Sunday, December 19, 2010

2011 Orvis Artists in Residence

Announcing the 4 winners of the 2011 ORVIS Artist-in-Residence Award - a collaboration between the Honolulu Academy of Art and the UHM Department of Art and Art History. Each of the following MFA recipients will be in residence at HAA for a period of six weeks. Visit them during HAA's events - AloHAA, Bank Of Hawai’i Family Sundays and Artafterdark.

Katie Small in residence February 6 - March 20
AloHAA - 2/10
Bank Of Hawai’i Family Sundays - 2/20 and 3/20
Artafterdark - 2/25
AloHAA - 3/10
Megan Bent in residence March 27 – May 7
AloHAA 4/14
Bank Of Hawai’i Family Sundays - 4/17
Artafterdark - 4/29
James Jack in residence May 14 to June 25
ARTafterDARK - 5/24
Bank of Hawai’i Family Sundays - 5/15 and 6/19
AloHAA Thursday evenings - 6/9
Robert Reed in residence July 5 - August 13
AloHAA 7/14
Bank Of Hawai’i Family Sundays - 7/17
Artafterdark - 7/29
AloHAA - 8/11

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Local Boys and Girls Club visit UH Photolab to make pinhole camera images

The Boys and Girls Club recently had a field trip to UH Photo Lab to make pinhole camera images. Art student and Family Resources major Sandra Ng has been teaching a photography program at the Boys and Girls Club once a week. Sandra along with BFA Photography Alum Natalie Nakasone spent two Fridays helping the students prepare shoebox pinhole cameras to use at their field trip to the UH Photo Lab.
UH Photography Lab Supervisor Mike O provided the students with a tour of the lab facilities. Sandra, Mike, Natalie, and current BFA student Chris Rohrer were available to facilatate the field trip and do all the chemical lab work for the students. Above are some examples of the pinhole images and photograms made by the student's.

Brad Taylor and Suzanne Wolfe at Dao Art Space in Xian, China

Suzanne Wolfe, Large and Small Pillows

Brad Taylor, Tablets - Laminated, Compressed and Carved #1

Brad Taylor, Tablet - Laminated, Compressed and Carved #2 [foreground]
Open Mass- Beaten and Carved [background]

Ceramics Professor and Program Chair Suzanne Wolfe and Assistant Professor in Ceramics Brad Taylor have work in the American Ceramics Exhibition, which is the opening exhibition for the new Dao Art Space in Xian, China. The exhibition highlights 20 American Artists who have worked at the Fuping Art Pottery Village, and have work in the American Museum of the Fule International Ceramics Museum in Shaanxi Province of China.
The show opened on November 12, 2010 in the Tang Dynasty Park in Xian. Suzanne Wolfe showed five Pillow Forms. Brad Taylor showed a series of five Tablets-Laminated, Compressed, and Carved. These works were made during residencies at the Fuping Art Pottery Village this summer; they were fired this fall. The opening of the exhibition coincided with the International Ceramic Magazine Editors Conference in nearby Fuping, China.

Ben Norris: American Modernist available through UH Press

Ben Norris [1910 - 2006] was an American Modernist painter who helped shape the course of modern art in Hawai'i. He served as chair of the UH Art Department from 1945 -1955. A new book, Ben Norris: American Modernist is currently available through UH Press [35% online discount until December 17] . This richly illustrated book celebrates his life and work.

Students, Alumni and Faculty exhibit at Luxury Row

Hawaii's Modern Masters on display from November 18 - December 6th at Luxury Row featured many faculty, students and alums.

Chanel - John Koga and Maikai Tubbs (alums)
Coach - Bernice Akamine, May Izumi, and Lori Uyehara (alums and student)
Gucci - Fred Roster (faculty)
Tiffany & Co - Diane KW (student)

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Mary Babcock at Anna Leonowens Gallery in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Assistant Professor and Fibers Program Chair Mary Babcock is exhibiting a new installation Cocoon at the Anna Leonowens Gallery from November 23 - December 4. Mary Babcock who is in Nova Scotia as a visiting artist at NSCAD [ Nova Scotia College of Art & Design] will be giving an artists talk Wednesday November 24 at 12 pm and a participatory performance Friday November 26 at 12 pm.

