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April Issue 2000

Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, Features Works of Marvin Hayes

Appalachian State University's Visiting Artist Series will present an exhibit of Biblical etchings, as well as pen-and-ink and egg tempera works by internationally renowned artist Marvin Hayes, through Apr. 20, 2000, at Appalachian State University's Catherine J. Smith Gallery, located in the lobby of Farthing Auditorium on Rivers Street, in Boone, NC.

A gallery talk and reception are scheduled for Thursday, April 20 from 4-6 pm in the Catherine J. Smith Gallery, with a gallery talk by Marvin Hayes beginning at 4pm, followed by a reception in the artist's honor. Hayes will also meet with groups of faculty members and students from Appalachian's Department of Art throughout the day. The exhibit, gallery talk, and reception are free and open to the public.

Hayes has had many one-man shows in the United States, Europe, and South America. For eleven years he was represented by FAR Gallery in New York. Hayes primary mediums are egg tempera and copper plate etchings. In 1977, he produced a set of fifty-three etchings, illustrating the Bible with text by the poet James Dickey. The book, God's Images, sold over a hundred thousand copies and was reviewed favorably by The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Book Digest, among others. (Twenty of the fifty-three etchings from "God's Images" will be included in the Catherine J . Smith Gallery Exhibit).

God's Images also won the National Bible Committee Award for books, presented by then-president Jimmy Carter. Hayes appeared on several television shows, including the Today Show and the Dick Cavett Show. In 1985, a one-man show of the fifty-three etchings was presented by the Vatican Museums in Rome. In 1995 the etchings were shown at the Presbyterian Gallery in Stamford, CT.

Hayes' works of art are included in the collections of many museums, including the Metropolitan, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Smithsonian, the National Portrait Gallery, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Rijksmuseum, the Bibliotheque Nationale, and the Vatican Museum. His paintings have been collected by Roger Fife, Robert Malone Joe Harris, Louis Auchincloss, Joan Payson, Jacqueline Onassis, David Rockefeller, Barbara Walters, Eli Wallach, and Anwar Sadat, among many others.

Hayes began college at Texas A&M on a football scholarship. He then went to Lamar University on an academic scholarship, graduated Magna Cum Laude, was Phi Beta Kappa, and national student editor of "Kappa Phi Magazine" (the honor fraternity for art students). From Lamar he went on scholarship to Columbia University in New York and worked for Ted Rousseau at the Metropolitan Museum. Following graduation, he became an award-winning illustrator, appearing in Esquire, McCall's, Playboy, Redbook, Readers' Digest, Time, and Good Housekeeping. However, he was encouraged by Rousseau to become a fine artist.

Hayes has conducted lectures, seminars and workshops at Yale, Harvard, the Rhode Island School of Design, Columbia University, and the Metropolitan Museum, where he currently works, in that museum's education, drawings and prints, and objects conservation departments.

Hayes also does computer consulting work for the Metropolitan, El Museo Del Barrio, and the Modern. He has worked off and on for the Met since 1963, assisting Theodore Rousseau, Thomas Hoving, and currently, Carmen Bambach, Antoine Wilmering, Marvin Schwartz, and Kent Lydecker. Hayes and Wilmering have produced a 360-degree virtual reality panoramoa of the Gubbio Studiolo for the education and objects conservation departments, which is included in a CD on the Gubbio Studiolo. He is currently assisting Dr. Carmen Bambach in digitizing the 15th to 18th century Italian Drawing collection at the Metropolitan.

Hayes has received many awards, among which include: Top award in the New England Annual Painting and Sculpture Show, The National Print Show, and the Bi-Annual Texas Tri-State Show. He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Lamar University, where they created a presidential scholarship in his name.

In addition, Hayes has received many humanitarian and service awards for service to humanity and his former community, Wilton, Connecticut. He has used his computer skills to teach and assist cancer researchers in the treatment and cure for cancer. He is on the Microsoft Windows development team and has contributed several ideas to the Windows and Microsoft Access interfaces. He was an early proponent and innovator of digital imaging and is expert in scanning, color calibration, and large format printing. He created and produced several graphic CDs, including a collection of 540 letters to Edith Roosevelt. He archived the photograph collection of Eli Wallach, and a collection of his own prints, drawings, and paintings.

For more information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings or contact Hank T. Foreman, Director/Curator, Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, at 828/262-3017. Information about the exhibit may also be obtained via the gallery's website: (http://www.oca.appstate.edu)

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