SPOKANE, Wash. – The Jundt Art Museum’s inaugural outdoor sculpture exhibition features the work of the pre-eminent artist David Hayes. Thirteen sculptures are displayed on the grounds of the Jundt Art Museum, near Lake Arthur, and along a small section of the Centennial Trail and the Spokane River on Gonzaga University’s campus.
“The Jundt Art Museum wanted to take advantage of our beautiful site on the campus and near the Spokane River,” says Paul Manoguerra, director of the museum. “I enjoyed the idea of the museum moving outside – in both a literal and a metaphorical sense – onto Gonzaga’s campus. The important, abstract sculptures by David Hayes make visual connections between art and nature.”
Hayes was born in 1931 in Hartford, Connecticut, and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame (1953), and a Master of Fine Arts degree (1955) from Indiana University, where he studied with American artist David Smith. Today, Hayes’ iconic steel sculptures are in the collections of more than 100 institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Although Hayes’ works have been included in more than 300 exhibitions, this display at the Jundt Art Museum is the first exhibition of the artist’s work west of the Rocky Mountains.
The outdoor exhibition includes seven of the various sculpture series created by Hayes over the length of his career. Throughout an artistic career that spanned six decades, he created elegant but sturdy sculptures abstracted from organic forms met in his daily life. Meanwhile, five small, “table top” sculptures by the artist are also on exhibition in the windows of the museum’s exquisite Chancellor’s Room and beneath the famous “Gonzaga Red Chandelier” by Dale Chihuly. All 18 sculptures on display at the Jundt Art Museum are on loan from the estate of the artist, David Hayes Artworks, Inc.
Visitors to campus will have an opportunity to witness the ways in which the abstract sculptures interact with various times of day, light, and the seasons, as the sculptures will remain on display through July 2015.
A free public walk-through with Paul Manoguerra, director/curator of the Jundt Art Museum will be held beginning at noon, Friday, Sept. 12.
The museum’s exhibitions are always free and are open to the public Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The museum is closed Sundays and University holidays. For exhibition times and general museum information, please call (509) 313-6843 or visit the museum online at www.gonzaga.edu/jundt.