River Rescue, 1993

Randy Hayes
(American, born 1944)

Location: Airway Heights Correctional Center, Airway Heights


Artist Randy Hayes created three figurative paintings for his River Rescue triptych. Each panel features a vibrant background landscape. Seen together in sequence, the panels appear to relate as different parts of an overall scene. Hayes purposefully leaves the symbolism open to your interpretation.

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with Department of Corrections.


Mississippi-based artist Randy Hayes creates figurative paintings, drawings, and photographs. He is known for his method of painting directly onto grids of photographs.
Born in Mississippi, Hayes studied sculpture and painting at Rhodes College in Tennessee. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Memphis College of Art in Tennessee in 1968. He lived and made art in Seattle from 1976 to 2013, where he also ran a bookstore and gallery for several years. He returned to Mississippi in 2013.

Material CategoryPainting - paint on fabric
MediumOil paint on canvas mounted on board
DimensionsThree panels, 4 ft x 7 ft each
ID NumberWSAC1992.142.002A-C
Acquisition MethodSite responsive commission
Artist LocationMississippi, United States
Location Information
AgencyDepartment of Corrections
Artwork LocationAirway Heights Correctional Center
Main visiting room, North wall
WA CountySpokane
Site TypeState Agency
Address11919 W. Sprague Avenue
Airway Heights, WA 99001
Geo. Coordinates47.653770, -117.577901
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