Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Emily McIlroy (current MFA student) was a part of the team with the Honolulu Academy of Arts Center’s Art-To-Go program for youth, in collaboration with the Hawaii Arts Alliance/The Arts at Marks Garage. As site instructor she organized weekly classes teaching the basic elements of photography, leading group excursions throughout Chinatown, and guiding the students through the process of photo editing, preparing and installing the exhibition HEALTHY-BOUND CHINATOWN at Arts at Marks. Opening FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 2009 .

Jeeun Kim - full-time position at the Kyungsung University

jeeun kim (MFA alum) has been appointed in a full-time teaching position as a member of the art department at the Kyungsung University in Busan, Korea specializing in fiber arts. Congratulations!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Audra Ann Furuichi and Scott Yoshinaga

Neither Audra Ann Furuichi nor Scott Yoshinaga are officially our alums but both have taken so many classes with us that they might as well be. They have been working on nemu*nemu together since late 2005. They debuted online with their first strip on April 1, 2006 and have been running every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday since.

Nemu*nemu's work is included in an exhibition, "The Many Faces of Manga", held at the National Japanese American Historical Society Peace Gallery (San Francisco) from January through June 30th.

Audra has also done coloring work for Marvel (under Udon Entertainment) as well as Antarctic Press. Titles include JTF-3 CounterOPs, X-men, and Arana.

Nemu*nemu has a few upcoming events that they will be at over the next few months:

April 10-12 @ Hawaii Convention Center - Kawaii Kon '09
Saturday, April 25 @ HUOA Spring Craft Fair (Waipahu)

Saturday, May 9 @ Moanalua HS, Spring Craft Fair 9-2:30pm (free)
May 22-25 @ FanimeCon, San Jose, CA (Admission required)

Jaimey Hamilton reviews "20 Going On 21"

Jaimey Hamilton (faculty) reviews The Contemporary Museum's "20 Going On 21" featuring 6 of our alums
February 22 to June 21, 2009
Curated by Inger Tully (BFA alum)

Ryan Higa (BFA alum)
Corinne Kamiya (BFA alum)
Jeeun Kim (MFA alum)
Mat Kubo (BFA alum)
Hal Lum (BFA alum)
Mark Maresca (MFA alum)

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Marion Cadora receives East-West Center Fellowship

Marion Cadora, an incoming MA student in art history, has been named
recipient of an East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship, one of
the most competitive and prestigious fellowship offered to graduate
students at UHM. Not only will the fellowship help fund Marion's
graduate studies of the art of the Pacific, it also gives her the
opportunity to interact with other East-West Center visiting scholars,
and the chance to earn a graduate certificate in one of several areas
of interdisciplinary study. Congratulations, Marion, and welcome to UH!

Mat Kubo's exhibition 'Vanity' reviewed in Star Bulletin

'Vanity', Mat Kubo's (BFA alum) exhibition with Mark Fukushige reviewed in Star Bulletin


Join us at 2nd annual ARTMANIA
a one day art fair for the community that showcases the student artists and the department
Sunday, April 5, 2009 at 11:00am - 5:00pm

Demonstrations / Hands-on Activities / Lectures / Exhibitions / Sales

Monday, March 23, 2009

Laura Ruby at FATE conference

Laura Ruby (faculty) presenting a paper and convening a panel both entitled "Inter-College Collaborations in Introduction to Visual Arts Courses" at the biennial FATE (Foundations in Art Theory and Education) conference in April.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Kirsten Rae Simonsen - Solo Exhibition at HPU

"Luxury Playtime: Welcome to the New Lifestyle"
Kirsten Rae Simonsen (faculty member)
Solo show at Hawai‘i Pacific University’s Art Gallery
Windward Hawai‘i Loa campus.
Exhibition dates September 27 to November 13, 2009

Brad Evan Taylor wins prestigious international award

Brad Evan Taylor
(faculty) has been given a Juror’s Choice Award at the 5th World Ceramic Biennale to be held in Icheon, Korea (April 25 to June 21, 2009)

This International Competition received 3,196 entries by 1,726 applicants from 70 countries. 179 works were accepted into the exhibition. Out of these 25 works were awarded prizes.

title of artwork by Taylor "Korean Pyroplastic Line"

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Alyssa Olivier and Robert Reed @ 2009 International Conference on the Arts in Society

Alyssa Olivier and Robert Reed (MFA candidates) have both had papers accepted for presentations at the 2009 International Conference on the Arts in Society, to be held in Venice, Italy, 29-31 July 2009, in conjunction with the Venice Biennale. The conference will address a range of critically important issues and themes relating to the arts in society.

Ron Kowalke at Robyn Buntin

Ron Kowalke (professor emeritus) in "Emanations" at Robyn Buntin Gallery - two person exhibition
February 26th - March 21st, 2009

10th International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition Reviews

The 10th International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition

featured in"Thinking Inside the Box" Malamalama (The Magazine of the University of Hawai'i)


in Honolulu Star Bulletin Art in A Box and Boxed In

in Honolulu Magazine

Jacqueline Rush Lee - Prolific Activities

Cheers to Jacqueline Rush Lee (MFA alum), who has been particularly prolific of late.

