Exhibits

Hawai‘i State Art Museum Exhibits

Artworks on display in the Hawai‘i State Art Museum are from the Art in Public Places Collection of the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, or student art competitions (the Annual Hawai‘i Regional Scholastic Art Awards and Annual Young Artists of Hawai‘i). Most of the Art in Public Places Collection is on display in public buildings, including schools, libraries, and state offices. The collection can be viewed and searched online: Art in Public Places Catalog.

Current Exhibits

EMPHASIZED: eye on scale

Painting with close up images of a fish by artist Carol Bennett.

Through a selection of works from the Art in Public Places Collection, this exhibition explores the various ways that artists play with scale, and how this in turn affects the viewer’s responses and understanding. View sculptures, paintings, prints, and photos large and small, including two massive ceramic heads by Jun Kaneko. 2nd floor, Diamond Head gallery. For more information about the artworks in the exhibit, you can see images and information in the Art in Public Places Collection online catalog of artworks: EMPHASIZED: eye on scale.

Artists in the EMPHASIZED: eye on scale exhibit

Allison Bianco, Bruna Stude, Cade Roster, Carol Bennett, Christopher Cole, Claude Horan, Dennis Hanshew, Dorothy Faison, Freeman Lau, John Wisnosky, Jun Kaneko, Lee Chesney, Masami Teraoka, Pat Catlett, Paul Kodama, Sally French, Virginia Jacobs.

In Hawai‘i

Promotional graphic for the In Hawaii Exhibit, showing an etching of Kealakekua Bay by artist Huc Luquiens.

Featured artworks explore themes of inspiration, influence, insight, innovation and inquiry in Hawai‘i, as expressed through artworks from the Art in Public Places Collection of the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. This is a long-term exhibit, currently scheduled to be up through 2020. For more information about artworks in the exhibit, images and information are in the Art in Public Places online catalog of artworks: In Hawai‘i. September 6, 2019 – closing date to be determined

Artists in the In Hawai‘i exhibit

Pio Abad and Frances Wadsworth Jones, Satoru Abe, Lalepa Pi’ikoi Ah Sam, Ruthadell Anderson, Mary Babcock, Carol Bennett, Elizabeth Bennett, A. Kimberlin Blackburn, Allyn Bromley, John E. Buck, Mark A. Chai, Jean Charlot, Joey Chiarello, Lucille Cooper, Bryan Czibesz, Isami Doi, Betty Tseng Yuho Ecke, Christopher Edwards, Matthew Egan, Margaret Ezekiel, Dorothy Faison, Scott Fitzel, Juliette May Fraser, Sally French, Ka-Ning Fong, Francis Haar, Susan McGovney Hansen, Todd Herzberg, D. Howard Hitchcock, Pegge Hopper, Diana Nicholette Jeon, Anne Kanahele, Jun Kaneko, John Tanji Koga, Wayne Levin, Huc Mazelet Luquiens, Clarence Maki, Martha Marques, Marques Marzan, Mazatl,  Marie McDonald, Marcia Morse, Terry Holokai Murata, Tetsuo Ochikubo, Carl Franklin Ka‘ailā‘au Pao, Margo Ray, Franco Salmoiraghi, Tadashi Sato, Shawn Spangler and Bryan Czibesz, Donna Stoner, Bruna Stude, Jonathan Swanz, Toshiko Takaezu, Reuben Tam, Madge Tennent, Harry Tsuchidana, Maika‘i Tubbs, Robert Dick Tynes, Phil Uhl, Lionel Walden, John Wisnosky, Suzanne Wolfe, Daniel Wooddell.

STATE OF ART: new work

Promotional graphic for the State of Art exhibit.

This exhibit invites you to engage with a selection of recent additions to the collection from across the Hawaiian Islands. The thirty-one artworks acquired from eighteen exhibitions offer an insight into current trends and themes in the local arts scene and provides an opportunity to see the diversity of works being created in Hawaiʻi today. SFCA Executive Director Jonathan Johnson says “this exhibit is what’s going on in Hawaiʻi through the eyes of artists.” 2nd floor, Diamond Head gallery. For more information about the artworks in the exhibit, you can see images and information in the Art in Public Places Collection online catalog of artworks: STATE OF ART: new work. Through April 2020.

Artists in the STATE OF ART: new work exhibit

Doug Britt, Bai Xin Chen, Kelly Ciurej, Janet Davis, Elizabeth Forest, Yoko Haar, Dennis Hakes, Daniel Harano, Charlton Kupaʻa Hee, Brad Huck, Zenobia Lakdawalla, Tom Lieber, Robert Lober, Michelle Martin, Marques Marzan, Deyana Mielke, Yoonmi Nam, Paula Nokes, Mia O., Jon K. Ogata, Nisha Pinjani, Hiroko Sakurai, Marilee Salvator, Jennifer Stephens, Jonathan Swanz, Mark Tanabe, Masami Teraoka, Lori Uyehara, David Valdez, Hana Yoshihata.

The HiSAM Sculpture Garden

View of the Sculpture Garden from the second floor courtyard.

Photo credit: David Franzen

View of the bronze sculpture "Mr. Chickenpants" adorned with lei. In the background there is a hala tree. In the foreground, two people sit and talk next to a border of yellow flowers.

