Trevecca alumnus to headline art exhibition

Over the years, Adam Hall had filled countless sketchbooks with drawings. During his last two years of college, he’d even created a makeshift painting studio in a corner of his on-campus apartment.

“As far as being a painter, I didn’t really start that until my junior or senior year at Trevecca,” Hall said. “It was just kind of thing that I would do on the weekends here and there, just for fun.”

These days, Hall is painting for a little more than fun. He’ll headline his second-ever solo art exhibition this month at the Robert Lange Studios in Charleston, S.C. The exhibit, called “Untamed,” will kick off on August 5, with Hall on hand to answer questions.

A 2003 graduate of Trevecca, Hall says painting wasn’t his main artistic focus while at Trevecca. That honor belonged to recording and engineering.

“I was mostly into recording engineering and being in the studio,” Hall, who graduated with a degree in music business, said. “I wanted to make records, so art was more of a creative release that was a hobby. I never took it seriously or thought I’d make money with it.”

In the years that followed graduation, Hall lived out his dream to make records. He worked in studios and started a small recording business with a buddy. Through the connections he developed there, Hall became a road manager, touring with Petra on their farewell tour, followed by a couple of years on the road with the Newsboys.

During those years of traveling, Hall started to notice the huge need touring bands had for merchandise. So, Hall, faithful to his artist’s heart, started to learn graphic design, teaching himself Photoshop and Illustrator. The Newsboys noticed his work and asked Hall to design their whole line.

“Through that, I started to really fall in love with graphic design,” Hall said.

Hall sensed that his time on the road was drawing to a close. He was dating Thais (Ty, for short), who would become his wife, and traveling so much made building relationships and friendships difficult. So, Hall transitioned from the “tour life” to working in graphic design, eventually working as the head graphic designer for the Nashville office of Warner Music.

All along the way, on nights and weekends, Hall would paint.

“I was pursuing the galleries and pursuing shows, but doing that at nighttime,” Hall said. “I just kept growing slowly and taking steps.”

Painting became more than a nights-and-weekends hobby around 2006 because of a chance encounter with David Wright, a well-known frontier painter. Hall had gone to Gallatin, Tenn., to help victims of a tornado outbreak that had damaged and destroyed area homes. He ended up Wright’s home, and the artist invited Hall into his art studio. The two struck up a friendship. It was Wright who first pushed Hall to start painting landscapes.

“[Wright] gave me this little shove and said ‘Just paint a landscape. Stop making it so hard,’” Hall remembers.

Hall took the advice and painted a landscape inspired by a photo he’d taken in Africa. He pitched the painting to several Nashville interior design firms, and Pierce and Company loved it.

“They sold it within a week,” Hall said. “So I got a check in the mail and I was like ‘Whoa! I can make money off of this?’ So that was the first eye-opening experience that I could do something that I loved and actually have an avenue to make a little bit of money with it.” 

These days, Hall still does some graphic design, but is much more focused on his painting. He describes his work as “contemporary and atmospheric.” Hall works exclusively with oil paints on wood panels, painting landscapes designed to elicit a response and give a sense of place.

When he was a student at Trevecca, Hall couldn’t have imagined the route his life would take, but he’s thankful for the sense of community and the friendships he developed while on campus.

“I really think you can’t put a value on the community and friendships I took from Trevecca,” Hall said, commenting that he wouldn’t have met two of his best friends without his Trevecca experience. Hall also says that Trevecca was also a place where he could grow in faith and maturity.

“Coming from a place of not really being raised in the church, coming to Trevecca was a pretty rough go my freshman year,” Hall said. “Looking back, I see that as much as I was rebellious and hated the rules, it was so good for me to have that because it really did help to reel me in a little bit.

“Being at Trevecca helped me to be around a bunch of really good guys,” Hall continued. “[The experience] helped me to push a little bit faster to getting control on who I am and who I need to be.”

Adam Hall and his wife, Ty, live in Nashville with their two young sons. “Untamed,” his latest art exhibition, opens at the Robert Lange Studios in Charleston, S.C. on August 5. You can learn more about Hall and his art at www.adamhallart.com.