Selected Exhibitions

"The Book Borrowers: Contemporary Artists Transforming the Book"
Bellevue Arts Museum, WA. February 24 – June 14, 2009
As the first major exhibition of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, the Book Borrowers highlights works from thirteen locally, nationally and internationally renowned contemporary artists working with the book as a sculptural medium………Featured artists include James Allen (WA), Noriko Ambe (NY), Gary Berg (WA), Long-Bin Cheng (NY), Casey Curren (WA), Brian Dettmer (GA), Alan Corkery Hahn (WA), Jenn Khoshbin (TX), Jane Lackey (WA), Guy Laramee (Canada), Jacqueline Rush Lee (HI), Georgia Russell (UK), Yuken Teruya.
review 1
review 2

SOLO at Introspective|Center for Book Arts, New York
January 15 – March 28, 2009

The 10th International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition
A Traveling Exhibition organized by the University of Hawai’i Art Gallery. March 1 – April 9, 2009
Features 141 small-scale sculptures no larger than an ordinary shoebox created by international artists

Rush Lee's work was reviewed in the New Yorker Online, The Seattle Times, City Arts Magazine, Fine Books and Collections Magazine; showcased in The Honolulu Academy of Arts AloHAA Blog recently, and in a feature article in Island Life - Honolulu Advertiser. Her work will also be published in “Paper Craft” Magazine by Gestalten press, Germany, and in an upcoming journal issue of “PapieRestaurierung” a German journal on the “Preservation and Conservation of Cultural Assets Made of Paper”.

RESET - thesis exhibition - Scoop Brancisco

RESET - thesis exhibition - Scoop Brancisco

RESET explores and questions the system of equality, identity, and individuality in the modern society through the artist’s vision of utopia. Along with many of large-scale paintings, there will be elements of installation, performance, and surprise in the exhibition.

Dates: March 29 – April 3, 2009
Gallery hours: Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday – Friday 10:30 a.m – 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Ceramic Program featured in 2008 Ceramic Art Cyber Exhibition

UHM Ceramics Program featured in the 2008 Ceramic Art Cyber Exhibition
sponsored by the Seoul National University of Technology
along with 5 other international art programs.

Exhibition includes over 25 UHM artists - faculty, MFA and BFA alums, and current MFA and undergraduate students.
[click on 'with friendship' then the names of institutions to view artworks]

Mary Babcock upcoming exhibition, performance and conference presentation

Mary Babcock (faculty) upcoming exhibition, performance and conference presentation

May 2009
"Performing Fiber: New Mappings for Social Change"
presentation at
Surface Design Association Conference
Kansas City, Missouri

June 2009
International Textile Triennial (juried)
Szombathelyi Keptar (Art Gallery Szombathely), Szombathely, Hungary

December 2009
2nd Beyond Pressure International Performance Art Festival
The Old Building of State School of Fine Art.
Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)

Friday, March 13, 2009

Wendy Kawabata at TCM First Hawaiian Center

Wendy Kawabata
(faculty) "Pull, Mark, Fold"
Exhibition at The Contemporary Museum at First Hawaiian Center / February 13 to­ May 1, 2009

Using materials such as piles of logs and recycled books Kawabata's evolving bodies of work explore the relationship between process, repetition, and material. "My process of making is closely related to both drawing and to the history of utilitarian feminine craft. Repetitive and meditative acts: wrapping, poking, folding, stacking, hooking, pulling - all make space for quiet, association, and attentiveness."

Wendy Kawabata has been an Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa since 2005. Her works have been exhibited in numerous gallery and museum exhibitions including Loyola University, Chicago, IL; Hera Gallery, Wakefield, RI; Rochester Contemporary Gallery, Rochester, NY; and Steps Gallery, Melbourne, Australia. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Massachusetts College of Art, and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of New Mexico.

Pat Hickman at Gaga Arts Center

Pat Hickman (professor emeritus) at Gaga Arts Center


Opening Reception: Friday, March 13 6-9pm

Joseph Hans - Thesis Exhibition

... this mortal coil ...
Joseph Hans - Thesis Exhibition
Opening Sunday, March 15, 2009 from 3:00pm - 5:00pm
UH Manoa Commons Gallery

Exhibition runs from March 15 - 20, 2009

Scott Groeniger at Open Source Gallery

Scott Groeniger (faculty) Solo Exhibition at
Open Source Gallery
255 17th street
Brooklyn, NY

Relish, Savor, Enjoy (Create Flavors For a Happy Life)

March 27 - April 26
Opening Saturday March 28, 7pm - 10pm

Using textures and abstractions photographed in China, Scott Groeniger is examining the present culture and lifestyle of the ancient cradle of Chinese civilization which is Shanxi Province and the current cultural and political cradle which is Beijing. Shanxi Province has a deep and rich cultural history that is thousands of years old. Taiyuan, the capital of Shanxi Province, has recently emerged as a major industrial city, fueling the growth of China with much needed energy resources. Taiyuan City is a leader in terms of the world’s worst air quality which is mostly caused by emissions from coal burning electricity plants and steel production facilities. Additionally, Taiyuan has one of the highest ratios of actual to potential desert on earth and as a result, is very quietly running out of water. With a small population of 3.5 million, Taiyuan is on the verge of becoming one of China’s most hushed eco-disasters. Despite this rather grim future tense, Taiyuan continues to build and expand.

