to Jun 5

Headlands Auction

BES, BATTERY BLUFF, BD-FF, 2010, Watercolor on paper, 22"x30"

BES, BATTERY BLUFF, BD-FF, 2010, Watercolor on paper, 22"x30"

Very happy to be supporting The Headlands with this donated watercolor from my Reclamation series. I began that series at the Headlands as a Graduate Fellow. The experience and support of the Headlands has had a lasting impact on my life and creative work. If you are able please help keep their residencies and programming a vital part of the Bay Area cultural ecosystem. You can bid on my work and other fabulous artist Artsy. Or please come to the auction on June 5th!

Headlands Center for the Arts' Benefit Art Auction is our biggest event and fundraiser of the year! Join us on June 5 for a lively evening of competitive bidding on museum-quality contemporary artworks, immersive installations, creative experiences, tasty cocktails and delectable bites, all in support of Headlands Center for the Arts. Proceeds from this festive event directly support Headlands' mission, artists, and public programs.


June 5 Event Schedule

5:30PM     Sponsor Preview
6:30PM     General Admission
8:00PM     Live Auction

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to Jun 22

Confluence at Catharine Clark Gallery in the exhibition, White House


I’m very honored to be exhibiting my video, Confluence (All the Nations of the Earth), in the group exhibition, White House, at Catharine Clark Gallery in SF, featuring new and recent work by Chester Arnold, Sandow Birk, Al Farrow, Michael Hall, Deborah Oropallo and Andy Rappaport, and Stephanie Syjuco. The expansive presentation – which encompasses the main galleries, as well as the media and viewing rooms – considers the impact of institutional power on our civic consciousness, while offering space to critically reflect upon the “iconic” structures and symbols associated with American democracy.

May 18 – June 22, 2019

My video, Confluence (All the Nations of the Earth) (2017), explores how nation-states define sovereignty through their most iconic symbols: their flags. Hall’s animated video montage depicts the flags of the 241 countries and territories recognized by the United Nations as they dissolve and amalgamate with one another, forming a polychromatic, hybridized flag of “all nations.” Amidst increased isolationism and reactive nationalism, the abstracted design distorts any simplistic national ensigns, while suggesting the complexities inherent to globalism.

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12:00 PM12:00

Participating in the FINAL SF Arts Commission PASSPORT event

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I’ll be participating in the 10th and final year of SF Art Commission’s PASSPORT event along with 15 other amazing local artists: Craig CalderwoodJeffrey CheungMichael HallChad HasegawaAngela HennessyJay KatelanskyKatie LonguaPhillip MaiselAlicia McCarthyGay OutlawGrace Rosario PerkinsLeah RosenbergRon Moultrie SaundersEli ThorneMinoosh Zomorodinia, and special stamps from the estates of Joan Brown and René Yañez. And a bonus stamp by Beatrice L. Thomas aka Black Benatar available at the after-party!

My stamp, Sanctuary City, overlays the 15 national flags from the most common countries of origin for immigrants to San Francisco (based on census data). They are listed them below.

1. Mexico (21%)

2. The Philippines (13%)

3. China excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (12%)

4. India (5%)

5. Vietnam (4%)

6. El Salvador (4%)

7. Hon Kong (3%)

8. Korea (2%)

9. Taiwan (2%)

10. United Kingdom (2%)

11. Canada (2%)

12. Japan (2%)

13. Nicaragua (1%)

14. Guatemala (1%)

15. Germany (1%)

Passport is SFAC Galleries’ signature event that puts the art collecting experience in the hands of the general public! Local artists will be stationed in venues throughout Hayes Valley/Civic Center and Passport attendees can “create” their own limited-edition artist’s book by collecting original, artist-designed stamps in a customized “passport” notebook. Walking throughout Hayes Valley/Civic Center, hundreds of do-it-yourself art collectors will follow a designated route to collect stamps from emerging and established Bay Area artists while discovering small businesses in the neighborhood.

Following the event, join SFAC Galleries for a 10th Anniversary after-party from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the SFAC Main Gallery in the Veterans Building.

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to Oct 1

Correspondence and Reclamation featured in article by Rob Marks on ArtPractical

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Very honored to have my work featured in Rob Marks’ latest column for Art Practical along with work by Alec Soth and Theresa Hak Kyung Cha. Thank you Rob for the gracious words, seeing the language and reading between the lines.

Read the full article here:

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to May 18

Remnants at Townsend Center for the Humanities at UC Berkeley



Monday, Jan 29, 2018 to Friday, May 18, 2018

Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

Artist Reception: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 | 4 - 6 pm

Viewing hours are generally Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm. The exhibit is located in a space also used for events and meetings; please call (510) 643-9670 or email in advance to confirm room availability.

Remnants, 2017, watercolor on paper, 14"x16"

Remnants, 2017, watercolor on paper, 14"x16"

Michael Hall, an artist whose perspective is deeply shaped by his family’s military background, presents Remnants, a selection of paintings on display at the Townsend Center.

Remnants combines works from the series Reclamation, which depicts the World War II-era bunkers built along the Northern California coast, and Correspondence, which recreates letters sent to a teenage Hall by his father while serving in Desert Storm. Throughout these works is a recognition of the burden that military conflict places on different landscapes, whether the physical landscape marred by crumbling structures now void of purpose or the interpersonal landscape of a father and son’s relationship stretched thin by war.

