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Michelle Hays

Department Chair

Visual Arts


Over the last 20 years, Michelle Hays’ passion and enthusiasm for visual communication has manifested in many forms; designer, illustrator, educator, studio owner, writer, and community volunteer. She has an active interest in book design as well as contributing to society through “design for good” opportunities. One aspect of her design practice includes designing and developing books that illuminate the subject matter by sparking the reader’s curiosity and encouraging their engagement.

Michelle is currently the Chair of the Department of Visual Arts at Texas Woman’s University. She has taught courses at Rhode Island School of Design, San Diego State University, Point Loma Nazarene University, Texas State University—San Marcos, San Diego City College and Texas Woman’s University. She studied at the University of California at Irvine and Point Loma Nazarene University, where she earned her B.A. in Studio Art. Michelle completed her graduate studies at Rhode Island School of Design, where she earned her M.F.A. in Graphic Design.

Michelle served as a team member for three design studios in San Diego and previously owned Hays Design Studio. Through these studios, she has contributed to local, national, and international projects. Michelle’s design work has appeared in publications including HOW, Print, and Graphic Design USA, 1000 More Graphic Elements: Unique Elements for Distinctive Designs, and has been included in several galleries and museum libraries in Texas.

Events and Accomplishments:

Michelle Hays, TWU Department Chair, in collaboration with Susan kae Grant and Jana Perez, was a recipient of the 2015 American Inhouse Design Awards for her work on the book Seductive Alchemy.

Chair of the TWU Department of Visual Arts , Michelle Hays, and Graphic Design Professor, Jana C. Perez are participating in The OpEd Project's 2014 "Public Voices Thought Leadership" program.  This is a national initiative to increase the number of women contributing to newspaper opinion columns, television and radio talk shows which are forums traditionally dominated by men.

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