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Paula Hayes (born 1958 in Concord, Massachusetts) is an American visual artist and designer who works with sculpture, drawing, installation art, botany, and landscape design. Hayes has lived and worked in New York City for over two decades and is known for her terrariums and other living artworks, as well as her large-scale public and private landscapes. A major theme in Hayes’ work is the connection of people to the natural environment, and much of her work is concerned with the care that is required to grow and maintain large and small-scale ecosystems.

Solo Exhibitions


"Paula Hayes", Aspen Art Museum’s Crown Commons, Aspen, CO (June 1 to October 14, 2018)


"42 Crosby Street Lobby", permanent planted commission, New York, NY

“Summer Garden”, rooftop project at Gagosian Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills, CA (April to August, 2017)


“Canoes”, permanent planted commission, Seagram Building, New York, NY


“Morning Glory”, Salon 94 Bowery, New York, NY (February 20 to March 21, 2015)
“Gazing Globes”, Madison Square Park, New York, NY (February 19, 2015 to April 19th, 2015)


“This Bird Saved Me”, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL (September 12, 2014 to October 25, 2014)
“Paula Hayes”, OMI International Arts Center, Ghent, NY, September 26 to November 11, 2014
“Lucid Green”, Carolina Nitsch Project Room, New York, NY (April 25, 2014 to June 28, 2014)


“Drawings and Objects,” Glenn Horowitz Booksellers, East Hampton, NY (June 30, 2012 to July 30, 2012)

“Hills, Clouds & Giants,” Salon 94, New York, NY (May 6, 2012 to June 1, 2012)


“Land Mind,” Lever House, New York, NY (November 4, 2011 to April 27, 2012)

“Paula Hayes”, Wexner Art Center, Columbus, OH (September 16 to December 30, 2011)


“Nocturne of the Limax maximus,” Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

“Understory” The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum & Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY

“Paula Hayes Domestic,” Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY


“Excerpts From The Story of Planet Thear,” Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY


“Paula Hayes”, Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad, Switzerland


“Paula Hayes”, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL


“Forest,” Salon 94, New York, NY


“Paula Hayes”, Galerie fur Landschaftskunst, Hamburg, Germany


“Paula Hayes”, AC Project Room, New York, NY


“Paula Hayes”, Eigen + Art, Berlin, Germany


Fawbush Gallery, New York, NY


Fawbush Gallery, New York, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions


"Birdbath", Museum of Modern Art Sculpture Garden, New York, NY (July 2017 – May 2018)


“Emanation: Art + Process” , Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, Millville, NJ (May 1, 2015 – January 4, 2016)

Carolina Nitsch booth, The Armory Show, March 5-8


“NYC Makers, The MAD Biennial”, The Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY (July 1 – October 12)

“Brucennial 2014”, Vito Schnabel and the Bruce High Quality Foundation, New York, NY


“David Adjaye, Paula Hayes, Rick Owens,” Salon 94 booth, Design Miami Basel (June 10-13)

Carolina Nitsch booth, Art Basel, (June 13-16)

OMI International Art Center, Ghent, NY, (opened June 15th, permanent installation)

Emscherkunst 2013, Essen, Germany (June 22-October 6)


“Verdant,” Curated by Lisa Tung, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Sandra and David Bakalar Gallery, Boston

“Glasstress,” Berengo Centre for Contemporary Art and Glass, Murano, Venice, Italy


“Open Score Variations,” Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

“(Re)designing Nature,” curated by Susanne Witzgall, Künstlerhaus, Vienna, Austria


“Spiritus Mundi,” Eco-Art Exhibition at the Climate Change Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark

“Animamix Biennial” at Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan


“The Objects Show,” R 20th Century, New York, NY

“Mineral Plant Animal,” curated by Maggie Trakas, Dosa 818, Los Angeles, CA

“Mend,” Proteus Gowanus, Brooklyn, NY

“Something from Nothing,” curated by Dan Cameron, Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, LA


