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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Title: Susannah Hays : artwork and documents
    creator: Hays, Susannah
    source: Hays, Susannah
    Identifier/Call Number: M1743
    Physical Description: 42 Linear Feet (1 box, 2 cartons, 61 flat boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1992-2016
    Abstract: Collection contains photographs and documents from artist, Susannah Hays.
    Physical Location: Special Collections and University Archives materials are stored offsite and must be paged 36-48 hours in advance. For more information on paging collections, see the department's website: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/spc.html.


    Susannah Hays (born, September 12, 1959) is an American artist and educator practicing in the fields of philosophy, contemporary photography and book arts. While she is especially known for her work with cameraless and 19th Century processes, her creative work expands to realms of experimentation in all visual media. She teaches courses that focus on aesthetics in art practice, the embodied mind, constructions of space, topologies, artist’s books and visual autobiography.
    Hays was born in Boston Massachusetts and raised in Connecticut where she lived until she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1978 to attend Mills College. She received a BA in Philosophy from Mills, followed by an MFA in Photography from San Francisco Art Institute and an MA in Design from University of California, Berkeley where she continued her PhD Interdisciplinary Studies. While earning her MA, she received the Eisner Prize for Photography. At the Art Institute, she studied with Doug Hall and Ann Chamberlain. At UC Berkeley she studied with philosopher Alva Nöe, poet Lyn Hejinian, painter Tony Dubovsky and filmmaker Trinh T. Minh-ha. In 2012, she moved from Berkeley to Santa Fe, New Mexico where she currently resides.
    From 1990 to 2004 Hays was the sole proprietor of Works on Paper, a conservation laboratory preserving works of art, as well as designing and producing artist’s books. In 1996, she curated the national book art exhibition Science Imagined for the Berkeley Art Center. She joined the faculty of the San Francisco Art Institute from 2002-2012 and has also taught at California College of the Art, University of California Berkeley, San Francisco Center for the Book, Shenkar College of Art and Design, Israel, and Leuphana University, Germany. She is currently contributing faculty at Santa Fe University of Art and Design. From 2000 to 2010, she was represented by Scott Nichols Gallery in San Francisco and Donna Seager Gallery in Marin, California. She is presently represented by Photo-Eye Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions and featured in various articles and reviews such as the New Mexico Museum of Art, Directly from Nature; Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Verniciatura; None-Such Space, Nature Word ~ Verbe Nature; Townsend Center for the Humanities, Everyday Constellations; and Artists Television Access, Penumbra.

    Scope and Content

    This collection of her work includes: 8 EGYPT gelatin silver prints -- 1 journal, related to EGYPT --7 SKELLETAL LEAVES prints (6 Vandyke prints, 1 Iris print) -- 1 ONE SUN, ONE APPLE, ONE DAY, framed -- 3 P.O.P. microscope images -- 12 EMPTY BOTTLE SERIES gelatin silver prints -- 1 SEED LEAF gelatin silver photogram -- 2 FALLEN SKY gelatin silver prints -- 6 P.O.P. prints -- 6 EVERYDAY CONSTELLATIONS gelatin silver prints -- 6 PINHOLE VIEWS OF THE SAN FRANCISCO ART INSTITUTE pinhole light drawings -- 3 BETWEEN CEDAR AND VINE gelatin silver prints -- 2 digital images. Also included are the original glass pieces used for the EMPTY BOTTLE series and miscellaneous archival documents, including all the original fragments used for the publication of "Between Cedar and Vine."
    Addenda: (accession 2011-143): 1 very large print (14 x 140 inches), 1 framed print, 1 matted photograph, and 2 unframed prints.


    Open for research; material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.

    Publication Rights

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94304-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/pubserv/permissions.html.
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Acquisition Information

    Purchased, 2010, 2011, and 2014; gift of Susannah Hays, 2012. Accessions 2010-057, 2011-143, 2012-068, 2014-061, 2014-062, 2014-063, and 2014-064.

    Processing Note

    Collection was processed by Tim Noakes.

    Preferred Citation

    Susannah Hays : artwork and documents, M1743. Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Related Archival Materials

    Collections (in addition to Stanford University)
    The New York Public Library Spencer Collection New York, New York Mills College Library Heller Rare Book Room Oakland, California Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Texas Paul Sack Collection San Francisco, California Santa Barbara Museum of Art Santa Barbara, California Stanford University Cecil H. Green Library Stanford, California University of California Berkeley Environmental Design Library Yale Art Gallery New Haven, Connecticut Yale Haas Book Art Collection New Haven, Connecticut Yale Beinecke Library of American Literature New Haven, Connecticut

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Women photographers
    Hays, Susannah
    Hays, Susannah