Autumn Hays is an Artist, Writer, Curator and Arts Administrator currently Located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Born in San Diego, California, she began working with various human rights and activism groups within her community at an early age. She approached art through her interest in science, both social and biological, and began producing social experiments that would later give birth to her performance art works. Once in college, Autumn began doing work in arts administration and art programing, establishing art organizations on campus and curating shows.
Hays received a B.A in Visual Arts and a minor in Literature Writing at the University of San Diego California. Her MFA in Studio Art with emphasis in Performance was completed at the School of the Art Institute Chicago. Autumn has received a wide array of honors including two Jack Kent Cooke scholarships, the Chicago Municipal Art League Scholarship, the John Quincy Adams Fellowship, and additional awards for excellence in leadership and the arts.
As practicing artist and arts administrator, Hays works towards the propagation of immersive arts culture and community engagement. She was the Coordinating Director of the Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival, Curatorial Assistant at Defibrillator Art Gallery and has worked with CounterPulse, Artist Television Access, and as a writer for Bad At Sports contemporary art blog. Currently she is the Managing Director of Mediate Art Group who produces the Soundwave Biennale.
Her work deals with various concepts but surrounds issues of morality, social injustice, cognitive dissonance, and the decline of the natural human being. The qualities of her interest in art is presenting immersive multimedia experiences and often takes materialization as performance art. She has exhibited across the USA with her work being shown in places such as Grace Space in New York, the Lone Start Performance Art Biennale in Huston, Defibrillator Art Gallery in Chicago, and the Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival.