Thursday, December 31, 2009

Niho Kozuru showing in San Francisco

"Liquid Sunshine" by Niho Kozuru (MFA alum) is on view from December 26 – March 6, 2010 at 555 California Street, Bank of America/Concourse Gallery, San Francisco.

Kozuru also received a fellowship in the Sculpture/Installation category from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. 50 artists were selected from more than 1,200 applicants in multiple disciplines.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Chae Ho Lee

Assistant Professor of Graphic Design Chae Ho Lee is the designer of Farout_ Library_ Software a collection of poetry by Maged Zaher and Pam Brown, published by Tinfish Press. The design by Lee was also chosen to be featured in the art and design journal Creative Quarterly.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Roxanne Chasle

MFA student Roxanne Chasle received Best in Show in Mailed 2.0 annual postcard competition at Anton Art Center in Mount Clemens MI. Mailed 2.0 was exhibited from November 20th to December 20th.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Dieter Runge Opening at TCM

MFA Alumni Dieter Runge has an exhibition opening at The Contemporary Museum's Cafe Gallery this week. Dieter's exhibition: Rock N Roll Revelation will feature works on paper and leather.
Opening reception for Rock n Roll Revelation is Saturday December 19th 2:30-4:00pm. There will be live music by Ellis Bourbonnais, Dave Rohr, Stephen Niles, and Dieter Runge.
Rock n Roll Revelation is showing from December 15th to January 19th. TCM Cafe Gallery hours are Tuesday - Sunday 11:30 am to 2:30 pm.

Brian Lo Solo Exhibition

MFA student Brian Lo has his first solo exhibition in Hawaii opening Friday December 18th at Manifest. Brian Lo: Solo Exhibition will feature Lo's latest digital drawings and paintings. Manifest is located at 32 N. Hotel St, the opening reception is December 18th from 8 - 11 pm.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Harold Koda

Harold Koda [BFA and BA alumni] is currently the Curator In Charge of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. After graduating from UH Koda moved to NY and began interning at The Costume Institute he then went on to be the Exhibition Assistant to Diane Vreeland. In 1979 he left the Met to become the Associate Curator at FIT. He was at FIT for 11 years. First as Associate Curator of the Costume Collection then as Curator of Costume Collection and then as Director. While at FIT he started co-collaborating with Richard Martin on such shows as Fashion in Surrealism, Paper Clothes, East Village, and Jocks and Nerds. In 1993 he was brought to the Met to collaborate on more exhibitions with Martin under the title of Associate Curator of the Costume Institute. In 1997 he returned to school at Harvard receiving a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture. He has co-authored 24 publications that have informed historical discourse, and has co-organized numerous acclaimed exhibitions. Koda also currently contributes to a Blog "At The Moment" which is part of the New York Times Style Magazine Online.
Pictured above is a 1919 replica of a velvet "Paris Coat" that was recently displayed at the Degrees of Distinction Alumni Invitational Exhibition.

Shige Yamada

BA, BEd, and MFA alumni Shige Yamada was an educator at the College of Education from 1968- 1988. After leaving UH in 1988 Shige went on to become a full time artist. His bronze sculptures are landmarks at the Kahului Airport, UH Manoa, and the Hawaii Convention Center. He has recently had much success with his digital art, some of which was just on display at the Degrees of Distinction Alumni Invitational Exhibition.
His personal work is part of the collections at The Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington D.C., The Museum of Art and Design in New York, The Contemporary Museum in Honolulu, Honolulu Academy of Arts and Hawaii State Art Museum. This year Shige was the featured artist at the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce Commitment to Excellence Exhibition, and in 1993 he was selected as a Living Treasure of Hawaii by Honpa Hogwanji Mission of Hawaii.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Design Students Featured in Online Exhibition

