Hawai‘i National Parks Juried Exhibition Deadline May 15
The Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Schaefer International Gallery, in partnership with the National Park Service, will hold its first national call to artists to enter a national juried exhibition celebrating the centennial anniversary of the state’s national parks.
This unique exhibition, scheduled for Aug. 28 through Oct. 20, 2016, will highlight an appreciation for the skills and creativity of artists, and the essence of Hawai‘i’s national parks.
Artists are encouraged to submit new work that conveys their personal interpretation of environmental, ecological, cultural and political ideas. The jurors will consider a broad range of work—from traditional representation to experimental in concept.
“Schaefer International Gallery received a proposal in 2012 by staff members at Haleakalā National Park bringing our attention to the Hawai‘i National Parks 2016 centennial, in conjunction with the National Parks centennial,” said Gallery Director Neida Bangerter. “The exhibits committee agreed that with curatorial direction this would be a wonderful exhibit focus for our 2016-17 season.”
Bangerter is working with Polly Angelakis, chief of interpretation and education at Haleakalā National Park, who will serve as a consultant on the exhibition development and the history of the parks and its collections.
There will also be a Centennial Festival at Haleakalā National Park’s Kipahulu District in July 2015.
This is Schaefer International Gallery’s first national call to artists to submit their work for consideration by jurors.
The call for entries will close May 15, 2016.
Artists are asked to create work that is inspired by the following Hawai‘i parks and monuments:
Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail (Hawai‘i Island)
Haleakalā National Park (Maui)
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park (Hawai‘i Island)
Honouliuli National Monument (O‘ahu)
Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park (Hawai‘i Island)
Kalaupapa National Historical Park (Moloka‘i)
Pu‘ukohōla Heiau National Historic Site (Hawai‘i Island)
Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park (Hawai‘i Island)
World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument (O‘ahu, California, Alaska)
Jurors for this exhibition are James “Jay” Jensen and Nalani Kanakaole, who will consider two- and three-dimensional media, including paintings, drawings, hand-pulled prints, fiber, photography, ceramics, glass, mixed media, jewelry, sculpture, digital computer-based media and video.
Entries will be accepted from residents living in the US.
There will be $2,500 in cash awards to be presented to selected artists—The Jurors Choice Award for $1,500 and two honorable mentions of $500 each.
The awards are sponsored by Haleakalā Ranch. The exhibition is supported in part by The Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association and Friends of Haleakalā.
Exhibit related programming is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, through another “Observe and Play Family Day” event, which will offer families an opportunity to come through a guided gallery tour, meet the artists and engage in an art-making activity.
ABOUT THE JURORS
Jensen is the curator of contemporary art at the Honolulu Museum of Art. Previously, he was associate director/chief curator of The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu (1991-2011) and worked at the Honolulu Academy of Arts from 1976 to 1991 as administrative assistant to the director (1976-77), publications editor (1977-84), assistant curator and curator of Western Art (1982-91).
Jensen holds BA (art history) and MA (arts administration) degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has organized many exhibitions, including the first four Biennial of Hawai’i Artists exhibitions at The Contemporary Museum (1993, 1995, 1997, 1999) and Artists of Hawai’i 2013 and Artists of Hawai’i 2015 at the Honolulu Museum of Art, retrospective exhibitions of Hawai’i artists Tadashi Sato, Satoru Abe, Claude Horan and Hawai’i-born Chicago artist Ray Yoshida, as well as solo and group exhibitions of national and international artists. He serves on the boards of the Jean Charlot Foundation and Hawai‘i Craftsmen.
Kanakaole works as a content consultant and kumu hula. A Hilo native raised in the hula tradition, she actively teaches hula for Hālau O Kekuhi, as well as being the artistic director for the Edith Kanakaole Foundation.
Passionate in raising an awareness about the native culture, she works as a cultural/artistic content consultant for Sig Zane Designs. Currently, she is in a master’s program in sculpture, working on an exhibition of traditional pa‘u (dancing skirts) and conducting content research for upcoming projects.