“Chipping the Block, Painting the Silk: the Color Wood Block Prints and Serigraphs of Norma Bassett Hall”
Date: August 23 – October 12, 2014.
Location: Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon, Eugene.
Date: February 21 – June 29, 2015.
Location: Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, Kansas.
Guest-curated by Dr. Joby Patterson, this is the first solo exhibition of Hall’s work since her death in 1957 and is the first time that more than sixty of her prints have been gathered for exhibition. In addition, it is probably the first time since a 1930 group retrospective at the Portland Art Association that prints by Hall have been exhibited in Oregon.
The prints come from Norma’s personal collection, removed from her Rancho del Rio studio more than fifty years ago.
Hall was a watercolorist and oil painter, but her greatest love was printmaking in color. She was born in Halsey, Oregon, in 1888. After studying at the Portland Art Association School and graduating from the Art Institute of Chicago, she spent two years in Europe, where she learned the skills of block printmaking.
She returned to live in Kansas, where she was a member of the Prairie Print Makers, and later New Mexico, where she became part of the pioneer movement in the development of serigraphy.