STATE OF ART: new work at the Hawaii State Art Museum

“Kānehekili” / Charlton Kūpaʻa Hee / ceramic, aerosol enamel, parachord / 2017 / Art in Public Places Collection of the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts / photo credit: Paul Hayashi

“Kānehekili” / Charlton Kūpaʻa Hee / ceramic, aerosol enamel, parachord / 2017 / Art in Public Places Collection of the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts / photo credit: Paul Hayashi

Honolulu, Hawaii--STATE OF ART: new work art exhibit at the Hawai`i State Art Museum in downtown Honolulu.

For more than fifty years, the Art in Public Places Collection of the Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture and the Arts has been recognized as one of the most significant collections of contemporary art of Hawaiʻi. This exhibit invites you to engage with a selection of recent additions to the collection from across the Hawaiian Islands. The thirty-one artworks acquired from eighteen exhibitions offer an insight into current trends and themes in the local arts scene and provides an opportunity to see the diversity of works being created in Hawaiʻi today. SFCA Executive Director Jonathan Johnson says “this exhibit is what’s going on in Hawaiʻi through the eyes of artists.”

“Hollow Form Within a Form” / Jon K. Ogata / wood sculpture / 2017 / Art in Public Places Collection of the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts / photo credit: Paul Hayashi

“Hollow Form Within a Form” / Jon K. Ogata / wood sculpture / 2017 / Art in Public Places Collection of the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts / photo credit: Paul Hayashi

Artists in the exhibit: Doug Britt, Bai Xin Chen, Kelly Ciurej, Janet Davis, Elizabeth Forest, Yoko Haar, Dennis Hakes, Daniel Harano, Charlton Kupaʻa Hee, Brad Huck, Zenobia Lakdawalla, Tom Lieber, Robert Lober, Michelle Martin, Marques Marzan, Deyana Mielke, Yoonmi Nam, Paula Nokes, Mia O., Jon K. Ogata, Nisha Pinjani, Hiroko Sakurai, Marilee Salvator, Jennifer Stephens, Jonathan Swanz, Mark Tanabe, Masami Teraoka, Lori Uyehara, David Valdez, and Hana Yoshihata.

Artworks in STATE OF ART acquired from these exhibits: Abstract Only! 7th Juried Competition (Hawaiʻi Island), An Affair in the Islands (Kauaʻi), An After School Special (Oʻahu), Angels and Transgressors (Oʻahu), Art Kauaʻi 2017 (Kauaʻi), Art Maui 2017 (Maui), Beauty of Mokuhanga: Discipline & Sensibility (Oʻahu), Between Ocean and Sky: Hana Yoshihata (Oʻahu), Big Island Woodturners 19th Annual Exhibition (Hawaiʻi Island), Hawaiʻi Craftsmen 2017 Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition (Oʻahu), Hawaii’s Woodshow 2017 (Oʻahu), Honolulu Biennial 2017 artist studio visit (Oʻahu), Hui Noʻeau Annual Juried Exhibition 2018 (Maui), Lift (Oʻahu), Master Printmakers: Visiting Artists Exhibition (Hawaiʻi Island), Paper Processes: Works by Denise Karabinus, Paula Nokes and Nisha Pinjani (Oʻahu), Trees: Hiroko Sakurai (Oʻahu), and Wall-Mounted Ceramics by Yoko Haar and Licia McDonald (Oʻahu).

Artworks in this exhibit were acquired by the Art in Public Places Program of the SFCA through exhibit and artist studio visits. The art selection process involves Acquisition Award Selection Committees (AASCs), composed of Visual Arts Consultants, SFCA board members, and SFCA staff. For more information about AASCs, including how to request an exhibit visit and how to volunteer as a Visual Arts Consultant, please visit the SFCA website: APP Relocatable Works of Art. The STATE OF ART exhibit shares a selection of additions to the collection from 2016, 2017 and 2018; information about exhibits visited and artwork added to the collection are available on the SFCA’s website (SFCA News Blog: Art in Public Places Collection) and in the SFCA’s Annual Reports, also available for download on the SFCA’s website (SFCA Publications & Documents).
 

About the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum
Created as a venue to increase public access to the Art in Public Places Collection of the Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA), the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum (HiSAM) displays artwork from the Art in Public Places Collection as well as from collaborations with the Hawaiʻi State Department of Education (DOE). HiSAM is operated as a part of the Art in Public Places Program by the SFCA, and is the only museum in the United States operated by a state government arts agency. The museum is an important resource for education and cultural enrichment, providing a learning laboratory for the SFCA’s arts education programs for DOE public and charter school students and teachers. The museum opened in the fall of 2002 on the second floor of the No. 1 Capitol District Building.
 
Museum Director Karen Ewald says “the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum is a space where people are welcome to experience contemporary art in Hawaiʻi in a variety of ways. It’s a venue for community engagement and connectivity on top of being an extraordinary contemporary art museum on the island of Oʻahu. HiSAM welcomes visitors of all backgrounds to view, socialize and interact in our galleries.”


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