Artists of Hawai‘i 2015

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    Alison Beste. 'Oil Tanker Sunset Series: Double.' Archival inkjet print.

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    Emily McIlroy. 'Sky Burial (detail).' Charcoal, pastel & oil on paper. 84 x 156 inches

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    Elisa Chang. 'Untitled #28.' Digital photo printed on Fuji Pearl paper. 20 x 20 inches

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    Jesse Houlding. 'Ferrous Wheel - Painting, 2014.' Iron residue, cherry wood frame, canvas. 32 x32 x4 inches

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    Lauren Trangmar. The Creative Organ (Creo-Organum), 2015. Archival pigment print, gold leaf, colored pencil, ink, and blind emboss on Rives BFK.

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    Maile Yawata. 'Takuan,' 2015. Installation with digital prints, ceramic, casein and mixed media.

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    .5ppi. '.5ppi fps,' 2015. Installation with video, prints, wood blocks, paper. Dimensions variable.

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    Akira Iha. '#415,' 2015. Acrylic on paper mounted on board.

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July 02, 2015 - October 25, 2015
Honolulu Museum of Art

Exhibition Overview

Artists of Hawai‘i marks its 61st installment as a juried exhibition, open to any artist residing in Hawai‘i. A selection team—comprising the museum director, deputy director, and curator of contemporary art—reviewed more than 249 entrants’ portfolios, and selected artists rather than specific works. Eight artists were chosen in September 2014, and over the past several months they have had studio visits from the curator of contemporary art James Jensen to discuss their work in progress.

Representing a sampling of the high level of activity and achievement by artists living and working across the state, this exhibition focuses on a group of artists whose works, although in a range of media and diverse styles, resonate with each other in their use of color, figuration, narrative, and involvement with visions that are distinctly personal and also more broadly cultural, about this place, its people, this time.

This exhibition is part of the Honolulu Museum of Art’s ongoing commitment to support local artists through all of its venues—the main museum, including the ongoing series of solo exhibitions by contemporary Hawai‘i artists in its John Dominis and Patches Damon Holt Gallery of the Arts of Hawai‘i; Spalding House; the Honolulu Museum of Art School; and the Honolulu Museum of Art at First Hawaiian Center.

This exhibition is sponsored by Diane and Walter Dods.

Additional support provided by Hawaiian Airlines, Honolulu Magazine and Waikiki Parc.

Selected artists

.5ppi (printmaking collective)
Oʻahu, printmaking

Alison Beste
Oʻahu, photography

Elisa Chang
Oʻahu, photography

Jesse Houlding
Hawaiʻi island, drawing/mixed-media installation

Akira Iha
Maui, painting

Emily McIlroy
Oʻahu, drawing, painting

Lauren Trangmar
Oʻahu, digital printing, sculpture

Maile Yawata
Oʻahu, ceramic sculpture, mixed-media


Drawing in the Museum Day | Emily McIlroy gallery talk
Wednesday, Sept 2
Grab a sketchboard, paper and pencil from a docent the front desk and draw all day at the museum—indoors in the galleries and outdoor in the courtyards. For inspiration, go to Emily McIlroy's talk in Artists of Hawai‘i at 1pm. McIlroy focuses on drawings on paper.

Candid Photo Day | Elisa Chang gallery talk
Wednesday, Oct 7
Get your cameras and phones ready! Inspired by Artists of Hawai‘i artist Elisa Chang, whose work consists of candid images of people in Waikīkī as they experience the stereotypical “Hawaiian vacation.” We encourage you to take impromptu snapshots of your time in the galleries and grounds. Tag your images with #candidHoMA. See Elisa talk about her work and answer questions from 1 to 2pm in Artists of Hawai‘i.