Orvis Artist in the Museum Program

Visual arts

The Honolulu Museum of Art is no stranger to artist-in-residency programs. From 1965 to 1973, high-profile artists such as Adja Yunkers, Kurt Kranz, Matsumi Kanemitsu, Cleve Gray and John Hultberg came to the museum where they taught classes, created work in a studio, and had a solo exhibition.

In 2009, the Honolulu Museum of Art revived the tradition with the Orvis Artist in the Museum program. Organized by the museum with support from the Arthur and Mae Orvis Foundation, Inc., the residency lasts up to six weeks and is open to artists residing and working in Hawai‘i.

Four artists are chosen for the year to create an installation or body of work in Spalding House's outdoor Surface Gallery and offer museum visitors the chance to observe and engage in the creative process. Artists in Residence also receive studio visits and critiques from curatorial staff and local arts professionals. Come and see the artists at work—you’ll gain insight into the creative process.

Winter 2016 • Jan 9–Feb 21 | Edward Clark: Spearfishing Omilu Ulua

Spearfishing Omilu Ulua sums up Edward Clark’s life in relation to art and ecology. The artist believes that Hawaiian spearfishing is the pinnacle of sustainable fishing. Learned from our ancestors, it remains our optimal future of sustainable fishing practices. Clark is struck by the relationship between marine life and the process of making hot glass. “Glass is fragile, like our environment, yet it has the strength and ability to endure for ages.”

Join the artist on a journey that will demonstrate the importance of Hawaiian spearfishing culture and glass to societies past, present, and future. The installation focuses on spearfishing and explores its relationship to the modern fishing industry and the marine environment. Visit with Clark as he combines the culture of glass and spearfishing on a grand scale. 

Work with the artist in the Surface Gallery on these weekend dates:
January 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31
February 6, 7, 13, 14 

For more information:
• Facebook: taongaglass
• Instagram: @glassartshawaii

This program is generously supported by the Arthur and Mae Orvis Foundation.

Orvis Soundshop

The Arthur and Mae Orvis Foundation also supports the museum’s Soundshop program, a series of interactive music education workshops held throughout the year. These workshops will bring high school students from underserved communities together with University of Hawai‘i music students and award-winning local musicians at the museum’s Doris Duke Theatre. Each workshop provides a rare opportunity for students to learn first-hand from seasoned local artists in a way that is accessible and refreshing. Musicians will introduce students to the creative process and demonstrate how the process can be applied to any aspect of daily life. 

In addition to the student collaborations and larger partnership between the University of Hawaiʻi and local high schools facilitated by the program, Soundshop provides performance and teaching opportunities for university student musicians. High schools students are also able to gain experience in applied writing and public speaking, while developing a stronger sense of cultural identity.

For information about the program, contact Taylour Chang at tchang@honolulumuseum.org, or 808-532-3033