We are super excited to announce a new twist on a past successful fundraising event. A virtual silent auction! Were taking a page from our previous FORMable Feast events. BUT no buying tickets, no fancy outfits, no traffic, no parking hassles, no rubber chicken dinners, no too tight fancy shoes, no idle chit chat, no volunteer shifts, no bar bill, no hangover - well that still depends on you, you can indulge at home and save the Uber fare! It’s all virtual and all online. We need to raise $30,000 this year to keep Hawaii Craftsmen solvent. About 30% of that will come from membership dues; renew today ! but the rest we will raise with donations and events.
We’re calling it inFORMable Feast. The only thing not virtual is the art on auction and the dollar bills paid to bring that art into your home.
Fiber Hawaii 2018
Fiber Hawai'i is offered every other year. This exhibition encourages participation from artists in all media who wish to explore fiber related work. In this case fiber as a media as well as fiber as an idea is encouraged. The juror also presents a slide lecture about their work or developments in the field, which is free and open to the public. When appropriate, a workshop is also offered.
Hawai’i Craftsmen is thrilled to announce that Tom Klobe will be the juror for Fiber Hawai'i 2018.
Tom Klobe is professor emeritus and founding director of the University of Hawaii Art Gallery. During his 29 year tenure at UH he organized and designed over 200 exhibitions, five of which received the prestigious Print Casebook Award for Best in Exhibition Design in competition with major museums in the US and abroad.He has authored and edited over 35 exhibition catalogues. His book, Exhibitions: Concept, Planning and Design, was published in 2012 by the American Association of Museums Press.
Tom’s interests in the visual arts span a broad range of materials and techniques. He was co-chair of the 2008 Textile Society of America Biennial Symposium in Honolulu and worked closely with textile curators in the development of important fiber exhibitions at the University.
Between 1966 and 1976 Tom created over 60 paintings and sculptures that utilized light to explore human perceptions of space. Art, science, and religion came together in his work that grew from his awe of space exploration and his deep respect for the people of the Middle East that he gained as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Iran in the mid 60s. His book, A Young American in Iran, chronicles those experiences with humor and poignancy.
Tom was named a Living Treasure of Hawaii by the Honpa Hongwanji Mission in 2005 and was the recipient of the Robert W. Clopton Award for Distinguished Community Service in 2003. In 1999 he was knighted by the Republic of France as a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters for his contributions to the arts in France and Hawaii.
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SEPTEMBER 21ST - SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2018
68-729 FARRINGTON HWY, WAIALUA, HI 96791
Raku Ho'olaule'a is an annual community Raku ceramics workshop and camp out, preceded by an Urasenke tea bowl workshop, a public demonstration of the construction of a clay piece, a slide lecture and a reception for the guest artist. The camp out is followed by a juried exhibition opened by a festive reception with a Tea Ceremony firing demonstration.
Hawai’i Craftsmen is thrilled to announce that Scott Young will be the juror for the 2018 Raku Ho'olaule'a.
OCTOBER 25th - NOVEMBER 11th, 2018
HONOLULU MUSEUM OF ART SCHOOL
1111 VICTORIA St, HONOLULU, HAWAII 96814
The Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition of traditional and contemporary crafts brings a juror of national or international reputation to the state to jury entries on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Hilo, and Kona. The juror also presents a slide lecture at each site on his/her view and interpretations of either his work or the contemporary craft scene. Exhibiting artists and members of Hawai'i Craftsmen act as docents during the exhibit, which lasts for 3 weeks.
HAWAI‘I CRAFTSMEN INVITES ARTIST SUBMISSIONS TO THE 51st ANNUAL STATEWIDE JURIED EXHIBITION 2018
EMERGING AND ESTABLISHED ARTISTS, MEMBERS AND NONMEMBERS FROM ACROSS THE STATE ARE ENCOURAGED TO SUBMIT UP TO SIX COMPLETED ARTWORKS TO BE CONSIDERED FOR INCLUSIONS IN THE 51st ANNUAL STATEWIDE JURIED EXHIBITION
CaFE REGISTRATION WILL OPEN ON SEPTEMBER 1st, AND CLOSE ON OCTOBER 1st, 2018
Hawai’i Craftsmen is thrilled to announce that Isabella Ellaheh Hughes, Co-Founder and Director of the Honolulu Biennial Foundation will be the juror for the 51st Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition.
It is an honor to be the 51st juror of the Hawai’i Craftsmen Annual Statewide Exhibition! I am excited to have the opportunity to visit many of the neighbor islands as a juror, and am a strong champion of exhibitions and programs such as this that bring our state-wide creative community together. It generally feels that each island operates independently, and far too often exhibitions and programs are O’ahu-centric. Although my professional career in the arts has largely been centered on contemporary art, I have a deep appreciation of craft that I was introduced to at a young age growing up in Hawai’i. In recent years, I have become particularly enthusiastic about the growing synergies between contemporary art and craftsmanship; I firmly believe some of the strongest amalgamations of contemporary art and craft are coming out of our local creative community. As a juror, I am particularly interested in the relationship between traditional techniques and materials, reimagined with an innovative, original aesthetic. Creating forward-thinking, inventive pieces, yet looking to and honoring the past (heritage, history, tradition) as a point of inspiration has always been of great fascination for me and will absolutely be something that will resonate strongly when jurying.
