Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Fendi Act 3 - Jonathan Swanz

The department continues our partnership with Fendi in 2012. To start off the year, MFA Jonathan Swanz is the selected UHM artist to show his glass works at the Waikiki Fendi. Nadine Kam covers the show and champagne toast in Fashion Tribe.

10% of proceeds from related Fendi receptions will be donated to the department.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Mary Babcock News

Mary Babcock, Faculty member and Graduate Chair included in EAST/PACIFIC/WEST: CONFLUENCE
Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery, Center for the Arts, Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ

January 30 - March 9
Gallery talk: Thu., February 9, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Reception: February 9, 5-7 p.m.
Lecture: February 9, 7 p.m., Recital Hall

Featuring the works of Claire Campbell Park, Nancy Tokar Miller and Mary Babcock representing a merging of East, Pacific and West influences, in relation to their response to the natural world around the Hawaiian Islands and to their underlying creative philosophy.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Friday, January 13, 2012

Art and Sustainability / Akihiko Izukura

Art and Sustainability
Lecture by renowned textile artist Akihiko Izukura
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 6:30pm / ART building auditorium
reception to follow lecture

To open his exhibit Life in Color at the Commons Gallery and outdoor pieces on McCarthy Mall, Akihiko Izukura will be giving a lecture to share his philosophy and approach to art based on three guiding principles:

“compassion for life” 思いやりの美学
“zero-waste” 廃棄物ゼロ
“sun and water circulation” 太陽と水の循環

Wendy Kawabata at Visual Arts Center (Boise)

Faculty member Wendy Kawabata included in Cutting Edge: Contemporary Paper
The exhibition features the work of ten contemporary visual artists that utilize cut paper as a primary medium to create two-dimensional and three-dimensional artworks.

Visual Arts Center, Gallery 2 (Boise State University Art Department)
Curated by Kirsten Furlong and Janice Neri
January 31st - March 23rd, 2012
Opening Reception: February 3rd, 2012 6-8pm

Image: Wendy Kawabata, The Ascetic (detail), 30" x 22", handmade pin perforations in paper, 2011

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Curatorial Project by Liam Davis

STEPHEN HILGER /Hotel California
Exhibition curated by MFA alum Liam Davis and HP Garcia
January 4 to 28, 2012
580 Eighth Avenue @ 38th Street, 7th Floor, NYC

Linda Kane and Noreen Naughton at Andrew Rose Gallery

UHM Alum Noreen Naughton was the augural artist of Honolulu's new and impressive ANDREW ROSE GALLERY. If you have missed Noreen's show make sure you don't miss ARG's second exhibition, a solo entitled NĀ MAHINA I HALA by alum and lecturer Linda Kane.

artist statement ~
The paper is a battle ground
where history, memory, loss and renewal
struggle for dominance.
The resulting palimpsest is a metaphor
for the conflict between fading memory
and the need to remember.

January 13 - February 24, 2012
Artist's reception / FIRST FRIDAY, February 3, 6:00 - 8:00PM
at Bishop Square - Pauahi Tower
1003 Bishop Square, Suite 120, Ground Floor

UHM folks in 2012 Schaefer Portrait Challenge

If you are on Maui, check out the Schaefer Portrait Challenge 2012 at the Maui Arts and Culture Center (January 11 – March 11). A few of our folks' work is included - Linda Kane, Boz Schurr, and Kirsten Rae Simonsen. Sorry if we missed anyone.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Emily McIlroy at Hawai'i Pacific University Art Gallery

Shadows to Shallows
a solo exhibition by Emily McIlroy
January 22 to March 2, 2012
opening reception: January 22 from 4 to 6pm

McIlroy's artist statement: With the loss of a loved one, once fixed horizons become unmoored, passages between points in time collapse, and concealed specters suddenly emerge. The works in this exhibition invoke the ocean and its underwater forces and life forms to conjure this world of uncertain space and immeasurable time.

Untethered to the familiar physics of everyday life, these pieces seek to explore a realm that moves between inner and outer experience, between the recognizable and the outlandish, between a sense of saturation in materiality and a longing for what is not and cannot be. Suspended somewhere between the shadows and the surface, my work suggests entry into a world that is as unstable and sinister as it is suffused with hope for healing—an alien, wayward realm in which all is lost, and anything is possible.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Hurray for UH Design

In 2011 the UH Design Program continued to receive local, national and international recognition for excellence in graphic design.

