Lynn Hayes, Class of 1982, Inducted in 2001
Like many successful people, artist Lynn Hayes credits outstanding teachers with the inspiration to achieve excellence. "I was a shy kid in high school," said Lynn. "But there was a great art program. I really loved it. It was a place that felt comfortable - a haven - and I was definitely encouraged by great teachers."
After graduation, Lynn studied art at the University of Michigan School of Art. She then traveled back east and received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Graduate School of Figurative Art at New York Academy of Art.
She went to graduate school, hoping to become a teacher, but when she finished, teaching jobs were scarce. Calling upon her experience working at a foundry in Brooklyn, Lynn decided to move back to Michigan to go into business for herself. She opened up the Daedalus Art Foundry in 1992.
"I'm a sculptor first," Lynn explained. "But this gave me a place to cast my own work, and make a living at the same time." All of Lynn's employees are also artists.
According to Carolyn Coit, Lynn's former teacher, "Lynn Hayes is an effective example of what contemporary women of enterprise and talent can achieve in a field that was once considered the province of men.
The foundry is recognized by major sculptors for its expertise in ancient lost wax procedures of casting bronze statuary." Obviously, Lynn's artistic abilities didn't go unnoticed at an early age either.
"I wish to highlight Lynn's perseverance in pursuit of her goals," said Margaret Kirsch, Lynn's third grade teacher at Mott Road Elementary School. "Her hard work, determination and creativity resulted in her present success."
Some of Lynn's recent work includes a statue of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, which she sculpted and cast. It stands now in Perryville, Ohio. She is casting a sculpture of Saint Joseph for a Catholic church in Toledo, Ohio. In addition, Lynn's work has been exhibited in art shows throughout New York and the midwest.