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Kenneth Hayden

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Kentucky USA

Birth year

Lives in
Louisville, KY USA

Works in
Louisville, KY USA


Representing galleries
NYC; Zephyr Gallery, Louisville, KY USA; New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, IN USA, mdh fine arts

conceptual, figurative, graffiti/street-art, photography, modern, crow pop landscape, birds, New York, kentucky, Louisville mixed-media realism


I have a love of nature that began in my childhood on a farm in rural Kentucky which permeates my art today -- but perhaps in less than obvious ways. I have lived in metropolitan areas for most of my adult life, but find myself instinctively looking back to that time for inspiration. My current work features images of birds native to my childhood. Depicted as solitary entities, in small groups, or as distant flocks in flight, these birds are both subjects and catalysts advancing the movement and emotion in the picture. My work often utilizes limited color palettes, deceptively simple shapes, and abstract elements to produce an unexpected visual energy. Utilizing a variety of media -- inks, watercolors, gouache, acrylics or oils -- and working either from self produced photographic studies or manipulating found imagery, my aim is to create a moment to be experienced.

I work in series, with one piece informing the next. A dialogue between the works suggests avenues for reinvention. Referring to earlier images, I begin by identifying what I consider the essential ingredients, and then re-contextualize them into very different paintings. They have a lineage, but also branch off in divergent directions - keeping the newer work "new" while simultaneously maintaining a connective history.

Kenneth Hayden, April, 2011



Kenneth Hayden • Paintings Resume
Louisville, Kentucky USA


International Contemporary Art Foundation/21C Museum-Hotel, Louisville, KY
Atlas Brown, Louisville, KY
Brown Forman Corporation, Louisville, KY
Brescia College, Owensboro, KY
Cafe Lou Lou, Louisville, KY
Commonwealth Bank, KY
Republic Bank, Louisville, KY
Red Dog Restaurant, Lexington, KY
Tachau Corp., Louisville, KY
University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
Ventas, Chicago, IL and Louisville, KY
Wyatt, Tarrant and Combs, Louisville, KY

Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson, Louisville, KY
U.S.A. (various): California; Illinois; Indiana; Kentucky; Ohio; New Mexico; New York; Texas; Virginia; Washington, DC
Europe: Mainz, Germany

Kunst in der Stadt, Mainz, Germany 2002; Sister Cities, Louisville, Ky/Mainz

Kentucky Arts Council Professional Development Grant, 2009

Zephyr Gallery, Louisville, KY: Everyone Loves a History
* 2009
Zephyr Gallery, Louisville, KY: New Work
* 2007
Zephyr Gallery, Louisville, KY: Hoaxes
* 2005
Zephyr Gallery, Louisville, KY: New Paintings
* 2004
GoGo Gallery, Cincinnati, OH: Dogz
* 2003
Bittner’s, Louisville, KY: First Friday Gallery Hop
* 2002
Swanson-Reed Gallery, Louisville, KY: Featured Artist, September
* 1999
Capitol Arts Center, Bowling Green, KY: Recent Paintings: Landscapes and Dogs
* 1995 - 2007
Louisville International Airport, Louisville, KY –
Rhythms in Flight: Daily Patterns at Louisville Int’l Airport
* 1993
Artswatch, Louisville, KY: Vision & Strength: Images from the Fairness Campaign
Provisions, Louisville, KY; Mixed Mediums, 1984-1993 and New Work in Oil & Graphite

