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 Rex Earl Hall  (1924 - 2004)

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Lived/Active: Kansas/Missouri      Known for: painting, teaching

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Rex Early Hall grew up in Pittsburg, Kansas graduating from high school in 1942 and enlisting in the Army. He returned to Pittsburg in 1945 and enrolled in the Pittsburg State Teachers College.  He transferred schools and graduated from Washburn College, Topeka in 1949 and spent one year studying at the Kansas City Art Institute.  He then began teaching in the public schools in Wichita.  He earned an MFA from the University of Wichita in 1958. 

Hall was co-founder of the IndeX Gallery in Wichita.  In 1960, he began teaching art at Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia, retiring from the school in 1985.

Memberships:
Kansas Federation of Art
Wichita Art Guild

Exhibitions:
10th Missouri Valley Exhibition, 1956
Wichita Art Assoc., 1962
Museum of New Mexico, 1959
Kansas Biennial, 1959-64
Kansas Annual, 1956-63
Mid-America Exhibition, 1959
Wichita Art Museum, 1964
Sandzén Gallery, 1963

Awards:
Wichita Air Capital Award, 1957, 1958
Designer-Craftsmens Show, 1962
Kansas Governor’s Artist Award, 1984

Collections:
Wichita Art Museum
Wichita State University
Emprise Bank Collection
Sandzén Memorial Art Gallery
Source:
SOURCES:
Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
http://www.rexhallart.com/pages/bio.html, accessed Nov. 5, 2007; Who’s Who in American Art. New York: American Federation of Arts, 1936-1970; Pamphlet file at the Smithsonian American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery Library in Washington, DC.; Wichita Art Museum’s Library Artists’ Files.
This and over 1,750 other biographies can be found in Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945) compiled by Susan V. Craig, Art & Architecture Librarian at University of Kansas.

Biography from Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery:
Rex Hall
(1924-2004)

Rex Hall was a Kansas artist-educator and exhibited extensively both locally and nationally. His work has been on exhibit in the sales galleries at the Nelson Art Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri; Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, Kansas; and Noskin Art Gallery, Old Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Hall was a founder of the Index Art Group, which originated in Wichita. The purchase of Hall's work from his exhibition of this group at the Arger Gallery at Coral Gables, Florida, helped him gain recognition as a Kansas painter.

In 1957 Hall received the purchase award in painting at the Air Capital Exhibition at the Wichita Art Museum. In 1959 in this same exhibit, he received the first prize in drawing. His work was selected for traveling in the Southwest Biennial Traveling Exhibit for 1959; he received the $500 award for painting at the "Living With Art Show" in Wichita, Kansas, in 1960; and also has had work exhibited at the Denver Annual and at the Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC.

Hall was born in Asbury, Missouri, in 1924, was married, and lived in Emporia with his wife and four children. He was Assistant Professor of Art and then Department Chair at Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia, Kansas.  He died October 12, 2004 at Emporia. A family scholarship fund was created in his name.

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