Solo exhibition at the NEWPORT Art Museum, Newport, RI
May 19 – July 29th, 2018
Opening Reception: June 14, 5-7pm



As a veteran sailor I have come to understand full well the crisis of ocean pollution. My latest work encompasses my passion for the environment, incorporating found or cast paper marine debris in expansive works and installations in handmade paper. Previously exploring the ocean and its relationship to the body, my recent work enlarges ocean ecology as a metaphor of global society. A recent move to Jamestown, Rhode Island puts me in constant view of my inspiration-the sea. The sea, and its constantly changing colors are clear and powerful forces in the making of my work.

At one time, detritus regurgitated from the sea was made of materials that would decompose and naturally biodegrade at sea. Plastic has changed all this because the waste floats indefinitely, circulating the world. Plastic fragments break into smaller and smaller pieces that are scattered throughout the water, and birds and fish are ingesting them at an alarming rate. An initial act that might seem insignificant at the time can have long lasting implications – 10% of all the plastic produced in the world ends up in the ocean. Two thirds of the global economy is derived from activities that involve water in some form. My work addresses the crisis of today, one of complacency to changing climates and changing chemistry in the world.
Parallel the current rate of ocean pollution with the book written by Wallace J Nichols about the “surprising science that shows how being near, in, on, or under water can make you happier, healthier, and better at what you do. “

My intent is to initiate a conversation and awareness about the deterioration of our greatest resource-water. My upcoming exhibition in 2018, “Sea of Heartbreak” at the Newport Art Museum, RI addresses increases in algae bloom and invasive algae and our dying coral reefs worldwide due to the increase in ocean temperatures contributed in part by plastic pollution. Sea surface temperature in Narragansett Bay, RI has increased 3.6 degrees F since the 1960s. According to new research, a report from the Plastic Pollution Coalition plastic microfibers have been found in 83 percent of drinking water samples worldwide. (USA 94%, Europe 72%, India, 82% Ecuador 75%.) The contamination defies geography.

Joan Hall, 9/17


June 2-4


Joan Hall will be a crew member on the research expedition with the 5 Gyres Institue aboard the schooner, the “Mystic”.
They will be sailing from Miami to The Eleuthera Islands documenting plastic in the ocean from June 2-4.
Once landing she will also be attending the youth summit on the island, a 3-day gathering of activists, artists, scientists, educators and island youth to explore and generate solutions to plastic pollution for island nations around the world.


5Gyres is a non-profit organization dedicated to conducting communicating about the global impact of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans, while developing strategies to eliminate the accumulation of plastic pollution in the 5 subtropical gyres. To learn more about this organization, visit

Update: The Miami Herald covered the expedition. Read their article at this link.


2401 Central Avenue
Kearney, NE 68847


Cut, formed, Pressed: Paper
17 October 2014-29 March 2015

At its simplest, paper is an item utilized in our every day life. Yet when placed in the hands of an artist and purposefully manipulated, the most basic becomes a complex., sometimes dimensional artwork that can speak of form, function, or our culture, our land, or our lives. This exhibition is comprised of work created by printers, book artists, sculptors, and painters who have delved into the cutting, forming, folding, pr pressing of paper to create small to monumental works of art.

Artists included are Karen Kunc, Bonnie O’Connell, Joan Hall Marvel Maring,Elmer Holzrichter, Reece Crawford, Ray Tomasso, Charley Friedman, Mary Day, George Neuber, Susan Knight, Ying Zhu, Denise Brady, among others.

Teliza Rodriguez, Curator


Pages 94-103
Synecdoche is a national literary publication that is comprised of poetry, fiction, non-fiction and visual art.
It is based at Brown University, Providence, RI.
Synecdoche is published bi-annually.


Millikin College
Decatur, IL


Show August 30-September 27

JOAN HALL: Red Sky In Mourning


SCALE: A Gathering of Sculptors
April 16th, 2012


Join me at: SCALE: A Gathering of Sculptors, in San Antonio, TX June 5-7