Lives and works in Nashville, Tennessee

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


2006 Master of Fine Arts | Vermont College of Fine Art

1998 Bachelor of Fine Art | University of Tennessee

1996 Foundations | School of Visual Arts


2022 Night Gallery, Los Angeles, California (upcoming)

2021 ZieherSmith Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee

2020 Outskirts, Browsing Room Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee

2019 Tend, Red Arrow Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee

2018 God Sees Through Houses, Lipscomb University, Nashville, Tennessee

2017 Keeper, Red Arrow Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee

2016 Flying Solo, Nashville International Airport, Nashville, Tennessee

2014 Archival Spelunking, Tennessee Arts Commission, Nashville, Tennessee

2013 Supper Scraps, Tinney Contemporary, Nashville, Tennessee

2012 Strong in the Broken Places, Three Squared, Nashville, Tennessee

2011 New Work, Metro Arts Commission, Nashville, Tennessee

2010 Jodi Hays, Renaissance Center, Dickson, Tennessee

2008 Jodi Show, Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi


2022 Wavelength Space, curated by Amanda Booker Nolan

2021 here/)t)here, Intermission Museum with Ayanah Moor, New York, New York

         Comfort Riddle, Wavelength Space, Chattanooga, Tennessee, curated by MHM

         Intermission Museum at Stand 4 Gallery, Brooklyn, New York

         Fabric Matters, Art in Res, curator Jordan Holmes

         The Growing Edge, Cul De Sac, Las Cruces, New Mexico 

         Teachable Moments, Stoveworks Museum, Chattanooga, Tennessee

2020 Porch Series, 57x57arts, New York, New York

         ZieherSmith@Virgin, ZieherSmith Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee

         Breathless, Red Arrow Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee, curators K. Shaw and A. Layendecker

         Space Case, Labspace, Hillsdale, New York, curators Ellen Letcher and Julie Torres

         Everything is Different Now, Stay Home Gallery, Paris, Tennessee

         Willing the Season, Far x Wide, curator Jess Cannon

2019 Before Your Eyes, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Greenville, South Carolina, curator M. Brosseau

        615, Fisk University, Tennessee

Greetings from Nashville, James Madison University, Charlottesville Virginia, curator John Ros

Nashville Visionaries, Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee

2018 Here/Now: Painting Nashville, Browsing Room, Nashville, Tennessee, curator M. Lightell

        James May Gallery, Algoma, Wisconsin

        Young Collectors Contemporary, Memphis, Tennessee, curator Whitney Hardy

2017 Art of the South, L Ross Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee, juror Mark Scala

        Diverge/Convene, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, California, curator GS Porcella

        Boecker Contemporary, Heidelberg, Germany, curator Jeffrey Cortland Jones

        Edgehill Muses, Curb Center for Art Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee

2016 Bevy, Julia Martin Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee

        Encore, Ewing Gallery, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee

2015 The Arts Company, Nashville, Tennessee

        Sluice Art Fair, galleryELL, London, United Kingdom

2014 Painting Now, Florence Quatar Gallery, Southwestern University, Tucson, Arizona

        Degrees of Abstraction, Western Oregon University, Eugene, Oregon

        Selvage, Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee

        Price is Right, David Lusk Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee

2013 Drawn Out, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia

        Dog is in the Details, Grizzly Grizzly, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2011 Element/Progress, Spool MFG, Binghamton, New York, curator John Ros

        Transient Landscape, Governors Island Art Fair, New York City, New York, curator J Ros


Open Studio Press, South 2021, New American Paintings, No. 154

Boyle, Kathleen, 20 Questions for Jodi Hays, Red225.com, June 2021

Reese, Mel, Visit the Studio with Jodi Hays, Art In Res, January 2021

Weiner, Emily, Critic’s Pick, Art Forum International, May 2020

Wood, Kelli, In Tennessee, Art Itself Is Protest, New Art Examiner, October 2020

Bass, Brianna, Artist Interview, Mineral House Media, January 2020

Acree, Cat, New Work by Jodi Hays Makes the Feminine Presence Elemental, Nashville Scene, September 2019

Estes, Sara, Against Subtlety, Burnaway, December 2018

Grand, Robert, In Defense of Subtlety, Burnaway, December 2018

Erica Ciccarone, Painting as Loving Your Neighbor, Nashville Arts Magazine, January 2018

Staff, Artist Spotlight: Jodi Hays, Native Magazine, September 2017

Scala, Mark, Passion and Subjectivity: Artists as Curators, Nashville Arts Magazine, April 2017

Floyd, Nancy, Visual Arts: Jodi Hays, NFocus Magazine, July 2017

Ciccarone, Erica, Studio Visit with Jodi Hays in Nashville, Burnaway, July 2016

Kelly, Meghan, Echoes of Content Extended Visual Phrase, Nashville Arts Magazine, October 2014

Hutson, Laura, Studio Visit: Jodi Hays, Nashville Scene, April 2013

Butler, Sharon, Report From Nashville, Two Coats of Paint, April 2012

Ros, John, Studio Visit, galleryELL, April 2011

Maddox, David, Line Up, Nashville Scene, August 2008


2022 Residency, Stoveworks Museum, Chattanooga, Tennessee

2021 Residency, Trillium Arts NC, Mars Hill, North Carolina

2020 Nominee, SECAC Outstanding Educator Award

        Grant, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York, New York

        Fellowship, Rose Library at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

        Resident, Southern Heat Exchange

2019 Finalist, Hopper Prize

2018 Residency, Yellow Bird Artist Sanctuary, Woodbury, Tennessee

2014 Grant, Sustainable Arts Foundation

2013 Finalist, Clark Hulings Foundation for Emerging Artists

2012 Participant, Creative Capital Professional Development Workshop

        Individual Artist Fellowship, Tennessee Arts Commission

2011 Publication Grant, Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation

2010 Service Learning Faculty Grant, Tennessee State University

2009 Artist Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center

2008 Outstanding Educator, Center for Service Learning at Tennessee State University

        Artist in Residence, Downtown Presbyterian Church

2007 Summer Resident, The Cooper Union School of Art

2006 Artist Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center

2005 Gallery Award, Michael Price Contemporary, Boston, Massachusetts


Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, Arkansas

Avenue Bank, Nashville, Tennessee

Brehman Collection, Inglewood Center for Contemporary Art

Gordon College, South Hamilton, Massachusetts

J. Crew Group, New York, New York

Music City Center, Nashville, Tennessee

Metro Nashville Courthouse, Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville International Airport, Nashville, Tennessee

National Parks of America

Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, Tennessee

Western Michigan Univ. Department of Art, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee

Private collections worldwide