Vertical Motif Number 7, 1977

David Hayes, 1931 — 2013

On the grounds of Saint Thomas Aquinas Chapel at the University of Connecticut in Storrs is Vertical Motif Number 7 by celebrated sculptor David Hayes. It was donated to the artist’s longtime parish shortly after his death.

David Hayes was born in Hartford, Connecticut and received an A.B. degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1953 and a M.F.A. degree from Indiana University in 1955 where he studied with David Smith. He has 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 has had some 400 exhibitions and is included in over 100 institutional collections including those of the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York. In 2007 was conferred an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by Albertus Magnus College. He worked in Coventry, Connecticut and Paris, France over a period of six decades.

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A Guided Tour of the David Hayes Sculpture Fields in Coventry

David Hayes, a Manchester, Connecticut native, was a world-class sculptor. His works are on display in art museums across the country, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

After earning an MFA from Indiana University and receiving a post-graduate Fulbright Scholarship and a Guggenheim Fellowship, Hayes and his young family moved to Paris, where they lived for more than a decade and where Hayes studied, and connected with the famous sculptor, Alexander Calder. When the family returned to the states in the 1970s, they moved into an old farmhouse in Coventry, the place where Hayes began to create his Sculpture Fields. You can sample the art online by Googling “David Hayes Sculpture Fields.”

In the first session of the course we will discuss the life and work of Hayes through an online lecture, using WebEx. Students must have a webcam and microphone on their computer or device. The instructor will contact students with further instructions one to three business days prior to class.

The second session will meet at the David Hayes Sculpture Fields, 905 South Street, Coventry. (Stay on South Street until you see the 1700’s farmhouse with a black metal sculpture on the front steps. Google maps may tell you to turn onto Bunker Hill Road – don’t do it! Stay on South Street.)

Students should wear appropriate boots or shoes for walking in damp grass (consider using tick spray and layering socks over pant legs – it will be spring in CT).

Due to COVID-19 guidelines, mask wearing and social distancing will be required.

CRN 10943 | Fee: $25 (plus $10 per student for donation/admittance to the Hayes Sculpture Fields, payable at second session).

2 sessions: 1 Thursday | 5/13 | 7-8:30 p.m. Online 1 Saturday | 5/15 | 10-11:30 a.m. (rain date 5/22)

Meet Saturday at Hayes Farmhouse, Coventry Instructor: Ann Bonney, retired Director of Credit-Free Programs at MCC; MS with Honors, Iowa State University; and BS with Honors, Cornell University. Son of the artist, also David Hayes, may join us for the online session, the field trip, or both!

How to Pay By Phone: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m-3 p.m., students can call the Bursar main line to pay with a credit card: (860) 512-3640 Please leave a message, and Bursar staff will return your call during business hours.

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