HAWAI‘I CRAFTSMEN TO RECEIVE $10,000 GRANT FROM THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS
Honolulu—National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $30 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding an anouncement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement is a Challenge America grant of $10,000 to Hawaiʻi Craftsmen to support an artist residency by the internationally acclaimed artist, Magdalene Odundo. The Challenge America category supports primarily small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations—those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.
“The arts are for all of us, and by supporting organizations such as Hawaiʻi Craftsmen, the National Endowment for the Arts is providing more opportunities for the public to engage with the arts,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Whether in a theater, a town square, a museum, or a hospital, the arts are everywhere and make our lives richer.”
Hawaiʻi Craftsmen Acting President, Dr. Barbara Thompson, notes that “the NEA’s recommendation of a Challenge America grant, matched by a Laila Twigg-Smith Art Fund Artist in Residence grant received earlier this year, will allow us to introduce a new workshop format to our member artists and community. Working within an intensive and immersive workshop setting, Ms. Odundo will lead artist participants in developing new discourses and innovative thinking around their own art practices as well as around contemporary fine crafts more broadly speaking.” The residency is scheduled for the summer of 2017. Details will be announced early in the spring of 2017.
For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR NEW TASK COMMITTEES
As a volunteer organization, Hawaiʻi Craftsmen relies on the active participation of its members and their donated time, effort, and support. Throughout 2017, we will continue our 50th anniversary with new initiatives, programs, and evaluations that will help take Hawaiʻi Craftsmen into the next 50 years of existence. The board of directors therefore is forming new task committees for the duration of 2017 and requests memberʻs to volunteer their time to help reach new organizational goals and continued growth. Please consider volunteering as coordinator or committee members on one of the following new committees:
GRAPHICS DESIGN COMMITTEE [NEED: Volunteer coordinator and committee members]
Committee members should have interest/experience in graphic design and will be tasked with working with the board of directors, graphic design professionals, and a communications team to develop a new organization logo and visual branding to be used from 2018 onward. Coordinator reports to the board of directors, committee members report to the Coordinator.
Committee members should have interest/experience in membership development and will assist in membership outreach, building greater active membership, and soliciting updates of member contact and interests information. Committee members report to the Coordinator.
Committee members should have interest/experience in hospitality organization and will oversee all logistics of preparing, setting up, and serving food and beverages at program receptions, openings, and other Hawaii Craftsmen events. Committee members report to the Coordinator.
VOLUNTEER COMMITTEE [NEED: Volunteer coordinator and committee members]
Committee members should have interest/experience in working with and organizing volunteers, in gathering data on volunteer needs, interests, and expertise, in working with regular program chairs to contact, solicit, and organize volunteers, and in developing volunteer schedules for programs. Coordinator reports to regular program chairs, committee members report to the Coordinator. NEED: Coordinator and committee members.
SPONSORSHIP COMMITTEE [NEED: Volunteer coordinator and committee members]
Committee members should have an interest/experience in working with corporate sponsors and will be tasked with developing a sponsorship package, with outreach to potential corporate sponsors, and with soliciting corporate gifts in kind and/or monetary donations to HC programs and events. Coordinator reports to the board of directors, committee members report to the Chair.
LAILA TWIGG-SMITH ART SCHOLARSHIP 2017
The Laila Twigg-Smith Art Scholarship 2017 will be offering Hawaii based artists the opportunity to apply for an art scholarship for visual artists to attend the 2017 summer programs at either Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, Colorado or at Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, Washington. A maximum of two (2) scholarships will be awarded for each school in 2017. The February 1, 2017 deadline is fast approaching, so we encourage our members to prepare and submit their applications as soon as possible.
For more information about the Laila Twigg Smith Art Fund (LAF), visit Here
The 2017 Laila Twigg-Smith Art Scholarship Info Sheet is available
EARTH, SKY, TIME, LIGHT, SPACE : THE CERAMIC ART OF WAYNE HIGBY
EARTH, SKY, TIME, LIGHT, SPACE : THE CERAMIC ART OF WAYNE HIGBY
features works by Wayne Higby, professor and the Robert C. Turner Chair of Ceramic Art at Alfred University, NY
January 17 – February 17, 2017
The Art Gallery
ART Building / 2535 McCarthy Mall
Honolulu, Hawai'i 96822
EarthCloud: Interior 3, 2012. Photograph, wood frame and Plexiglas.
