Image: Valerie BeckKealakekua Bay, Blown and sand carved glass, Hawaiʻi Island

Prospectus

Hawaiʻi’s premier statewide juried exhibition – held annually since 1967 – features traditional and contemporary craft from across the state of Hawaiʻi. Juror Suzanne Isken, former Executive Director of Craft Contemporary in Los Angeles, will visit each island to make public presentations and select work to be included in the exhibition. 


EXHIBITION 2024

Friday, October 4 - Saturday, October 26

Downtown Art Center, Second Floor Exhibition Hall
1041 Nuʻuanu Ave, Honolulu, HI 96817

First Friday Reception: Saturday, October 5, 6pm - 8pm

Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony: Saturday, October 5, 6 pm - 8pm

Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 6pm, Sunday 11 am - 4pm


KEY DATES FOR ARTISTS

Online Registration: August 1 - September 2 (registration closes at midnight)

Intake and Jurying: September 10 - 15 (see below for details)

Notification of Acceptance: September 19

Delivery of Accepted Artwork: O‘ahu September 29, 10am-2pm, Neighbor island work must arrive at DAC by September 30

Juror

Suzanne Isken, served as Executive Director of Craft Contemporary in Los Angeles from 2011 through 2023 where she led initiatives to support the creation of contemporary craft and build audiences by establishing a large-scale program of hands-on-experiences for the public. In 2019 Isken led the Board of Directors in a new strategic plan that renamed the museum formerly known as the Craft & Folk Art Museum as Craft Contemporary in order to reflect the relationship between materials, processes, and the human hand. Under her direction, the museum presented landmark exhibitions that highlighted the careers of under-recognized craft based artists that included This is Not a Silent Movie: Four Contemporary Alaska Native Artists, Betye Saar: Keepin’ it Clean, The US-Mexico Border: Place, Imagination and Possibility, and Strings of Desire. Previously she served a decade as the Director of Education at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, following 10 years of service as coordinator of school and teacher programs and gallery educator. In addition to contributions to numerous catalogs produced by Craft Contemporary, Isken has authored articles in Academic Medicine, School Arts, and contributed the essay “Art and Cancer in the Public Space” to Driefuss-Kattan’s book Cancer and Creativity (2019). Isken currently maintains a textile art practice.

Awards

We expect to have over $12,000 in awards to be designated by our juror and winners will be announced at the exhibition opening reception. Awards will be posted here as they are confirmed. Mahalo nui to our generous award sponsors!


The Thurston Twigg-Smith Best in Show Award – $4,000

Sponsored by Sharon Twigg-Smith

 

The Elizabeth Rice Grossman Award of Excellence – $2,000

Sponsored by Elizabeth Rice Grossman

 

The Charles E. Higa Memorial Award of Excellence – $1,000

Sponsored by the Peter Drewliner Trust

 

The Sam and Mary Cooke Memorial Award – $500

Sponsored by Cathy Cooke

 

The John Young Award – $500

Sponsored by the John Young Foundation

 

The George Ellis Award – $500

Sponsored by the Timothy Y. C. Choy Fund of the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation

 

The Carol and Malcolm Koga Emerging Artist Award – $500

Sponsored by the Timothy Y. C. Choy Fund of the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation

 

The Diane Chen Koch Weser Award for Collaborative Work – $500

Sponsored by the Timothy Y. C. Choy Fund of the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation


The Garden Island Arts Council Annual Artist Award – $250

Sponsored by the Garden Island Arts Council


The Hawaiʻi Handweavers Hui Award – $250

Sponsored by the Hawaiʻi Handweavers Hui


The Sayoko Kay Mura Student Award for Excellence – $250

Sponsored by friends of Kay Mura


Merit Award in Ceramic Arts – $250

Sponsored by the Peter Drewliner Trust

 

Merit Award in Fiber Arts – $250

Sponsored by the Peter Drewliner Trust

 

Merit Award in Glass Arts – $250

Sponsored by the Peter Drewliner Trust

 

Merit Award in Metal Arts – $250

Sponsored by the Peter Drewliner Trust

 

Merit Award in Mixed Media Arts – $250

Sponsored by the Peter Drewliner Trust

 

Merit Award in Wood Arts – $250

Sponsored by the Peter Drewliner Trust

 

The Ron and Myra Kent Award for Creative Innovation – $200

Sponsored by the Kent Family Trust and Kenny Kicklighter

The Earle F. Long Memorial Award for Woodturning – $100

Sponsored by MaryAnne Long


Catalog

Accepted work will be photographed and featured in a full color catalog available in print and digital versions. To purchase a copy or download a free digital catalog from past years, visit our online store.


