Rachel Hayes was born and raised near Kansas City, MO. Her installation based work has been exhibited extensively at venues such as Sculpture Center, NY, Nerman Museum, KS, Taubman Museum, VA, ADA Gallery, VA and in Lower Manhattan with BravinLee Programs, NYC. She has attended numerous residencies including the Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program, NY; the RAIR Program (2003 and 2014) in NM; the Sculpture Space Residency, NY; and the Art Omi International Artists' Residency, NY. Hayes is the recipient of the Augustus Saint-Gaudens Memorial Fellowship in Sculpture; a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship in Sculpture; Virginia Commission for the Arts Fellowship in Sculpture; and a Charlotte Street Fund Award. She received a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is currently an artist -in- residence at the Tulsa Artist Fellowship, George Kaiser Family Foundation.
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