“Design Miami ’06,” Miami, FL

“Winter Show,” Wave Hill, New York, NY

“Garden Paradise,” Arsenal Gallery, New York, NY

“Garden Improvement,” Wave Hill, Glyndor Gallery, New York, NY

“The Orchid Thief,” Sandra Gehring Gallery, New York, NY


“Down the Garden Path: The Artist’s Garden After Modernism,” curated by Valerie Smith, Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY


“Project Room,” Ten in One Gallery, New York, NY


“Works on Paper,” curated by Ron Platt, Weatherspoon Museum, University of North Carolina

“What’s the Use?,” curated by Heather Nichol, University of Michigan Art Gallery


“Project Row Houses,” Houston, TX “To the Trade,” curated by Bernard Brunon, Diverse Works, Houston, TX


“Paula Hayes and Joseph Gringely,” The Suburban, Oak Park, IL

“La Ville/ Le Jardin/ La Mémoire,” Villa Medicis, Rome


“Camouflaged Flowers,” Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburg, Scotland

“As Far As the Eye Can See,” Atlanta College of Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA


“After Eden; Garden Varieties in Contemporary Art,” Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, VT


“Land Marks,” The John Weber Gallery, New York, NY

“Paul Bloodgood, Paula Hayes, Josiah McElehney, Sandra Vellejos,” Ac Project Room, New York, NY

“Promised Relations,” curated by Ben Kinmont, Ac Project Room, New York, NY


“Shopping,” curated by Jerome Sans, Deitch Project, New York, NY

“The Power of Suggestion; Narrative and Notation in Contemporary Drawing,” curated by Connie Butler, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

“Paula Hayes, Aki Fujioshi,” Ac Project Room, New York, NY

“The Materialization of Life Into Alternative Economies,” curated by Ben Kinmont, Printed Matter bookstore, New York, NY

“Between the Acts,” curated by Devon Dikeou, Ice Box Gallery, Athens, Greece


“Paula Hayes, Aki Fujioshi,” Eigen + Art, Berlin, Germany

“Gallery Artists,” Fawbush Gallery, New York, NY


“Valparaiso Bienal,” Valparaiso, Chile

“Group Show,” Shauffhausen Museum, Shauffhausen, Switzerland

“Let the Artists Live!,” Exit Art, New York, NY

“Paula Hayes and Lauren Szold,” Lipton Owens Gallery, New York, NY

“A Life of Secrets,” Ac Project Room, New York, NY

“Gallery Artists,” Fawbush Gallery, New York, NY

“The Love Booth,” Galerie Daniel Bucholtz, Cologne, Germany


“Summer Outdoor Exhibition,” curated by Bill Arning, Rushmore Art Center, Rushmore, NY

“Just What Makes Today’s Home So Different, So Appealing?,” Galerie Jennifer Flay, Paris, France

“L’Art dans la Peau” (The Tattoo Collection), CRDC, Nantes, France

“Gallery Artists,” Fawbush Gallery, New York, NY

“Stoned (High Low),” Ruth Bloom Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

“The Art of Self Defense and Revenge…It’s Really Hard,” curated by Laura Parnes, Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY


“The Language of Flowers,” Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY

“Transgressions in the White Cube: Territorial Mappings,” curated by Joshua Dector, Bennington College, Bennington, NY

“The Tattoo Collection,” Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY

“The Anti-Masculine,” curated by Bill Arning, Kim Light Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

“Paper,” curated by Kiki Smith, Fawbush Gallery, New York, NY

“Cultural Fabrication,” curated by Carol Greene, John Good Gallery, New York, NY

“Writing on the Wall,” 303 Gallery, New York, NY

“The Water Bar,” Blum Helman Warehouse, New York, NY

“The Real Thing,” curated by Eric Oppenheim, Artist’s Studios, Brooklyn, NY

“Bach Flower Performance,” Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, NY

“Seventeen,” 500 Greenwich, New York, NY

“Ikebana,” Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, NY


“Casual Ceremonies,” curated by Bill Arning, White Columns, New York, NY

“Nancy Brooks Brody, Paula Hayes, Zoe Leonard, Jack Pierson,” Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY

“The Projected Audience,” Four Walls Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

“Plastic Fantastic Lover,” curated by Catherine Liu, Blum Helman Warehouse, New York, NY

