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ND Mag Slideshow-David Hayes Sculptures - Images by Notre Dame Photography In April, just a couple months before members of Hayes’ graduating class met for their 60th reunion, the 82-year-old artist died of leukemia. In his honor, the Snite hosted a Hayes exhibit from late May to mid-August. Organized by his eldest son, *David M. Hayes ’75*, the exhibit included the Snite-owned sculptures and three others, including the one which was then purchased by the Snite. Although his father was quite ill for several months before his death, says his son, “He kept working right up to the very end,” generally doing some drawings. That came as no surprise to those who knew him. “My father was enormously productive,” says David. He and his brother, Brian, once inventoried the family’s Coventry, Connecticut, sculpture fields, where more than 400 large pieces are on display. (For information on visiting the fields, see davidhayes.com/fields.htm.) And more than 100 of his works can be found in institutional collections, from the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York to Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris. John D. Rockefeller purchased a Hayes sculpture for his Westchester County, New York, home, Kykuit. The Hayes’ piece joined those of David Smith, under whom Hayes studied while earning an MFA at Indiana University, Bloomington, and Alexander Calder, whom Hayes visited while he studied in Paris under a Fulbright award and Guggenheim Fellowship. “He was very much a part of 20th century Modernism,” says Loving of Hayes. The artist was also a great conversationalist, adds Loving, deeply interested in all types of music, theater and different schools of art. Hayes’ fellow artist *Richard A. Byrnes ’54* writes about their 63-year fellowship in “The art of friendship: David V. Hayes” (see related articles).
_Carol Schaal is managing editor of this magazine._