Jodi Hays

(Hot Springs, AR b.1976)

Jodi Hays (b. 1976, Hot Springs National Park, AR) is a painter whose work is partly influenced by a southern/rural vernacular. Her work has been exhibited internationally including group shows at the Wiregrass Museum, Michael Price Contemporary (Boston) and The Brooks Museum (Memphis). In addition to her work as a painter, Jodi was a founding member of COOP curatorial collective and teaches at Watkins College of Art and Design.


A native of Arkansas, she is the recipient of grants from Sustainable Arts Foundation, Tennessee Arts Commission, and the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation. She is a 2019 Finalist for the Hopper Prize. Her works are included in collections of the J. Crew Company (New York), Nashville International Airport, National Parks of America, Gordon College (MA), the Tennessee State Museum, among others. Residencies include The Cooper Union School of Art and Vermont Studio Center. Her work is documented in six exhibition catalogues, and has been positively reviewed in Art Forum International, the Nashville Scene,  Burnaway and Sharon Butler’s Two Coats of Paint. She is represented by Red Arrow Gallery (Tennessee) and Show and Tell (South Carolina).