Interisland Terminal is proud to present: Moving Histories: Type in Motion, a ground breaking flash animation online exhibition which is available for viewing on December 9th, 2009. Moving Histories depicts pivotal and dramatic moments in world history by graphic design students from the Digital Design Art 400 class taught by professor Chae Ho Lee. Visually and conceptually adventurous the exhibit features seven animations from these seven emerging designers: John Cruz, Daniel Park, Angelica Rabang, Michelle Saoit, Aki Takebayashi, Jimmy Tran, and Hiromi Zimmerman.
These designers explored complex and sometimes tragic events in history from Hiroshima to 9/11. " The designers were asked to use only text and a limited palette of colors in their designs. The important role and creative potential of typography in an online project should never be ignored. These projects are to be read and experienced." says Chae Ho Lee.
Wei Fang , Interisland Terminal's curator of Contemporary Art and Design comments " The relationship between Interisland Terminal and UH's Department of Art and Art History represented by this exhibition is almost as exciting as the works in the exhibition itself. We are working together to develop a dynamic pipeline of opportunities for young, emerging artists and designers in our community."

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Boz Schurr Artist in Residence at HAA

MFA student Boz Schurr is the newest Orvis Artist in Residence at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. Boz started her residency on November 7th and it runs until December 20th. A large scale painting is created every week by Boz and visitors to the Academy.
Here's a fragment of Schurr's project proposal:
" While I am creating a body of work at the Academy I will be recording the process to create a time lapse film.... The film will be a moving "book" in six chapters, one for each week spent in residence, exploring my interactions with visitors, fellow artists, professors, and employers and what I feel I have discovered as a student and artist living in Hawaii.
Also as I am working, I will encourage visitors to my studio to either submit ideas to my story line, watch the film as it has progressed thus far and/or add to the current painting in progress." To read Boz's complete project proposal click here.
So far Boz and HAA visitors have created 3 large scale paintings and there are three chapters of the moving book available to view on her Youtube Channel. You can paint with Boz at HAA Saturday from 1- 4 pm and Sunday from 1 - 4:30 pm.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Student and Alumni work featured at Louis Pohl Gallery

Deck Yer Walls, a group exhibition at Louis Pohl Gallery opened to the public November 24th and will be on display until January 8, 2010.
Among the featured artists are current MFA students Allison Uttley, Roxanne Chasle, and alumni Matthew Kawika Ortiz, Aaron Padilla, and Maika'i Tubbs. Running concurrently with Deck Yer Walls is Fun Fantasy Function featuring the ceramic artwork of alumni Daven Hee and Cory Lum.
Deck Yer Walls and Fun Fantasy Function's opening reception is Thursday December 3 from 5:30 - 9 pm. There will also be a reception December 4th [ First Friday] 5:30- 9 pm. Louis Pohl Gallery is located at 1111 Nuuanu Ave, gallery hours are Tues - Fri 11 am to 5 pm or by appointment.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Alumni News - Abigail Romanchak

BFA and MFA alumni Abigail Romanchak is currently the Printmaking Chair for PIKO, Gathering of Indigenous Visual Artists and an elementary art teacher at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. She has also held workshops for children at The Contemporary Museum and Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center. Romanchak was among the artists featured in the Degrees of Distinction Alumni Invitational Exhibition.

She writes, "I see my prints as a way to empower and assert a Hawaiian sense of identity and to perpetuate Hawaiian culture through art. I believe that native cultures are jeopardized once they stop speaking to people in present day. As an artist I seek to perpetuate traditional cultures not through traditional means, but contemporary ones, so that it may endure for generations to come."

Monday, November 23, 2009

BFA & MFA students awarded John Young Scholarships

MFA students Lauren Adelman, Brian Chih-Chiang Lo, James Reed, Boz Schurr, and Allison Uttley were awarded 5 out of the 8 graduate John Young Scholarships in the Arts. BFA students Sarah Adams and Allison Hanabusa were awarded 2 of the 4 undergraduate John Young Scholarships in the Arts.
The purpose of the John Young Scholarship in the Arts is to provide assistance to students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences and pursuing a degree in any field related to the arts. These awards are made possible by the John Young Foundation to honor the late renowned artist, John Young, and to fulfill his wish to support students of the arts at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Gordon Sasaki

