ASTORIA — Astoria Visual Arts is delighted to welcome multimedia artist Roger Hayes to work in the organization’s studio at 80 11th St. in Astoria, rent-free, as part of the AVA artist-in-residence (“AVA a-i-r”) program. The residency runs through Dec. 31.
During September’s Second Saturday Art Walk, Hayes will showcase both completed works and works-in-progress.
A longtime member of Astoria’s arts community, Roger Hayes attended the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan, from 1978 to 1981, with a focus on printmaking. His work was exhibited in major cities throughout the Midwest from 1982 to 1986.
Hayes later met the French-Armenian art dealer Jacques Karamanoukian and was introduced to current European trends of Art Brut and Outsider Art, and began showing regularly at Galerie Jacques in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
In 1988, Hayes participated in a large exhibition of censored art at the Performance Network in Ann Arbor. His contributions gained him national notoriety via Newsweek magazine, mentioned as he was within the context of the controversial work of Robert Mapplethorpe.
Hayes participated in a variety of Portland-based exhibits in alternative space galleries between 1989 and 1995. Returning from Europe with a collection of figurative works, he collaborated on a series of shows with Astoria/Berlin artist Nick Knapton.
Hayes has shown throughout the Pacific Northwest, in solo and group shows.
AVA a-i-r, a nonprofit founded in 1989, is designed to encourage the creative, intellectual and professional growth of local artists. The program is supported by members of Astoria Visual Arts and the generosity of the Astoria Coffee House & Bistro and the Merry Time Bar and Grill.
For more information about AVA, or to learn more about the AVA a-i-r program, visit http://www.astoriavisualarts.org/.