Doug Hall Biography

Doug Hall was born in 1944, in San Francisco, California. Hall began his academic studies at Harvard University and graduated with a B.A in Anthropology in 1966. Hall also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in the Summer of 1967. In 1969, Hall earned an MFA form the Rinehart school of Sculpture of The Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore. That same year Hall moved to San Francisco where he co-formed the media art collective, T.R. Uthco, with Jody Procter and Diane Andrews. The group then began to put out media art projects, most notable The Eternal Frame (also in collaboration with Ant Farm collective), which was a re-enactment of the John F. Kennedy assassination. After almost ten years at T.R. Uthco, the group broke up and went their separate ways. Hall began to put his own stamp on the world of art film. It has been said, in The Electronic Arts Intermix web site , that Doug Hall has "produced video works in the 1980s that analyzed symbols and icons of power in contemporary culture, an inquiry that led him to examine spectacle and theatricality, political authority and the mass media, and the apocalyptic sublime in nature". Hall's work can be characterized as a significant cultural influence in the 1980's.

As the late 1980's approached, Hall's focus shifted from time based media to include large format photography. Hall also began teaching at the San Francisco Art Institute in the New Genres Department from 1981 until his retirement in 2008. Hall's work in diverse media has been exhibited in museums in the United States and Europe and is included in numerous private and public collections. Hall has received grants and fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, The California Arts Council, The Fulbright Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, and The Guggenheim Foundation. Doug Hall was also the 1995/96 recipient of The Gilmore D. Clarke & Michael Rapuano Rome Prize in Visual Arts from The American Academy in Rome.

To conclude Doug Halls extensive biography, Hall has also co-edited Illuminating Video, With Sally Jo Fifer. Illuminating Video is a collection of writings on video by artists, critics, and scholars. To this day, Doug Hall resides in San Francisco Bay area.


Hall, D. (2010), The Electronic Arts Intermix, Artist Index. Retrieved From

--Joe Capotosto, 2010.

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