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Norma Bassett Hall

(1889 - 1957)
Norma Bassett Hall was a native of Oregon who established herself as a prolific printmaker with a particular emphasis on color techniques.

She began her studies at the Portland Art Association followed by four years at the Art Institute of Chicago where she graduated in 1918. Returning to Portland, she taught high school art classes and married her Art Institute classmate, Arthur Hall.

The couple moved to El Dorado, Kansas, and, in 1930, became co-founders of the Prairie Print Makers—Norma being the only woman among the eleven artists in the charter group (two other founding members of the group were Charles M. Capps and C.A. Seward).

Hall had begun making block prints while on her honeymoon in 1922, initially working with oil-based pigments. In 1925, while on an extended European sojourn, she switched to transparent, water-based inks after learning Japanese woodblock techniques from the English printmaker Mabel Royds.

The Halls moved to New Mexico in 1942 and Norma added the serigraph, or silkscreen, technique to her repertoire.