“Tony Feher, Paula Hayes, Curtis Mitchel,” Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY

“When Objects Dream and Talk in Their Sleep,” curated by Jeanine Ciricione, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, NY

“Group Show,” Momenta Art, Philadelpia, PA


“Group Show,” The Drawing Center, New York, NY



“Atlantic Ocean Landscape, Phase 04,” East Hampton, NY

“Multi-tiered Crystal Garden, Phase 03,” New York, NY

“David & Monica Zwirner Garden,” Montauk, NY

“Marianne Boesky Garden, Rooftop Forest,” New York, NY

“Paula Hayes & Teo Camporeale Tipi Garden,” Brooklyn, NY


“Treetops Terrace, Moss Garden,” New York, NY

“Hauser & Wirth Gallery,” New York, NY

“Private Residence,” East Hampton, NY

“Bathroom Forest,” New York, NY

“Ells Garden,” New York, NY


“W Hotel Landscape,” Miami Beach, FL

“Multi-tiered Crystal Garden,” New York, NY

“Treetops Terrace,” New York, NY

“Jill Stuart & Ron Curtis Garden,” New York, NY

“David & Monica Zwirner Garden,” New York, NY

“Tom & Andrea Bernstein Landscape,” East Hampton, NY


“Marianne Boesky Garden, Chelsea,” New York, NY

“Private Residence,” East Hampton, NY

“Andrea Kerzner Garden,” New York, NY

“Elizabeth Rosen Landscape,” Watermill, NY


“Iris & Jim Marden Garden,” New York, NY

“Diana & Rafael Viñoly Garden,” Miami, FL


“David Zwirner Gallery,” New York, NY

“Zwirner & Wirth Gallery Garden,” New York, NY

“Lee-Tenenbaum Garden,” New York, NY

“Historic Morven Museum Landscape,” Princeton, NJ, (not executed)


“Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Campus,” Leesburg, VA

“Atlantic Ocean Landscape,” East Hampton, NY

“Mickey & Jeanne Klein Landscape,” Santa Fe, NM

“David & Monica Zwirner Garden,” New York, NY

“Cleveland Museum of Art,” Cleveland, OH, (not executed)


“Private Residence,” New York, NY


“Jeanne Greenberg-Rohatyn Garden,” New York, NY


“Marianne Boesky Nantucket Landscape,” Nantucket Island, MA


“Marianne Boesky Garden,” New York, NY

“Chris & Illya Vroom Garden,” New York, NY

“Ghost Planting,” Galerie fur Landschaftskunst, Hamburg, Germany

“88 Bleecker Street Lobby,” New York, NY

“Apple Maze,” Bauhaus University, Weimar, Germany



Artnet Artist Breakfast, New York, NY


Ow-Bow School of Art, Visiting Artist and Lecturer, Saugatuck, MI

Parsons School of Design, New York, NY

Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids, MI

Omi International Arts Center, Ghent, N.Y.


School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA

Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, NY

The Horticultural Society, New York, NY


Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY

Trend Union, Edelkoort Inc., New York, NY


School of Visual Arts, New York, NY


Nature Conservancy, New York, NY

Garden Conservancy, New York, NY

Greenwich Garden Club, Greenwich, CT

Stamford Garden Club, Stamford, CT


Cooper Union, New York, NY


University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI


Krabbesholm Hojskole, Skive, Denmark


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI


Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT


New York University, New York, NY



Vogue Mexico, August 2018, “Living Creation”, Regina Montemayor, pp. 162-163
Cultured Magazine, June, July, August 2018, “Earthly Delights”, pg. 216
Cultured Magazine (on-line), July 20, 2018, “Artist Paula Hayes’ Cultured Commission is for the birds”, Sarah Roffino,
Landscape Architecture Magazine, June 2018, “Reviving ‘Baltimore’s Front Porch’”, Kim O’Connel, pp. 19-20
Aspen Daily News (in print and on-line), May 24, 2018, “The Aspen Art Museum welcomes birds and a mini-meadow”, Mitzi Rapkin, pg. 7
Artsy (on-line), April 20, 2018, “Terrariums Let Anyone Create a “Perfect World” in Their Own Apartment”, Kate Groetzinger,
Art Forum (on-line), February 21, 2018, “Paula Hayes named the Baltimore Museum of Art's First Landscape Artist in Residence”,


