Michelle Hayden

485 Jackson Br Rd

  Richmond, KY 40475




Kentucky Crafted, juried member since fall 2018-present

Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY, member since 2018

Encaustic Art Institute, Sante Fe, NM, member 2016-present

International Encaustic Artists (IEA), member 2015- present

Berea Arts Council:  member 2005-present

Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen:  member 2015-present, juried in both photography and encaustic; work is represented in KY Guild Gallery



Recipient of Special Recognition Art Award from Manhattan Arts International, juror Carolyn Edlund’s Artsy Shark Award for sculpture in, “Our Bond with Nature”, October 2018

Recipient of 2016 International Emerging Artist Grant, International Encaustic Artists, April 2016

Recipient of Scholarship to “Encausticamp”, Patricia Baldwin-Seggebruch, Puget Sound, WA, July 2014



Mill and Max Contemplative Arts Gallery, Lexington, KY, "Beyond", Nov. 2018.  Encaustic works exhibited.

Madison County Public Library and St. Joseph Hospital, Berea, KY, October, 2015:  Artist of the Month, Encaustic works, public presentation and demonstration of my process and work



Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY, “PRHBTN” juried exhibition, Oct. 26-Nov. 18, 2018, encaustic sculptural paintings

Manhattan Arts International, New York, New York, “Our Bond with Nature”, fall 2018, online juried exhibition, sculpture

Museum of Encaustic Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico, "Melting Pot/ Melting Point", Sept. 28- Onto. 21, 2018, International Encaustic Artists and Encaustic Art Institute exhibition juried by Francisco Benitez.  Sculpture, "Interwoven Threads in the Tapestry of Our Nation", exhibited.

33 Contemporary Gallery, Chicago, IL, "8 x 8 Self Portrait", July 20- August 11, 2018.  Curated by  Sergio Gomez.  Sculpture, "In Finding Her Parts, She Discovered She Had Always Been Whole", exhibited.

Berea Art Council and St. Jospeh Hospital, Berea, KY, "Put a Bird On It", May 25-June 30, "Watchful One", mixed media sculpture, exhibited.

Atlantic Gallery, New York, New York, "Hopeful Darkness", Nov.-Dec. 2017, exhibition juried by juror, Ingrid DInter, and conceived and organized by Melissa Rubin.  Sculpture, "Rebirth", exhibited

New Editions Gallery, Lexington, KY, "Gridworks Revisited", March-May, 2017, juried exhibition featuring diverse 12” x 12” work, curated by Frankie York.  "Migration, Interrupted", "Vulnerable", and "Reveal" exhibited

LexArts Gallery: Lexington, KY, March-April, 2017, invitational group exhibition, “Create: Expressions of Hope and Healing Through Art”, encaustic and ceramic sculpture.  Sculpture, "Tear Bottle", exhibited

Craft Forms 2016, 22nd International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Fine Craft, juror Stafano Catalani, Dec. 2016-Jan, 2017, Wayne Arts Center, PA, encaustic sculpture, "Ascension from the Ocean Floor",  exhibited and chosen for cover of catalog

Mary Rezny Gallery: Lexington, KY, 2015-2016, Encaustic Invitational Exhibit with 5 encaustic artists, "Turn Up the Heat" (6 sculptures exhibited), (Jan. -Feb. 20, 2016), curator Mary Rezny; Juried into the “NOT big Exhibit #3”, sculpture "Quiet Emergence" exhibited,  juror Nathan Zamaron, August, 2015

Kentucky Capitol Annex, Frankfort, KY, December, 2015-April, 2016, "KY Visions at the Capitol: Fifty/50".  Nominated by KY Crafted and Al Smith Fellowship artist, Kathleen O'Brien, juried into exhibit

San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, San Luis Obispo, CA, "Another Way of Keeping a Diary", juried David Limrite, International Encaustic Artists Association, November, 2015-- January, 2016 

Berea Women's Club, Berea, KY, November, 2015, Presented on power of art and healing

Encaustic Art Institute, Sante Fe, NM, 5th Annual Juried Encaustic/Wax Exhibit, October, 2015; Sculpture, "Inner Light",  purchased by the EAI for inclusion in their permanent collection

Berea Arts Council, Berea, KY, October, 2015, "Fertile Ground" Exhibit, collective of visual art and written word, honoring/celebrating women's roles at forefront of community local food culture



10th International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown, MA, June 2015, “Contemporary Paper and Encaustic”, Catherine Nash, internationally acclaimed artist, included my encaustic sculptural work in presenting lecture on artists using encaustics in dynamic and inventive ways

St. Joseph Hospital Berea:  Berea, KY, 2011-2016, 14 works, permanent collection, Healing Arts Initiative

Baptist Health Hospital, Richmond, KY, 2016, Encaustic/relief-carving photograph, permanent collection

St. Joseph Hospital East:  Lexington, KY, 2015, Photographic work, permanent collection

Union Church, Berea, KY, Created large mosaic with themes of transcendence and transformation; reconfigured broken shards gathered from individuals who broke them for healing

WITNESS Project c/o Lexington Art League:  Lexington, KY and statewide, 2010, Installation sculpture chronicling 20+ years personal healing from violence as a female:  exhibit traveled statewide, including Division of Family and Children during bar exam, raise awareness about violence against females

Stepping Out for Art:   Berea, KY, 2010-2017, sculptural and photographic work showcased in live auction to support Berea Arts Council

Community Art Show:  Berea Arts Council, Berea, KY, 2005-present, exhibited sculpture/photography pieces



Featured Artist in Winter 2018 edition of encaustiZINE, with "Migration, Interrupted" sculpture featured on cover

Craft Forms 2016, 22nd International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Fine Craft, Dec., 2016--Jan, 2017, Wayne Arts Center, PA; my encaustic sculpture featured on cover of published catalog

Encaustic Arts Institute Magazine, featured artist in Spring 2016 issue, with sculpture, "Quiet Emergence", featured on cover

"Another Way of Keeping a Diary", San Luis Obispo Museum catalog of International Encaustic Artists juried exhibition catalog, November, 2015, with sculpture, "Ascension from the Ocean Floor", featured on catalog cover

Featured artist in Berea Citizen newspaper, 2015


COMMUNITY PROJECTS                                                                  

Bluegrass Homeschool Learning Cooperative: Lexington, KY, 2016-present.  Teach 2D/3D art classes

Healing Through Art Retreats:  Berea, KY, Co-lead yearly healing art intensives, 2013-2017

WITNESS Project c/o Lexington Art League:   Lexington, KY and statewide, 2010 (see above)

Red Cedar Learning Cooperative:  Berea, KY, 2006-2015, Taught art to children aged 3-17



Paperclay with Graham Hay and Rebecca Hutchinson, Nov. 2018

Workshop with Geoffrey Gorman, "The Soul of Forgotten Materials", May 2017

Weeklong Individual Mentorship with Light Sculptor, Stephen White, Eugene, OR, Sept. 2016

Weeklong Workshop in Encaustic Art, 2014, Puget Sound, WA, Patricia Baldwin-Seggebruch

Apprenticeship in Stained Glass:  Bloomington, IN, 1997, taught by life-long glass artist, George Zajicek

Masters of Social Work:  Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN, 1994

Bachelor of Social Work, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, 1993

Minor in Fine Art, Studio Arts:  Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, 1993    

MSW for 10 years in multiple settings-- concentration on children, elderly, mental health, and hospice