Nade Haley

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Nade Calmes Haley
Born (1947-12-13)December 13, 1947
Greenville, South Carolina, United States
Died April 21, 2016(2016-04-21) (aged 68)
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Nationality American
Known for installation, sculpture, public art, drawing
Awards National Endowment for the Arts, Yaddo, MacDowell Colony

Nade Haley (December 13, 1947 – April 21, 2016) was an American visual artist whose work has been exhibited in numerous museums and galleries, and is included in public and private collections.[1][2] The artist received three grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, two Rhode Island state Council for the Arts grants among other fellowships. Haley received a BFA from the Atlanta College of Art and an MFA from Washington University.[3][4] Since 1983, the artist held the position of Professor of Spatial Dynamics in the Department of Experimental and Foundational Studies at the Rhode Island School of Design after holding prior appointments at Washington University, Western Michigan University and Montgomery College.[5] After relocating from Washington DC, Haley lived and kept studios in New York City and in Nova Scotia.[6]


Haley's sculptural works referenced the complex systems of language, thought, and vision.[7] Haley's installation art uses light, reflection and shadows to create environments that reference phenomena in nature.[8][9] The etched glass installation, Falling, at the Islip Museum, "cast shadows of birds in flight" (Susan Hoeltzel, Director of the Lehman College Museum.) The sculptural installation, Curved Space, was shown at the Corcoran Gallery, Washington DC.[10] Her show, "406," at Diane Brown combines "drawing in space" and a sculptural grid which creates "lines of shadow" in the composition.[11] Janet Goleas, Curator of the Permanent Collection at the Islip Art Museum has written on the exhibition, Nade Haley: Light and Shadow, featured in the permanent collection, "Alongside this notion of cause and effect, Haley has kept a keen eye on the mutability of rational thinking, and she routinely questions organized systems of thought such as religion or the physical sciences, or the natural order of things such as bird migration and other phenomena." In 1978, she won the first prize in the Corcoran Area Exhibition.[11][12] New York Times writer, Vivien Raynor, described Haley's 40-foot long sculpture at Storm King Sculpture Park as "the skeleton of a boat overturned, except that it has A-shaped members that are extended downward, enabling it to stand several feet off the ground."[13]

Between 1977 and 2016, Haley exhibited work in over one hundred group exhibitions, and fifteen solo shows, including Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY, Katonah Museum of Art, Artpark Gallery, Lewiston, NY; the Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY; the RISD Museum of Art, Washington Project for the Arts in DC, Gray Art Gallery, Greenville, NC, and SculptureCenter, NYC, among other venues.[14][15][15][16][17][18]

Public art[edit]

Haley created permanent, public art works including a commission from the U.S. General Services Administration Art-in-Architecture Program for the Des Moines Federal Building, and a New York Percent for Art commission for the Multi-media Center at CUNY Lehman College.[19] She created a 25-foot public sculpture in Washington, D.C.[20]


Haley's work is included in public collections including the Lehniner Institut, Brandenburg, Germany; Columbia Museum, Columbia, South Carolina; and the Islip Art Museum, Long Island, NY; Phillip Morris Corporation; and in numerous private collections in the United States and Europe.[21][22]

Selected reviews[edit]

• Forgey, Benjamin. Art News. (September 1980), p. 88. • Tannous, David. Art in America. (November 1980), pp. 41–43. • True, Shirley. New Art Examiner. (December 1980), p. 15. • Lewis, Jo Ann. Art News. (March 1981), p. 189. • Nadelman, Cynthia. "Nade Haley," Arts Magazine, (May 1988), p. 94. • Grimes, Nancy. New Art Examiner. (March 1989), p. 52. • Braff, Phyllis. The New York Times. (November 4, 1990). • Melrod, George. Sculpture, Volume 12, No. 4. (July–August 1993), pp. 55–56. • Johnson, Ken. The New York Times. Friday. (January 10, 2003), p. E47.


  1. ^ Firmin, Sandra Q. (2010). Artpark 1974-1984. Princeton, NJ: Princeton Architectural Press. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  2. ^ Artpark/81 Visual Arts. Lewiston, New York: Artpark. 1981. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  3. ^ Division of Publications, National Endowment for the Arts, 1985. "National Endowment for the Arts Annual Report". GoogleBooks. National Endowment for the Arts, National Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts. Office of Communications, National Endowment for the Arts. Office of Public Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts. Public Information Office. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  4. ^ Princenthal, Nancy; Dowley, Jennifer (2001). A Creative Legacy: a history of the National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists' Fellowship Program. H.N. Abrams in association with the National Endowment for the Arts. ISBN 9780810941700. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  5. ^ Rhode Island School of Design. "Nade Haley". Experimental and Foundation Studies Faculty. RISD. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  6. ^ Cerquone, Joseph (23 September 1979). "Variety Marks Washington Art Scene". Burlington Hawk Eye. Retrieved 7 May 2016 – via Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)).
  7. ^ Golias, Janet (2004). Nade Haley: Falling. East Islip New York: Islip Art Museum. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  8. ^ Georgia, Olivia (1980). Drawn in Space: Roy Breimon, Nade Haley, Patrick Ireland, Jeff Schiff, Richard Tuttle, Sibyl Weil. Washington DC: Washington Project for the Arts. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  9. ^ Maloni, J (April 24, 2013). "Artpark celebrates 40 years with dynamic summer calendar". Niagara Frontier Publications. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  10. ^ Fitzsimmons, James (1979). "Nade Haley". Art International. 23: 42. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  11. ^ a b Lewis, Jo Ann (17 January 1981). "Elephants on Parade". The Washington Post. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  12. ^ Richard, Paul (14 October 1978). "Scholarly Stories in Sculpture". The Washington Post. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  13. ^ Raynor, Vivien (August 6, 1989). "A Sculpture Show With Strong Messages". The New York Times. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  14. ^ Zimmer, William (October 17, 1999). "Hudson River School Just Keeps on Rolling; Artists Over the Years Have Taken Up the Mantle of the Founders of an American Genre, Landscape Painting". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  15. ^ a b Jacob, Mary Jane; Brenson, Michael (1998). Conversations at the Castle: Changing Audiences and Contemporary Art. MIT Press. ISBN 9780262100724. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  16. ^ Princenthal, Nancy (1996). Nade Haley, An Installation in the Sculpture Garden. Katona, NY: Katona Museum of Art.
  17. ^ "Water is the subject of Nade Haley's new exhibition at ART 101". Artforum Magazine. Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  18. ^ Exhibition 50 NY, 1993. "Nade Haley". Socrates Sculpture Park. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  19. ^ "Outside In". Lehman College. Lehman College Multimedia Center. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  20. ^ Lawrence, Sidney (21 September 1980). "New Forms of Public Art Are Emerging". Brownsville Herald. Retrieved 7 May 2016 – via Newspaper Archive. (Subscription required (help)).
  21. ^ Lewis, M. "Nade Calmes Haley Passes". Rhode Island School of Design. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  22. ^ Kramarsky, Werner; Eshoo, Amy; Cartwright, Derrick (2008). 560 Broadway: A New York Drawing Collection at Work. New Haven and London: Yale University Press. ISBN 978-0300135398. Retrieved 9 May 2016.

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