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1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art

2018 Finalist

Stephen L. Hayes, Jr.

Stephen Hayes explores the history of race relations in America through a variety of media, including sculpture, fiber, video, blacksmithing, and installation work. He employs symbolic imagery to represent the physical and mental damage rendered by the psychology of racism. A native of Durham, North Carolina, Hayes received his Bachelor of Arts degree from North Carolina Central University in 2006 and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2010.