BFA and MFA Alumni Gordon Sasaki advocates inclusion through the arts and has spent the last 20 years working with special needs populations. Since 1982 when his spine was injured in an automobile accident he has used a manual wheelchair. This incident and subsequent life experience underscores the importance of creativity in individual and broader societal contexts. Gordon understands the role art plays in the development of observational, analytical and language skills, as well as self esteem and confidence building. "The arts are absolutely essential and fundamental to children with different learning abilities" In both his personal work and teaching he strives to include broader voices and audiences. " My work in Hawai'i and now in New York has sought to make visible that which is unseen". Sasaki is currently a Teaching Artist Educator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Gordon's work has been exhibited internationally in Belgium, Germany, Japan, Spain, and throughout the United States. Gordon has also been a recipient of awards and grants from the Pollock Krasner Foundation, The Puffin Foundation, The New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Hawai'i State Foundation on Culture and Arts, PX3 de la Photographia in Paris, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Gordon Sasaki's artwork is currently on display at the UH Manoa Art Gallery as a part of the Degrees of Distinction: Alumni Invitational Exhibition.

Jason Minami

BFA Alumni Jason Minami has work currently exhibited in the Degrees Of Distinction: Alumni Invitational Exhibition.
Jason states: " Whether it is casting, blowing, welding, forging or fusing my artwork revolves around the process of transforming a solid material into a liquid state and yet back into a solid. When creating my work I hope to retain a sense of this energy movement, through form, line, and light."
While attending UH Jason discovered his passion for working with glass and his commitment to share his knowledge. Post BFA he studied at the Pilchuck Glass School in Washington and the Corning Museum of Glass studio in New York. In 2006 he received his MFA from Alfred University in New York. Jason is currently the studio manager and instructor at GlassRoots a non profit organization in Newark NJ.
GlassRoots was founded in January 2001 with the belief that communities can be transformed and elevated through the arts. GlassRoots provides the youth of Newark, NJ with a unique opportunity to develop their minds and confidence through the creation of glass art.
"I am very thankful for those who have taken time and energy to help me develop my passion and I hope to pass it on to others." says Jason Minami.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Malcolm Wong

In 2006 [MFA Alum] Malcolm Wong's screen play Dog Eaters won 3 Awards at the Screenwriters Expo 5 in L.A. One of the awards was to have The Dabel Brothers adapt Malcolm's screenplay into a comic book and graphic novel mini series.Issue 1 was released in the fall of 2008, and since then Issues 2 and 3 [out of 6] have followed .The storyline is:

Mankind failed in its first attempt to transcend the Petroleum Age. The Die Off killed nine out of ten people worldwide. One hundred and seventy five years later, civilization consists of scattered nomadic tribes, isolated casino-cities, and roving bands of predatory bandits.This is the world of the Black Dog Clan."

New to the Dog Eaters Website is a music-animatic version of Issue #1 and a trailer narrated by Malcolm Wong. Dog Eaters is available in your friendly neighborhood comic book store and online! You can also find information about Dog Eaters on Myspace.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Maya Portner Opening at Contemporary Museum Cafe

“+/- Selected Works with Paper,” by Maya Lea Portner (MFA alum)
The exhibition of two-dimensional work includes drawings, paper-cuts, and sewn constructions. Through the use of patterns, Portner investigates the tension between the superficiality of decoration and the meanings of underlying motifs.
Opening Reception November 21, 1:30-3:30pm

November 17 to December 13, 2009
2411 Makiki Heights Drive in Honolulu
gallery hours: Tuesday – Sunday from 11:30 am – 2:30 pm.

MFA & BFA Students featured in Hawaiian Craftsman Exhibition

BFA student Rui Ann K. Apaka and MFA students Dustin Hart and Kumi Nakajima had work featured in the 2009 42nd Hawaiian Craftsman Annual Juried Statewide Exhibition. Pictured top left is the piece Women's Voices by: Rui Ann K. Apaka. This piece was awarded The Carol & Malcom Koga Emerging Artist Award [for concept].

