Large Scale Papermaking Artwork in Rhode Island


Born in Mansfield, Ohio
Lives in Jamestown, Rhode Island


Joan Hall works in mixed media and large-scale sculptural installations with an emphasis on the materials of paper glass and metal. Hall Received her BFA at the Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio and her MFA at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She studied papermaking with Garner Tullis at the Institute of Experimental Papermaking and Printmaking in San Francisco. She is known for her innovative approaches to material and process. Hall’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at the Brooklyn Museum of Art (NY), Leopold-Hoesch Museum Germany), Newport Art Museum, (RI), St. Louis Art Museum (MO), Museum of Nebraska Art (Kearney, NE), Silkeborg Art Center (Denmark), The Blue Star Contemporary Art Center (San Antonio, TX), George Mason University (Fairfax, VA), Joslyn Art Museum (Omaha, NE), Hillwood Art Museum, (Brookville, NY), Walton Art Center, (Fayetteville, AR), Budapest Museum of Fine Arts (Hungary), Nordjyllands Museum of Art(Aalborg, Denmark), Suwa Municipal Museum (Japan), Municipal Museum ( Nanjing, China), Musée d’ Art (Lyon, France), and the Rijswijk Museum and Apeldoorn Museums ( The Netherlands).


She has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards that include two MAAA-NEA individual artist grants and an exhibition grant for her show in Silkeborg from the Danish National Arts Council.


Selected books include: 500 Paper Objects, New Directions in Paper, Papermaking for Printmakers, The Art and Craft of Papermaking, Critical Mass, Papermaking for Printers, Artforms, and the Art of Papermaking.



My work reflects my passion for the ocean environment in expansive works and installations. Process and material exploration is a major component to my studio practice. Information on climate change and scientific data are points of departure for my creative works. My art addresses the crisis of today; one of changing climates and changing chemistry in the world. The exhibition, Sea of Heartbreak, addresses the increase in algae bloom, invasive algae, and dying coral reefs worldwide due to the increase in ocean temperatures- Contributed in part by plastic pollution. Half of the plastic produced in the world has occurred in the last 15 years and plastic waste has been found in the ocean from the Artic to the Antarctic and from the surface to the sea floor. My intent is to initiate a conversation and awareness about the deterioration of our greatest resource- water. My work uses beauty to conceal ecological trouble.