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The Influences Film Series | Baby Doll

Saturday, November 10, 2018


Yates Community Room

The Influences is a six-week film series that explores the impact of one visual art form on another through screenings and discussions based on films by directors featured in the University Press of Mississippi's Conversations with Filmmakers Series. The films screened are chosen by Mississippi artists for its influence on their artwork. The series attempts to raise awareness of film and recognize the medium as a form of artistic expression in the collective visual art.

The final installment of The Influences film series is chosen film by collage artist: Randy Hayes Baby Doll, directed by Elia Kazan and filmed in Mississippi.

RANDY HAYES spent most of his youth in the country with his extended family near the small town of Clinton, Miss. He loved to draw and was encouraged by his mother, grandmother, and aunts. At 16, he moved with his family to Tupelo, Miss., where met narrative artist Ke Francis. The two boys became friends and often spent their Saturdays painting and drawing together. At 18 Hayes took his first art lessons from Lawrence Anthony at Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College). The following year Hayes took a freighter to Europe with a friend, and it was there that he made the decision to become an artist. Upon his return, Hayes transferred to the Memphis College of Art where he received his BFA. In 1972 he moved to Boston, Mass. and he found work as a freelance scenic designer. Most of his work was with the PBS television station WGBH. The experience had a significant impact on his future work. In 1975 Hayes moved to Seattle, Wash. and opened a used and rare bookstore with a friend and established a gallery in the store that exhibited the work of numerous artists and photographers. Simultaneously he began to exhibit his own art both locally and nationally. A fellowship from the University of Washington’s Henry Gallery made it possible for Hayes to work in Rome for two months and a commission for the Port of Seattle Headquarters allowed him to travel to Asia, Africa, and Europe to photograph ports. In 2004 Hayes returned to Mississippi part-time, and in 2014, he moved from Seattle to Holly Springs, Miss., where he now lives and works. The art of Randy Hayes can be found in numerous museum, corporate and private collections. He also has permanent public art installations in Washington state and Mississippi.

This event is free and open to the public.