Born in 1980, Alison Hall lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and in Martinsville, VA. Hall looks to the ritual and repetition of her upbringing in rural Virginia, tempered with a devotion to early Renaissance artifacts in central Italy. Drawing on her ongoing study of patterns in the Arena Chapel’s fresco cycle by Giotto (Padua), Hall searches for visual systems in 13th century ceilings, floors and paintings. She de-constructs these – such as Giotto’s eight pointed asterisk constellations, diamond shaped grids and six pointed mosaic stars – conjuring her own geometric abstractions. Floating reflective graphite patterns over dense fields of oil pigment laid over sanded venetian plaster, Hall imbues these ritualistic rhythms with subtle movements and patterns. When she breaks from these, it reveals the surreptitious presence, like a tracking marker, of her hand, in the midst of rigorous abstraction.

Hall has had solo exhibitions at Clement & Schneider, Bonn, Germany, Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA and Philip Slein Gallery, St. Louis, MO. She has been included in shows with Ross Bleckner, Andrew Forge, Michelle Grabner and others at Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, NY, Kate Werble Gallery, NY, John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY and McKenzie Fine Art, NY and has been exhibited at the Taubman Museum of Art, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and The William King Museum. In 2011, Hall was the recipient of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship in Drawing and the Bethesda Painting Award.

 

 

Education

2004 Master of Fine Arts, Painting
American University, Washington DC and Corciano, Italy

2001 Bachelor of Arts, Studio Art
Hollins University, Roanoke,Virginia and Todi, Italy

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

 

2018

Galerie Gisela Clement Bonn, Germany (forthcoming April 2018)

 

Selected Art Models (SAM), Cologne, Germany, curated by Anne-Marie Bonnet (forthcoming April 2018)

 

2017

TOTAH, New York, NY, unannounced

 

2016

Galerie Gisela Clement, Bonn, Germany, Field Guide

Philip Slein Gallery, St Louis, MO, Introducing Alison Hall

 

2015

Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, New York, NY, East of Blue

Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA, The Ceiling Above Us

 

2014

John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY, Paintings/Paper

 

2013

The Arts Club of Washington, Washington, DC, Saint Someone

Chroma Projects, Charlottesville,VA, Phenomena: Alison Hall (curated by Nicole Hopper)

115 Salem Avenue, Roanoke, VA, the big secret, according to the four leaf clover

Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA, Pilgrimage: Alison Hall

William King Museum, Panoramic Gallery, Abingdon, VA, I Santi

 

2012

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA, Claiborne Robertson Board Room, Again and Again

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

 

2017

Philip Slein Gallery, St Louis, MO, (forthcoming)

Stiftung Konzeptuelle Kunst, Soest, Germany, Painting Black (forthcoming, curated by Ivo Ringe)

The Provincial, Kaleva, MI, Cities Like Dreams, Swamps Where Cedars Grow (curated by Melanie Parke)

TOTAH, New York, NY, Group Show

Schema Projects, Brooklyn, NY, Archetypewriters (curated by Robert Otto Epstein)

Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, New York, NY, Works from the William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation

 

2016

Philip Slein, St Louis, MO, Subject Lines:  Alison Hall, Donald Moffett, Liat Yossifor, Robert Zungu and Dan Walsh

McKenzie Fine Art, NYC, Construction Site

Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA, Rock Candy:  Siemon Allen, Sarah Briland, Ben Durham, Meghan Gerety, Alison Hall, Corin Hewitt, Ron Johnson, Jason Keith, Brittany Nelson, Leigh Suggs, Heide Trepanier, and Jack Wax

Philip Slein Gallery, St Louis, MO, Big Art / Small Scale:  John Dilg, Lori Ellison, Keltie Ferris, Tony Fitzpatrick, Suzan Frecon, Alison Hall, Katharine Kuharic, Nicholas Krushenick, Jonathan Lasker, Eva Lundsager, Ann Pibal, Andrew Masullo, Suzanne McClelland, Wardell Milan, Thomas Nozkowski, Carl Ostendarp, Jackie Saccoccio, Robert Sagerman, James Siena, Cary Smith, Gary Stephan, Chuck Webster, John Zinsser

Reynolds Gallery, Washington, DC, Off The Cuff:  Isabel Bigelow, Sally Bowring, Ben Durham, Tara Donovan, Deborah Ellis, David Freed, Meghan Gerety, Isca Greenfield-Sanders, Alison Hall, Ron Johnson, Ellsworth Kelly, Matt King, Sally Mann, Jill Moser, Richard Roth, Paul Ryan, Leigh Suggs, Heide Trepanier

Art on Paper, Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, Pier 36, New York, NY

Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA, Between You and Me (curated by Adrian Ting and Valaire Van Slyck)

 

2015

Galerie Gisela Clement, Bonn, Germany, Papier/Paper V, Zeichnung

Brian Morris Gallery, New York, NY, On The Money

Allentown Museum of Art, Allentown, PA, Past, Present (curated by Pat Badt and Scott Sherk)

ROM.HOF, Bonn, Germany, site-specific painting commissioned by MIWO

 

2014

Kate Werble Gallery, NYC, Quiet Tremors: Davide Balula, Alison Hall, William Latta, Ulrike Müller, David Schutter, Kristen Van Deventer

kunstgaleriebonn, Bonn, Germany,  Painting and Beyond: John Zinsser, Lilah Fowler, Adam Kokesch, Schirin Kretschmann, Michael Toenges, David Semper, Martin Pfeifle, Timo Kube, Polly Apfelbaum, Joachim Bandau, Antonio Scaccabarozzi, Christiane Gruber, Daniel Kiss,Stefan Löffelhardt and Alison Hall   