"The woman's sized cape is created from a copy of the names and ages of female petitioners for the Anti-annexation petition presented to Congress in 1897. There were over 21,000 Hawaiians that signed the petition, approximately half were female signatures; the feather like shreds emphasize the number of people who petitioned the annexation. The cape is a reflection of my heritage as a Hawaiian woman, concerned with the future of the culture and growth of Hawaii and its place in the world." Rui Apaka (Women's Voices was purchased by the juror, Helen Drutt and is being sent to President Barack Obama)

Kumi Nakajima's four hand blown glass piece's Zen Garden Stones are pictured top right and Dustin Hart's two clay pieces Meeting in the End and Melting Pot are pictured bottom left.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Matasha Roessler Drucker Launches book on John Melvelle Kelly

Matasha Roessler Drucker [ MA Alum] has authored a new book Hawaiian Idyll: The Prints of John Melvelle Kelly (published by Honolulu Academy of Art, 2009.) Matasha will also hold a book signing on November 14th from 1-4 pm at the Honolulu Academy of Art.

Hawaiian Idyll is also available for purchase at the the Pegge Hopper Gallery where an exhibition of John Melvelle Kelly's work is currently being shown [the exhibition will run until November 14th]. For more information on the book and more: Honolulu Weekly and Star Bulletin.

John Szostak lectures at the Honolulu Academy

Image: Gerhard Richter, "Paper Fuji," 1996

4:00PM Nov. 12 (Thurs) Sponsored by the Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu

In honor of the recent exhibition "Hokusai's Summit: 36 Views of Mount Fuji," John Szostak (Asst. Professor of Japanese Art History) will present a lecture entitled "Mount Fuji in Art," considering the various ways artists inside and outside of Japan have reflected and commented on this iconic mountain. The lecture is free of charge, and made possible by the auspices of the Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

comPRESS, curated by Erika Johnston Molyneux reviewed

Marcia Morse reviews comPRESS, exhibition curated by Erika Johnson Molyneux (BFA alum) at ARTS at Marks Garage.
Mentioned in the article are all department affiliates; Gaye Chan (faculty), Lian Lederman (soon to be MFA alum) and Matt Ortiz (BFA alum), Deb Nehmad (MFA alum), Scott Groeniger (faculty), etc.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Design Program - AIGA Hawaii's 5-O Winners

Congratulations to the AIGA Hawaii's 5-O Winners from our Design Program!!

Awards of Excellence:
1) 2008 Environmental Council Annual Report
Designed by Design Workshop, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa
Designers: Alban Cooper, Anna Fujishige, Etsuko Ono, & Megan Wong
Art Director: Anne Bush
Printed by Electric Pencil

2) Manoa Alcohol Project Student Planner
Designed by Design Workshop, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa
Designers: Sakino Hikichi, Angelica Rabang, Michelle Saoit, & Aki Takebayashi
Art Director: Anne Bush
Printed by Hagadone Printing Company

Top 3 Students Awards:

deaf to Deaf
Designed by Jonathan Chinen

BOOM: The New Deal
Designed by Angelica Rabang & Michelle Saoit
Printed by Edward Enterprises, Inc.

Liliha: Draw/Withdraw
Designed by Jonathan Chinen

Top 5 Print Award:

Jonathan Chinen's "deaf to Deaf" book was also awarded one of the Top 5 Print category prizes. This was the first time a student project was included in this category.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Gary Liu Curatorial Project Opening at HAA

Gary Liu [MA Alum] has recently curated the exhibition Tumultuous Traditions: Chinese Ink Painting in the 2oth Century at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. The show will be up from November 5th to February 21st 2010. Gary Liu also currently teaches art history at BYU-Hawaii.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Corinne Kamiya's New York City Debut

Corinne Kamiya (BFA alum) shows with Tracey Moffatt and Janet Nolan.
Nov 12 - Dec 1, 2009 at nolongerempty
Opening reception on Nov 12 - 6-9pm
223 East Broadway

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Yongsheng Yang Solo Exhibition at TCM

MFA student Yongsheng Yang's solo exhibition Eternal Insects- Printmaking Exhibition is up at The Contemporary Museum Cafe Gallery. The exhibition is up from October 12th to November 12th. The exhibition includes several, insect themed, series of prints Yongsheng made between 1991 and 2006. Some of these prints have been included in international exhibitions, national printmaking exhibitions in China, or collected by the National Art Museum of China

There is an opening reception for Eternal Insects on Saturday November 7th from 1:30- 3:30 at TCM cafe gallery [ 2411 Makiki Heights Drive].

