Betsy Lohrer Hall
Betsy Lohrer Hall is a visual artist who makes drawings, paintings, prints, collage, installations, and performances. Her art is process-oriented and often collaborative. She pays close attention to the sublime qualities of daily living.
Betsy Lohrer Hall’s work is seeded with the idea that small, humble gestures can affect great change. From the beginning, her art has been infused with a reverence for nature. She is concerned with social justice, and she studies Eastern philosophy and meditation. She uses art making as a way to explore impermanence and the simultaneous desires to prevent and accept it. This is reflected through allusions to natural processes, the use of translucency and fragile materials, and the making of temporary, site-specific works. Time is evident in the repetition of simple activities, or the accretion of stitches, layers or marks.
As an extension of her art practice, Hall recently opened Flux Art Space. It is a project space founded on the idea that art-making and direct experiences can open up new doors to understanding. Through activities and events, Flux connects emerging and mid-career artists with each other and with the community of Long Beach. Flux encourages cross-cultural and cross-generational dialogue and celebrates creative expression as an integral part of life.
Betsy Lohrer Hall earned an MFA in drawing and painting from California State University, Fullerton and a BA in studio art, with a concentration in painting, from Colorado College. She studied in London and Florence and New York City. She has exhibited work in the U.S., in Thailand, and in China. 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. 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. 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.
Hall has curated several exhibitions, and—as an active member of the artist group FLOOD—helped to produce the PUMP 2017 arts festival and recent soundpedro events at Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro.