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born 1958, American
Paula Hayes is an American visual artist and designer who works with sculpture, installation art, and landscape design. Hayes lived and worked in New York City for over two decades and now lives in Athens, NY since 2013. She is known for her terrariums and other living artworks, as well as her large-scale public and private landscape commissions. 

For her living artworks, Hayes works with horticultural professionals within the gallery or museum, or in the case of private collections, the collectors themselves at times, to help maintain the living artworks. A major theme in Hayes’ work is the connection of people to the natural environment, and much of her work is about the evolving relationship to growing and maintaining large and small-scale ecosystems. She considers the co-collaboration with the caregiver/curator an elemental aspect of her living artwork; she created an “Agreement for A Living Artwork” to ensure that the owner is committed to caring for the work. Other works invite tactile ongoing engagement that is not in the control of the artist over time.

Hayes lived on a farm as a teenager in Upstate New York. She received a MFA from Parsons The New School For Design in New York City in 1989 and a BS from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York in 1987. While studying at Parsons, she started a gardening business.  In the early nineties, Hayes began exhibiting her work in galleries throughout New York City, including Fawbush Gallery, AC Project Room, White Columns, and Andrea Rosen Gallery.

Her installation in the lobby of MoMA, Nocturne of the Limax Maximus, garnered much critical acclaim and landed her a feature on CBS Sunday Morning. She installed an oversized terrarium in the lobby of Lever House in New York City, and a solo exhibition on her work was held at the Wexner Art Center in Columbus, Ohio, where she also installed a permanent garden adjacent to the museum’s main entrance

Solo Exhibitions
  • 2018 – “Paula Hayes,” Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO\
  • 2017 – “Summer Garden,” Gagosian, Beverly Hills, CA
  • 2015 – “Morning Glory,” Salon 94, New York, NY
  • 2015 – “Gazing Globes,” Madison Square Park, New York, NY
  • 2014 – “This Bird Saved Me,” Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL
Selected Group Exhibitions
  • 2019 Lyndhurst Flower Show, Lyndhurst Historic Mansion, Tarrytown, NY
  • 2018 The Future is Bright, Hudson Yards, New York, NY
  • 2018 The Cultivist, Pop-up art installation, New York NY
  • 2017 Birdbath, Museum of Modern Art Sculpture Garden, New York, NY
  • 2015 Emanation: Art + Process, Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, Millville, NJ
Commissions & Installations
  • 2020 The Re-imagined World, social media films, pollination garden, experimental sculpture installations, Athens, NY
  • 2019 Pariser Garden Planted Installations, New York, NY
  • 2019 The Uninhibited Garden, Sculpture Garden of Paula Hayes’ nature activated works, Athens, N
  • 2019 Landscape Artist in Residence, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
Black and white portrait of artist Paula Hayes

Works by Artist

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