Boz Schurr and Jen Rubin at Pacific Guardian Center

MFA students Boz Schurr and Jen Rubin have a two person exhibition Figurative Duality on display at the Pacific Guardian Center from December 3 - December 31, 2010.
Artists Reception: Friday December 3 from 5 - 7 pm.
Hours: Monday - Friday 9 am - 5 pm and Saturday 9 am - 12 pm

Mary Babcock: Solo exhibition at Hawai'i Pacific University Art Gallery

Assistant Professor and Fibers Program Chair, Mary Babcock has a solo exhibition Hydrophilia opening at Hawai'i Pacific University Art Gallery on November 21. Hydrophilia will be on display until January 14, 2011. Gallery hours are Monday - Saturday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Dec 19, 2010 StarAdvertiser Review by Joleen Oshiro

Debra Drexler and Stephanie Gumpel at Doors Art Fair in Seoul, Korea

Dirty Laundry, 84" x 32", oil on canvas, 2010

Drawing and Painting Professor Debra Drexler and alumni Stephanie Gumpel are exhibiting in Grace's Project at the Doors Art Fair in Seoul, Korea [ Nov. 18 - 22]. They are exhibiting individual works as well as a collaborative painting Dirty Laundry, that they have done as part of the Violet Suns. The collective consists of a triad of established and emerging artists [ Gumpel, Drexler, and filmmaker Jeremy Poindexter].

Friday, November 19, 2010

Steve Coy's Hygenic Dress League unveils "No Vacancy" in Detroit, MI

MFA Alum Steve Coy's Hygienic Dress League will be unveiling it's most recent and ambitious project No Vacancy on November 20th. No Vacancy is a 35 ft neon sign powered by solar energy at the abandoned Roosevelt Hotel in Detroit, MI.
Hygienic Dress League is an ongoing public art project by Coy and his wife Dorota which takes shape as a corporation [officially registered in Michigan] and is based in Detroit.

Cella and Klaus Knoll in Tallinn Print Triennial

Cella and Klaus Knoll will be showing work in the 15th Tallin Print Triennial entitled For Love not Money in Tallin, Estonia. The works will be on display from January 20 - May 8, 2011.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Bernice Akamine and Scott Fitzel at TCM First Hawaiian Center

MFA Alum Bernice Akamine and BFA Alum Scott Fitzel have work in the group exhibition Woven Vessels at The Contemporary Museum at First Hawaiian Center.
Woven Vessels is on display from November 5, 2010 - February 11, 2011.

Scott Fitzel and KC Grennan

BFA Alums Scott Fitzel and Kc Grennan have a two person exhibition, Fire Water, on display at the Pegge Hopper Gallery from November 10- December 4, 2010. Opening reception is Wednesday November 10 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. Gallery Hours are Tuesday - Friday 11 am - 4 pm and Saturday 11 am - 3 pm.

Jaime Balugo Jr at the Canon Photo Gallery

Current undergraduate student in photography, Jaime Balugo Jr, has a solo exhibition, Looking at My Self, at The Canon Photo Gallery (210 Ward Ave.: 522-5930)
on display from November 1- 29, 2010.

Scott Groeniger at the Torpedo Factory

Assistant Professor of 2-D Digital Imaging, Scott Groeniger, has work in the juried group exhibition, 5x5 Exposed: Small Works in Photography, at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA.
5x5 Exposed will be on display from November 6-21.
Opening Reception is November 11 from 6-8 pm.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Abigail Lee Kahilikia Romanchak

Photo By: Jyoti Mau

MFA Alum Abigail Lee Kahilikia Romanchak was recently featured in Modern Luxury Magazine. Click here to read the article. Romanchak currently has work at The Contemporary Museum's Biennial of Hawai'i Artists IX which will be up until January 26, 2011.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Musings of Mystery and Alphabets of Agony : The Work of Edward Gorey reviewed in the Star Advertiser

Musing of Mystery and Alphabets of Agony: The Works of Edward Gorey, the current exhibition on display at the UH Art Gallery, was recently reviewed in the Star Advertiser. Click here to read the article.
Musings of Mystery and Alphabets of Agony: The Works of Edward Gorey will be on display until December 10, 2010. Gallery Hours are Monday - Friday 10:30 - 5:00 and Sunday 12:00 - 5:00.
This Sunday, October 31st is a special event : An Edward Gorey Haunted Mystery Family Soiree from 12:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Intersections visiting artist, Heather Rowe, reviewed in Star Advertiser

photo courtesy of Interisland Terminal

Intersections visiting artist Heather Rowe created a site specific installation, The Framed Guests, at the UHM School of Architecture, Haigo and Irene Shen Architecture Gallery. Her visit and installation, which was cosponsored by Interisland Terminal, was recently covered in the Star Advertiser. Click here to read the article.
Rowe's visit was also made possible by sponsorship from Savage Glass, The State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, and The Laila Twigg-Smith Art Fund.
The Framed Guests will be on display until November 10, 2010

Eli Baxter solo exhibition at Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center

MFA Alum Eli Baxter has a solo exhibition, In The Still Between, on display at Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center in Maui. In The Still Between is a site specific installation that explores the dialogue of space and relationships between inside and outside.
In The Still Between opened on September 25 and will be up until November 12.

