Halls Donate $1.5 Million Art Collection

"Self Portrait" by Chuck Close

Chuck Close’s “Self Portrait” is one of many fine arts prints that are on display this month at The University of Alabama Gallery.

From the April 2015 Desktop News | A selection of contemporary fine art prints from the William and Sara Hall Collection will be on display at The University of Alabama Gallery in the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center April 10-June 10. The Halls donated the $1.5 million collection to UA’s Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, which is part of the College of Arts and Sciences, in 2014.

The collection includes more than 475 signed, limited-edition artists’ prints that the Halls collected during the last 25 years while William Hall has worked as a master printer at the esteemed Pace Editions, Inc. in New York. Pace is one of the largest publishers of contemporary fine arts prints in the United States. Hall is currently working on projects with artists April Gornik and James Turrell.

Hall, originally from Red Level, Alabama, received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from UA in 1973 and a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting and printmaking from the University of Texas in 1976.

“The collection represents my career as a printer,” William Hall said. “When Sara and I were thinking about what we wanted to do with it, we thought it should exist as a body of work and not be broken up. As a collection at The University of Alabama, it’s available as a resource. It can be studied and exhibited as a reflection of a major print publisher in New York during a certain time period.”

At Pace, Hall has worked with many internationally acclaimed and lesser-known contemporary artists including Jennifer Bartlett, Donald Baechler, David Bates, Richmond Burton, Chuck Close, Jim Dine, Tara Donovan, Helen Frankenthaler, Jane Hammond, Zhang Huan, Alfred Leslie, Robert Mangold, Kiki Smith, James Turrell and many more. A broad range of printmaking processes can be seen among the pieces selected for the UA Gallery installation.

“The William and Sara Hall Collection is a major addition to the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art Permanent Collection,” said Dr. Robert Olin, dean of UA’s College of Arts and Sciences. “It brings to our community a unique collection of fine print works by many of the world’s most respected contemporary artists. Likewise, it offers us a remarkably broad study of the fine art and craftsmanship of well-known master printer and UA alumnus William Hall. We are most grateful to Bill and Sara Hall for permanently entrusting this valuable collection to The University of Alabama.”

The exhibit is free and open to the public.

This exhibition was organized and produced by the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art with support from the Farley Moody Galbraith Support Fund.

The UA Gallery is located at 620 Greensboro Ave. in downtown Tuscaloosa. It is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and the first Fridays of the month until 8 p.m. For more information, phone the gallery at 205/345-3038 or 205/342-2060.