25″ x 35″ x 1″
Courtesy of the artist.
The exhibition Earth, Sky, Time, Light, Space: The Ceramic Art of Wayne Higby highlights the diverse work by esteemed and internationally-recognized contemporary ceramics artist Wayne Higby. The exhibition features a selection of approximately 21 works that range from the vessel form to tile, sculpture, and architectural installations. The exhibition is being held in partnership with the Hawai‘i Craftsmen, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting fine craft in the art community of Hawai‘i. The Hawai‘i Craftsmen are celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2016.
Earth, sky, time, light, space: my work is a meditation on the relationship between mind and matter.
Special events (free & open to the public):
1:00 – 2:00 p.m., The Art Gallery
Gallery walk-through with Wayne Higby
3:30 – 4:30 p.m., The Art Gallery
4:30 – 5:30 p.m., Art Building, room 101
Public lecture by Wayne Higby
Mon.-Fri. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sun. 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Free admission. Donations are appreciated. Parking fees may apply.
ANNIVERSARY STICKERS NOW AVAILABLE
As part of our 50th Anniversary initiatives, Hawaiʻi Craftsmen is offering member artists the opportunity to celebrate with us by labeling their art works on display in galleries, museum and institutions throughout the islands (and nationwide) with a white and gold anniversary sticker. Stickers are now available and can be requested from the Hawaiʻi Craftsmen office,email@example.com, at least 2 weeks before art works go on display. We ask that member artists discuss using these wall and pedestal stickers with exhibition organizers and gallery owners prior to requesting stickers from Hawaiʻi Craftsmen.
RAKU 2017 MEETING
HAPPY NEW YEAR!! It's that time again...group leaders, new groups that are
forming, and any other interested people, are requested to attend the 1st
meeting for 2017...Tuesday Jan. 10, 6:30 pm at Makua Ali'i clay studio. Come
with your notes, questions, suggestions, etc. This is an important meeting so please plan on coming one and all so we can plan a GREAT RAKU HO'OLAULE'A 2017!!!
Please advise your groups that Camp Mokuleia is taking reservations and
deposits for rooms in the lodge NOW. Have them contact CM directly at www.campmokuleia.com and go to "reservations".
HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAWAII CRAFTSMEN: OUR GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY
This past fall, Hawai’i Craftsmen began a year-long celebration of its 50th anniversary with special programs and initiatives generously funded by grants from the Hawaii Community Foundation, McInerny Foundation, Cooke Foundation, Atherton Family Foundation and the Laila Twigg-Smith Art Fund.
These anniversary initiatives include
1) The Strategic Partnership Programs, helping us build stronger ties with other local arts organizations
2) Professionalization workshops for members--the first of which was held in September at the UH Computer Training Lab.
3) Special programs with world class artists
4) A year-long evaluation initiative to help us improve our services to members and the arts community at large
5) Professional photography of our anniversary exhibition installations for use in publications and social media
6) Contracting an individual or firm to provide communications and public relations support throughout the year
7) A 50th anniversary logo and display stickers
8) A new visual brand to be used on forthcoming communications throughout the anniversary year.
“Happy Birthday, Hawai’i Craftsmen, and mahalo nui loa to all its members for their dedication and service to our organization throughout the years!”
CERAMICS OF HAWAII
Work by Hawaii Craftsmen member Karen Kiefer
The first statewide juried exhibition of ceramic art in Hawaii, Ceramics of Hawaii, will take place from December 17, 2016 – January 8, 2017 at the Honolulu Museum of Art School, Linekona Gallery. David Kuraoka will be the show’s juror.
