Sharon Hayes is an American multimedia artist. She primarily works with video, installation, and performance. In the Near Future was created through four iterations staged in London, New York, Vienna, and Warsaw, with additional performances in Brussels and Paris. In each iteration, Hayes stood on the street each day for a number of days with a different protest sign. The slogans were mostly culled from past protests, although a few speak to the possibility of a future demonstration. Hayes was the 2013 visual arts recipient of the Alpert Awards in the Arts, given annually to five "risk-taking, mid-career" artists by the Herb Alpert foundation and the California Institute of the Arts. The same year, the jury of the 55th Venice Biennale awarded Hayes a special mention for her video Ricerche: three, 2013. Inspired by Italian filmmaker and writer Pier Paolo Pasolini's 1963 documentary Love Meetings. Hayes interviewed 35 students at an all-women's college in western Massachusetts about sexuality, speaking to "a larger way in which we form ourselves as people in relation to collectives." In 2014, Hayes received the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Creative Arts Fellowship.
Sharon Hayes worked in the Star studio.
Funded by Alpha Chi Omega, a national fraternity founded in 1885, Star Studio — built in 1911–1912 — was the first studio given to the residency by an outside organization. To this day, Alpha Chi sorority pledges learn the story of Star Studio and its role in supporting American arts and letters. Beginning as a nicely proportioned…