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Ken Hale Works Biography

Kenneth J. Hale was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He attended Foothill Junior College receiving an A.A. degree, then California State University Long Beach receiving a B.A. in Printmaking and followed by his M.F.A. in Lithography at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

In 1973 Hale began teaching Lithography in the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin. In 1979 he established and directed the Guest Artist in Printmaking Program, a collaborative-based educational program that invited established artists to create editions with the assistance of faculty and students. A partial list of invited artists includes Garo Antreason, Karl Wirsum, Judith Linhares, Roger Herman, Melissa Miller, Robert Wilson, Luis Jimenez, Eric Avery, Jane Abrams, June Wayne, James Surls, Armando Morales and Vernon Fisher.

Hale also founded KJH Press in 1979. A private lithography studio dedicated to printing his own work and on occasion collaborating with other artists such as Luis Jimenez, Robert Wilson, Cesar Martinez, Melissa Miller, John Alexander, Michael Ray Charles, and Amado Pena.

Internationally and nationally Hale has had over two dozen solo exhibitions and over 150 group exhibitions in public, educational and commercial venues such as the Dallas Museum of Art in Dallas, Texas; the McNay Museum of Art in San Antonio, Texas; the Krannert Museum of Art at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana; Space Gallery in Los Angeles, California; the American Cultural Center in Madrid, Spain; the Silom Art Space in Bangkok, Thailand; the McKinney Avenue Contemporary in Dallas, Texas; Flatbed Press in Austin, Texas; and the William Campbell Contemporary Art Gallery in Fort Worth, Texas.

Hale’s prints and drawings are represented in collections such as the Artist Printmaker Research Collection at the Museum of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas; the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC; the Achenbach Foundation, San Francisco, California; the Atlantic Richfield Collection; the American Airlines Collection, Austin, Texas; the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas; the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois; the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts; and the Modern Art Museum of Ft. Worth in Ft. Worth, Texas.

During Hale’s tenure at the University of Texas he received numerous university research and travel awards and in 1990 he received a Mid-America Arts Alliance National Endowment Fellowship in Painting. While at The University of Texas at Austin Hale served as Chair of the Department of Art and Art History for nine years and as the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the College of Fine Arts for six years. In 2013 Hale retired from the university holding the title of the Marguerite Fairchild Professor Emeritus in Art.

Currently Hale and his wife, Mona, live in Carmel Valley, California where he continues to produce his art.



Education:       B.A. 1971, California State University at Long Beach

M.F.A. 1973, University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana


Honors and Grants:


1995                Artist in Residence: Frans Masereel Center for Graphic Arts, Kasterlee, Belgium

1990                Mid-America Arts Alliance/NEA Fellowship


Selected One Person Exhibitions:


2010                Art into Landscape, McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, TX (catalog)

2009                New Works From Carmel, Courtyard Gallery, AT&T Center, UT Austin

2006                Kenneth J. Hale, New Works on Paper, Slugfest Printmaking Gallery and Workshop, Austin, TX

2000                Kenneth J. Hale at Flatbed, Flatbed Gallery, Austin, TX

1998                Past and Present, Midwestern State Univ. Wichita Falls, TX

1997                Distractions, William Campbell Contemporary Art, Ft. Worth, TX

Ken Hale: Past and Present, Flatbed Press, Austin, TX

1994                Silom Art Space, Bangkok, Thailand

1993                Flatbed Press, Austin, TX

1991                R.S. Levy Gallery, Austin, TX

1990                Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL (traveling show)

1989                Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX (traveling show)

1989                McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX (originated traveling show,catalog)

1988                Harris Gallery, Houston, TX

Locus Gallery, San Antonio, TX

Art Gallery, Southwest Texas State Univ., San Marcos, TX

1987                Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA

Space Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1986                Peregrine Press, Dallas, TX

1985                Harris Gallery, Houston, TX

The Nave Museum, Victoria, TX

1983                American Cultural Center, Madrid, Spain

1981                Galerie Ravel, Austin, TX

American Cultural Center, Madrid, Spain

1977                Galveston Arts Center, Galveston, TX

2016                Ken Hale, Earthly Delights, Gallery Shoal Creek, Austin, TX

2015                Peregrine Press: A Texas Legacy, Flatbed Press, Austin, TX

2014                Flatbed Summer Selections, Flatbed Press, Austin, TX

2013                Compound Interests, Gallery Shoal Creek, Austin, TX

2012                Gallery Artists, William Campbell Contemporary, Ft. Worth, TX

2011                Salon Explosion, National Print. Invitational, Sarofim School of Fine Arts,         Southwestern Univ., Georgetown, TX

