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August First Friday Gallery Packet

Please join us as we welcome Peter Hay back to Living Arts of Tulsa to showcase his solo exhibition “Reticulation: Installation and Mixed Media.” We will also be showcasing works from our incredible New Arts Summer Camp students and Flip the Gallery programming.

Artist Statement:  I can remember when all I wanted to do was explore the drainage ditches that ran through my hometown. These concrete lined algae-filled streams were veins of unharnessed “nature” flowing through the middle of small town America. My hometown was not big enough to have a zoo, or the museums and activities of a larger city. It was big enough to keep a kid, living a couple blocks from Main Street, and too young to drive isolated from “the wilderness”. The ditches were my chance to explore and make discoveries “in the wild”. Once the childhood haze of imagination wore thin and the reality of my playground began to materialize, I found myself standing in a manufactured creek. The algae parted to reveal the cement bottom to the stream and the meadows south of town turned out to be oil sludge contaminated buyouts where houses once stood. These revelations and the many more to come form the foundation of the work I now make. The history of an environment or inhabitant can be represented through process and investigation. I do not think of the images as being a looking glass into the future, but an introspective glimpse of the present.

Bio:  Peter Hay is an arts administrator, teacher, visual, and conceptual artist. In his personal body of work he embellishes current ecological issues and industrial histories to create a sense of environmental realism. Currently he is Co-Director of PROArtes México and on the Board of Directors for Sugar Space Foundation in Salt Lake City, UT. Previously, Hay was Exhibits Director of Durango Arts Center, Arts Instructor at Pueblo Community College, Artist/Owner of Studio&Gallery in Durango, CO, and Director of Development and Public Relations for Living Arts of Tulsa, OK, USA. He received an Associates of Art from Northern Oklahoma College, Bachelors of Art from Northeastern State University, and Master of Fine Arts from Louisiana Tech University. In addition, he has given many workshops and lectures, attended international conferences, worked as a freelance designer/illustrator, collaborated in the creation of performing arts projects, participated in multiple group and solo exhibitions both nationally and internationally.

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