999 University of Southern Maine, Portland
1995 San Francisco State University, California
1993 Alfred University, New York
1995, 2004 Bowdoin College, Maine
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