Norma Bassett Hall

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Norma Bassett Hall
Born Norma Bassett
(1889-05-21)May 21, 1889
Halsey, Oregon
Died May 1, 1957(1957-05-01) (aged 67)
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Nationality American
Education Mabel Royds
Alma mater Pacific Northwest College of Art
Art Institute of Chicago
Known for Woodblock prints, painting
Movement Prairie Print Makers
Spouse(s) Arthur William Hall

Norma Bassett Hall (1889[1]–1957) was an American printmaker. She was a woodblock printmaker and often depicted landscapes and outdoor scenes.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Norma Bassett Hall was born in 1889 in Halsey, Oregon to William and Mary Bassett (née Russell). In 1910, she became a member of the inaugural class of the Museum Art School (now the Pacific Northwest College of Art) in Portland, Oregon.[3] After leaving Portland, she briefly taught in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, before continuing her education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1915-1918.[4] She also studied privately with the noted British printmaker Mabel Royds.

While studying at the SAIC, Norma Bassett met and would later marry Arthur William Hall, a fellow student and artist known today as an etcher and watercolorist. She lived much of her life in Kansas and New Mexico.[5]

Career and adult life[edit]

Following their marriage, Norma Bassett and Arthur Hall made their home in Kansas, becoming deeply involved with the state's flourishing printmaking culture and helping to found the Prairie Print Makers. Hall, the only female among the group's eleven charter members, designed their distinctive logo—a monogram set within a stylized sunflower.[3] Like many members of the Prairie Print Makers, Hall and her husband divided their time (and their landscape subjects) between the rolling hills of Kansas and the dramatic vistas of New Mexico. In 1944 the couple permanently relocated to New Mexico, living first in Santa Fe, and eventually purchasing an estate near Alcade, New Mexico, from which they operated an art school. Bassett Hall continued to work and teach from their estate until her death in 1957.[3]

Public collections[edit]


  1. ^ Norma Bassett Hall on artnet
  2. ^ Patterson, Joby (2014). Norma Basset Hall: Catalogue Raisonne of the Block Prints and Serigraphs. Pomegranate Communications. ISBN 978-0764968495. 
  3. ^ a b c Bill North (2006). Seaton, Elizabeth, ed. Paths to the Press: Printmaking and American Women Artists, 1910-1960 (1 ed.). Manhattan, Kansas: Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art. p. 148. ISBN 1890751138. 
  4. ^ Kovinick, Phil; Yoshiki-Kovinick, Marian (1998). An Encyclopedia of Women Artists of the American West. Austin: University of Texas Press. p. 122. ISBN 0292790635. 
  5. ^ "Norma Bassett Hall". AskART. Retrieved 2015-03-07.  (registration required)