Junko Wong: Behind Blythe Artist Lecture

Junko Wong [BFA Alum] is one of the 24 featured artist in the current exhibition Degrees of Distinction up at the University of Hawai'i Art Gallery. Junko is the founder and president of Cross World Connections International, a firm that represents international artists and illustrators. In 2002 CWC along with Gina Garan and Takara spearheaded the revival of the Blythe Doll [Blythe was manufactured for one year in 1972]. Since the revival of Blythe, CWC has designed 50 Neo-Blythe's and 60 Petite Blythe's, along with various Blythe merchandise and apparel.

Star Bulletin interview

Junko will be giving an artists lecture Behind Blythe: Creative Direction Behind a Pop Cult Icon, on November 17th 6 pm at the UH Art Building Auditorium. Coinciding with this lecture will also be a book signing.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Degrees of Distinction Exhibition

Last Sunday October 25th marked the opening of the Degrees of Distinction Exhibition.  24 Alumni were invited to participate in this exhibition which commemorates 85 years of Art Department Alums varied success's. Celebrated in this exhibition are artists, art historians, educators, and curators - both local, and global. Last Wednesday October 28th there was also an artist lecture by two of the featured Alums : Jason Minami and Gordon Sasaki, both are artists and educators.
The show which will be up until December 11, 2009 has recently been featured in the Star Bulletin.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Compress exhibition features Faculty, Alum, and Students

Compress a new exhibition up at Art at Marks Garage features the work of Faculty: Gaye Chan, Charles Cohan, Duncan Dempster, and Scott Groeniger , current MFA students: Lian Lederman and Alison Uttley, and Alums: Eric Beyer, Cassandra Locke Jackson, Ariana Kaneakua, Alan Konishi, Robert Molyneux, Erika Johnson Molyneux, Deborah Nehmad, Matthew Ortiz, Dieter Runge, and Thomas Wasson

The exhibition,
curated by Erika Johnson Molyneux, is a discourse on technologies take over of communication. 26 artists were asked to participate, but under one condition- all the pieces had to be related to printmaking.

The show opened on October 13 and is running until November 21st. Be sure to attend the opening reception on November 6th [ First Friday Artwalk] from 6 - 10. Don't worry if you didn't make the opening there is a closing reception on November 19th from 6- 10. Art at Marks Garage is located at 1159 Nuuanu Ave. Gallery hours are Tuesday - Saturday 11 am - 6 pm.

Release of Bamboo Ridge Issue # 94, Featuring Fred Roster, Lisa Yoshihara, and Ka-Ning Fong

Bamboo Ridge Press announced the release of Issue 94 of Journal of Hawai‘i Literature and Arts. Featured artist in this issue is Fred Roster (faculty). The veteran sculptor’s work has always been provocative, humorous, and inventive. A portfolio of his work is accompanied by an article by Lisa A. Yoshihara (Gallery Director).

Also included in this anthology, new writing by Joseph Stanton (faculty) accompanied by the
Ka-Ning Fong
(faculty and alum) painting that inspired it.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Gaye Chan in VendorBar

Faculty member Gaye Chan's project, EATING IN PUBLIC, will be included Kirby Gookin and Robin Kahn newest curatorial endeavor VendorBar hosted by the Editions/Artists’ Books Fair 2009 (E|AB’09) to take place November 6th-8th, 2009.

VendorBar presents artists who will directly engage the public by presenting actions, exchanges and services that result in the production and distribution of artists editions made specifically for the event. As part of this year’s “E|AB’09 Special Events” series, VendorBar intends to create a unique site where interaction supersedes transaction.