“Mr. Chickenpants” bronze sculpture by May Izumi, 2019. Photo credit: Brandyn Liu.

On the ground floor of the building was once a recreational area that featured a large swimming pool and bleachers. This area has now been transformed to serve again as an urban oasis. It retains elements that evoke memories of the pool, offering pathways for discovery and sites for reflection. The garden is open to the public during building hours (Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.). Admission is free.

HiSAM Museum Gallery Shop x MORI Exhibits

Exhibits of work in the HiSAM Museum Gallery Shop x MORI on the ground floor are independent of the Hawai‘i State Art Museum. For more information about shop exhibits of artworks, please visit their website: www.shophisam.com

Friends of the Hawai‘i State Art Museum Exhibits

Exhibits of work in the Artizen Cafe Gallery on the ground floor are independent of the Hawai‘i State Art Museum and organized by the Friends of the Hawai‘i State Art Museum, a non-profit volunteer organization. For more information about their exhibits of artworks for sale, please visit their website: www.friendsofhisam.org

Upcoming Exhibits

2020 Hawai‘i Regional Scholastic Student Art Awards

View award-winning artwork by Hawai‘i students grades 7-12. February 14 – March 14, 2020. Information on how to participate in the competition is available on the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts website – Call for Student Artists: 57th Annual Hawaii Regional Scholastic Art Awards.

2021 Young Artists of Hawai‘i

The Young Artists of Hawai‘i competition and exhibit for students K-6 will return in 2021. Information on how to participate in the competition will be published in the email newsletter of the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts as well as on their website.

HiSAM Museum Gallery Shop x MORI Exhibits

Exhibits of work in the HiSAM Museum Gallery Shop x MORI on the ground floor are independent of the Hawai‘i State Art Museum. For more information about shop exhibits of artworks, please visit their website: www.shophisam.com

Friends of the Hawai‘i State Art Museum Exhibits

Exhibits of work in the Artizen Cafe Gallery on the ground floor are independent of the Hawai‘i State Art Museum and organized by the Friends of the Hawai‘i State Art Museum, a non-profit volunteer organization. For more information about their exhibits of artworks for sale, please visit their website: www.friendsofhisam.org

Past Exhibits (2018-2019)

2019 Young Artists of Hawai‘i “My Culture, My Family, and Me”

See Hawai‘i through the eyes of children! Young Artists of Hawai‘i is an annual student art exhibition that recognizes creative excellence among Hawaii’s public and private school students in grades Kindergarten through sixth grade. A panel of distinguished judges select 96 works for exhibition from school submissions. Through June 29, 2019. For more information about the competition and exhibit, please visit the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts website: 2019 Young Artists of Hawai‘i

HAWAI‘I: Change & Continuity

This exhibit tells the story of the past examining the overlapping influences of nature’s bounty and human impact on a fragile environment. View a variety of mediums and techniques in these artworks, including paintings, sculptures, textiles, and photographs. 2nd floor, ‘Ewa gallery. September 4, 2015 –  June 8, 2019. For more information, including a link to an Art in Public Places Collection online catalog of the artworks: HAWAI‘I: Change & Continuity.

56th Annual Hawai‘i Regional Scholastic Art Awards

A consistent favorite for many museum visitors, the Hawaiʻi Regional Scholastic Student Art Awards Exhibit at the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum displays artwork by students from across the state of Hawaiʻi. This art competition is open to all students (public, charter, home, and private) grades 7-12 who enter their work in the official categories of Architecture & Industrial Design, Ceramics & Glass, Comic Art, Design, Digital Art, Drawing & Illustration, Editorial Cartoon, Fashion, Film & Animation, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Video Games, and Art Portfolio. Submissions are juried by panels of leaders in the visual arts for this regional level exhibit. 2nd floor, Turnaround gallery. A full list of schools and students is posted on the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts website: 2019 Hawaii Regional Scholastic Art Awards Recipients. Exhibit dates: February 16 – April 17, 2019

2018 Young Artists of Hawai‘i

Artwork by Hawaii’s public, charter and private school students in grades Kindergarten through sixth grade on the theme of “My Culture, My Family, and Me.” A full list of schools and students is posted on the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts website: 2019 Young Artists of Hawaiʻi.
Exhibit dates: May 4 – June 29, 2018.

MEN

Human beings have been at the center of creative expression since the very beginning of the history of art. While this includes both genders, there has been more attention and scrutiny aimed at the female form. This exhibition of works from the Art in Public Places Collection put its focus solely on artistic depictions of men. Artworks by Satoru Abe, Bumpei Akaji, Rick Allred, August Becker, Carol Bennett, Jean Charlot, Margaret Ezekiel, Francis Haar, Allen Hori, Robin Kaye, Kenneth Kerslake, Oldrich Kulhanek, Wayne Levin, Belinda Ling, Huc Mazelet Luquiens, Susan Martin Maffei, Melinda Morey, John Takami Morita, Ben Norris, Louis Pohl, Brian Sato, David B. Smith, James Surls, Dietrich Varez, Paul Weissman, Gwen Whitney, and Kaina Young. Photos of the artworks can be viewed in the Art in Public Places online catalog: MEN. Exhibit Dates: September 7, 2018 – January 2019