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NCCU Alumnus Stephen Hayes Explores Exploitation in New Exhibit


DURHAM, N.C. – The works of North Carolina Central University alumnus Stephen Hayes will be featured this fall at the North Carolina Central University Art Museum on campus.
The exhibit, titled Stephen Hayes: Identity and Economic Exploitation, will open with an artist’s reception from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018. 
Hayes, whose sculpture, Cash Crop, was shown at the museum in 2011, used miscellaneous objects ordinarily considered worthless to develop his thought-provoking exhibit in which he asks viewers to reconsider their beliefs and venture into varying aspects of human exploitation.
Through meticulous craftsmanship and the repetitive use of corn, pawn chess pieces and horses, Stephen evokes an ideology that has shaped American society – and the challenges it imposes. His work is a symbolic conversation about race relations in America, both in the past and present. Hayes also delves into the subject of corporate identity and commodification of the human body, particularly the African-American body. 
Hayes, a Durham native, received his Bachelor of Arts degree from North Carolina Central University in 2006 and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in 2010. He has participated in residencies at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in Alfred, N.Y., and the 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, S.C.
Hayes work has been exhibited in well-known museums throughout the south, including the Mason Murer Fine Art Gallery in Atlanta, Ga., and the Harvey B. Gantt Center in Charlotte, N.C.
In recent years, his passion for visual art and a love of teaching led Hayes into the classroom at Georgia State University, Waterworks Visual Art Center in Salisbury, N.C., Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, N.C., and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in Rowan, N.C. Hayes’ teaches course covering sculpture, ceramics, metalwork, art conservation, exhibition planning and more.
The NCCU Art Museum is at 580 East Lawson St., across from the Farrison-Newton Communications Building on the campus of NCCU. The museum is equipped to accommodate physically challenged visitors.
For more information about the exhibit, the NCCU Art Museum and for other inquiries, please call 530-6211. For group visits, please call in advance to make a reservation. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free. 
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