Kunstgaleriebonn, Bonn, Germany, Long Sunday

Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects @ Projector, New York, NY, Repetitive Motion (curated by Jennifer Samet): Ross Bleckner, Andrew Forge, Glenn Goldberg, Michelle Grabner, Alison Hall, Tine Lunsfryd, Amy Park and Barbara Takenaga

 

2013

Robert and Elaine Stein Galleries, Wright State University, Dayton, OH, Drawing From Perception (curated by Stanley Lewis)

 

2012

Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, Washington, DC, Art Advisory Launch Exhibition

Ruffin Hall Gallery, The University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, Earth, Air, Fire, Water (curated by Leslie Cozzi, Catalog)

Washington Art Association, Washington Depot, CT

115 Salem Avenue, Marginal Arts Festival, Roanoke,VA, don’t think twice, twice,  Alison Hall + Clover Archer

Capital One Corporation, Richmond,VA, Hollins University Faculty Exhibition

 

Bibliography     

 

2016

Micchelli, Thomas, Painting From the Ground Up, Hyperallergic

Gudrun von Schoenebeck, Kostbare Kunst, General Anzeiger

 

2015

Micchelli, Thomas, The Pursuit of Art, 2015, Hyperallergic

Alexander, Steven, Some Notable Shows of 2015, Steven Alexander Journal

Micchelli, Thomas, Earned Magic, Alison Hall’s Deceptive Monochromes, Hyperallergic

Alexander, Steven, Alison Hall at Steven Harvey, Steven Alexander Journal

Smith, Roberta, 15 Group Shows Not to Miss, New York Times

Smith, Roberta, Museum and Gallery Listings for February 13-19, 2015, New York Times

 

2014

Cohen, David, Art Critical, Pick of the Week, Alison Hall in Repetitive Motion

Gorky’s Granddaughter, Studio Visit and Interview, Alison Hall, Brooklyn, NY,                                         http://www.gorkysgranddaughter.com/2014/11/alison-hall-nov-2014.html

 

2013

Stoddard, Leah, Interview & Exhibition Catalogue for Taubman Museum, Pilgrimage: Alison Hall

Allen, Mike, The Roanoke Times, Arts & Extras, Italian Renaissance Chapels Inspire Martinsville-born       Artist

The Taubman Museum of Art, Alison Hall on Pilgrimage (interview), http://youtu.be/xcmeIb8DZ98

 

2012

Allen, Mike,The Roanoke Times, Marginal Arts Exhibition Clover Archer Lyle + Alison Hall, Don’t Think Twice, Twice

 

Selected Publications

 

2017

Catalog Essay for WLD, Works from the William Louis-Dreyfus Foundation                                                           http://shfap.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/WLD_cat_1_12_2017a.pdf

 

2016

Catalog Essay for Stanley Lewis                                                                                                              http://wldfoundation.org/uploads/Stanley_Lewis.pdf

 

2014

Alison Hall:  On Patterns, An Essay on Andrew Forge and Ruth Miller Forge, Tilted Arc-                          http://www.tilted-arc.com/2014/05/24/alison-hall-on-patterns/

 

Selected Awards

 

2014

Spaceworks Studio Lottery, Williamsburg Library, Brooklyn, NY, subsidized studio in Brooklyn, NY

 

2011

Bethesda Urban Partnership Fellow, $10,000 award  (Jurors: Evelyn Hankins, Associate Curator for         the Hirshhorn Museum, Philip Geiger Professor of Art University of Virginia, Jinchul Kim Professor of    Art Salisbury University)

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Drawing, Professional Fellowship, $8,000 Award

 

Academic Positions

2016

Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, Visiting Lecturer

 

2011-2014

The University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, Part Time Lecturer, Painting and Drawing

 

2011-2015

The Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY, Visiting Instructor, Drawing

 

2005-2013

Hollins University, Roanoke, VA, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art, Painting and Drawing

 

2005-2013

Hollins University, Todi, Italy, Director of the Summer Study Abroad Program in Todi, Italy

 

2011

Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, Adjunct Faculty, Drawing

 

2007-2008

Roanoke College, Roanoke, VA,  Adjunct Faculty, Foreign Language D

Articles & Reviews

2017

John Yau, “When an Painter Enacts a Ritual” – Hyperallergic. November 2017.

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Sarah Cascone, “Here Are 25 New York Gallery Shows That You Need to See This October” – Artnet. October 2017.

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2016

Thomas Micchelli, “Painting From the Ground Up”. Hyperallergic. July 2016.

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“Kostbare Kunst”. General-Anzeiger. May 2016.

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2015

Thomas Micchelli, “Earned Magic: Alison Hall’s Deceptive Monochromes”. Hyperallergic. June 2015.

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Steven Alexander, “ALISON HALL at Steven Harvey”. Steven alexander Journal. June 2015.

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Colleen Curran, “Reynolds Gallery Forges Into the Future”. Richmond Times-Dispatch. February 2015.

Roberta Smith, “Museum and Gallery Listings for February 13-19, 2015”. New York Times. February 2015.

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Roberta Smith, “15 Group Shows Not to Miss:
Art Exhibitions From Chelsea to the Lower East Side”. New York Times. January 2015.

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2014
Gorky’s Granddaughter, Studio Visit and Interview, Alison Hall, Brooklyn, NY, USA
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2013

Mike Allen, “Italian Renaissance Chapels Inspire Martinsville-born Artist”. The Roanoke Times. February 2013.

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2012

Mike Allen, “Marginal Arts Festival exhibitions: Clover Archer Lyle and Alison Hall’s “Don’t Think Twice, Twice””. The Roanoke Times, February 2012.

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