Jodi Hays (b. 1976, Arkansas, United States) is a painter who exhibits widely across the United States. Her work has been shown at in solo and two-person presentations at Night Gallery (LA)Susan Inglett Gallery (NY)Devening Projects (IL)Zieher Smith Gallery, Red Arrow Gallery, and more. Group shows include at venues such as Weatherspoon Museum of Art, Wiregrass Museum, the Brooks Museum, Fisk University, The Cooper Union School of Art, and more.

ArtForum International, New American Painting, Two Coats of Paint, Hyperallergic, ArtNews, and New Art Examiner are several publications that have featured her work. The Rauschenberg Foundation, Center for Craft, The Foundation for Contemporary Art, Sustainable Arts Foundation,Tennessee Arts Commission, and the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation are among those who have awarded her grants and Fellowships. Residencies include The Cooper Union School of Art, Stove Works, Oxbow School of Art, Hambidge, and Vermont Studio Center. 

Her paintings can be found in many public and corporate collections including the Birmingham Museum of Art, The Arkansas Museum of Fine Art, and The J Crew Group.

image courtesy of Logan Elder Photography



2006 Master of Fine Arts | Vermont College of Fine Art

1998 Bachelor of Fine Art | University of Tennessee

1996 Foundations | School of Visual Arts


2023 Everso, Devening Projects, Chicago, with Katrin Schnable

2022 Night Gallery, Los Angeles

2022 The Burden of Wait, Susan Inglett Gallery, NY, with Michi Meko

2021 Past Perfect, ZieherSmith Gallery, Nashville

2020 Tend, Red Arrow Gallery, Nashville

2018 God Sees Through Houses, Lipscomb University

2017 Keeper, Red Arrow Gallery, Nashville

2014 Supper Scraps, Tinney Contemporary, Nashville

2011, Strong in the Broken Places, Three Squared, Nashville


2023 southxeast Contemporary Art Triennial (Veronique Cote, curator)

2021 here/(t)here, Intermission Museum, Stand 4 Gallery, New York (J. Ros, curator)

2020 Porch Series, 57x57 arts, New York, New York (Sue and Al Ravitz)

2020 Space Case, Labspace, Hillsdale, New York, curators Ellen Letcher and Julie Torres

2019 Before Your Eyes, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Greenville, South Carolina

2016 Encore, Ewing Gallery, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee

2015 Sluice Art Fair, galleryELL, London, United Kingdom (John Ros, curator)

2014 Selvage, Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee (Laura Hutson, curator)


2024 ArtNews, Daniel Fuller

2023 Sound and Vision Podcast, August

2022 Casey, Jenny Zoe Casey, Two Coats of Paint

2022 I like your work, Oct 

2021 Open Studio Press, South 2021, New American Paintings, No. 154

2021 Ravitz, Sue, Painting on Porch, Flatfix, November

2021 Hutson, Laura, Critic’s Pick, Nashville Scene, August

2020 Weiner, Emily, Critic’s Pick, Art Forum International

2020 Wood, Kelli, In Tennessee, Art Itself Is Protest, New Art Examiner, Oct

2019 Acree, Cat, New Work by Jodi Hays Makes the Feminine Presence Elemental

2018 Against Subtlety, Burnaway

2018 Grand, Robert, In Defense of Subtlety, Burnaway, December

2017 Scala, Mark, Passion and Subjectivity: Artists as Curators, Nashville Arts Magazine, April

2016 Ciccarone, Erica, Studio Visit with Jodi Hays in Nashville, Burnaway

2014 Kelly, Meghan, Echoes of Content Extended Visual Phrase, Nashville Arts Magazine

2012 Butler, Sharon, Report From Nashville, Two Coats of Paint


2024 Hambidge, Rabun Gap, Georgia

2024 Ragdale, Illinois (deferred)

2023 Oxbow School of Art, Michigan

2023 NYFA Rauschenberg Foundation Grant

2022 Stove Works Residency, Chattanooga, Tennessee

2020 Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York, New York

2019 Finalist, Hopper Prize

2014 Grant, Sustainable Arts Foundation

2012 Individual Artist Fellowship, Tennessee Arts Commission

2011 Grant, Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation

2007 Summer Resident, The Cooper Union School of Art, New York


Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, Arkansas

The Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama

Caster-Knott Building, Nashville

The J. Crew Group, New York, New York

Morgan Stanley of New York

Music City Center, Nashville, Tennessee

National Parks of America

Pinnacle Bank

Studio Bank of Nashville

Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, Tennessee

Vanderbilt University Library, Nashville, Tennessee