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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 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 and Curator 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
Sustainable Arts Foundation, the Clark Hulings Foundation Grant for Emerging Artists and the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation. Residencies include the Cooper Union School of Art and Vermont Studio Center. She is a founding member of COOP Gallery, an artist-run curatorial collective and is an active Board Member of Seed Space.