Wall Street Journal (in print and on-line), February 16, 2015, “An Enchanted Global Invasion”, Ralph Gardner, pg. A14
T Magazine Blog, February 18, 2015, “Paula Hayes Reimagines a Victorian Totem in Madison Square Park”, Julie Baumgardner
Cultured Magazine, February-March 2015, “Globe Trotter”, Julie Baumgardner, pp. 134-135
Architectural Digest (on-line), Daily AD, February 19, 2015, “Two Paula Hayes exhibitions open in Manhattan “ Hannah Martin


Frame Magazine, May-June 2013, “Nature’s Networker”, Jane Szita, pp. 82 - 91

ARTnews, March 2013, “Growing Power,” Hilarie M. Sheets, pp. 76 - 81


Art in America, October 7, 2012, “Paula Hayes Glenn Horowitz Bookseller,” Matthew Nichols

Interior Design Magazine, January 2012, “Absolutely Breathtaking,” Meghan Edwards, p. 171

Home Review Magazine of India (in print and on-line), February 2012, “Petite Forests,” Mala Bajaj, pp. 127 - 132

Garden Design Magazine (in print and on-line), April 2012, “Paula Hayes at Lever House,” Katie Mendelson


CBS Sunday Morning, January 16, 2011, “The Growing Trend of Terrariums,” Serena Altschul,

D Pages (on-line), November 1 2011,!__november...

Art Threat (on-line), November 1, 2011, “Engaged devotion and care “ Amanda McCuaig,

NY Observer, (on-line and in print), November 3, 2011 (online), “House and Garden: Paula Hayes Brings the Tropics to Midtown”, Andrew Russeth and Sarah Douglas, (print version November 9, 2011),


New York Times, December 3, 2010, “Inside Art: Adding Green Space to MoMA with Tropical Terrariums,” Carol Vogel, Weekend Arts, C26

Artnet, November 18, 2010, “MoMA at its Very Best,” Charlie Finch,

New York Times, May 13, 2010, “For The Table, Biomorphic Shapes,” Penelope Green, Home, D2


New York Times, July 3, 2009, “Art in Review: Paula Hayes…,” Roberta Smith, C24

New York Times, June 11, 2009, “Love Alters the Landscape,” Penelope Green, Home and Garden, D1

New York Magazine, August 3, 2009, “Hiding From the High Line,” Wendy Goodman, pp. 38 - 39

Elle Decor, October 2009, “Clear Thinking,” Jim Shi, pp. 151 - 155

Interior Design, August 2009, “The Artist’s Eye,” Meghan Edwards, p. 134

Garden Design, July/August 2009, “Art: Living Jewel Box,” L. C., p. 19

Vogue Living Australia, July/August 2009, “Living Canvas,” Felicity Loughrey, pp. 191 - 194

New York Times, April 23, 2009, “Shopping with Ken Smith: An Unexpected Oasis,” Elaine Louie, Home and Garden, D4

Verde Es Vida, October 2009, “Paula Hayes,” pp. 20 - 23

Igloo Habitat & Arhitectura, November 2009, “Agenda” | Design,” p.22


Avant Gardeners, Tim Richardson, Thames & Hudson, pp. 132 - 137 1000 x

Landscape Architecture, Sibylle Kramer, Verlagshaus Braun

New York Times Magazine, May 2008, “Green Anchors,” Melissa Feldman, p. 24

New York Magazine, June 2, 2008, “The Deli-Flower Challenge,” Kaija Helmetag, p. 48

The Los Angeles Times, January 24, 2008, “An inside job on terrariums,” Bettijane Levine


Town & Country, April 2007, “Art For A Small Planet,” Carol Kino, p. 108

The New York Times, August 26, 2007, “Possessed: The Eye of the Beheld,” David Colman, p. 8

