Deb Hall, "Reservation Required", 2012, from the series "Keep Out", archival digital print, 8.75x19 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Deb Hall, “Reservation Required”, 2012, from the series “Keep Out”, archival digital print, 8.75×19 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Deb Hall

My family often hiked this trail along a remote lake in northern Idaho when I was a small girl. We would race eagerly into the clear blue water for a swim on a hot afternoon or into the woods to search for mushrooms. Now, signs warn hikers to stay on the trail: public access to the lake is deeded to the lake front properties. Ironically small private welcome signs continue to tease hikers on the trail.

Owning a lake retreat is out of reach for many. Public access to lake front land is in high demand and most often left to the state and national park and forest systems to relegate access. Reservations are often required. In the meantime lake side homes continue to appear along this trail, on unusually long narrow lots. Further restricting access to the lake.

Deb Hall (Ganesvoort, NY) received her BFA in Photographic Illustration from Rochester Institute of Technology and an MFA in Digital Visual Art from Vermont College. She also studied at both the Art Center College of Design and Kent State University in communication design and typography. She is an Associate Professor of Art at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, where she teaches Communication Design and Photographic Theory. Deb’s work has been exhibited widely in galleries and museums regionally and nationally, at Lake George Arts Project (Lake George, NY), Albany Center Galleries (Albany, NY), the South Shore Arts Center (Cohasset, MA), and the Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR), among many others. Most recently she was the subject of a solo exhibition at 677 Prime Gallery in Albany, NY. She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including a NYSCA grant. Digit Magazine in London as well as The Oregonian in Portland, have published her work. Deb’s images are also included in the permanent print collections of the Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR), the Adirondack Trust Corporate Gallery (Saratoga Springs, NY), and in private collections nationwide. She has lectured at the Schenectady Photographic Society, The Tang Museum, and Skidmore College, among others.

Deb received CPW’s Fellowship in 2012 and was selected by Willis Hartshorn, Director Emeritas at the International Center for Photography in NYC. To view her fellowship portfolio, click here.