Artist/Weaver and Teacher
Ted’s ggg-grandfather, Israel Hallman, lived in Bucks County, PA, attending West Swamp Mennonite Church which still has a Hallman family window stored in the church. He and other Hallmans are buried there. Supposedly, the Hallmans were Mennonites from Sweden who migrated to Switzerland, then Germany, and finally Pennsylvania via Philadelphia.
Ted’s weaving teacher at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Swedish-Finn Marianne Strangle, felt that Hallman was a Swedish name. Ted’s grandfather, Henry Shelly Hallman, lived in Souderton, PA and became a Lutheran (Emmanuel Lutheran Church). He married Emma Heller whom Ted feels may have been Jewish. Ted’s father, Henry Theodore Hallman, was a local painter who was admired for his landscapes (Bucks County Impressionists). Mr. Hallman studied with N.C. Wyeth and Thornton Oakley at the University of the Arts in Philly. He knew and visited the Wyeths, Harry Bertoia (Knoll), George Nakashima, and Violet Oakley. For 20 years, he was head of the art department at West Chester University.
Ted’s mother’s family was more famous in American and Pennsylvania history. Mildred Brumbaugh Hallman was an artist and the first woman principal of the Franconia Consolidated School in Souderton. Her father, Rev. Reuben Brumbaugh, was a Church of the Brethren minister at Indian Creek Brethren Church. He was High German.
The Brumbaughs were teachers and ministers who started Juniata College. One Brumbaugh cousin was the Governor of Pennsylvania and professor at University of Pennsylvania.
Ted’s grandmother, Minnie Etta Miller, was a descendant of Thomas White, a tailor from Tipperary City, County Tipperary, Ireland, who came to Philadelphia, dressed as a Mohawk in the Boston Tea Party, and was a patriot in central Pennsylvania.
Ted is an American Craft Fellow of the American Craft Council. Two of his pieces are included in the traveling exhibition, “Crafting Modernism: Midcentury American Art and Design,” and his “Inner Tree” is part of the current exhibition, “Secret Garden” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He just received a Pennsylvania House of Representatives Citation for his innovative, creative work and arts education. While at Tyler School of Art, Ted received a Pew scholarship to study painting with Jacques Villon and Michele Ciry and pipe organ with Roalnde Falcinelli, who played at Sacre Coeur and Notre Dame, at Fontainebleau Summer School. He was invited to participate in Nadia Boulanger’s dinner parties. His beloved colleagues and friends in craft included Alice Parrot, Toshiko Takaezu, and Lenore Tawney.
Ted’s “Four Elements” was the frontispiece of the National Textile Collection at the Smithsonian for many years. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Arts and Design, NY, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, The Museum of Civilization, Ottawa, and the Metropolitan Musum, NY, among others.
In Mennonite tradition, the men did the weaving.