The Hawaii Potters’ Guild, which is poised to celebrate its 50th anniversary this year, is holding its first statewide-juried exhibition of ceramic art at theHonolulu Museum of Art School’s Linekona Gallery, through Jan. 8. Kauai ceramicist David Kuraoka, who served as juror, said he found it to be both a rediscovery of the works of established Hawaii artists and an opportunity to explore the works of new artist pushing new boundaries. More than 400 pieces were submitted by 160artists for the show, including 27 from neighbor isles. Kuraoka selected 90 fro the exhibition.“I think they did really well,” he said. “There’s a great variety of things, and excellence in many areas.”Kuraoka, a veteran clay artist born in Lihue, was a professor of art at San Francisco State University before returning home. He said it was wonderful to see the works of many talented, diverse groups of ceramicists come together in one show. Esther Shimazu’s hand-built “Ningyo Fan” won best of show, while Joey Chiarelle’s “Introspection”received the Award of Excellence in Memory of PaulLoo. Shigeru Miyamoto’s “Interstrata” won anAward of Excellence. Kuraoka said he continues to be impressed with Shimazu’s attention to detail down to the teeth on her laughing figurine and the fingernails on the handholding a fan. In selecting pieces for the exhibit, Kuraoka said he looked for historical content, craftsmanship, attention to detail and what he calls “organic vitality,” or life force. His own piece “Kalalau” greets visitors near the entrance. “Ceramics is deeply planted in our island culture as a result of many diverse backgrounds,” he wrote in his juror statement, “and it is informed by decades of highly regarded ceramics education and artist who brought and continue to bring their broad knowledge, creativity and experience to us through teaching, workshops and exhibitions. –Nina Wu
REQUEST FOR HAWAII CRAFTSMEN
Victor Kobayashi Annual Exhibit 1980
Do you have any photographs, newspaper articles, program files, or other information from past Hawaii Craftsmen events? We would love to centralize our archives and fill in any missing holes in our history. Please contact us at info@hawaiicraftsmen or call us at 808 521-3282.
NEWSLETTER CALL FOR CONTENT
Is your work in an upcoming exhibit? Do you know of a lecture or event that might be of interest to our membership? Please let us know by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
“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.”
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CALL TO ARTISTS
Biennium Grant Program Community Peer Panels
The Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts is looking for individuals to serve on its 2017-2019 Biennium Grant Program Community Peer Panels. The panels will meet in March 2017 to review grant applications and make recommendations to the HSFCA Board regarding non-profit organizations who conduct projects and programs that support arts, culture, and humanities in Hawaii. Panelists are needed to serve on panels in the following program areas: Presentation, Community Arts, Heritage and Preservation, Arts Education, and Presentation: Performing Arts. If you are currently working in or have had experience working in any of the above program areas and would like to participate on a panel, please go to culturegrants-hi.org, and complete and submit the Panelist Application form at the bottom of the page.
HUI NO‘EAU VISUAL ARTS CENTER ANNUAL JURIED EXHIBITION 2017
January 6 - February 16 Opening Reception: Friday, January 6 / 5-7pm Juror: Duncan Dempster
With renowned guest jurors offering a different perspective for a unique show each year, this prestigious exhibition offers an opportunity to view current work of local and mainland artists in all media. Ceramics, printmaking, sculpture, photography, painting, drawing, jewelry, digital media, fiber, wood, mixed media and all other creative explorations are welcome! With no theme, this exhibition challenges artists to submit their best work created within the past two years.
Juror Duncan Dempster is a Honolulu-based artist and educator working primarily in print media. He is currently an instructor in printmaking at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, and is the executive director of Honolulu Printmakers, an 88-year old nonprofit arts organization dedicated to promoting print culture in the State of Hawaii. In addition to a personal studio practice, he has been involved in many collective printmaking projects involving community outreach, collaboration, and exteriorized studio strategies, most recently a project called .5ppi.
to Hawaii Craftsmen member Michelle L. Schwengel-Regala, Hawaiʻi announced as a participating artist in the Honolulu Biennial.
Middle of Now | Here March 8 - May 8, 2017
Honolulu Biennial 2017, presented by Honolulu Biennial Foundation (HBF) is a new, multi-site, contemporary visual arts festival running from March 8 – May 8 2017 throughout various sites within the city. Entitled, Middle of Now | Here, Fumio Nanjo, Director of Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum, serves as the Curatorial Director and Ngahiraka Mason, formerly Indigenous Art, Maori Art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, a position she held for 20 years, is serving as Curator of Middle of Now | Here.
