Current Residency: Marlon F. Hall

The University of Wisconsin–Madison Division of the Arts and the Art Department are pleased to welcome artist and anthropologist Marlon F. Hall to campus for the Spring 2024 semester through the Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program.

Hall’s residency includes a 3-credit course, “From A Door at the Center of a Table,” centered in community art that nourishes social healing in Madison. The residency will also include performances, workshops, and cross-departmental and community collaborations.

About the Artist

Marlon F. Hall headshot
Photo: Payton Ruddock

Marlon F. Hall is an artist and anthropologist whose work is rooted in social practice and grown from anthropological listening. Marlon integrates community engagement and storytelling as a process for cultivating healing in communities that have experienced political, cultural or systemic trauma. As a renowned art-making storyteller, he has served as a Lecturing Fellow for Duke Divinity Leadership Education, an Artist-in-Residence for the Princeton Theological Seminary and the Visual Anthropologist and Social Media Archivist for the Greenwood Art Project. He was recently named a Fulbright Specialist by the U.S. Department of Educational and Cultural Affairs and a 2021 Tulsa Artist Fellow. Currently, Marlon is engaged in Cultural Amnesia Therapy in Tulsa where he is working with local creatives and community advocates to help communities rebuild after the 1921 Race Massacre. His latest project features one of his carefully curated Amnesia Therapy Salon Dinners in partnership with The British Council and The Kenya Pavilion at the 2022 Venice Biennale. Through socially engaged art-installations, large-scale photography, ethnographic films shaped as visual poems and carefully designed salon dinners, his work focuses on revealing the resilient nature of the human spirit, using memory to inform imagination and helping communities reclaim their identity.




The residency is presented in partnership with the Division of the Arts and the Art Department, with Faisal Abdu’Allah, Professor and Associate Dean of the Arts, as lead faculty. Residency co-sponsors are: First Wave/the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives, the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program and the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, and is jointly presented with the Mead Witter School of Music.