Isabella Ellaheh Hughes, Co-Founder and Director, Honolulu Biennial Foundation
Born and raised in Honolulu, Hughes is one of the co-founders and directors of Honolulu Biennial Foundation, an international biennial focused on artists from the cultures linked by the Pacific Ocean. She is also an independent art critic, curator, and food and beverage entrepreneur. Sheʻs written for ArtAsiaPacific, Brownbook, Contemporary Practices, Frieze, Harper’s Art Bazaar Arabia and Ibraaz, and contributed to exhibition catalogues for Honolulu Biennial 2017, Singapore Art Museum, Barjeel Art Foundation, Agha Khan Museum, and Bahrain’s Ministry of Culture. She is the editor of the monograph, Sama Alshaibi: Sand Rushes In (Aperture Foundation, 2015), and has curated exhibitions nationally and internationally, including for Art Dubai Projects, Ayyam Gallery, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Transformer Gallery, and Maraya Art Center. A frequent speaker and moderator of panels, Hughes has also served as a nominator for the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship Program; Abraaj Capital Art Prize, as well as a juror for the YICCA 2013 International Contest of Contemporary Art, and Art Omi International visual arts residency. Most recently she has served as co-curator of CONTACT: Foreign and Familiar at the Honolulu Museum of Art School in 2016, and juror for the 40th Art Maui Exhibition in 2018.
2018 ASJE Schedule
CaFE registration will open on September 1, and close on October 1, 2018.
Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony: Oct. 24, 2018 6:30-8:30
Jurying: Big Island Oct. 8, Maui Oct. 9, Kauai Oct. 10, Oahu Oct. 19
Oct. 18, 2018 5:00-8:00 pm, Artwork Intake, HoMAS Foyer & Main gallery
Oct. 19, 2017 12 pm-5 pm, Artwork Jurying. HoMAS Main gallery
Oct. 19, 2017, Juror public lecture and reception, 5:30-8:00 pm, HoMAS room 101
Oct. 20, 10:00am-1:00 pm Artwork pickup, HoMAS Foyer & Main gallery
October 24, 6:30-8:30 Public opening reception and awards ceremony
Exhibition closes: Nov. 11, 4:30 pm
Artwork pickup, Nov. 11, 4:30-7:30 pm
Victor Kobayashi Annual Exhibit 1980
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Hawaii Craftsmen celebrates fine craft as a vital and enriching part of contemporary life and supports the creative growth of our member artists and the education of the general public to the value of the crafts. We achieve our mission by increasing public awareness and appreciation of fine craft through community outreach and programs for craft artists. We provide opportunities for continuing education and regular exhibition of member work that supports and sustains a statewide community of craft artists. Our programs provide venues for shared experiences and communication and promote the organization and its members both within and without the State of Hawaii.
Our programs are designed for emerging and professional artists and craftsmen. They typically work with glass, metal, wood, fiber, clay or stone. Our members span generations from founding members (we have several Living Treasures on our roster) to students in art school. The raku program has a youth component and we have watched a generation of budding potters grow up. We take seriously our commitment to reach artist across the state and are the only arts organization to send our jurors to the neighbor islands to select work for our annual exhibition. We plan workshops on neighbor islands each year. On average, 20% or our membership (300+/-) are from the neighbor islands.
Our events are important to the community because they bring knowledge and skill to artists and audience across the Hawaiian Islands about craft in a variety of mediums. Our Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition is the ONLY exhibition that is truly statewide and includes all craft mediums. Our workshops and exhibits are highly anticipated by our members and supporters every year because of the professionalism of the instructors as well as the high quality of the craft exhibited. We strive to bring teachers and jurors from the mainland to bring fresh talents skills and perspectives to our islands. Everyone gains from the experience and it goes both ways Teachers and juror return home with a newly realized appreciation of the fine craft and passionate artists in Hawaii. This knowledge has sometimes opened up new venues for HC artists to exhibit and sell their work. Living so far from other counties and the mainland is important we do not succumb to insularity, but reach out and provide educational programs and exhibition to artist and the public all across Hawaii Art and creativity reach across languages cultures and people of all ages to generate conversion and provide fresh perspective
For our 2014 programs we provided 634 artist experiences to approximately 250 individual artists. Because our programs are at popular arts venues such as the Honolulu Museum of Art, we reached just over 20,000 members of the public.
Hawaii Craft and Other Arts Organizations
Hawaii Craftsmen was founded in 1966 as a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting fine craft in the art community of Hawaii. We are pleased to highlight the organizations listed here that provide a range of arts programs and services throughout the state to our members and the general public.