Born in Mansfield, Ohio
Lives and works in Jamestown, Rhode Island
Joan Hall works in mixed media and large-scale sculptural installations with an emphasis on the materials of handmade 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 Printmaking in Santa Cruz, California. She is known for her innovative approaches to material and process.
The climate crisis, with an emphasis on plastic pollution, her passion for marine advocacy and experimentation with materials is core to her practice. She has always been drawn to the sea, its maritime history a love of sailing and her physical relationship to it as a source of inspiration throughout her career.
Hall’s work has been exhibited numerous solo and group shows in the US and abroad, including Germany, Denmark and Japan, the Netherlands and France. Her installation: The Invasion of Hull Cove, was included in the European Cultural Center’s Personal Structures exhibition during the 2019 Venice Biennale. Her most recent large scale installation Algae Bloom was at the Waterfire Arts Center’s exhibition Planet Earth: The Environment and Our Future, in Providence, RI.
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.