January 22, 2025
Born in 1952, artist Karl E. Hall grew up in the Sunnyside community in Houston, TX, and graduated in 1970 from E.E. Worthing High School. In 1976, Hall went on to earn a BA in Arts Education from Texas Southern University, where he studied drawing and painting under the late Dr. John T. Biggers. In 1979, he completed his MFA at University of Houston Clear Lake, studying painting and monotypes with Professor Sandria Hu.
Hall served for 33 years as an Art Educator, first in North Forest Independent School District, followed by Galena Park Independent School District, where he retired in 2011. During his teaching career, he received numerous awards and accolades, in addition to the honor of many prize-winning students.
Throughout his career, Hall has won many prizes in juried art competitions and participated in numerous group shows. Works by Hall are published in the following books: Black Art in Houston by John Biggers, Carroll Simms, and John Edward Weems (1978); Art in Action by Guy Hubbard (1987); and Roots for Life by Roy L. Ford (2017). Today, he continues to reside in Houston, and is an active member of the Watercolor Society of Houston where he frequently exhibits. Like his mentors at TSU, Hall has spent a lifetime inspiring future generations of artists through his work as an educator.