Advancing Tradition: Twenty Years of Printmaking at Flatbed Press, Austin Museum of Art, funded by Mid-America Arts Alliance

2010                Sizzle, William Campbell Contemporary, Ft. Worth, TX

2008                Atelier 2008, selections from the Dept. of Art and Art History, UT Austin, TX Blanton Museum of Art. Curator: James Elaine

Flatbed in Marfa, Group Exhib. Marfa, TX

2005                Fresh Ink: Prints from Flatbed Press, Salt Lake Art Center, UT

Gallery 511, New York City, NY

2004                30th Anniv., William Campbell Contemporary Art, Ft. Worth, TX

Texas Grit, Flatbed Press, William Campbell, Ft. Worth, TX

2003                In Through the Outline, Kipp Gallery, Univ. of Penn.

Pressure: marks in printmaking, Blue Star Art Space, San Antonio, TX

2000                AIDS Portfolio, International Invitational, Toronto, Canada

1999                William Campbell Contemporary Art, 25th Anniversary,

Ft. Worth, TX

Lithographic Washes, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

1998                William Campbell Contemporary Art Gallery, Fort Worth, TX

Drawn to Stone, Kennedy Museum of American Art, Athens, OH

Texas Roots in the Meadows Gallery, The Center for the Visual Arts, Denton, TX

In Relief: Contemporary American Relief Prints, Haydon Gallery,          Nebraska Art Association, Lincoln, NB

Across the Grain, a woodcut portfolio, The Meadows Gallery, University of Texas at Tyler, TX

1997                Pervasive Impressions: Contemporary Political Prints, The University of Texas at Arlington

Two’s Company Three’s a Crowd, Barry Whistler Gallery, Dallas, TX

Fresh Ink, Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TX

Prints, Primary Objects Gallery, San Antonio, TX

Virtual Unreality, Univ. TX, Permian Basin

1996                Ten Plus One, Gallery 414, Ft. Worth, TX

Emote Portfolio, Art Attic, Morgantown, WV

Ten Texas Print, Mosely Gallery, Univ. of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD

1995                William Campbell Contemporary Art, Ft. Worth, TX

INK: Works on Paper, Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln, NE

Meridith Long Gallery, Houston, TX

1994                McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, TX

Alternative Prints 94’, Univ. of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD

Chico State Univ. Two person exhib., Chico, CA

“Looking West Glancing East”, Amarillo Art Museum, TX

Hale/Youngblood, William Campbell Contemp. Ft. Worth, TX

“Flatbed Press”, Concordia Lutheran College, Austin, TX

1993/94           Jackson Artworks, Galerie Tempo, Roselare, Belgium (catalog)

1993                Texas Select Invitational, Wichita Museum and Art Center, Wichita Falls, TX

Print Symposium Invitational, Harmon Fine Arts Center, Drake Univ., Des Moines, IA

Martin Rathburn Gallery, San Antonio, TX

“Baja Tejas: South Texas Artists”, Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano, Lima, Peru, Invitational

1992                Urban/Suburban, Arlington Museum of Art, Arlington, TX

Strike Editions; Monoprints, Galerie Sin Fronteras, Austin, TX

Flatbed Press: The First Two Years, Terrytown Gallery, Austin, TX

“20th Anv. of the Visiting Artists Program” CU Art Galleries, Univ. of Colorado at Boulder

In the Tradition: Printmaking Today, Longview Museum and Arts Center, Longview, TX

1991                Eugene Binder Gallery, Dallas, TX

Mid-America Biennial, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO

1990                Forty Texas Printmakers, Modern Art Museum of Ft. Worth, TX (catalog)

1989                Locus Gallery, San Antonio, TX

Painted Stories, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, TX

Texas Print Invitational, Mexi-Arte, Austin, TX

1988                Taller de Artes Plasticas, Rufino Tamayo, Oaxaca, Mexico

Groninger Museum, The Netherlands, Nine Texas Artists (catalog)

Hal Bromm Gallery, Four Texas Painters, New York City, NY

Trans Avant-Garde Gallery, Austin, TX

1987                Austin Visual Arts Assoc., 10th Anv. Invitational, Austin, TX

Texas Invitational, San Francisco Museum of Art, Rental Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Prints, Fox Fine Arts Center Main Gallery, UT El Paso, TX

