I come from gardeners, teachers, believers, sinners, moon-lighting loggers, makers, milliners, cooks, healers, pharmacists, and grocers.I come from the American South, a place where the kitchen and pharmacy are the same room. In many ways, I see my work as that same room—an expansive space for building and coming together.

Landscape and the material vocabulary of the American South influence my abstraction. Mining a southern povera, I use reclaimed textiles, fabric, and cardboard. These materials serve as stand-ins for expressive marks, and resourceful labor.

I paint as a form of note-taking and organizing knowledge. Grid systems serve as a scaffold for repeated patterns. I keep a rude, yet not untidy studio with a few burners going at once. I don’t tend to follow recipes—I am a process-based painter. 


Jodi Hays is a painter who has exhibited widely. A native of Arkansas, she is the recipient of grants from The Foundation for Contemporary Arts (New York), Sustainable Arts Foundation, an Individual Artist Fellow with Tennessee Arts Commission, and the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation. She is a 2019 Finalist for the Hopper Prize. Hays has exhibited in art fairs in New York and Miami including Affordable Art Fair and Art on Paper. Her paintings are internationally collected privately and can be found in many public and corporate collections including the J Crew Group (New York), Nashville International Airport, National Parks of America, Gordon College (MA), the Tennessee State Museum, among others. Her works have been exhibited at venues including at the Wiregrass Museum, Stoveworks Museum and The Brooks Museum (Memphis). Residencies include The Cooper Union School of Art, Vermont Studio Center and National Parks of America.

Her work is documented in catalogues such as New American Painting and has been reviewed in ArtForum International, Hyperallergic, New Art Examiner, the Nashville Scene, Two Coats of Paint, Burnaway among others. She has been interviewed by Artist/Mother Podcast, Art In Res and Mineral House Media. She has taught and curated extensively including University of Massachusetts, Watkins College of Art and Tennessee State University. Jodi lives and works in Nashville, Tennessee. 

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Jodi Hays

b. 1976, Hot Springs, Arkansas, United States of America

Lives and works in Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America


2006 Master of Fine Arts | Vermont College of Fine Art, Montpelier, Vermont

1998 Bachelor of Fine Art | University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee

1996 Foundations | School of Visual Arts (NYC), Savannah, Georgia


2020 Browsing Room Gallery | Nashville, Tennessee

2019 Red Arrow Gallery | Nashville, Tennessee

2019 Covenant College | Chattanooga, Tennessee

2018 Lipscomb University| Nashville, Tennessee

2017 Red Arrow Gallery | Nashville, Tennessee

2013 Tinney Contemporary | Nashville, Tennessee

2012 Three Squared| Nashville, Tennessee

2008 Jackson State University | Jackson, Mississippi


2021 New American Painting, South Issue No 154

2020 ArtForum International, Emily Weiner

2018 Burnaway, Sara Estes and Robert Grand

2017 Nashville Arts Magazine, Mark Scala

2016 Burnaway’s Best

2013 Hyperallergic, View from the Easel

2014 Two Coats of Paint, Sharon Butler


2021* with Ayanah Moor

2021 **Harpeth Hall Gallery | Nashville, Tennessee

2020 Zieher Smith Gallery | Nashville, Tennessee

2020 University of Tennessee Martin | Martin, Tennessee

2019 **Tiger Strikes Asteroid | Greenville, South Carolina

2018 Wiregrass Museum Biennial | Dothan, Alabama

2018 Young Collectors Contemporary | Memphis, Tennessee

2017 Boecker Contemporary | Heidelberg, Germany

2017 Curb Center for Art Vanderbilt University | Nashville, Tennessee

2016 Art Miami, Red Arrow Gallery | Miami, Florida

2016 Ewing Gallery, University of Tennessee | Knoxville, Tennessee

2015 Sluice Art Fair, galleryELL | London, United Kingdom

2014 Florence Quatar Gallery | Southwestern Univ, Tucson, Arizona

2014 Western Oregon Univ | Eugene, Oregon

2013 George Mason University| Fairfax, Virginia

2013 Grizzly Grizzly | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2011 Governors Island Art Fair, galleryELL| New York City, New York

2011 Spool MFG| Binghamton, New York

2010 Art Chicago | Chicago, Illinois

2010 Loading Dock | Brooklyn, New York

2009 Boston Center for the Arts | Boston, Massachusetts

2008 Affordable Art Fair, TAG Gallery | New York City, New York

2007 Brooks Museum of Art | Memphis, Tennessee

* Indicates 2-person exhibition **Indicates 3-person exhibitions


2021 Emory University Library Fellowship

2020 The Foundation for Contemporary Art

2019 Hopper Prize Finalist

2013 Finalist, Clark Hulings Foundation for Emerging Artists

2012 Creative Capital Professional Development Workshop

2012 Individual Artist Fellowship, Tennessee Arts Commission

2011 Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation Publications Grant

2009 Vermont Studio Center, Artist Fellowship


2016-present Red Arrow Gallery | Nashville, Tennessee

2020 Collarworks | Troy, New York

2009-15 galleryELL | New York City, New York and London, United Kingdom

2015-present The Painting Center, Viewing Program | New York City, New York

2007-present The Drawing Center, Viewing Program | New York City, New York