Dwell, September, 2007, “Terra Ephemera,” Amber Bravo, pp. 162 - 169

Architectural Record, #3 2007, “Janelia Farm Research Campus,” p. 117

The New York Times Magazine, Feb. 26, 2007, “Cool and Collected,” p. 89


Insideout, November 2006, “A Tale of Three Cities. New York,” p. 115

House and Garden, December 2006, “Pushing The Envelope,” p. 76

Interior Design, August 2006, “News Desk,” p. 60

Wallpaper, September 2006, “Wallpaper’s Hot Picks of the Latest Global Goings-on,” p. 69

The Boston Globe, April 6, 2006, “Glass Houses,” Ellen C. Wells

Garden Design, March 2006, “Terrarium Tales,” Joanna Fortnam, pp. 11 - 12


The New York Times, November 10, 2005, “Ephemeral Art, Eternal Maintenance,” Christopher Mason, p. F7

House and Garden, January 2005, “The New Tastemakers of 2005,” “Paula Hayes, The Conceptualist,” Melissa Ozawa, p. 82

The New York Times, May 12, 2005, “For Petal and Peat, A Host of New Materials,” Marianne Rohrlich, p. F4

Vogue, May 2005, “Going Vertical,” Miranda Brooks, pp. 250 - 251

The New York Times, July 29, 2005, “Nurturing Modernism With Spades,” Ken Johnson, p. E32

The Washington Post, June 2, 2005, “A Potted History of Gardening,” pp. H5 - H6

New York Magazine, Nov 7, 2005, “1600 Broadway, The Ultimate Urban Address,” pp 65


Art In America, May 2004, “Paula Hayes at Salon 94,” p. 158

The New York Times, October 8, 2004, Art in Review, Ken Johnson, “Galleries in a Jamboree of the Useful and Intriguing,” p. 36

The New York Times Magazine, Design, Fall 2004, October 10, 2004 “Buy-O-Sphere,” p. 60

The New York Times, February 13, 2004, Art in Review, “Paula Hayes, Forest”

The New Yorker, February 2004, “Goings On About Town”, “Paula Hayes,” p. 47


Garden Design, “Terrarium Tales,” Patricia Perez Rumpler, pp. 10, 25, 348 - 357, 394 - 399

Vogue, November 2003 “Welcome To The Townhouse,” p. 478

Interior Design, Number 11, 2003, “Color Play,” Marisa Bartolucci, pp. 194-195

Sculpture Magazine, June, Brooke Kamin Rapaport, “Plant Art/Is There Room to Grow?,” pp. 47 - 51


Garden Design, Paco Asensio, teNeues Publishing Group, pp. 10, 348 - 357

Time Out New York, November 6, 2002, Andrea Scott, “Salon style; Dealer Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn reinvents this venerable avant-garde institution,” p. 60


The New York Times, September 6, 2001 Linda Lee, “Currents,” “Bending Design to Ape Nature”


Trans Plant, Barabara Nemitz, Hatje Cantz Publishers, pp. 70 - 71 New Art Examiner, September, 2000, Karl Erickson, “Paula Hayes, Joseph Grigely”


Kunstforum: Das Garten Archiv, August, 1999, “Paula Hayes”


Art in America, June, 1998, Bill Arning, “Paula Hayes at Ac Project Room,” p. 106 Art/Text, “Businesslike; notes on performative art part 2,” Barry Schwabsky, pp. 74 - 81


Zing Magazine, “The Power of Suggestion; Narrative and Notation in Contemporary Drawing,” LouAnne Greenwald

LA Weekly, January 10 - 16, 1997, Carmine Iannaccone, “MOCA Reworks the Floor Plan”

Artweek, February, 1997, Jon Tumlin, “‘The Power of Suggestion’ at MOCA”

“Loyalty Seeing (conversation between Paula Hayes and Ben Kinmont,)” Ben Kinmont, Antinomian Press


“Promised Relations,” Ben Kinmont, Antinomian Press

Los Angeles Times, November 12, 1996, Christopher Knight, “Drawing Conventional Conceptualist’s Conclusions”


Artforum, October, Keith Seward, “Paula Hayes at Fawbush Gallery”