Betsy Lohrer Hall
Betsy Lohrer Hall makes works on paper, installations, simple performances, and collaborative projects.
Art making is a way to explore impermanence and the simultaneous desires to prevent and accept it. This is reflected in the work through allusions to natural processes, the use of translucency and fragile materials, and the making of temporary, site-specific works. The passing of time is evident in the repetition of simple activities, or the accretion of stitches, layers or marks.
Art making and art sharing also have the capacity to open up new doors to understanding and to build connections between people. Understanding and connectedness are important.
The work is influenced by daily living, a reverence for nature, a concern for social justice, and the study of meditation. It is a call for personal reflection, and is seeded with the idea that the accumulation of small humble gestures can affect great change.
Betsy Lohrer Hall is a Long Beach-based artist. She earned an MFA in drawing and painting from California State University, Fullerton and a BA in studio art from Colorado College. She studied art history, literature, architecture and theatre in London and Florence, and studied painting at Parsons, The New School for Design in New York City. She has exhibited her work in solo and group shows along the west coast, several other states in the U.S., and in Thailand. Hall was commissioned to exhibit a solo project at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). She was awarded an artist residency at the Huntington Beach Art Center and a Professional Artist Fellowship grant from the Arts Council of Long Beach, among other honors. A catalog of her 2011 solo exhibition, The Spaces in Between, is available through Blurb.com, and a group exhibition, Southern California Abstraction Now, is available through issuu.com. Hall has curated several exhibitions and—as an active member of the artist group FLOOD—helped to produce the PUMP 2017 arts festival. She has taught studio art, art history, and writing at several colleges in southern California, and is currently a faculty member in the Department of Visual Arts at California State University, Fullerton.