Glass Art By James Hayes
UAMS Decorative Arts Gallery
February thru March, 2014
“I use nature, chance and my emotions as inspiration for my art glass. My art is playful, adventurous, colorful, and distinctive. When I make something, I always begin with the end in mind. However, during the glassmaking process, the design can change.”
James Hayes was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. He owns and operates the James Hayes Art Glass Company in Pine Bluff. After receiving an art degree from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas in 1988, he searched for a new medium to express his artistic talent. Three months later he discovered glassblowing at the Arkansas Arts Center Museum School. He has studied glassblowing in Murano, Italy; Columbus, Ohio; and the Pilchuck Glass School near Seattle, Washington.
James has had numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States. Some of his honors include an invitation from the White House to design a Christmas tree ornament and being featured in the High Profile section of the Arkansas Democrat Gazette in addition to KTHV Channel 11’s “Everyone has a Story.” He has been on the cover of At Home in Arkansas magazine and featured in Southern Living magazine. He has won the best of media at the Shreveport, Louisiana Red River Revel Arts Festival and best of show at Riverfest in Little Rock, Arkansas. James was given the responsibility for designing gifts for the 2003 Lt. Governors Conference and the design of the 2001 Governor’s Arts Awards in addition to designing ornaments for the James Hayes Christmas Tree in the Governor’s Mansion in 2007. He recently has been awarded the Hendrix College Odyssey Medal in Artistic Creativity for the 2006-2007 year.
In Arkansas, his works are available at his own showroom in Pine Bluff, Shepherds Gifts & Blooms in Pine Bluff, Keepsakes Jewelry and Gifts in White Hall, The Museum of the Arkansas Grand Prairie in Stuttgart, Red Door Gallery, in North Little Rock, Gallery Central in Hot Springs, Sara Howell Art Gallery in Jonesboro, Something Special in Helena, Chez Weenie in Forrest City, The Enclave Gallery at White Furniture in Benton, The Red Geranium in Texarkana, and Corazon in Fayetteville. In Little Rock, his works can be purchased at Fifth Season, Arkansas Arts Center, Arkansas State Capitol Gift Shop, Kenneth Edwards Fine Jewelers, Gallery 26, Hillcrest Designer Jewelry, Full Moon, and Greenhaw’s Fine Men’s Wear. In Tennessee, his work is available at T. Clifton Art and the Memphis Brooks Museum in Memphis. In Alabama, you can find his work at Christine’s Feathered Nest in Montgomery and at Harmony Landing in Homewood. In Texas, you can find his work at Robert’s China in Houston and at Rutherford’s in Dallas. In Louisiana, his work is available at C & C Electric and Lighting, Inc. in Shreveport.