Ted Hallman was born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States. He graduated from Temple University, Tyler School of Art with a BFA in painting in 1955. In 1956, he enrolled at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, United States and completed a MFA in painting with a minor in textiles. Hallman was a teacher at the University of California, Berkeley; Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, and at the Ontario College of Art and Design. Originally a painter he moved into textile art. In addition to yarn and textile materials, he is known to use unconventional materials, such as acrylic plastic, packing tape, and wire. His works reflect a variety of techniques such as weaving, knitting, and crocheting. He is best known for his Twilight Series of which exhibitions were shown across Canada and the United States. Hallman's work is in the permanent collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, NY, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, the American Craft Museum in New York City, NY, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia, PA.