Cartoonist and Political Illustrator
About the Speaker
Born in Jacksonville, Florida, Ed Hall received his B.D. in Graphic Design, and his M.F.A. in Painting from the University of Florida. While in college he did political cartoons and illustrations for The Florida Independent Alligator, UF's school newspaper. After college, Hall worked for several weekly publications in and around Jacksonville, and finally settled at The Baker County Press in Macclenny where he continues to work as the weekly cartoonist. Over the last 15 years, Hall has won 10 Florida Press Awards, 3 Newsmaker Awards, and numerous fine art awards in national and international competitions. In 2003, Ed was presented the 53rd Annual Green Eyeshade Award for weekly cartoons by The Society of Professional Journalists, and in 2013 the SPJ honored him again with Florida’s Sunshine State Award. He has also won the Florida Press Club Award four times (2003 & 2006, 2008 and 2012).
Ed is the owner of Design Alternatives, a home-based residential design service. He has also been an adjunct professor of drawing at Flagler College in St. Augustine and The University of North Florida, Jacksonville.
Ed's cartoons and political illustrations are regularly featured in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and Newsweek Japan. USA Today, The New York Time's Scope Magazine and CNN Headline News have also featured his drawings. In 2003 he joined Artizans, a Canadian based syndicate, through which his cartoons appear weekly in newspapers across North America. He has also been published in several European publications including Der Spiegel, Eulenspiegel, The New Internationalist Magazine, Le Monde and Le Temps.
In 2003, Hall published his first book of Political Cartoons entitled, Code Red – Editorial Cartoons by Ed Hall. His second collection entitled Diversions and other Political Observations was published in 2006.
Hall's art work has been displayed both regionally and nationally; most recently at the American University Museum in Washington DC, the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, the Fowler Gallery in Provincetown Massachusetts, and the Laredo Center for the Arts in Laredo Texas.
His work is also held in the permanent collection of the St. Augustine Art Association.
Hall resides in Jacksonville with his wife Emmy.