D.O.T.S. Discrete Organic Temporal Suspensions opens April 1, 2023 @ Cole Pratt Gallery in New Orleans


100% Organic opens at Cole Pratt Gallery running May-June, 2020


The Whole Drum Will Sound: Women in Southern Abstraction opens at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art on March 22 and runs through July 22, 2018


Putting native Bees In Mind is the key to my new experimental installation for ArtsUP! Concepts @ 529 NW 1st Avenue in Fort Lauderdale, FL, which opens November 25, 2017 and will run through March of 2018.

Leavings: A Rachel David & Shawn Hall Collaboration opens November 17 & 18 and runs through February 25th, 2018 in New Orleans at 912 Julia St in New Orleans as a Prospect Satellite exhibition. Open hours are from 11am-4pm Wednesday – Sunday.

Review of A State of Natural Abstraction

A State of Natural Abstraction @ Cole Pratt Gallery April runs 30 – May 28.

Shawn was awarded a Pollock-Krasner Grant in April.


Shawn conducted a workshop on Installation Art at the Nashville School for the Arts while in town for her show @ The Red Arrow Gallery.

Involuntary Occurrences solo exhibition was @ The Red Arrow Gallery  in November at their fabulous new space in East Nashville!

Shawn did an Odgen Museum of Southern Art residency, Artists and A Sense of Place, spending 3 weeks at Airline Park Academy working with 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th graders on a MICROBE art project: Their Eyes Were Microscopes in the Swamp, which culminated in a show of the student work at the Ogden.

A new video piece, Dislocated Plumule Ecology, was included in “A Building With A View”: Experiments in Anarchitecture at the Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans. Curated by Andrea Andersson, the new CAC curator, it ran from August – October 1.

Two paintings were included in the 2016 Louisiana Contemporary at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Curated by Bill Arning, Director of Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.

Shawn had two solo shows at The Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, FL in April: a new video installation, Species Act, Part 1, and an exhibition of recent paintings, Shawn Hall: Recent Works.

Florida’s OnView Magazine published MUSE: Shawn Hall Recent Works + Species Act, an 8pg article about Shawn’s work and upcoming show at the Armory.


Shawn was in residence at Reynolds Ryan Art Gallery at Isidore Newman School for 6 weeks (November 2- December 13, 2015) producing a new installation, Field Guide, which included a citizen science component and a 9 channel video piece, Mediation of the Observable. Field Guide was based around Monarch butterflies and issues with tropical milkweed planting throughout the Gulf South.

How To Build A Forest is finally coming home! Showing at The Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans from October 23-29, 2015 with performances on 23, 24, 25 and 29, and the piece up as an installation for the first time ever on Oct 26, 27, 28th!

Shawn is proud to join the ranks of artists represented by Cole Pratt Gallery in New Orleans.

P3+ New Organisms Exhibition @ The Tigermen Den in NOLA is Shawn’s new video installation with sound by Jonathan Freilich. Closing party Thursday January 15th, 7-10pm at 3113 Royal St. The show is up until January 25th.


August through the first week in November finds Shawn at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art with her installation Pastoral Universe. Here is a review of the show in Pelican Bomb. The Kemper Museum also posted a video of Pastoral Universe on their Instagram Blog during their Prospect .3 visit to New Orleans!

The installation/performanceHow To Build A Forest will be travel to Nashville’s Vanderbilt University for shows on the 28 & 29 of March 2014. Shawn Hall + PearlDamour will be in residence the 9 prior to the show.

Shawn has an upcoming solo painting show, MURmurs of sumMER, at G.U.M+D in Dallas opening April 5th, 2014.

She has a 2nd solo show also opening on April 5th, EMANTOR in Nashville, TN at newly relocated The Red Arrow Gallery. The show will run from April 5 – May 3, with a second opening on April 19th with the artist present.

Both shows will feature a new catalogue of Shawn’s work entitled EMANTOR and other sorts with an essay by David Houston.

In May of 2014 Shawn will have a solo show titled Subsumere at Barrister’s Gallery in New Orleans featuring a new video installation in collaboration with sound artist Floy Krouchi and new paintings and photographs.


How To Build A Forest will be traveling to Providence, RI for February 27th & 28th showings at Brown University’s Granoff Center. Shawn, PearlDamour & the build team will be in residence there from February 20 – March 1.

Shawn will be showing at the Alexandria Museum of Art in Alexandria, Louisiana, in a three person exhibition entitled Immersive Spaces. Curated by Alyssa Fridgen, it runs from March 1 – May 11, 2013.

Shawn spent the summer up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula doing research in the woods and river and spending a very productive self-imposed residency, doing work for her upcoming show at G.U.M+D in Dallas in 2014.


Shawn was included in 2 shows this year at the Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans: the Spaces show, curated by Amy Mackie, and NOLA NOW Part II: Abstraction.

BIOlogy, part of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art‘s permanent collection, is on view in the lobby from April through September.

How To Build A Forest travels to Duke University this October for a 3 day run. The installation/performance opens on Friday October 19th at Page Auditorium and ends on the evening of October 21st.

The installation of How To Build A Forest scheduled for April at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art  morphed into a very productive residency to further develop the piece due to unforseen technical issues installing in the historic Howard Memorial Library (later renamed the Patrick F. Taylor Library) at the Ogden.


After a year and half of working on the installation/performance How To Build A Forest with her a collaborators Lisa D’amour and Katie Pearl, Shawn is finally on the other side. The FOREST exists! It’s premiere at The Kitchen in NYC in June of 2011 was a success. They’ll be bringing the installation to New Orleans in the spring of 2012. Details and other dates to be announced soon.

Check out a couple of great installation photos of HOW TO BUILD A FOREST on the Two Man Saw blog.

Shawn also had work this summer in the Southern Open 2011 at the Acadiana Art Center in Lafayette, LA, curated by Amy Mackie. Here are two thoughtful reviews: Hyperallergic and The Visionary Post

This summer Shawn was included in a show called NEXT at Galleri Urbane Marfta + Dallas (G.U.M+D) in Dallas, TX, and is happy that G.U.M+D now represents her.


September of 2010 her solo show ‘Conceptacles‘ opened at the Red Arrow Gallery in Joshua Tree, CA.

Shawn had a solo show at Wagner Sousa in Galveston, TX at the end of November 2010

Check out the video interview with Shawn from August 2010 on the Ogden Museum’s Blog.


Shawn was in residence at the Santa Fe Art Institute September and October of 2009.

She curated ‘California Dreaming‘ at Antenna Gallery in September of 2009. The show included video from artists Mads LynnerupChris SollarsKatherine WilliamsonBrian Storts, and Patrick Rock.

Fleeting curated by Sally Sprout at the Williams Tower Gallery in Houston, TX, 2009, included work from Shawn’s May 2009 solo exhibition at Wagner Sousa.

Shawn is proud to be among the recent acquisitions at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans. The Ogden recently acquired the 28-panel painting BIO logy that was done while Shawn was in residency in NYC through the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in 2006. It was on view for much of 2009.


The past year of 2008 included new work at the VanBrunt Gallery in Beacon, NY, in a show titled Women of New Orleans, and in New Orleans, work at Universal Furniture as a part of the St. Claude Collective during Prospect.1 and a solo show, L.A.B. at Antenna.

Her photograph, ‘Pass-Through Gate‘ c.2005/06 from the Travelogue series, graces the cover of Edward Sanders new book ‘Poems for New Orleans‘, (North Atlantic Books, August 19, 2008).