Randy Hayes ’66 Named Neddy Fellow


Publication Date: 7/3/2008

Randy Hayes, Aphrodisius, Turkey and Pass Christian, Mississippi (detail), 2008.

Seattle artist Randy Hayes ’66 has been awarded a prestigious Neddy Artist Fellowship, an unrestricted cash award of $15,000 granted to visual artists in the Northwest. The fellowship was established in 1996 by the Behnke Family and the Behnke Foundation in memory of Robert E. (Ned) Behnke (1948-89) to honor his contributions to the Northwest artistic community. Recipients are selected for demonstrating artistic excellence, innovation, unique vision and a passionate commitment to their art and community.

Hayes was one of four nominees in the painting category. There were also four nominees for ceramics. The works of all eight artists are currently in an exhibition at the Tacoma Art Museum through Aug. 24. Hayes’ diptych, “Ruins, Aphrodisius, Turkey and Pass Christian, Mississippi,” incorporates layers of printed and painted imagery, suggesting the workings of memory and its shifting and fragmentary nature.