|Michael D. Hall is an abstract sculptor who received his M.F.A.
(Sculpture) from University of Washington, Seattle in 1964.
Working primarily in constructed metals, including steel and copper, he
began exhibiting in the 1960s, and was closely associated with the
monumental sculpture and public art movements of the time. Hall's peers
include Alice Aycock, Siah Armajani, Richard Nonas, and Mark di
Suvero. Hall held teaching posts at the University of Kentucky
and Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, among others.
Solo exhibitions of Michael D. Hall's work were mounted at
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN (1968), Dag Hammerskjold Plaza,
New York, NY (1972), Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI (1977),
Kent State University Art Gallery, Kent, OH (1980), Georgetown
University Art Gallery, Washington, D.C. (1983), Art Gallery of
Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada (1988), and Detroit Scarab Club,
Detroit, MI (2004).
Hall's sculpture was included in group
exhibitions at American museums including Whitney Museum of American
Art, New York, NY (1968, 1973); Sheldon Museum, Lincoln, NE (1971);
Everson Museum, Syracuse, NY (1973); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
(1977); Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
(1980); Anchorage Art Museum, Anchorage, AK (1987); Socrates Sculpture
Park, Long Island City, NY (1988); Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand
Rapids, MI (1993); Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI (2002); and
Oakland University Art Gallery, Rochester, MI (2006), among others.
museums that have Michael D. Hall's work in their permanent collections
include Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum; Detroit Institute of Arts;
Jacksonville Art Museum, Jacksonville, FL.; J.B. Speed Art Museum,
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI; and University of Michigan Art Museum, Ann Arbor, MI.
addition to his art making and teaching, Michael D. Hall is a noted
author, collector, critic and curator whose areas of expertise include
American folk art, Outsider art, and American Regionalist art of the
1930s, 40s and 50s. As a curator and author, Hall contributed to
museum sponsored exhibitions and books on American artists including
Elijah Pierce, Charles Burchfield and Grandma Moses.
Hall has built several collections of art including The Michael and
Julie Hall Collection of American Folk Art that resides in the
Milwaukee Art Museum and The Inlander Collection (of American Scene
painting in the Upper Midwest), a collection formed with artist Pat
Glascock, that now resides in The Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI.
Michael D. Hall lives in Hamtramck, MI with his wife, artist Pat Glascock.
March 5, 2007 by David Lusenhop from sources provided by the artist, as
well as from the publication"Chamber of Commerce, Pat Glascock and
Michael Hall: Artists and Collectors," Oakland University Art Gallery,
Rochester, MI, 2006.