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Frank Hayden: Lift Every Voice

Frank Hayden: Lift Every Voice

Main Galleries

June 27, 2020 - January 03, 2021

Frank Hayden (1934-1988) is considered one of Louisiana’s most influential sculptors from the second half of the twentieth century. His monumental public art continues to define the downtown landscape of Louisiana’s capital city and may be found on university campuses and in many houses of worship. Hayden’s work reflects deep spiritual and humanistic concerns shaped by his Catholic faith and the principles of the Civil Rights Movement.

In 1961, Hayden arrived in Baton Rouge in 1961 to teach at Southern University. At that time, the city was redefining its cultural and civic identity. Among his many friends and benefactors was Adalié Brent, director of the newly-founded Louisiana Arts and Science Center (now the Louisiana Art & Science Museum). An artist and teacher herself, Brent was instrumental in the placement of art in many of the city’s public areas and religious institutions and recognized Hayden’s talent. Hayden was educated at Xavier University in New Orleans and later Notre Dame in Indiana under Ivan Meštrović. He also studied abroad on three occasions.

Lift Every Voice pays tribute to Hayden's legacy and explores some of the stylistic elements and major milestones in his artistic development. Organized by LASM, the exhibition includes artworks drawn from the Museum’s collection as well as a number of private and public collections. Some artworks featured are being shared for the first time in a public setting.


Frank Hayden: Lift Every Voice is funded thanks to a grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the state affiliate of the National Endowment of the Humanities, with matching funds provided by Michael D. Robinson & Donald J. Boutté. Additional support has been provided by Ava & Cordell Haymon and Bennet Rhodes & Meg Guidroz. Media support has been provided by 64 Parishes Magazine and ESO/pop.

The views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of either the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The first pictured image, Frank Hayden's We, was a gift of Louisiana National Bank, American Bank and Trust Co., Fidelity National Bank, Junior League of Baton Rouge, and Baton Rouge Bank. The second pictured image, Frank Hayden's In Flight, was a gift of Michael D. Robinson and Donald J. Boutté.