David Hayes

David Hayes Hayes was born in Hartford, Connecticut on March 15, 1931, grew up in Manchester and had lived in Coventry since 1968. He graduated from Manchester High School and went to University of Notre Dame, where he received a bachelor of arts degree in 1953. From there, he went to Indiana University, where he studied under David Smith, a pioneer in working with welded metal, and received an MFA in 1955. He then did a stint in the Navy, serving during the 1956 Suez Crisis.

In 1957, he married Julia Moriarty, whom he met while working at her family's Manchester Lincoln-Mercury dealership. Julia is a cookbook author ("French Cooking for People Who Can't: A Slightly Irreverent Primer," 1979) and a poet.

Hayes' post-collegiate years began with a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Fulbright award, which took the couple to France, where they started their family. In France, Hayes frequently commiserated with sculptor Alexander Calder, who lived nearby. He later returned to the United States, settling in Coventry, where he began making his flat-steel-plate works. In an artistic career that spanned more than five decades, he created gracefully curving, rounded formations abstracted from organic forms he encountered in his daily life.

His wife's alma mater, Albertus Magnus in New Haven, gave him an honorary doctorate in 2007. Hayes also was awarded the Logan Medal of the Arts.

Hayes' work has been seen in about 300 exhibitions in the United States, France and the Netherlands. His work is in the collections of more than 100 museums and institutions, including the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim in New York, Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, the Carnegie Institute in Philadelphia and the Detroit Art Institute.

In a January,2013 interview, Hayes said "I always have a procession of ideas in my head. "They don't all come to fruition. ... I have to do what physicians call triage when deciding what [ideas] get my attention," Hayes said. "The ones that do are my favorites, for the moment." The single greatest collection of Hayes' sculpture is Hayes' home, an early-18th-century house in Coventry on a 57-acre lot, where hundred of Hayes creations sit.