Saturday, August 31, 2013

Jessica Orfe hits her stride at Spalding House

Recent MFA alum Jessica Orfe hits her stride at Spalding House - a collaborative tennis court size mural. See blog here. 
photo credit: Jessica Orfe

Kaleo covers Reem Bassous' Drawing Marathon

For the third time the department has offered a course entitled Drawing Marathon with Reem Bassous during summer session, where students draw for 6 hours each day for 3 weeks. Kaleo covers the courses in a column this week. (photo by Ismael Ma)

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Reem Bassous at The Washington Studio School

Drawings, paintings and installation
August 28 – October 5, 2013
Friday, August 30th Reception from 6-9pm 

at The Washington Studio School (Washington, DC)
Reem will give a talk at 6pm about her work shortly followed by the reception.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Brady Evans (BFA alum) curates "Crossing Cultures: The Art of Manga in Hawai‘i" at Gallery Iolani

"Crossing Cultures: The Art of Manga in Hawai‘i" at Gallery Iolani brings together Hawai‘i artists who use manga — a distinctive form of Japanese comic art. The show is curated by BFA alum Brady Evans.

Meet the Artists: Sundays, 2 – 4 p.m., September 8, 15, 22 & 29
Interactive Manga Activities: Daily
Gallery Open for Windward Ho‘olaule‘a: Saturday, September 28, 10 – 5 p.m.
Hands-On Manga Printmaking Activity: Saturday, September 28, 12 – 2 p.m.

Peters Valley Craft Center "N" Us


The top image is faculty member Brad Taylor's site specific work featured in the exhibition “Riding the Wave: 30+ Years Firing the Peters Valley Anagama” at Peters Valley School of Craft (PVSC). The show has garnered much interest, including an article in the New York Times. The photo to illustrate the article shows recent BFA recipient Ryan Shultz tending the wood firing kilns. Ryan served as the Studio Assistant for PVSC this summer, while four other UHM art students attend the school on scholarship - Mattius Braun, Jennifer Chua, Momi Green, and Dustin Miyakawa.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Recent MFA Graduate Michael Hengler has had a prolific Summer

Michael Hengler's 2013 summer begun with a 3-month fellowship from the Creative Glass Center of America at the Wheaton Arts' Cultural Center in Millville, New Jersey. During this time, developed different ideas and experimented with new techniques to make several bodies of work.

Wheaton was followed by an internship at Princeton University to study with internationally known scientific glassblower Mike Souza. Souza specializes in lab glass, a skill that Michael will bring to share with the UH community.

Michael presented “Buoy & Boat” on the Hereford Inlet in Wildwood, New Jersey. “Buoy & Boat” consists of 33 paired buoy and boat sets etched with his website address. Although the ocean tide failed to carry the sets out to sea, an accommodating life guard volunteered to paddle the heavy and cumbersome sets into the rip current on his surfboard, one by one, and left to drift on their own. Two of the sets have been found and both finders contacted Michael. Inspired by the artwork, one of them donated his find to the Mayor of Lower Township, New Jersey. One edition of "Buoy & Boat" is now permanently displayed in their City Hall. The Cape May County Herald wrote about the project.

As if the aforementioned was not enough for a summer's work, Michael also got to intern with Paul Stankard, internationally renowned glass paperweight maker.

As the Summer draws to a close Michael brings all his newly acquired expertise back to UH. After nearly two years of planning, coordinating and heavy lifting, Michael revives UH Manoa's Science Glass Lab and begins to offer scientific glass services to the university and beyond, as well as teach a section of ART 130 through Outreach College. There is still room in the class if you want to sign up!!

Jeff Kurosaki and meowmeowtweet

BFA alum Jeff Kurosaki and his partner Tara Pelltier collaborate in life, art and business.
They not only active in their art practice as The Friendly Falcons, but also have a thriving company called meowmeowtweet - featured in the NYtimes.

Sunday, August 18, 2013


Dustin Miyakawa, one of the students in the 2013 BFA Seminar and Exhibition produced this video of the experience. 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Virtual exhibition on Edo Period Painting

As a part of their coursework with Professor John Szostak, students produce a virtual exhibition on Edo Period Painting in collaboration with the Honolulu Museum of Art.