Participating artists include:

ARTifariti- Western Sahara Collective
Mike Bidlo
Gaye Chan and Nandita Sharma
Geoffrey Hendricks
Nancy Hwang
Amanda Keeley
Alison Knowles
Cary Leibowitz/candyass
Larry Miller
Ken Montgomery
Peter Nadin
Yoko Ono
Tom Otterness
Sal Randolph
Elaine Tin Nyo

Chan gets to momentarily rub shoulders with art celebs like Yoko Ono and Mike Bidlo. ;-)

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Alumni Steve Coy launches The Detroit Projection Project

Steve Coy [MFA Alum] has launched a new project this fall, The Detroit Projection Project. The DPP brings art out of the private sphere by projecting works of art [national and international] onto public spaces in the city of Detroit, Michigan. The DPP is currently exhibiting large scale video instillations at the Museum of New Art [MoNA] in Dertoit. The exhibition featuring work of the DPP is called "Breeding Ground : New Detroit Sculpture". There was an opening reception on October 3rd and the exhibition will be running until November 21st 2009.

Alumni Jeff Nisbet featured in "Television and Fire"

After receiving his BFA in Spring 2009, Jeff Nisbet moved to Long Beach and recently taken up the position of curator at Sipology Galerie and his body of work "television" is featured in a two person exhibition at Phantom Galleries LA

Jeff says : ‘television’ is a body of work that deals with physical application processes, light projection, and aleatory operations. It focuses on the object quality of television. Juxtaposed are tiles drawn from commercial signage, emphasizing the social politics of the television as a network for consumerism. The tiles have been consciously situated to subvert an advertising message. The true chance occurrence is the smear."

The exhibition "Television and Fire" will be running from September 26, 2009 to October 29, 2009. Review in District News

More at

Alumni featured in "Hi`iakaikapoliopele: Visual Stories by Contemporary Native Hawaiian Artists"

Mark Chai [BFA Alum], Puni Kukahiko [MFA Alum], Marques Hanalei Marzan [BFA Alum], Matthew Kawika Ortiz [BFA Alum], Abigail Romanchak [MFA Alum], and Maika'i Tubbs [BFA Alum] all have work featured in "Hi`iakaikapoliopele: Visual Stories by Contemporary Native Hawaiian Artists".
The exhibition draws inspiration from the epic tale Hi`iakaikapoliopele, Ka Mo`olelo O Hi`iakaikapoliopele, by Ho`oulumahiehie which highlights Hi`iaka's role as a healer, a source of inspiration and icon of the hula traditions. The exhibition is at the Maui Art & Cultural Center from September 12, 2009 to October 24, 2009.

Pictured above are: weaving by Marques Hanalei Marzan, Mark Chai, and Maile Andrade (alum and exhibition consultant) with Abigail Romanchak .

Pat Hickman Solo in New York

Pat Hickman [ professor emeritus] will be having a solo show "Through the Eyes" at The Phoenix Gallery [210 Eleventh Ave. Suite 902 NY, NY 10001]. The show will run from November 5, 2009 to November 28, 2009. There will be an opportunity to have a walk through with the artist on Saturday November 14, 21, 28 2009

Diana Nicholette Jeon

Diana Nicholette Jeon [BFA Alum] has work in three upcoming exhibitions - Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, Vermont, Hexagon Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland, and at the Port Pirie Regional Art Center in Port Pirie, Australia, where Jeon will participate in the exhibition Southern Summer Northern Winter / Northern Summer Southern Winter [SSNW/NSSW] bi-annual print exchange.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

UH Design Program Receives Local, National and International Recognition

The UH Design Program was honored this year by national and international designers and design critics. Work by BFA students was solicited for the Designing with Type website (initiated by the well-known designer, James Craig – and hosted by Cooper Union in New York City).