Graphica Atlantica, Iceland 1987, Reykjavik, Ic. (catalog)

Works on Paper, IC2 Institute, Austin, TX

Focus on Peregrine Press, Patrick Gallery, Austin, TX

1986                Nine Texas Printmakers, San Antonio Museum of Art, TX

V American Biennial of Graphic Art, Museum of Modern Art, Cali, Columbia, S.A., (catalog)

Galerie Ravel, Two Person Exhib., Austin, TX

Texas Artists, Print, Blue Collar Gallery, San Antonio, TX

North American Prints, ACHNA, Madrid, Spain

1985                Ten Texas Printmakers, Invitational, Abilene Fine Arts Museum, TX (catalog)

Across Texas, Invitational Print Exhib., Patrick Gallery, Austin, TX

New Texas Prints, Texas Print Alliance, Diverse Works, Houston, TX

Collaborative Prints from American Univ. Print Shops, UT San Antonio Art Gallery, TX

Collaborative Prints from UT Austin, RGK Foundation, Austin, TX

Portfolio of Prints-1985, Peregrine Press, Dallas, TX

1984                Bruce Vellick Gallery, Two Person Exhib., San Francisco, CA

Bruce Vellick Gallery, Religion 84’, San Francisco, CA

Space Gallery, Then & Now, Los Angeles, CA

Texas On My Mind, Artrain Invitational, travel, catalog, TX

1984 Invitational Print Show, Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Minn., MN (catalog)

1983                Museum of South Texas, AMST II, Corpus Christi, TX

New Figurative Drawing in Texas, San Antonio Art Institute, TX

“Texas Painterly Monoprints”, Amarillo Art Center, TX

Creatures In Print, Invitational, Corpus Christi State Univ. TX (catalog)

New American Graphics 3, Invitational, travel internationally, (catalog), Univ. of Wisconsin at Madison, WI

Harris Gallery, Two Person Exhib., Houston, TX

Space Gallery, Three Person Exhib., Los Angeles, CA

“6 Artists/Printmakers”, Artist’s Alliance Gallery, San Antonio, TX

Harris Gallery, Small Works Exhib., Houston, TX

1982                Seventh British International Print Biennial, Bradford, England, invitational, (catalog).

New American Graphics 2, Madison Art Center, Madison, WI (catalog)

4th Annual Texas Art Exhib, ACUAA, Dougherty Center, Austin, TX

Galerie Ravel, Group Exhib., Austin, TX

New Faces New Works, Fanny Garver Gallery, Madison, WI

Laguna Gloria Art Museum, New Works, Austin, TX (catalog

Small Works National, Zaner Gallery, NY, NY. (catalog/juried)

The Artist as Social Critic, Invitational, Michigan City, IN

1981                Space Gallery, Kenneth Hale: Works on Paper, Los Angeles, CA

Longview Museum, Invitational, Longview, TX

1980                Paper in Particular, National Exhib. Columbia College, MO, (juried)

San Diego State National Print Exhib., UC San Diego, (catalog/juried)

National Print Exhib., Trenton, NJ, (juried)

Galveston Art Center Invitational, TX

Potsdam Prints 1980, National (juried), Potsdam, NY

Laguna Gloria Art Museum, TFAA, Austin, TX (juried)

Art Museum of South Texas, Annual, Corpus Christi, Tx (juried)

Art Annual XVII National Exhibition, Southwest Texas State Univ., San Marcos, TX (juried)

Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Texas Only, Austin, TX (juried)

Weslyan International Exhib., Weslyan Univ. Macon, Georgia, (juried)

San Antonio Museum of Art. Paperworks, Invitational 1979-80, traveled to Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, TX, Museo de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico, and Wichita Falls Art Museum, Wichita Falls, TX (catalog)

1979                Color Print USA, Texas Tech Univ., Lubbock, TX, (juried/catalog)

All Media National, Houston, TX (juried)

Kansas Fourth National Print/Drawing/Painting Exhib., (juried)

17th Annual Bradley National Print and Drawing Exhib., Peoria, Ill. (juried)

Space Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.

21st Annual Print and Drawing National Exhib., Oklahoma City, Ok., (juried)

National Print and Drawing, Edinboro, Penn. (juried)

1978                All Media National, Houston, TX (juried)

20th Annual Longview Invitational, Longview Museum, TX

Three Person Exhib. Texas Tech Univ., Lubbock, TX

5th Univ. of Dallas National Print Invitational, TX

Galerie Ravel, Three Person Exhib, Austin, TX

1977                7th National Print and Drawing, Minot, North Dakota, (juried)

Dominican Republic, Print Invitational.

