Artist Biography

Artist Biography

Kristen Hayes, born in 1974 in Washington, D.C. is a visual artist, graphic designer, art educator, and a member of Black Artists of DC. She holds a B.A. degree in Graphic Design from Hampton University and an M.F.A. degree from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. During her time in New York City, she spent five years working as a Graphic Designer for Basic Books and Kensington Publishers, creating covers for such laureates as June Jordan and Ishmael Reed. She is presently a tenth-year art educator in the Montgomery County Public School system, and continues her personal work as a visual artist. In 2012, she was recognized by the White House as a “Champion of Change” for her most recent work, Color Is Life, a collaborative painting program that promotes the re-energizing of space in academic and all other social environments through the transformative properties of color, which was officially launched at Savoy Elementary school in Washington, DC in 2014. For the last fifteen years, her work has been exhibited in major cities, including New York City, Chicago, Washington, DC, Philadelphia and Virginia, during which time she has received an artist grant in 2007 to participate in the large-scale outdoor installation, Emerge: Artwalk, sponsored by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, granted a summer artist residency in Portobelo, Panama in 2010, and selected to participate in the 2011 Black Creativity Juried Exhibition at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. In 2014, she was selected for a solo exhibition, entitled “No Room for Doubt”, at the Atheneum in Alexandria, Virginia, and in 2016 for a two-person show at P Street Gallery, located in the Georgetown area of Washington, D.C., where her work was featured on the Gallery Guide's May cover and reviewed by the "Washington Post". Additionally in 2016, Kristen was invited to share her artistic journey during an artist talk with the students of Hampton University's Fine Arts Department. Currently, her work is on display at Howard University's new Interdisciplinary Building.