* 2010
mdh fine arts, 233 W. 19th St., New York, NY - Pick 6, Curator Michael Henry, NYC
Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN - Art from the Heartland, Juror Paul Klein, CHicago, IL
* 2005
New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, New Harmony, IN - Man’s Best Friend, 2 person show with sculptur, James Mellick
* 2004
Zephyr Gallery. Louisville, KY: New Members’ Showcase
Kentucky Governor’s Mansion, Frankfort - Kentucky Visions Invitational
* 2003
Kentucky Governor’s Mansion, Frankfort - Kentucky Visions 2003
Brescia University, Owensboro, KY - Tribute to Sister Diane Taylor
* 2002
Kunst in der Stadt, Mainz, Germany
Kentucky Governor’s Mansion, Frankfort - Kentucky Visions 2002
* 2001
Kentucky Governor’s Mansion, Frankfort - Kentucky Visions 2001
* 2000
Swanson Cralle East Market, Louisville, KY - Gallery Artists Show
* 1999
Swanson Cralle East Market, Louisville, KY - Gallery Artists Show
* 1998
Kentucky Governor’s Mansion, Frankfort - Kentucky Visions 1998
Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN – One and Only Item Show
Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY – The Fine Art of Fine Wine IV
* 1996
Artswatch, Louisville, KY– Members’ Show
* 1995
Rule Modern & Contemporary Gallery, Denver, CO – Off the Information Highway
David Floria Gallery, Aspen, CO – Off the Information Highway, Traveling Exhibition
Liberty Gallery, Louisville, KY – Metro United Way’s Week of Caring
Artswatch, Louisville, KY– Members’ Show
* 1989
Liberty Gallery, Liberty National Bank, Louisville, KY – Self: Artist’s Self-portraits
* 1985
Louisville Visual Art Association, KY– Slide Registry Show
Brescia College Art Gallery, Owensboro, KY
New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art, New Harmony, IN
Park Gallery, Louisville, KY – Hearts
Schoharie County Arts Council, Cobleskill, NY – National Small Works Exhibition
Spiva Art Center, Joplin, MO – 35th Spiva Annual

* 1998
Fifth Annual Small Works Exhibition, Touchstone Gallery, Washington DC
* 1997
Divine Madness, Triangle Artists Group, Washington DC Center for Photography
1460 Wall Mountables, group exhibit, District of Columbia Arts Center, Washington DC
* 1996
Artswatch, Louisville, KY– The Editing Pool
* 1995
Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, Edinburgh, Scotland – The Fringe
* 1994
Poetry Slam, Edinburgh, Scotland – The Fringe
Louisville Visual Art Association, Louisville, KY – Art Auction 1994
* 1993
Louisville Visual Art Association, Louisville, KY – Art Auction 1993
Minneapolis College of Art and Design, MN – 4th Intrn’l Symposium on Electronic Art
* 1992
Focus Gallery, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL – Exquisite Fax Show
New Orleans Contemporary Art Center, LA – Exquisite Fax Show, Traveling Exhibition
Art Union, Schwäeisch-Gmünd, Germany – Electricity Invitational
Documenta, Kassel, Germany
Artswatch, Louisville, KY – Fly A Brave Flag, Fax Network Piece
* 1991
Artswatch, Louisville, KY – A Good Beginning is Half the Battle
Gevigney, France; Limited Edition Commission for La Neige Art Collective
Museu de Arte Moderna Do, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Zealand Cultural Month, Middleburg, Holland

Associate of Arts, 1985, Brescia College, Owensboro, KY
Continuing Fine Art Studies, 1985-1986, Drawing, Printmaking; Univ. of Louisville, KY

Hite Scholarship, Fine Arts, 1985, University of Louisville, KY
Talent Scholarship, 1984, Brescia College, Owensboro, KY

• Pure Uncut Candy Magazine, April, 2011, page 5 (image and bio)
• FROM THE MAYOR'S DOORSTEP: TWO EXTREMES; THREE OTHER PRETTY SHOWS, Report from the Front, June 16, 2010, By Piri Halasz
• Verb/Image Louisville – Louisville by Numbers: First Friday Gallery Hop, September 4
by J. Isaac Spradlin
• Kenneth Hayden: Selected Works 2008-2009, CMJ Publishers, 2009
• Shutterbug Magazine, June, July 1997
• image, Ohio Valley Chapter ASMP Newsletter, 1995
• Wade Hall’s Kentucky Desk, Kentucky Educational Television, 1993
• ArtPaper, 1991
• Courier-Journal Newspaper, 1985, 1992, 2005


Recent Exhibits

Kenneth Hayden participated in these exhibits:

Jun, 2010 Pick 6 Invitational Group Exhibition
mdh fine arts
Jan, 2010 Art from the Heartland - Exhibit
Indianapolis Art Center
Aug, 2009 Kenneth Hayden Exhibit
Zephyr Gallery
Exhibited with these artists
Kenneth Hayden has Exhibited with these artists:

Ken Hayden Alyssa Miserendino
Exhibited at these venues
Kenneth Hayden has Exhibited at these venues:

mdh fine arts Indianapolis Art Center
Zephyr Gallery

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