4th Biennial Internationale, Epinal, France

Galveston Arts Center Invitational, TX

1976                All Media National, Houston, TX

Laguna Gloria Art Museum, TFAA 65th National Exhib., Austin, TX (juried)

Fort Worth Art Museum, Southwest Tarrant County, TX (juried)

Tri-State Art Exhib., Beaumont, TX (juried)

Corpus Christi Art Foundation, TX (juried)

1976 Ine Apers Gallery, Three Person Exhib. Austin, TX

Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Texas Painting and Sculpture Exhib., (juried)

Color Print USA, Texas Tech Univ., Lubbock, TX

College of the Redwoods Invitational, Eureka, CA

1975                3rd Biennial Five State Exhib., Gates Gallery, Port Arthur, TX (juried)

5th National Print and Drawing Exhib., Minot, ND, (juried)

Colorado Second National Print and Drawing, Univ. of Colorado at Boulder, (juried)

Fort Worth Art Museum, Southwest Tarrant County, TX (juried)

Mid-Western Printmaking Annual, Tulsa, OK (juried)

1974                Drawings 74’, National Exhib., Wheaton College, MA (juried)

17th North Dakota National Print and Drawing, Grand Forks, ND (juried)

20 Artists in Space, 610 West Alabama St. Gallery, Houston, TX

San Antonio Art League Invitational, TX

1973                13th Annual Calgary Graphics Exhib. Canada, (juried/catalog)

Color Print USA, Texas Tech Univ., Lubbock, TX (juried)

Mid-Western Graphics Annual, Tulsa, OkK (juried)

1972                Potsdam National Print Exhib., Potsdam, NY, (juried)

First National College Student Print Invitational, Pratt Univ. NY

14th National Print and Drawing, Oklahoma Art Center, OK,(juried)

1972 National Print and Drawing, Western Ill. Univ. Macomb, IL, (juried)

Dallas Summer Arts Festival, North Park Center, TX (juried)

1972 Mid-States Exhib. Evansville Museum, IN (juried)

1971                Volt Gallery, Long Beach, CA

Nineteenth All City Outdoor Art Festival, Los Angeles, CA, (juried

Univ. of Kentucky Art Gallery, Invitational, Louisville, KY


Selected Visiting Artist/Lectures and Workshops


1998                Midwestern Univ. Wichita Falls, TX workshop

1997                School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA Workshop and Lecture

Juror: Hand-Pulled Prints V, Stonemetal Press, San Antonio, TX

1994                Southwest Texas State Univ., San Marcos, TX workshop/demo

1993                Chico State Univ. CA Workshop and Lecture

Univ. of Nebraska at Omaha, Workshop and Lecture

Drake Univ. Des Moines, IA, Workshop and Lecture

1992                McNay Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX Lecture

1990                Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, TX Gallery Lecture

Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL Lecture

Southwestern Univ. at Georgetown, TX Lecture

Univ. of Colorado at Boulder, CO Lecture

Modern Art Museum of Ft. Worth, TX Gallery Lecture

1989                Southern Graphics Conference, Austin, TX Lecture

1988                Rotterdam Art Academy, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Lecture

Southwest Texas State Univ., San Marcos, TX Gallery Lecture

1985                Nave Museum, Victoria, TX Gallery Lecture

1983                American Cultural Center, Madrid, Spain, Gallery Lecture

1981                American Cultural Center, Madrid, Spain, Gallery Lecture


Special Collection


Artist/Printmaker Research Collection includes 243 prints and 115 drawings by Kenneth J. Hale. (, organized by Peter Briggs, PhD, Helen DeVitt Jones curator of art at the Museum of Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX.


Selected Permanent Collections


Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

Art Institute of Chicago

Achenbach Foundation, San Francisco, CA

McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX

Modern Art Museum of Ft, Worth, TX

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

The Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina Univ.

The Museum of Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

Southern Illinois Univ., Carbondale, IL

Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL

The Kennedy Museum of American Art, Athens, OH

Florida State University Art Museum, Tallahassee, FL

Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TX

Janet Turner Print Museum, Calif. State Univ. at Chico, CA

Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University

Wichita Falls Museum and Art Center, TX

Dell Children’s Medical Center, Austin, TX

Atlantic Richfield Collection

American Airlines, Austin-Bergstrom Intl. Airport

Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO

Los Angeles Municipal Arts Dept., CA

Arizona State Univ., Tempe, AZ

Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA


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