Art exhibition opens at the Warren M. Lee Center There will be a Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition by James M. Hayes, IV from Aug. 21 to Sept. 12 in the Main Gallery of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts at The University of South Dakota.
The exhibition is presented in partial fulfillment of graduation requirements for a BFA degree. The exhibit is titled "Make Room for a Day Dream: Sculpture by James M. Hayes, IV."
Hayes, a native of Beresford, titled his exhibit "In Search of a Day Dream" because of the fanciful, playful nature of the work. The exhibit includes three large wood and fabric sculptures created over the past two years at his Beresford studio.
"The works in my show are not just toys � they are openings into imagination," said Hayes. "Their goal is to help people remember how much fun it is to play. Sometimes life gets too serious and we just need to take five. Some people get lost in a book, others drive a Corvette, and a few play with toy airplanes."
While pursuing a masters degree in education at USD, Hayes taught and coached at Tyndall in addition to taking courses at USD. He has recently accepted a position teaching art with the Hot Springs Public Schools.
According to John A. Day, Director of the University Art Galleries, Hayes is a remarkable individual with great energy and sense of purpose.
"Jim came to USD with a serious reading disability which he ultimately overcame through sheer determination," said Day. "On his path to this success, he helped many others deal with similar problems in a positive and self fulfilling way."
"In Search of a Day Dream" is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 1 to 5 p.m. on weekends. A reception honoring the artist is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 8 from 7 to 9 p.m.