COVENTRY, Conn. — The sculptor David Hayes, died at home on April 9, 2013, of leukemia. He was 82.
Hayes is regarded as one of America’s great contemporary sculptors and leaves behind a half century of work, much of it housed in museums across the country.
Born in 1931, David Hayes studied at the University of Notre Dame and continued on to Indiana University where he studied with David Smith.
After service in the Navy, he married Julia Moriarty in 1957, and moved to France in 1961 to pursue advanced studies and raise a family. There he met and discussed their reciprocal work with, among others, the artists Alexander Calder, Henry Moore, and Alberto Giacometti.
He has exhibited since 1955, with hundreds of museum shows. His work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the National Museum of American Art, locally at the Wadsworth Atheneum and the New Britain Museum of Art, plus some 100 major collections around the country.
A show of his hanging sculpture is now on display at the Lutz Children’s Museum in Manchester, Conn. He is also showing at Connecticut’s Goodwin College and the Art Museum at the University of Kentucky and exhibited these past 12 months in Annapolis, Md., Peoria, Ill., Garrison, Westfield, Mass., White Plains and Huntsville, Ala.
This summer his work will be shown at the University of Notre Dame’s Snite Museum; other upcoming exhibits include the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Altoona and the Housatonic Museum of Art. In 2005, he exhibited at Hartwick College and the Yager Art Museum.
David Hayes leaves behind his wife of 55 years, Julia; his four children, David (Julie) of Oneonta, Brian (Aveline), Mary (Kevin) and John, his longtime curator; his granddaughter, Alexandra Hayes; his sister, Cathy Toomey (Tom); and brother, Richard (Marie); brother-in-law, Maurice (Ellen); sister-in-law, Connie; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Martin.
Among numerous recognitions, he received a post-doctoral Fulbright award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is a recipient of the Logan Prize for Sculpture and an award from the National Institute of Arts and Letters.
He served as a trustee for the Hartford Art School, and later served as regent. In 2007, was conferred an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by Albertus Magnus College.
Memorial donations are suggested to WAIM (Windham Area Interfaith Ministry), P.O. Box 221, Willimantic, CT. 06226.
For an online memorial guestbook, please visit www.potterfuneralhome.com.