Michael Hall is an artist and educator whose work is concerned with ideas of instruction, security and safety. As an artist whose perspective was strongly shaped by his family’s military heritage, he explores spaces where visual art, civilian life and the military intersect. Through painting and participatory works he addresses the tenuous space between control and protection, and how we often sacrifice one for the other in order to feel safe. Relationships, whether personal, social or political, are created around these underlying needs and decisions. Hall is a recipient of both a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant and a MFA Fellowship at the Headlands Center for the Arts. His recent Bay Area solo exhibitions include Patricia Sweetow Gallery, Southern Exposure, SF MOMA, Rental Gallery and Blankspace Gallery. His work has been featured in group exhibitions nationally and numerous online and print publications, including New American Painting. He teaches at Creative Growth, UC Berkeley and Mills College.