Dustine Hayes (she/her)

Onsite Kids Camp – Sessions I and II

“Making and Teaching Art – I love what I do, and I do what I love. “

Dustine Haye’s artwork is based on personal memory, stories and found objects that she adapts and transforms into painted objects, sculpture, and mixed media. As a collector and a sculptor, Hayes tries to uncover the meaning of life in her own work while at the same time creating a new poetic and visual context for her students.  She describes ‘stuff’ she finds, collects and stores away has special memories, becoming the foundation for creating a personal narrative of artworks.  Hayes has a strong affirmation and self-identity in her art, and she believes her work will project the same for viewers and learners alike.  According to book artist Molly VanNuys’ philosophy, Hayes also believes that the creative process is a serious undertaking that comes from philosophy and personal experiences.  As a public-school teacher for twenty-five years, she has always found that her children and students inspire her creativity and make her a better teacher.

Dustine Hayes is a High School Art Teacher in Montgomery County and has also taught at the elementary and middle school levels.  Hayes graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore with a BFA in General Sculpture Studies and Master of Arts in Teaching.  Attending the University of Georgia’s Book Arts Graduate Studies Abroad program in Cortona, Italy was a powerful experience for the artist and is a major influence in her artwork.

Dustine Hayes has installations in many corporate environments and artwork in private collections throughout the United States and Europe.  Her work has been exhibited at the Contemporary Art Museum, Baltimore, MD; the University of Georgia, Athens, GA; Cortona, Italy; the Maryland Institute College of Art Thesis Gallery; and the Decker Gallery; Rockville Art Mansion to name a few.  Dustine Hayes has been published in “School Arts” and her artwork has been printed in other publications.