Marjorie Hayek: Images of Iowa's Rural Heritage
The exhibition "Marjorie Hayek: Images of Iowa's Rural Heritage" will be on view at the University of Iowa Museum of Art through Aug. 8, 1999 in the Members' Lounge.
This exhibition of pencil drawings contains Hayek's realistic depictions of some of Iowa's most extraordinary barns. Hayek is perhaps most famous for her images of rare examples of rural construction found around the Iowa City countryside.
Images from left to right (artist for all images is Marjorie Hayek (b. 1909), medium for all images is pencil on paper and all artworks are from the Collection of the Artist): Ink Barn, 1984 (Mt. Vernon, Iowa), 10 x 22 1/2 inches; Bion Hunter Barn, 1978, (iowa City, Iowa),15 x 21 inches; Lovetinsky Barn, 1973 (Coralville, Iowa - no longer standing), 21 x 31 1/2 inches
Hayek became interested in art at a very early age and received prizes for her artwork at the 1924 Iowa State Fair when she was only 15 years old. Persuaded by her talent, her father signed her up for art lessons. After moving to Des Moines, she studied with Charles Cumming, the founder of Cornell College's art department who later was chair of the School of Art and Art History at the UI.
In 1935 Hayek moved to Washington D, C. to work at the Veterans Administration. While there, she studied art at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.
Images from left to right (artist for all images is Marjorie Hayek (b. 1909), medium for all images is pencil on paper and all artworks are from the Collection of the Artist): Sara's Corn Crib, 1981 (Kaloma, Iowa), 15 x 24 1/4 inches; Bothell Barn, 1973, 17 1/2 x 27 inches; Mougin Barn, 1970, 14 1/2 x 22 inches
While she has never tried to sell her work, she has enjoyed a full career as an artist. Her work has appeared numerous times in Northwestern Bell Appointment calendars. She has received numerous awards and has held solo exhibitions and participated in competitive exhibitions all over the Midwest and in New York. A book about her work, "Marjorie Hayek: Artistic Chronicler of Iowa's Rural Heritage," is being released concurrently with the exhibition and will be available for purchase at the museum.
Hayek said, "I have lived with old things, spent my life drawing buildings that are in a progressive state of decay and tried through my art to share with others the visual beauty and sense of importance that these objects possess."
Pamela Trimpe, curator of paintings and sculpture at the UI Museum of Art, wrote in her preface to Hayek's book, "Hayek's work is inspired by the barns and antiques that define our Iowa character. It is precise, quiet and exact."
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