Iowa Crafts: 42 – Best in Show Award Winner – Hank Hall

July 6 – August 25, 2018
Center Space Gallery

Hank Hall, “Park Place”, Cone 6 stone, room temp glaze, found objects, 2017

Hank Hall, of Spirit Lake, IA, will be featured in a solo exhibition in the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum’s Center Space Gallery.  Off Center: Ceramic Works of Hank Hall opens on Friday, July 6 and will be on display through Saturday, August 25, 2018.  The Charles H. MacNider Art Museum is free to visit and is open to the public.

Hall won Best in Show during the Iowa Crafts: 42 exhibition in 2015.  As prize for his win he was awarded a solo exhibition in the Museum’s Center Space Gallery in 2016.  Hall was in the process of moving, however, and did not have access to his studio or an excess of artwork.  He asked that we put off his exhibition until he was settled and able to create some new works.  The Museum is now happy to feature his clay and mixed media sculptures in a 2018 exhibition.

“The name of my show is ‘Off Center’ because that is how I work with clay today. Centering clay was the first skill I learned when I began on the potter’s wheel. From that point on, I began to experience great freedom as I experimented with how I made my clay objects, especially teapots. Now I purposely alter the parts that I throw on center to make what I see as interesting, entertaining, and sometimes humorous constructions. I like to push, twist, and experiment with every part of the construction process, looking to be a little ‘off’ of what would be considered traditional with my use of materials. Being ‘off center’ in my approach to clay construction allows me to entertain myself on my journey towards personal expression. If others get a kick out of my work, it doesn’t get any better than that!” – Hank Hall