Australian artist Patrick Hall recently visited Haywood Community College and conducted a presentation for Professional Crafts students and the public.

Hall has worked as an artist and furniture maker in Hobart since graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Design & Printmaking) degree from the Centre for the Arts, University of Australia, Tasmanian, in 1986. His work is shown regularly throughout Australia and he has developed a strong following in the United States where for 10 years he has exhibited at the annual international SOFA exposition in Chicago, with Hobart-based Despard Gallery. He has been included in around twenty group exhibitions in Australia, Japan, and the United States, and has produced work for over a dozen solo exhibitions since 1990.

Hall's furniture work is between definitions and fields, a cross realm linking craft, fine art, and design. His intricately crafted cabinets reveal a glimpse of the human experience through the combination of poetic narrative and visual reference.

In May 2009, Patrick Hall will be in Western North Carolina for a two-week residency sponsored by the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design. This residency will involve faculty and students of Western Carolina University, Appalachian State University, and UNC-Asheville.