Penland Director Mia Hall to speak October 4

Mia Hall

The Smith Gallery at Appalachian State University will host a public lecture by Mia Hall, director of Penland School of Crafts, on Thursday, Oct. 4 in Rough Ridge (room 415) at 6:30 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union. Preceding the talk, Hall will host a meet and greet in Beacon Heights (room 417) in the union. The event is free and open to the public.

In her lecture, Hall will speak about about her career in the arts and education as well as her vision for Penland School of Crafts. In 2018, Hall relocated to North Carolina to serve as the director of Penland. Previously, she was the interim chair of the Department of Art and Design at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where she was a faculty member for ten years. Hall was also closely involved with the funding, design and construction of the university's 65,000-square-foot Windgate Center of Art + Design. She worked on the feasibility study and the design development, helped select the architect and construction firm and was the department’s building project manager.

“Mia has had an enormous breadth of experience in the arts — as an exhibiting artist and designer, as an educator and as an arts administrator. She is a true inspiration for a life lived with passionate commitment to the arts. Her insights will speak to faculty and students across the creative spectrum here on campus,” said Smith Gallery Director Jennie Carlisle.

Carlisle also said that the talk will offer Appalachian’s creative community a way to build stronger regional and international connections. Penland, located only an hour away from campus, is a premiere international destination for craft-based art making. The work of both Hall and Penland bridges many creative disciplines.