Additionally, two student projects from the Design Program won awards of excellence at the Hawai‘i Pele Awards (a local advertising competition sponsored by the American Advertising Federation). One of these projects, the Hawai’i Environmental Council Annual Report, was selected in a national competition to be included in the Design Annual of HOW Magazine. Given that there are over 3,000 graphic design programs in colleges and universities nationwide and only ten student projects were selected, this is a singular honor for our students.

A third student project, Reading the Urban Landscape, was selected for the new book (just released) Design Confidential: Extraordinary Design Projects from International Design Schools. This book was co-authored by Lita Talarico of the School of Visual Arts in New York City and Steven Heller, editor of the AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) publication VOICE, contributor to international graphic design publications such as Print Magazine, EYE and Baseline, and past Art Director for the New York Times. We are particularly proud of this last publication. Not only did the editors invite our participaton, but UH was one of only fifty design schools internationally who were asked to participate.

Having student work from our Program showcased with work from such notable, larger design programs as the Rhode Island School of Design, the Royal College of Art (London), School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Ulster: School of Art and Design, and the Berlin University of the Arts is a special honor. Together these awards represent the work of over twenty graphic design students at UH. We are pleased with their accomplishments—ones that few professional designers in Hawai‘i can claim.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Degrees of Distinction: Alumni Invitational Exhibition

Opening Sunday October 25th is the Alumni Invitational Exhibition .  The show will feature works from 24 artists and art historians who are alumni.  These 24 artists are recognized for their work as artists, educators, designers, researchers, and museum professionals.  The artists featured in the upcoming show are: Maile Andrade, Reiko Brandon, Sean Browne, Momi Cazimero, Willa Cox, Allen Hori, Grant Kagimoto, Harold Koda, John Koga, James Kuroda, Mary Philpotts McGrathJason Minami, Wayne Miyamoto, Wayne Morioka, David Naito, Aaron Padilla, Abigail Romanchak, Gordon Sasaki, Laura Smith, Noe Tanigawa, Inger Tully, Junko Wong, Shige Yamada, Carol Kouchi Yotsuda.   The opening reception is Sunday October 25th from 3 - 5 pm and the exhibit will be up until December 11, 2009.  Gallery Hours are Monday through Friday 10:30 - 5:00, and Sunday from 12:00 - 5:00.  
Every Sunday beginning November 1st there will be gallery tours from 2:00 - 3:00, admission is free. 
Also be sure to attend the following special events that are in conjunction with the exhibition:

Sunday October 25th - Panel Discussion- Artists Who Work in Museums
UHM Art Auditorium from 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Panelists : Willa Cox, James Kuroda, Aaron Padilla, Gordon Sasaki, Inger Tully

Wednesday October 28th - Visiting Artist Talks by Jason Minami and Gordon Sasaki
UHM Art Auditorium Art Building 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Tuesday November 17th - Lecture- Behind Blythe: Creative Direction Behind Pop Icon and Book Signing of Na Wahine 'Auili'i  by : Junko Wong
UHM Art Auditorium, Art Building 6:00 pm


Friday, October 9, 2009

Kate Lingley presents at Hong Kong University

Kate Lingley (art history faculty) will be presenting at Extra Ordinary Dress Code, a multifaceted Conference at Hong Kong University, December 8 - 10th. Extra Ordinary Dress Code examines local and global histories of clothing. Lingley will be presenting her paper " Cross-dressing and the Silk Road Fashion in Early Tang" about "the fluidity of ethnic and gender categories in early Tang women's dress."

Yongsheng Yang's Thesis Exhibition reviewed in World News

MFA student Yongsheng Yang's thesis exhibition "From My Position" received coverage from Shijie Xinwen [World News], a major Chinese language newspaper out of San Fransisco, with national circulation.

Students and Alum create props for hit TV Show LOST

Alumni Al Ness, current students Alyssa Olivier (MFA) and Kanako Nagai (BFA) have all recently made props for the hit TV series LOST.

Pictured above is a bottle that Al Ness made for season five - episode fifteen "Follow the Leader".

With Nagai's help, Alyssa Olivier created large scale tapestries in March 2009 which appeared in the last season's final episode.