In September, the UHM Design Workshop won a first place award in the “Environmental/Sustainability” professional category at the national AIGA Re-Design Awards in Los Angeles. AIGA (Re)designAwards is a distinct international design competition and premier awards event that recognizes the importance and excellence of sustainable and socially responsible work. The project, the new identity for the UH School of Architecture, was designed by UHM students winners were: Adine Close, John Cruz, Hao-In Kuan, Yonghao. It was art-directed by Professor Anne Bush.

In November, the Honolulu chapter of the AIGA (the professional organization for design) held its biennial “Hawaii’s 5-0” design awards—a competition judged by three nationally-renowned design judges. UHM design students not only took two of the top three awards, but the judges felt that the design education in the state was so strong, they added two more awards (honorable mentions) that also went to UHM design students. A design by Professor Anne Bush was recognized as one of the top five winners in the professional category. UHM students winners were: Adine Close, John Cruz, Hao-In Kuan, Yonghao Yan, Joe Abad, Will Baron, Jeff Gress, Allison Hanabusa, Matt Higa, Chris Lee, Charis Peich, and Lenibelle Suetos.

In December the UHM Design Workshop was recognized again when the identity system for the UH School of Architecture was recognized in the Print Magazine Regional Design Annual. It was one of only 421 professional winners selected from 2,536 submissions from around the country and was the only design from the entire state of Hawai‘i that was recognized. It was published in the December issue of the

Also in December, Professor Anne Bush was recognized by the New York Art Director’s Club as a winner in their 2011 international design competition. Judged by an international panel of the world’s most respected creative professionals, the ADC Annual Awards competition, now in its 90th year, honors the best work from around the world in interactive media, broadcast and print advertising, graphic design, publication design, packaging, photography and illustration. Winning for “Environmental Design,” she was only of only 16 winners in this category and one of only 6 from the United States. The winners were published this month in the Art Director’s Club Annual 90. Anne was invited to present her work in a public lecture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in October.

Sheri Lyles Solo in India

The Lotus Eaters
A solo exhibition by MFA student Sheri Lyles
Location: Jawahar Kala Kendra / Jaipur, Rajasthan

January 3-6, 2012 from 11am to 5pm
Opening Reception: January 2nd, 2012

MFA student Sheri Lyles has spent four months in India studying traditional and organic agriculture by spending time on at Navdanya farm and conservation center in Dehradun and by visiting industrial and traditional textiles companies that use cotton as their raw material. Her past career as a cardiovascular technologist fueled her interest in human issues related to health and the environment and continues to feed into her work as an artist. She observes that most people in the US not knowing the origin of their food and clothing, nor hold the knowledge of sewing or cooking from raw materials, results of a ready-made culture, have become a source of lack for social responsibility as well as a huge loss of important skills and cultural traditions. Her time in India will be incorporated into her MFA thesis work , where she is comparing the past and present histories of India and the US with the desire to reconnect us and bring awareness to these types of global social-environmental issues ones that are rapidly becoming global concerns.

In The Lotus Eaters Lyles presents five works incorporating non-traditional materials such as thread, clay, turmeric, puja pigments and henna applied on handmade cotton paper. Her previous painting, done in Hawaii, incorporated fabric, thread, pyrography and watercolor paint applied to cotton paper on a small scale. Her new work done at Studio Sukriti has allowed her to work on a larger scale and with new materials previously unavailable to her. They are essentially inspired by the beautiful textures and colors she has admired so much in Rajasthan. More of her past works incorporated used garments which were set on a 2 dimensional framework. This previous work and her four months of agricultural and textile research in India led to her to create this current body of work in which she is working with refuse fabric scraps and shreds sewn onto a set of 5 oversized lotus flowers that create a colorful and surreal garden setting one can become part of. The title,
The Lotus Eaters, is drawn from a 19th century poem written by Lord Tennyson. It is based on the Odyssey of Homer, 856BC story of a people who lived on a small island. Continuously intoxicated from their incessant consumption of the lotus pods, they became apathetic and careless of the world around them.

For more information visit Sheri Lyles' blog, including coverage of her exhibition in a number of newspapers in India.

Lyles' travel has been funded by a generous grant from the Watamull foundation through the Center for South Asian Studies at the University of Hawai'i and also by an award from the Geraldine Clark Fellowship Fund in Painting.

Maika'i Tubbs news

BFA alumni Maika'i Tubbs has been awarded a full scholarship for a 2- month residency at the prestigious Banff Centre.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Megan Bent at RayKo in San Francisco

Megan Bent is included in RayKo’s 5th Annual International Juried
January 18th — March 6th, 2012

Opening reception / Wednesday, January 18th, 6-8pm

428 Third Street | San Francisco, CA 94107 | 415.495.3773 |
Mon: Closed | Tues–Thurs: 10a–10p | Fri–Sun: 10a–8p