Art Hall, 48, was born in Hempstead, Texas. His parents are Archie Lee Hall (of Crockett, Texas) and Clarita Alcausin Hall (of Vigan, Ilocus Sur, Philippines). Art and his younger brother, R-T (West Point, 1995), grew up in the family’s home in Lubbock, Texas. Today, Art and his wife, Stephanie (McClain) (of Lufkin, Texas), and their 13-year old daughter, Londyn, call San Antonio and District 2 home.
Art is a graduate of Harvard University (BA, 1993), Texas Tech University (JD/MBA, 1996), and the University of Wales at Aberystwyth (UK) (LLM, 2000). He received the Pforzheimer Foundation Scholar Award at Harvard, and the Clifford Chance Business Law Prize for the highest academic award and the Calcott Pryce Subject Prizes in Banking and Finance, Corporate Insolvency, International Copyright, and Consumer Law at the University of Wales. He has several articles that have been published in law and finance journals, including his most recent article on international banking regulation published in the Journal of International Financial Markets (based in London) and the New York Law School Journal of International and Comparative Law.
At times living in trailer houses while growing up, Art today is an attorney, investor, and now oversees the eight education and training centers of the Alamo Colleges, an annual $1.6 million budget and enrollments of approximately 6,500 in credit and non-credit programs. Art also serves as President/CEO of artah Holdings, Inc., his personal investment vehicle, and of Dos Veces – RM/CP Hall Ranch, Inc. and Dos Veces Stock Farm, LLC, his ranching investment vehicles named in honor of his grandparents, which manage a small commercial cow-calf and registered seedstock cattle operation (Wagyu cattle) on land once owned by his great grandfather and grandfather.
Art was first elected to City Council in District 8 in 2003, serving the maximum number of terms at the time of two two-year terms under Mayors Ed Garza and Phil Hardberger. After being selected in 1999 by the San Antonio Business Journal as one of the city’s “Top 40 Under 40 Rising Stars,” Art was recognized by the SA Scene Monthly, along with Mayor Phil Hardberger, as one of San Antonio’s “Most Influential of 2005.” Art moved to District 2 in 2015 and was recently appointed to an unexpired term vacancy in District 2 in January 2019. He will serve in this interim capacity until city-wide elections in May 2019.
Art is an Associate Minister at Grace First Baptist Church, an Eagle Scout, a life member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity (Rho Nu Chapter undergraduate, Delta Rho Lambda Chapter graduate), a member of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity (Gamma Phi Boulé), a former intern for a U.S. Senator (D), a Massachusetts Governor (R), and a Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice (R), and a former Treasurer of the Bexar County Democratic Party.
He has served as a Professor of International Law and Business at La Universidad Espiritu Santo in Guayaquil, Ecuador, an Administrator and Adjunct Professor at St. Mary’s Law School, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio and the St. Mary’s University School of Business.
He is a Board member of the Texas Tech Law School Foundation and serves as a committee member on the Texas A & M AgriLife Extension of Bexar County (Ag and Natural Resources Committee) and the San Antonio Livestock Exposition (SALE/Rodeo) (Livestock Committee, Cowboy Church Committee). Art has previously served on the boards of the Texas Tech National Alumni Association, the San Antonio Fire & Police Pension Fund and Health Fund, the Alamo Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, YMCA, San Antonio Symphony, the San Antonio ISD Education Foundation, the Texas AgriLife Extension of Bexar County, and the Carver Cultural Center.
His hobbies include general aviation flying, equestrian eventing, golfing, outdoor sporting, piano, poetry, traveling, languages, and collecting stamps/coins.