Satoshi Takahira MFA Thesis Exhibition

MFA student Satoshi Takahira's MFA thesis exhibition, Portrait, is on display from October 25 - 29, 2010 at the UHM Commons Gallery.
Opening reception is October 25 from 3 - 5 p.m.
Gallery hours are Monday - Friday 10:30 am - 4:00 pm

Monday, October 4, 2010

Calvin Collins, Mark Maresca, and Dieter Runge at Koa Art Gallery

MFA Alum's Calvin Collins, Mark Maresca, and Dieter Runge are the featured artists in an upcoming exhibition Caution, Righteous, Thirst at the Koa Art Gallery.
Caution, Righteous, Thirst is on display from October 15 - November 9, 2010. Opening reception is Friday October 15 from 4:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Al Ness makes props for Lost

A nice little video podcast of LOST that mentions Al Ness (MFA alum) and the UH Glass Program. Ness created a prop for the show - message in a bottle...

Friday, October 1, 2010

Yida Wang, Ji Jianjie & The YCenter Featured in Modern Luxury

Yida Wang (Associate Professor in Drawing and Painting) and her partner and artist Ji Jianjie's (MFA alum) beautiful new art space Ycenter for Visual Arts were featured in Modern Luxury Hawai'i. Ycenter's first exhibition "Body/Mind" included work by MFA students. [photo by: Marco Garcia]

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Jon Hamblin at Koa Art Gallery

MFA Alum Jon Hamblin has work in the group exhibition Confluence at the Koa Art Gallery. Confluence is on display from September 16 - October 9, 2010. Opening reception is September 16 from 4:30-7:00 p.m.
Gallery hours are Monday - Friday 10:00-4:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00-3:00 p.m.

Patrick Maguire Exhibited at Brooklyn Artists Gym Gallery

Undergraduate student Patrick Maguire has work in the group exhibition: Close Up: Small Works at the Brooklyn Artists Gym Gallery. Close Up: Small Works will be on display from September 10-20th, 2010.

Brian C. Lo MFA Thesis Exhibition

MFA student Brian C. Lo will have his MFA thesis exhibition, Exchange of Understanding, on display in the Commons Gallery from September 20 - October 1, 2010.
Exchange of Understanding features large mixed media works that explore interpersonal relationships in the digital age.
Opening reception is September 26 from 3:00 -5:00 p.m.
Common Gallery hours are Monday - Friday 10:30-4:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00- 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Fred Roster at The Academy Arts Center

Chair of the Sculpture Department Fred Roster, has a survey of his work from 1969- present on display at The Academy Arts Center at Linekona. The exhibition titled: It Seemed Like the Future, opened September 3 and will be on display until September 26, 2010.
Gallery hours are Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.

Reem Bassous Solo Exhibition

Lecturer Reem Bassous has an upcoming solo exhibition, Plexus, on display from September 26 - November 12, 2010 at the Hawai'i Pacific University Art Gallery.
Opening Reception is Sunday, September 26, 2010 4 - 6 p.m.
Gallery hours are Monday - Saturday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Kanako Nagai

BFA Alum, Kanako Nagai is performing in Crazy Wisdom- Pan Asian Performance Art Tour 2010 at Incheon Art Platform and Gwangju Biennial, Korea.

Performances will be happening from September 2 - September 11, 2010.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Chris Rohrer: 1st Place in Faces of Hawai'i Photo Competition

Undergraduate photography student Chris Rohrer received first place in HI Art Magazine's: Faces of Hawai'i 2010 Photo Portrait Competition.
Exhibition opening and book debut is on November 25th 2-5 p.m. at idspace in Kurtistown, Big Island

Chris's winning portrait , Ikaika, [pictured top] will be the cover photo for the Faces of Hawai'i Vol. 3.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Allyn Bromley's retrospective at TCM

"Finding Latitude: The Work of Allyn Bromley"
by no other than Professor Emeritus Allyn Bromley
The Contemporary Museum
June 25th – August 29, 2010

The exhibition presents the first survey of Bromley's work, spanning four decades of her career from early intaglio prints of the 1970s and large-scale screenprints of the 1980s, to more recent works combining screenprinting with mixed media techniques and installations completed this year. Bromley served as Chair of the Printmaking Program at UHM from 1983 to her retirement in 2000
Susan Schultz, poet and editor of Tinfish Press blogs about the exhibition.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Analog Sunshine Recorders at Manifest

The Analog Sunshine Recorders present: A Hodgepodge of Photographic Wonderment
August 21-September 13

Opening reception:
August 21, 8:00PM
The Manifest
32 N. Hotel Street

Featured artists:
Ikaika Akana
Megan Bent
John Hook
Natalie Nakasone
Sandra Ng
Justin Ornellas
Chris Rohrer
Gary Saito
Bronson Shimabukuro
Cassy Song
Keisuke Takahashi
LeAnn Yamamoto

