Sculptor Stephen Hayes’s award-winning exhibit Cash Crop will be on exhibit from June 27 through August 27 in the Ray Auditorium at the YMI Cultural Center at 39 South Market Street in downtown Asheville. An opening reception, free and open to the public, will start at 7 p.m. on June 27, including guest performances and an artist talk with Stephen Hayes.
Cash Crop is an emotionally moving and historical glimpse of the bondage endured by more than 15 million slaves during the trans-Atlantic slave trade. The exhibition, which features 15 life-size sculptures of human beings in shackles, invites viewers to enter an emotional, physical, and psychic space to confront the past, present, and future. Admission is $6 for adults, free for students through 12th grade.
Originally from Durham, NC, Hayes has a successful record of teaching, art conservation, and individual and group exhibitions. With his advanced knowledge of sculpture, fabrication, ceramics, metal-working, blacksmithing, and exhibit instillation, he prefers to be known as a “creator” and not as just an artist. An alumnus of North Carolina Central University, Hayes earned his MFA at Savannah College of Art & Design. He has been an instructor for Georgia State University, Catawba College and has completed residency with the 701 cca Art Gallery in Columbia, SC.
For further information please contact Sharon West at firstname.lastname@example.org www.ymiculturalcenter.org or Candis A. Taylor at StephenHayesBooking@gmail.com www.StephenLHayesCreations.com