For over thirty-five years, Dick Hay
has been very active as a professional artist and as a teacher.
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As an artist, he
has exhibited his
work in over two hundred exhibitions in the United States, Japan, Canada, Russia, Latvia, and Korea.
work is in major collections throughout the world, including the Pushkin Museum
, in Russia; the Riga Museum of Art
, in Latvia; the Byung-Tak Woo Public Collection, in Korea; the Sea of Japan Collection, in Japan; and The Butler Institute of American Art
, in the United States.
work was recently part of an invitational exhibition, Heroes and Icons, at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (Texas).
also had exhibitions of his
work this year in Kansas City, Kansas; Indianapolis, Indiana; Denver, Colorado; and Hot Springs, Arkansas.
is currently working on a new series of vessel forms supported by a University Arts Endowment Grant.
is a much sought after lecturer and has been invited to lecture about his
work at over ninety universities in the United States, Canada, Latvia, Russia, and Korea.
In March, he was invited as a guest lecturer at the conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (San Diego); and also in March, he was the keynote speaker at the Ninth Annual Potter's Gathering (West Virginia); in April, he lectured on his work at the University of Delaware; in November, he was a guest lecturer at the University of Eastern New Mexico and at Clovis College; and in February, he lectured on his work at the University of Kansas and at Concord University.
In 1991, he
was one of fifteen American artists invited to lecture at the Dzintari Art Institute
, Jurmala, Latvia; and in 1995, he
was one of three American artists invited to lecture at the Muju International Art Symposium, in Muju, Korea.
has been listed in Who's Who In American Art since 1972.
He is a Professor of Art and heads the ceramics area at Indiana State University.
As a teacher, he received the Caleb Mills Award for Distinguished Teaching by Indiana State University, and he was awarded a Teaching Fellow by the Center for Teaching and Learning, Indiana State University.
also received the Award for Outstanding Teaching by the National Council of Educators for the Ceramic Arts
in 2003 in San Diego, California.
He has been a member of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts since 1967, and he was president of this organization for two years.
was awarded the Fellowship of the Council by this organization in 1977.
He received the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Ohio University and the Master of Fine Arts degree from Alfred University, the New York College of Ceramics.
After initially viewing Dick Hay's
February, 1996, exhibition of his
art work at Indiana State University
's Turman Art Gallery, I found myself returning for many more visits, sometimes alone and sometimes with other artists, collectors, critics, and just plain folks.
There were forty-seven works which were vessel in subject and which seemed at first viewing like rather traditional, common formats.
As I was drawn back to the gallery again and again, it became very evident to me that an exquisite, powerful clarity and quite uncommon aesthetic rightness were fueling my responses to a new manifestation of ancient forms.
It was as though a powerful bird of prey had flown back to its nesting ground for purification and new life.
In 1964, as a twenty-one year old Bachelor of Fine Arts degree graduate of Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, Dick Hay
had spent four years firmly grounded on and in Ohio clay.
basic training as a visual artist seemed to him at that point like a Chinese version of a military academy.
Lin gave him art values and life values that Hay
still adheres with great fondness and respect.
has often recounted to me and lectured to audiences around the world his
memorable experiences as an assistant to Lin from 1961-1964.
My favorite image is that of the composed Professor Lin briskly walking out of the studio for lunch saying to Dick Hay: "Make twelve globe forms exactly alike and have them set up and ready when I return.
The highly disciplined use of the wheel, kilns, tools, clay, and the minded control of form and color were respectfully and lovingly embedded in the artistic soul of Dick Hay
By 1964, the keen eyes, powerful hands, and ambitious, imaginative phantasms of Hay
were producing art works of outstanding professional quality.
work exhibited such superior craftsmanship and design skills that he
was awarded a scholarship by Alfred University
, New York state's prestigious College of Ceramics.
From 1964 to 1966, he
would test himself against many of the top talents and most challenging instructors in the world.
At Alfred University
, all of Hay's
previous training and aesthetic theories about clay as a medium came under critical scrutiny.
Like a young hawk, Hay
was ready to fly.
dared to enter the revolutionary atmosphere of contemporary ceramics where the thunder and lighting of Peter Voulkos and Rudy Audio charged the scene.
That courageous, gutsy journey has been flown by Hay
with great style and originality which has earned him professional and critical acclaim.
Dick Hay became a dazzling artist, a sculpture in clay.
was hired immediately.
At Indiana State University
has established a first class, well equipped studio and has engineered highly professional Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degree programs which have become the envy of most art departments in the nation.
During the 1966-1986 period of Dick Hay's
academic life, over and above the expert teaching, programmatic development, deep involvement in the growth and influence of NCECA
, a packed lecture and workshop schedule, Hay
produced a vast body of high quality clay sculpture shown in international and national art exhibitions.
In 1974 he
began figurative clay sculptures which showed a dramatic change in sensibilities and a versatility in image making.
These poserful works can be best described as neo-surreal, since they used impersonal mannequin forms pressed from molds in a metaphysical way.
Throughout the mid and late 1970's, Hay
showed us a poetic, unsettling narrative sensibility that established his
reputation once and for all as a sculptor of merit.
After a decade of his
technically brilliant, poetically tragic, and often blackly humorous images, the high flying artist felt compelled to land again, having completed a grand circle into the aesthetics of clay as sculpture.
came back to the terra firma of vessel formats.
technical virtuosity have never been set aside.
draws constantly, which is quite evident in his
The color shapes and nervous lines, the Jungian image of circles and hands that enrich the vessels are wonderfully free and reflect a humorous delight in handling clay.
The best insights I got, however, into the aesthetics in clay from Dick Hay
were not verbal.
I was sure that Dick Hay
, the imaginative hawk, had landed.
had left Ohio as a superb craftsman and has subsequently found a professional identity as a distinguished, honored artist and educator.
After observing his
thinking and working in clay for the past twenty-eight years, I am certain that this firm home ground of archetypal vessel forms will be revised again and again.
The wider audience that has become increasingly aware of the art of Dick Hay
can only be excited at the new aesthetic revelations in clay that are coming during the next years.
garners lifetime achievement award; Art prof's work exhibited in more than 200 shows"
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Dick Hay, professor of art, has been given the "NCECA Excellence in Teaching Award" from the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts.
will receive the award at the organization's 37th annual national conference in San Diego, March 12-15, where he
will also deliver a lecture on the opening night.
"This is only the seventh Excellence in Teaching award the NCECA
has bestowed since the organization's inception in 1967.
The six recipients before me were either retired or dead when they got their award.
So, I don't know what this means ..." Hay
says with a smile.
Nominees are solicited by the past president of NCECA
and then turned over to the board of directors for voting, if a qualified candidate emerges.
was informed that his
nomination included more than 150 letters of support, mostly from ISU art alumni.
The "NCECA Excellence in Teaching Award" is bestowed upon an artist for excellence in their own creative wo