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 

2019
Robischon Gallery, Denver, CO, ALISON HALL: Heirlooms

2018
Selected Art Models (SAM), Cologne, Germany, Aber .. Glaube (curated by Anne-Marie Bonnet)
Galerie Gisela Clement Bonn, Germany, Long Distance Call

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: AlisonHall (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

2018
Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, New York, NY, Meghan Brady, Claire Grill, Alison Hall, Jan Muller
David Shelton Gallery, Houston, TX, <3 : Matthew Craven, Benjamin Edmiston, Alison Hall

2017
Philip Slein Gallery, St Louis, MO
Stiftung Konzeptuelle Kunst, Soest, Germany, Painting Black (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, PollyApfelbaum, Joachim Bandau, Antonio Scaccabarozzi, Christiane Gruber, Daniel Kiss,Stefan Löffelhardtand 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 (curated by Alison Hall + Clover Archer)
Capital One Corporation, Richmond,VA, Hollins University Faculty Exhibition

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2018
“Long Distance Call: Galerie Gisela Clement presents the work of Alison Hall.” artdaily.org, April 2018.

2017
Shils, Stuart. “Maker’s Mark: Stuart Shils on Alison Hall’s unannounced.” The Finch, December 2017.
Yau, John. “When a Painter Enacts a Ritual.” Hyperallergic, November 2017.
Cascone, Sarah. “Here Are 25 New York Gallery Shows That You Need to See This October.” Artnet, October 2017.

2016
Micchelli, Thomas. “Painting From the Ground Up.” Hyperallergic, 2016.
von Schoenebeck, Gudrun. “Kostbare Kunst.” General Anzeiger, 2016.

2015
Micchelli, Thomas. “The Pursuit of Art 2015.” Hyperallergic, 2015.
Alexander, Steven. “Some Notable Shows of 2015.” Steven Alexander Journal, 2015.
Micchelli, Thomas. “Earned Magic, Alison Hall’s Deceptive Monochromes.” Hyperallergic, 2015.
Alexander, Steven. “Alison Hall at Steven Harvey.” Steven Alexander Journal, 2015.
Smith, Roberta. “15 Group Shows Not to Miss.” New York Times, 2015.
Smith, Roberta. “Museum and Gallery Listings for February 13-19, 2015.” New York Times, 2015.

2014
Cohen, David. “Pick of the Week, Alison Hall in Repetitive Motion.” Art Critical.
“Studio Visit and Interview, Alison Hall, Brooklyn, NY.” Gorky’s Granddaughter, http://www.gorkysgranddaughter.com/2014/11/alison-hall-nov-2014.html

2013
Stoddard, Leah. “Pilgrimage: Alison Hall.” Interview & Exhibition Catalogue for Taubman Museum.
Allen, Mike. “Italian Renaissance Chapels Inspire Martinsville-born Artist.” The Roanoke Times, Arts & Extras.

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

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

2011-2015
The Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY, Visiting Instructor, Drawing

2011-2014
The University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, Part Time Lecturer, Painting and 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

2018

“Long Distance Call: Galerie Gisela Clement presents the work of Alison Hall.” artdaily.org, April 2018.

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2017

Shils, Stuart. “Maker’s Mark: Stuart Shils on Alison Hall’s unannounced.” The Finch, December 2017.

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

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

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2016

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

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

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2015

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

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

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

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

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Smith, Roberta. “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
“Studio Visit and Interview, Alison Hall, Brooklyn, NY.” Gorky’s Granddaughter.
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2013

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

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2012

Allen, Mike. “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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