With the 2008 Olympics finally behind us, Beijing has emerged as a post-modern major international city in the global arena. Working with photographic images from both of these unique locations in China Groeniger is combining textures and surfaces which reflect everyday life in China with images gathered from the many important cultural, archeological and historical sites, temples, art museums, and ancient cities around Shanxi Province and Beijing. The entire body of images weave together images of fragments and pieces from the present and the past found in these two extraordinary, historically significant places in China. The entire body of work ultimately suggests a rich cultural past overlaid on a future which is both full of challenges and hope as China transitions into an international super power.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Scott Groeniger at AC [Institute Direct Chapel]

Scott Groeniger (faculty)
at AC [Institute Direct Chapel]
"do⋅mes⋅tic /dəˈmɛstɪk/ [duh-mes-tik]"

March 19th - April 11th
Opening: March 19th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

547 W. 27th St
Suites 529 & 519
New York City

Erin Yuasa going to Cranbrook for her MFA

Erin Yuasa
(BFA alum) will be entering the MFA program at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Fall 2009.

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Fibers Students Win Hawai'i Craftsmen's Awards

Fibers Students Win Hawai'i Craftsmen's Awards!

Kanako Nagai (BFA candidate)received the Stella O.H. Lee Scholarship for Aha Hana Lima Fiber workshop with Annet Couwenberg.

Alyssa Olivier (MFA candidate) received the Stella O.H. Lee Scholarship for Metal workshop with Ronda Coryell.

Ken Bushnell at Pegge Hopper Gallery

Ken Bushnell (professor emeritus)
featured at the Pegge Hopper Gallery
1164 Nu'uanu Ave, Honolulu
March 4 - April 18, 2009

81st Annual Honolulu Printmakers

81st Annual Honolulu Printmakers
includes works by

Charlie Cohan* (faculty)
Rhonda Collins (current BFA in print)
Liam Davis (MFA candidate)
AJ Feducia (current BA with print emphasis)
Erika Johnson* (BFA alum)
Rob Molyneux* (MFA alum)
Matt Ortiz (current BFA in print)
Dieter Runge (MFA alum)
Peter Suzuki (current BA with print emphasis)
Satoshi Takahira (MFA candidate)
Allison Uttley* (MFA candidate)

*also received awards

Noreen Naughton honored by Koa Gallery Show

"Sharing The Knowledge" at KCC Koa Gallery
An exhibition of art work by Noreen Naughton, professor Emeritus, Kapiolani Community College, and 5 of her former students.
February 18 - March 14, 2009

Noreen Naughton (MFA alum), Chris Lan Hui Chou, Karen Lee (MFA alum), Mari Sakamoto (MFA alum), Atsumi Yamamoto (MFA alum), Reuben Young (MFA alum)

New paintings and woodworks by Aaron Padilla

New paintings and woodworks by Aaron Padilla (MFA alum)
2-1 to 3-31-09 showing at TOWN restaurant - 3435 Waialae ave.
2-26 to 3-22-09 at louis pohl gallery - 1111 Nu'uanu ave.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Intersections and Jaimey Hamilton

808 SceneZine interviews Jaimey Hamilton on Intersections

Hamilton, "Ultimately, I want Intersections to help people see the Honolulu art scene from an international perspective”, Hamilton said. She goes on to make a distinction between what’s happening on the global art circuit (with it’s epicenter in New York, and it’s media outlets dominated by Art Forum magazine), and what happens locally. She says that a lot of artists look to the international scene and gear their efforts toward finding an in, but that’s a paradigm that is not sustainable for localized art communities, and she sees the end of that hierarchical association of artists on the horizon. What’s more, she sees Honolulu as a scene that can be on the vanguard of a new, sustainable model in community-based art and culture. But that kind of transition requires that the local arts, music, and cultural communities take their ideas of Honolulu out of the shadow of the mainland and the international scenes, and begin to see Honolulu’s cultural momentum as an international phenomenon."

Hamilton also curated an international exhibition "Pan Pacific Nation" Contemporary Pacific Island art from the Cook Islands, Fiji, Hawaii, New Zealand, Nuie, Samoa and Tonga now showing at ARTS at Mark's Garage, March 2- 23rd, 2009. Artists: Maile Andrade (MFA alum), Leanne Lupelele Clayton, Noelle Kahanu, Leilani Kake, Lily Laita, Nanette Lela’ulu, Janet Lilo, Carol Pao, Siliga David Setoga, Ema Tavola, Angela Tiatia, Sopolemalama Filipe Tohi