Jodi Hays is influenced by inhabited space: landscape and architecture (and their potential for metaphors to the painted surface). Usually parallel to titles, her work is an eclectic abstraction, drawing from daily walks and soundbites, pattern and the built environment (grid). Influences and ideas are disparate yet not unintentional. It is not unusual for a painter to want to “slow down” life through work, and in Hays’ work there is an accounting of events and spaces; painting as souvenir penny.

Hays (born 1976) lives and works in Nashville, TN. She has exhibited her work at the Brooks Museum of Art, Boston Center for the Arts, as well as commercial, non profit, University and artist-run galleries. In addition to her exhibition career, she has worked as Faculty, Curator, Gallery Director and Instructor on the University level. Collections include the J. Crew Company, Tennessee State Museum, Music City Center, Gordon College, Avenue Bank and numerous private collections.

Her work has been reviewed and featured in publications including Number and Sharon Butler’s Two Coats of Paint. She is the recipient of a Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship and several grants including from the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation and was a finalist for the Clark Hulings Foundation Grant. Residencies include the Cooper Union School of Art and Vermont Studio Center. She is currently co-curating some projects, and is a founding member of COOP Gallery, an artist-run curatorial collective and is an active Board Member of Seed Space.