Sharon Hayes

2006-2007 Vera List Center Fellow
Sharon Hayes is an artist living in Brooklyn, New York. She developed the fellowship project, 9 Scripts from a Nation at War during the Public Domain cycle of VLC programs, in collaboration with Andrea Geyer, Ashley Hunt, Katia Sander, and David Thorne.

Programs and projects
9 Scripts from a Nation at War , Considering Forgiveness, and OURS: Democracy in the Age of Branding

Hayes's work moves between multiple media—video, performance, installation—in an ongoing investigation into the interrelation between history, politics and speech. She employs conceptual and methodological approaches borrowed from practices such as performance, theater, dance, anthropology, and journalism. Her work has been shown at the New Museum for Contemporary Art, P.S. 1 Museum of Contemporary Art, Art In General, Artists Space, Parlour Projects, Andrew Kreps Gallery, Dance Theater Workshop, Performance Space 122, the Joseph Papp Public Theater, the WOW Cafe and the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, and at the Room Gallery at UC Irvine, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Track 16, Gallery 2102 and The Project in Los Angeles. She has also shown at the Tate Modern in London, Museum Moderner Kunst and the Generali Foundation in Vienna, the Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin and in other galleries, exhibition or performance spaces in California, Florida, Rhode Island, Texas, and Vermont, Bogotá, Berlin, Copenhagen, Malmö, Vienna, Vancouver and Zagreb, as well as in 45 lesbian living rooms across the United States.

Hayes was an artist in the Yokohama Triennial 2008, Guangzhou Triennial 2008 and PERFORMA05. Additionally, her collaborative piece 9 Scripts from a Nation at War was shown in Documenta 12 in Kassel, Germany and subsequently at the Tate Modern in London and REDCAT in Los Angeles. Hayes received a New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship and a MacDowell Colony fellowship in 1999. She held a two-year Jacob K. Javits Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education, 2001-2003, and received a NYSCA Individual Artist Grant in 2006 followed by a fellowship from The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation in 2008.

She has also participated in several residency programs inside and outside of the U.S. including I.A.S.P.I.S. in Malmö, Sweden, 2003, the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada, 2004, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, 2004, and Smack Mellon Studios in Brooklyn, 2005-2006. She is currently an Assistant Professor at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. (Biography as of 2009)