Artists of Hawai‘i 2013

Exhibition dates: September 19–November 24, 2013

In October 2012, the selection team of museum director Stephan Jost, deputy director Allison Wong, contemporary art curator James Jensen, and associate contemporary art curator Inger Tully spent hours reviewing the high-quality work from 341 artists. From that process they selected 11 artists.

Explaining the final round of selections, Jensen says, "As we went through the review process, a number of possibilities for a more focused exhibition became obvious, and ultimately we selected a group of artists whose works resonate strongly in a kind of dialogue."

The 11 artists now have more than 10 months to create a body of work for Artists of Hawai‘i 2013, which opens Sept. 19, 2013. During that time, the curators will work with them to develop and select a group of works to show with the other selected artists.

Selected artists

Amber Aguirre, Hawai‘i Island
Media: Ceramic

Drew Broderick, O‘ahu
Media: Mixed-media sculpture and installation

Clarence Chun, O‘ahu
Media: Painting

Kandi Everett, O‘ahu
Media: Mixed-media works on paper

John Ferdico, Hawai‘i Island
Media: Photography and mixed-media sculpture

Yumiko Glover, O‘ahu
Media: Painting

Roberta Griffith, Kaua‘i
Media: Mixed-media sculpture and installation

Ryan Higa, O‘ahu
Media: Painting and sculpture

Chris Ritson, O‘ahu
Media: Mixed-media sculpture and video

Russell Sunabe, O‘ahu
Media: Painting

William Williams III, O‘ahu
Media: Painting and drawing


FAQs about Artists of Hawai‘i 2013

Launched in 1950, this biannual exhibition highlighting the talents of island artists has undergone changes over the years. This year marks a format change. Here are answers to some questions you may have regarding the changes.

Are there any changes to the next Artists of Hawai‘i?
Yes, there are some changes. Artists of Hawai‘i remains a juried exhibition, and anyone can submit work. However instead of submitting images of one to three works, as in the past, artists are invited to submit images of 10 to 12 works from the past several years that provide a more in-depth look at their work. Artists will in effect be submitting a portfolio of work. The jurors will select artists from the submissions, then conduct studio visits with the artists to select works to be presented in the exhibition. The focus is on fewer artists, each with more works presented.

Why are these changes being made?
While continuing its commitment to showing local artists, the museum is making these changes to create and promote a culture of excellence among artists and the public, and have its curators on record as supporting strong work.

Why are artist selections made so far in advance?
To allow artists to further develop their work for the exhibition.

Who will the juror be?
The jurors for Artists of Hawai‘I 2013 will be in house—the museum’s Department of Contemporary Art curators, James Jensen and Inger Tully. The jurors of future exhibitions will be determined at the time that they are being organized.

If fewer artists are accepted for Artists of Hawai‘i, doesn’t this mean the museum is less committed to showing local artists?
No. At the same time, the museum is creating new opportunities for local artists. Beginning in summer 2013, the museum’s John Dominis and Patches Damon Holt Gallery, devoted to the history of art in Hawai’i, will have a section dedicated to solo exhibitions of local artists. This ongoing series will comprise four to five exhibitions per year and will replace the museum’s Biennial Exhibition of Hawai’i Artists.
In addition, the Honolulu Museum of Art continues its First Hawaiian Center exhibition program, which is devoted to contemporary work by Hawai‘i artists. The program is supported by funding from First Hawaiian Bank.

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