Thursday, May 31, 2012
Local artist selected for airport montage
By SUE WATSON
Randy Hayes, a Mississippi artist, has been commissioned to produce an original photo montage for the 50th anniversary of the Jackson airport.
He resides in Holly Springs and also has a residence and gallery in Seattle, Washington.
The photo montage will consist of a work containing historical photographs of Jackson and the airport using original images. The mixed media piece will be 10 feet wide and eight feet high. It will be installed in the lobby of the main terminal with a public unveiling scheduled to take place in July 2013.
Hayes said he learned of the competition from another arts professional in Mississippi who suggested he enter work in the competition.
“I entered the competition because I was born in Jackson and grew up near Jackson,” Hayes said. “My hope was to have some of my work in a public location in Mississippi.”
Hayes’ most recent exhibit, “Kyoto Views,” was at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson in 2011.This year he exhibited a pair of paintings at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago in an exhibit entitled “The Limits of Photography.”
“My next exhibit is at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, in June,” he said. “Paintings about Mississippi are usually featured in all my exhibits. For me, this commission in Jackson presents a welcome opportunity to be an advocate for Mississippi.”
Nineteen other Mississippi artists submitted their work for a juried selection for display at the Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport that will be displayed throughout the terminal beginning in 2013. They include David Adams, Daphne Nabors, James Patterson of Jackson, and Stephen Kirkpatrick of Madison, who will provide photographs depicting the beauty, culture, and iconic images of Mississippi, according to Dirk Vanderleest, CEO of the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority.
“There are many talented artists in Mississippi, and the selection committee did an excellent work reviewing each submission and determining which artist captured the best of what Mississippi has to offer,” Vanderleest said. “From our cultural life, to our wildlife, from our beautiful natural landscapes to architectural images, we are confident that the artists selected will create images that welcome and excite everyone who arrives at the Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport.”
Hayes was born in Jackson in 1944 near Clinton. He lived in Tupelo as a teen and later attended Rhodes College and the Memphis College of Arts.
After graduation Hayes took a trip to Europe, where his decision to become an artist was sealed. He also worked as a VISTA Volunteer in Seattle one year. Later he moved to Boston and worked as a scene painter for PBS Television, then returned to Seattle in 1976 to open a bookstore and gallery. In 1983 Hayes committed himself to work full-time as an artist.
He photographed subcultures in Los Angeles and New York, then worked in Rome two months in 1987. A commission from the Port of Seattle supported a trip to three continents and India, where Hayes photographed a large body of work which supported his study of culture and history. In 1990, Hayes began to paint directly onto photographs creating photo montages, his trademark.
He has returned to the Deep South where he continues to create a Southern series.
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