Eligibility To Enter

Artists residing in Hawai‘i are invited to enter traditional or non-traditional crafts. The exhibition is open to residents of Hawai‘i for artworks in the categories of clay, fiber, glass, wood, metal, stone, and mixed media. Unless they have a strong 3 dimensional quality, or directly relate to the practice of craft, painting and photography are not eligible. Entries must be of original design and created within the last two years. Artworks previously exhibited at the Downtown Art Center, or in any juried exhibition on O‘ahu are ineligible.

Registration

Registration will be open from August 1 - midnight on September 2

A link will be provided here during the registration period.

Registration of artworks will only be accepted online. Mail-in registrations and walk in entries are ineligible. If you would like help entering your work, please contact the exhibition chair at ASEchair@hawaiicraftsmen.org or your island chair. New or altered entries will not be accepted after the registration closing deadline.

Intake And Jurying

September 10 - September 15

After registering online, all artists must bring their work to their islandʻs jury location, and pick up their artwork after jurying (with the exception of Lānaʻi which is juried online). Accepted artwork notification will be on Thursday September 19, at www.HawaiiCraftsmen.org and by email.


Molokai - Tuesday, September 10

Artwork intake: 9:00 - 11:00

Jurying: 12:30 - 1:30pm

Juror's public presentation: 2:00 - 3:00pm

Artwork pickup: 3:00 - 5:00pm

Location: Kualapuʻu Recreation Center, 1 Uwao St, Kualapuu, HI 96757

Chair: Paula Scott, pmondoy@gmail.com, (808) 567-9604

Maui - Thursday, September 12

Artwork intake: 1:30 - 4:00pm

Jurying: 4:30 - 5:30pm

Juror's public presentation: 6:30 - 7:30pm

Artwork pickup: 6:00 - 6:30pm

Location: UH Maui College, 310 W Kaahumanu Ave, Kahului, HI 96732, Heona Art Building. 

Art Dropoff directions:  Deliver artwork to Heona Art Building via the recycling center entrance to campus on Wahinepio Ave.  Drive into campus until you reach a barrier, then turn right to the Heona Art Building.

Chair: Evan Jenkins, evanjenkinsglass@yahoo.com


Kauaʻi - Friday, September 13

Artwork intake: 11:00 - 1:00

Jurying:  1:30 - 2:30

Artwork pickup: 2:30 - 3:00

Juror's public presentation: 3:00 - 4:30

Location: Līhu'e Public Library, 4344 Hardy St, Lihue, HI 96766 

Chair: Shannon Hiramoto, shannonmachine@gmail.com

Hawaiʻi Island - Saturday, September 14

Artwork intake: 10:30-12:00

Jurying:  12:00 - 1:00

Artwork pickup: 1:00 - 2:00

Juror's public presentation: 2:00 - 2:45

Location: Kahilu Town Hall, 67-1182 Lindsey Rd, Waimea, HI 96743

Chair: Jake Boggs, jp80665@gmail.com

Oʻahu - September 14-15

Artwork intake: Saturday, September 14, 3:00 - 7:00pm

Artwork pickup: Sunday, September 15, 5:00 - 7:00pm

Juror public presentation: Sunday, September 15, 5:00 - 6:00pm

Location: Kawananakoa Middle School, 49 Funchal St, Honolulu, HI 96813 For detailed directions, Click here 

Co-chairs: Christopher Edwards. christopheredwards@hawaiicraftsmen.org, Robin Appasamy, info@robinappasamy.com

Lānaʻi
Date and time: Jurying by photo online only

Shipping And Delivery Procedures

Detailed delivery instructions and shipping labels will be provided to artists upon notification of acceptance by email and on our website. 

Accepted artworks from the neighbor islands must be shipped to arrive at the Downtown Art Center no later than Monday, September 30. If you need to ship your artwork with a carrier other than USPS, UPS, or FedEx, please contact Christopher Edwards at ASEchair@hawaiicraftsmen.org  

Accepted artworks from O’ahu must be delivered to the Downtown Art Center on Sunday, September 29, 10am-2pm. 

Hawai‘i Craftsmen will be responsible for the cost of return shipping, including standard insurance damage protection up to $50 liability per piece. Artists are encouraged to request supplemental insurance by indicating that on their return documents, and will be invoiced by Hawai‘i Craftsmen for the actual cost of the insurance. Return shipping carriers, including USPS, UPS, FedEx, or Young Brothers, will be chosen at the discretion of Hawai‘i Craftsmen.

Entry Fees

Registration fees for Hawai‘i Craftsmen members are $25 for the first entry, and $10 for each additional entry up to 6. Registration fees for non-members are $75 for the first entry, and $10 for each additional entry up to 6. Hawai‘i Craftsmen membership must be active through October 28, 2023 to receive the discounted registration. 

Visit http://www.hawaiicraftsmen.org/membership to create or renew your Hawai‘i Craftsmen membership prior to registering. 

