Ken Hall

Associate Professor, Painting

Ken Hall

Ken Hall

Associate Professor, Painting

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Kenneth Hall is an Associate Professor in Painting at the University of Northern Iowa. He has exhibited work internationally from Hamburg, Germany to Los Angeles and New York City. His work is a blend of gestural abstraction and realism that often includes fragments or moments from famous Old Master paintings woven into complex, layered spaces within the canvas. Kenneth enjoys creating paintings that can influence the viewer’s emotions,  especially larger works that can become immersive, mysterious, and poetic. 

Kenneth has enjoyed several residency experiences, including the Vermont Studio Center and GlogauAIR (Berlin), and keeps an active studio practice which gives his teaching depth and relevance.  

Kenneth is a musician, and sees his own music + art having an increasingly “complicated” relationship. Sound art is new territory that he is exploring.

Courses Taught

  • ART 1011 Drawing I
  • ART 2050 Painting I
  • ART 3050 Painting II
  • ART 3055 Painting III
  • Advanced Painting/Drawing

MFA Painting, Miami University, BFA Painting, Columbus College of Art and Design, MS Civil Engineering and BSCE from University of Illinois and USCG Academy, respectively.

Teaching Interests

Ken sees Painting and Drawing as two sides of the same coin. He loves art history, but also stays current with trends in contemporary art.  In teaching he often challenges students to find inspiration through a combination of old and new. It leads to innovative work that also respects the wonderful tradition or lineage that supports all artists.  

Kenneth also leads the Studio Art in Berlin program, a 3-week summer studio class that is one of his favorite teaching experiences.

Research Interests

New manifestations of the Sublime; mixing art history and contemporary painting practice; large (sometimes installation-based) painting.

Professional Accomplishments

Curated two versions of REVERB: Recent Abstraction in Painting (UNI and Bowling Green State University); exhibitions at The Other Art Fair (Los Angeles and Chicago) and Parallax Art Fair in New York City; multiple solo exhibitions at college art galleries; recent residency at GlogauAIR in Berlin.