The inaugural Honolulu Biennial 2017 (HB2017) showcases the diversity of ideas, art, and culture from the people who live today throughout the places connected by the Pacific Ocean. It will include contemporary art from Hawaiʻi, the Pacific Islands, Asia, North America, Australia, and New Zealand. By exhibiting the work of artists from all around this vast region, Honolulu Biennial 2017 shines a spotlight on the collective artistic vision from this important and dynamic Pacific neighborhood.
MEMBERS, DO WE HAVE YOUR CURRENT INFORMATION ?
We are making sure that we have all membersʻ current email and mailing addresses to keep everyone informed and up to date on Hawaii Craftsmen events and opportunities. We are also tracking members preferred art medium to help us make decisions about what programs to provide. Please take the time to sign in at Hawaiicraftsmen.org and update your information so we can serve you better!
“In an effort to support an increased presence of fine craft programs during the year we are seeking partnerships with other art and fine craft organizations and community art centers, groups, and galleries.”
Help us celebrate Hawaiʻi Craftsmen’s 50th Anniversary Year. In an effort to support an increased presence of fine craft programs during the year we are seeking partnerships with other art and fine craft organizations and community art centers, groups, and galleries. We hope that you will see the mutual benefits of these Strategic Partnerships. Ideally we can begin an on-going working relationship to mutually support and promote Hawaii’s fine craft artists working primarily in functional and non-functional 2- and 3 dimensional art in clay, fiber, glass, wood, metal, stone, and mixed media.
We are accepting proposals for exhibits, art events, awards, and workshops.
Our over-arching goal is to celebrate and promote public art exhibitions, art displays, and events featuring fine craft arts and artists and to support artists working in clay, fiber, glass, wood, metal, stone, and mixed media through formal and informal workshops and educational opportunities.
We consider this a wonderful way to celebrate 50 years of fine crafts in Hawaiʻi and we look forward to receiving an application from you at least 3 months in advance of your planned project. We are hopeful that together we can increase the appreciation and support of fine craft art throughout the state and beyond!
CONGRATULATIONS TO HAWAII ISLAND ARTS ALLIANCE, HAWAII POTTERS GUILD, UH ART GALLERY-UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII AT MANOA, CURRENT RECIPIENTS OF STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM AWARDS.
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“Your involvement is vital to continue to make Hawai'i Craftsmen a success.”
Through the generous support of government, private foundations and individual donors, Hawai‘i Craftsmen has been able to continue to provide our community with successful programs. However, grants vary considerably from year to year and have recently been reduced significantly. Grants do not cover growing administrative costs such as rent, insurance and accounting expense or replacing aging office equipment such as computers and printers.
Your involvement is vital to continue to make Hawai'i Craftsmen a success. We are increasingly dependent on individual contributions to improve member services and to cover basic office operations. Your contribution to Hawai‘i Craftsmen, in any amount, is critical to our future and tangibly recognizes the value of our programs. We welcome all contributions and suggestions for guaranteeing our future financial sustainability and more years of serving the Hawai'i art community.
Hawaii Craftsmen meets the Third Wednesday of the month and the meeting is open to members. If you would like to attend, please sign up at Hawaiicraftsmen.org under Events.
Hawaii Craftsmen is supported by the Hawai'i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, the Hawaii Community Foundation, Atherton Family Foundation, the Cooke Foundation, the McInerny Foundation, several private family foundations and our members.
HAWAII CRAFTSMEN IS SUPPORTED BY THE HAWAI’I STATE FOUNDATION ON CULTURE AND THE ARTS, THE HAWAII COMMUNITY FOUNDATION, THE ATHERTON FAMILY FOUNDATION, THE COOKE FOUNDATION, THE MCINERNY FOUNDATION, THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS, THE LAILA TWIGG-SMITH ART FUND, SEVERAL PRIVATE FAMILY FOUNDATIONS AND OUR MEMBERSHAWAI‘I CRAFTSMEN 1110 NUUANU AVE, HONOLULU, HI 96817 • email@example.com • 808-521-3282