Display Conditions And Regulations

The installation committee will install all accepted artworks. Entries that pose an unusual installation challenge may be rejected or require the artist’s assistance. Artists with extremely delicate or unwieldy entries should make special arrangements for delivery, handling, and pick-up of their artwork. 

We love challenges, but if your entry exceeds 6’ on any side, weighs more than 150 lbs. or requires more than 2 people to handle please check in with your exhibition chair before you register your work. 

Extreme care will be taken in handling all artwork; however, Hawai‘i Craftsmen assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to artworks on display or in transit no matter how such damage may have been sustained. All entries will be juried and displayed at the owner’s risk.

Accepted entries must remain in the exhibition for the show’s duration, and are subject to photographic reproduction for educational and publicity purposes. Artists are encouraged to offer their entries for sale, and each entry may only have a single price. Hawai‘i Craftsmen will retain a sales commission of 40%.

Oʻahu artists are required to sit one shift per accepted piece during the show, find a substitute, or pay a $30/shift sitter’s fee. Artists failing to show up for their designated shift must pay a $50 no show fee. 

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW DOES THE PROCESS WORK?

Online registration is open from August 1 - September 2. If you are new to this, give yourself an extra day or two to work through any issues. We can’t accept any registrations after midnight on September 2, and unregistered walk-ins will not be accepted at intake.

Step 1: Update your membershipIf you are already a Hawai‘i Craftsmen member, log in to your Hawaiʻi Craftsmen account and check your membership status to make sure you are current through October 2024. If you are not a member then you can either join Hawai‘i Craftsmen to receive the discounted registration price ($25), or register as a guest and pay the non-member price ($85).

Step 2: Register your entries online Submit up to six pieces online through our event registration form. You will need your: contact information, artwork titles, artwork dimensions, artwork prices, and 1 image of each piece.

Step 3: Bring your registered artwork to intake We jury all work in person (with the exception of Lānaʻi). The intake and jurying schedule is different for each island, so be sure to check the schedule carefully. You can designate someone else to deliver or pick up your artwork.

Step 4. Pick up your artworkAll artists must pick up your artwork immediately after the jurying. 

Step 5. Find out if your work was acceptedWe will post accepted entries on our website by September 19. Shipping and packing instructions will be provided by email for accepted work. Accepted artwork from the neighbor islands must be shipped to arrive at the Downtown Art Center no later than September 30. 

DO I HAVE TO APPLY ONLINE?

Yes, although there are many ways to get help with this and we are happy to do it! No shame! Contact your island chairperson. 

ARE THE IMAGES USED TO JUDGE THE ARTWORK?

No. All artwork is seen in person by our juror (with the exception of Lāna‘i). HOWEVER, we do require 1 representative image of each of your submissions to be uploaded when you register. We do this because of our unique situation where work is juried on different islands. Before the juror begins, we send them a document that has the image of your work, the title, the media description, and your statement. This helps the juror become familiar with your work, and gives them a sense of the submissions from across the entire state.

We suggest JPEG or JPG images, under 5MB and at least 1200 pixels or larger on the longest side. Here are a couple of videos that can help you photograph your 3D Art with a smartphone:

This video gives a good overview of the process. It references a free app called Snapsee‪d, but most phones have similar editing capabilities built in already: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMaUhKJgQv0And here’s a tutorial that goes into more detail: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6G6FHgWLlkI


WHAT WILL I NEED TO REGISTER?

For each entry you will need its title, media, price, dimensions, artwork statement, and one image.

Typically, titles have each word capitalized (My Entry Title), media has the first material capitalized with additional materials separated by commas (Ceramic, gold leaf, steel), price should be in whole dollar amounts ($3,250), and dimensions are given as height x width x depth in inches (13” x 10” x 2”). Please don’t use ALL CAPS unless you intend to shout.

Each piece can have a short artwork description. This will be shown to the juror, so please do not include identifying information. This typically includes information about your inspiration, intent, or process for the work you are submitting.

You will be asked if you are an emerging artist (you have NOT been in a group exhibition with 3 or less people, AND you have been working in your medium less than 5 years), if an entry was created when you were a full time student, if an entry used the Raku ceramic process, and if you collaborated with another artist. These indicate your eligibility for specific awards.

We will also ask you to provide the names of any collaborators, as well as any social media accounts you use (so we can help promote your work).


CAN I START MY REGISTRATION AND THEN COMPLETE IT LATER?

If you are logged in to your account at Hawai’i Craftsmen you can do this as long as you don’t hit submit and pay for your entry. However, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with the entry requirements and then complete your registration in one sitting. It’s just less prone to mistakes that way.


HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

The registration fee for Hawaiʻi Craftsmen members is $25 for the first entry and $10 for each additional entry up to 6. Registration fee for non-members is $75 and $10 for each additional entry up to 6.

Hawai‘i Craftsmen Membership fees are: Individual Membership $50, Senior-65 and older $30, