Michael Hall Faculty Profile

Photo of Michael Hall

Michael  Hall

Assistant Professor

Department of Art

  • E-mail: michael.hall@csueastbay.edu
  • Phone: (510) 885-3111
  • Office: AE 275
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00-11:30 and by appointment
  • Home Page: www.michaelhallstudio.net
    Note: CSUEB does not pre-approve, monitor, or edit personal pages. Faculty members are solely responsible for their content, and are expected to conform to the policy guidelines of CSUEB.

Michael Hall is an educator and artist whose work is concerned with finding empathy and complexity in situations that are often polarized and oversimplified. As an artist whose perspective was strongly shaped by his family’s military heritage, he looks to add a more nuanced approach to necessarily critical but discordant conversations. Through painting and participatory works he addresses these dynamics within a larger, multifaceted cultural context: one of complicated family webs and communities, structural pedagogy, systematized aesthetics and the tenuous space between control and protection.

Hall is a recipient of both a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant and a MFA Fellowship at the Headlands Center for the Arts. In 2014 he was awarded an Alameda County Arts Leadership Award. His recent Bay Area exhibitions include Catharine Clark Gallery, Patricia Sweetow Gallery, Southern Exposure, SF MOMA Artist Gallery and Blankspace Gallery. His work has been featured in group exhibitions nationally and throughout California as well as numerous online and print publications, including New American Painting.

He was born in San Diego, California to military parents and has lived around the world in Japan, Russia, England, and France. Hall received his BFA from the California College of the Arts and his MFA from Mills College. He currently lives and works in Oakland, California. Since 2003, he taught at Creative Growth Art Center, where he began the first video production class for artists with developmental disabilities. Additionally, he taught painting at Mills College, UC Berkeley and has participated on the curatorial board at Southern Exposure in San Francisco. In the Fall of 2016 he joined the Faculty of the Department of Art at California State University East Bay as Assistant Professor, Painting and Drawing.

Professor Hall's work focuses on finding empathy and complexity in situations that are often polarized and oversimplified. His work, whether painting, drawing, video or participatory works, is informed by his knowledge and practice of painting.

  • MFA, Mills College
  • BFA, California College of Arts (and Craft)
Spring Semester 2023
Course #SecCourse TitleDaysFromToLocationCampus
ART 47501ADV 2DTTH4:15PM6:45PMAE-0268Hayward Campus
ART 493A01Illustration Senior ProjectTTH1:30PM4:00PMAE-0194Hayward Campus
ART 493C1XPhoto Senior ProjectTTH1:30PM4:00PMAE-0194Hayward Campus
ART 493F1XVideo/Anim Senior ProjectTTH1:30PM4:00PMAE-0194Hayward Campus
ART 493G02Art History Senior ProjectARRUNKWNHayward Campus
ART 493H1XFine Art Practice Senior ProjTTH1:30PM4:00PMAE-0194Hayward Campus

Recent Press

Joe Rosato Jr., San Francisco Art Show Highlights Veterans, NBC News Bay Area, Post and air date: November 11, 2016


Sam Whiting, Art show looks at war’s impact on those who wait at home, SF Chronicle, Published: Wednesday, November 9, 2016


Jan Worm, Making Out Mark, Exhibition Catalog with essay by Jan Worm, Richmond Art Center

Nina Bozicnik, New American Painting, Issue 121, curated by Nina Bozicnik, December 2015

Tina Case and Donna Conwell, Lucas Artist Residency Profile: Michael Hall, Post date: July 29, 2015


Katie McCracken, Artists Speak Podcast – Episode #3, Air date: June 30


Beth Spotswood, “Comfort zones take a hit at ‘Security’”, SF Chronicle, Datebook, Sunday, May 31, 2015

Michele Carlson, “How Artists Use Their Skills to Pay the Bills”, KQED Arts, September 30, 2014


blog.OtherPeoplesPixels.com, “OtherPeoplesPixels Interviews Michael Hall”, May 2012


Jessica Carew Kraft, “Toxic Art”, East Bay Express, March 23, 2011


Amos Dai, “Renovation of Old Photos”, The Outlook Magazine, China, Issue #106, Featured Artist, February 2011


Lawerence Rinder, New American Painting, Issue 91, curated by Lawerence Rinder, January 2011

California Contemporary Art, September / October 2010, pg. 22


DeWitt Cheng, Visual Art Source, Editorial Recommendation, September 2010


Beautiful Decay online, October 2010


Boooooooom.com, “Reclamation, paintings by Michael Hall”, October 2010


Heidi J. De Vries, “Reclamation”, Engineer’s Daughter blog, October 2010 http://engineersdaughter.typepad.com/engineers_daughter/2010/10/reclamation.html

Empty Kingdom, blog post, November 2010



Recent Exhibitioins


Juncture, Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA June

With Liberty and Justice for Some, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA April

100 Days Action, (Call to Love Call to Action project with Julia Goodman) Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA March

Call to Love, Call to Action with Julia Goodman, Royal Nonesuch Gallery, February

With Liberty and Justice for Some, Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles, CA January-March


Not Alone, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA November-March 2017

2016 Faculty & Staff Exhibition, University Art Gallery, Hayward, CA October

Making Our Mark, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA September

Mistaken Impressions, Root Division, San Francisco, CA January

Bird in Hand, Palo Alto Art Center, Palo Alto, CA January


Epic Fail, UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice Faculty Exhibition, Worth Ryder Gallery, Berkeley, CA, October 28 - November 13

Security Question, David Brower Center, Berkeley, CA May 28 – September 10

Equilux, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA, March 21


Juried Art Show, Piedmont Center for the Arts, Piedmont, CA November 1 – December 1

The One and Only, UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice Faculty Exhibition, Worth Ryder Gallery, Berkeley, CA October 22 – November 7

Soft Muscle, Root Division, San Francisco, CA, June 11 – June 28

Vacnacy/No Vacancy, Waterloo Arts, Cleveland, OH, April 4 – May 14

Smoke and Mirrors, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA, March 22


Joan Mitchell Foundation, Artist in Residence, Joan Mitchell Center, New Orleans, LA, July - August


Residency Fellow, Montalvo Arts Center, Spring


Alameda County Arts Leadership Award


Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant


Headlands Center for the Arts MFA Fellowship

Herringer Foundation MFA Award

CSUEB Gallery Committe

CSUEB Community College Outreach Committe

Advisor to the CSUEB Art and Design Club

Member of the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Arts for CSUEB

Member of the Board of Directors of Creative Growth Art Center