Hall’s Reclamation paintings explore the decommissioned bunkers that dot the coast of Marin. Always on guard, looking out for a threat that never came, these disintegrating buildings invoke the Bay Area’s largely forgotten military past.

In his Correspondence series, Hall uses watercolor to meticulously recreate letters his father wrote 26 years ago while serving in Iraq. In the process of transcribing letters he received decades ago as an angry and confused adolescent, Hall now finds the empathy he lacked as he reencounters his father’s experience of military life.

Hall taught painting at UC Berkeley before becoming an assistant professor of art at California State University, East Bay. He holds a BFA from California College of the Arts and an MFA from Mills College.


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to Jul 27

Juncture @ Catharine Clark Gallery - Opening June 3rd, 3-6pm

Installation at Catharine Clark Gallery. Courtesy Catharine Clark Gallery

Installation at Catharine Clark Gallery. Courtesy Catharine Clark Gallery

I'm very pleased to announce that my work will be included in Juncture, a group exhibition at Catharine Clark Gallery also featuring work by Indira Allegra, Sandow Birk, Lenka Clayton, Deborah Oropallo and Stephanie Syjuco, on view June 3 - July 22, 2017. Presenting works across a range of media and disciplines, Juncture considers the imperative relationship between art and political response, as well as the ethical responsibilities of representing vulnerable communities in visual culture.

Please join me for an opening reception with artist talks on Saturday, June 3 from 3 - 6pm.

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to Nov 30

PRESS: NBC News coverage of NOT ALONE at the SF Arts Commission Gallery

There's been some recent press for Not Alone. Click on the link below to view an NBC News segment featuring Rodney Ewin, Amber Hoy and myself:

Click on the link to read a feature story in the SF Chronicle by Sam Whiting:

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to Mar 8

Exhibition: Not Alone @ Sf Arts Commission

Not Alone: Exploring Bonds Between and With Members of the Armed Forces

Exhibition Dates: November 9, 2016 - March 4, 2017
Exhibition Location: SFAC Main Gallery
401 Van Ness Avenue (War Memorial Veterans Building)
San Francisco, CA 94102
Artists' Reception: Friday, November 18, 6 - 8 p.m.
Free and open to the public

Not Alone: Exploring Bonds Between and With Members of the Armed Forces is an expansive exhibition featuring works by local and national artists and veteran artists that have been engaged with the subject matter of individuals supporting active-duty personnel and/or veterans over long periods of time.

The artists in Not Alone engage in building narratives about and with members of the Armed Forces and their families through media including photography, drawings, prints, sculpture, audio works, installations and 360 video. Their works offer perspectives on a variety of topics including veteran support networks, the experience of spouses and children of US military personnel and how veterans examine their own identity and personal relationships. The artwork in the exhibition highlights the family members, veterans and artists that actively seek out opportunities to connect and support their loved ones, friends and strangers (including everyone who is impacted by seeing this exhibition).

Not Alone is curated by SFAC Galleries Director Meg Shiffler and artist, curator and journalist Jason Hanasik.


Sarah DaleRodney Ewing* **, Michael HallMonica HallerJason Hanasik & Blake Montgomery, Jessica HinesAmber Hoy*, Jennifer KaradyAmanda LucierWhitney LynnSuzanne Opton, Althea Thauberger, Ehren Tool*, and The Exquisite Corpse of the Unknown Veteran project organized by Aaron Hughes* & Jeanne Dunning featuring dozens of Bay Area artists and veteran artists.

* denotes a veteran artist
**SFAC Individual Artist Grantee, for more information click here.

Recent Press:
KQED, September 6, 2016 (preview)

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to Nov 6

In Conversation with Hung Liu @ Richmond Art Center

The exhibition Making Our Mark gathers some of our most engaging and influential artists, thinkers, and educators. We are pleased to be able to present a series of informal roundtable conversations with these lively figures.

In this talk, Squeak Carnwath, Hung Liu, Dru Anderson, and Michael Hall will participate in one of the Making Our Mark Artists’ Talks related to the exhibition, where they will discuss their individual practices and how they have experienced the teacher/student/assistant relationship and the importance of the guidance and support.

Squeak Carnwath and Dru Anderson will speak at 2:00pm.

Hung Liu and Michael Hall will speak at 3:00pm.

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to Oct 19

Appointed to Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at CSU East Bay

I'm very happy to announce that I will be joining the Faculty of the Department of Art at CSU East Bay this Fall as Assistant Professor, Painting and Drawing. I look forward to working with the students, faculty and administration to create a dynamic and engaging program rooted in traditions and pushing the boundaries of contemporary art practice.

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to Aug 8

Upcoming Residency and Exhibitions

In July I will be an Artist-in-Residence at the Joan Mitchel Center in New Orleans. I'm excited to continue to work with this amazing and supportive organization, as well as get to know the New Orleans arts community. Any contacts there folks can give me I'd greatly appreciate!

My work will be included in two shows this Fall. In September, I will be part of the 80th Anniversary Exhibition at the Richmond Art Center. In November, my current body of work, Correspondence, will be featured in a group exhibition at the SF Arts Commission Gallery. More details to come.

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