DELUGE by Mary Babcock and Christopher Curtin


Alderbrook Station, Astoria, OR
July 24-31, 2010

The Netshed at Alderbrook Station is uniquely situated where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean. In this site specific installation, Mary Babcock and Christopher Curtin used cloth and gillnets to create an environment where we find ourselves under the surface of the water as river currents meet ocean tides.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Exhibition of Recent work from the UHM Glass Program

September 17-October 8, 2010
Recent work from the UHM Glass Program
Gallery 'Iolani
Opening Reception:
Friday, 9/17, 4–7 pm
Special Glass Blowing Demonstrations:
Friday, 9/17, 4–7 pm and Saturday 10/2, 4–7 pm

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Wendy Kawabata showing in New Zealand

PULL POKE FOLD | Wendy Kawabata (faculty)
July 16 – Aug 29; Opens: Thurs 15th July, 6pm
One of three exhibitions at the Corban Estate Homestead Gallery (New Zealand) overlap in associations, particularly in their explorations of memory and feminine histories of craft.
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Friday, August 13, 2010


Gaye Chan (faculty) and Nandita Sharma, as co-founders of EATING IN PUBLIC have been invited to present at the CREATIVE TIME SUMMIT : REVOLUTIONS IN PUBLIC PRACTICE (Oct 9-10) in New York City, a two-day conference that brings more than forty cultural producers together to discuss how their work engages pressing issues affecting our world. Their international projects bring to the table a vast array of practices and methodologies that engage with the canvas of everyday life. The participants range from art world luminaries to those purposefully obscure, providing a glimpse into an evolving community concerned with the political implications of socially engaged art. The Creative Time Summit is meant to be an opportunity to not only uncover the tensions that such a global form of working presents, but also to provide opportunities for new coalitions and sympathetic affinities. Accompanying the Summit will be the bestowal of the second annual Leonore Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change. This year, the recipient is Rick Lowe, who is being recognized for his groundbreaking Project Row Houses in Houston—a non-profit founded in 1993 and comprised of artist residencies, low-income housing, a gallery, park, and more—which has become a model for the integration of the arts into a neighborhood infrastructure.

ARTCLUB at Kmart

Four artists (including 3 alums Fae Yamaguchi, Corinne Kamiya, Maika'i Tubbs) compete in ARTCLUB, an art reality show at Kmart sat. 8/14. Each will be given 60 minutes to choose $25 worth of supplies and material and have two hours to create a work of art. Shoppers in the store will judge and vote on their favorites and the winner will be chosen based on technical execution, use of materials, concept and visual impact.

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Art 351 projects at Design Within Reach - Ala Moana

Design Within Reach - Honolulu is featuring tables designed and fabricated by students of David Landry's summer session Art 351 (Utilitarian Sculpture) class. You are invited for a viewing of the tables along with a panel of judges from the local design community. The winners will be announced at the end of the evening.

Refreshments will be served.
Thursday August 19 from 6-8pm
Design Within Reach
Ala Moana Shopping Center – Top level next to Nordstrom

Laura Ruby and Tony Quagliano at Linekona Center

A collaboration
Prints by Laura Ruby and Poetry by Tony Quagliano
at Academy Art Center Linekona, 1111 Victoria Street
August 16 – 29, 2010
Reception: Monday, August 16 – 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Poetry Reading by JOSEPH STANTON – 6:30 p.m.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Space&Sound Presents: TEEBS at Marks Garage

Space&Sound is an art and music promotion collective comprised of Joe Gosalvez, Annie Nguyen (BFA alum), Alika Pfaltzgraff, and Travis Tokuyama. Their first event opens this Friday, August 6 at Marks Garage.

Artists include:
MyCryptonauts (Aaron Lee, current lecturer)
Gary Saito (BFA alum)

See the facebook event for more info.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Nanci Hersh Public Art project in New York City

The Fashion Center Business Improvement District (BID) in New York City unveiled the latest installment in its continuing series of public art exhibits, titled Slowing Down to Catch Up, by Nanci Hersh (MFA alum 1994).

Hersh created Slowing Down to Catch Up as part of her Inherently Found Series, a mixed-media collection in which she examines things that are passed down genetically and socially, things that are found and kept, and things that are left behind – and how they all shape one’s identity. Wire and netting are shaped and formed, then dipped into vats of over-beaten pulp that dries over the form like a taut skin. These “nets” are used – along with pages from old books, fabric and other found objects, to catch the “stuff of our lives.”

Since attaining her MFA, Hersh has received numerous awards and honors including three purchase awards from the State Foundation of Culture and the Arts, Hawaii. In addition , her work is included in the collections of The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, the Honolulu Academy of Arts, as well as in the corporate collections of Johnson & Johnson, Kaiser Permanente, Honolulu Advertiser, Hemmeter Collection, STW Fixed Income Management, Lehigh Portland Cement and numerous private collections. She currently lives in Landenberg, Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons.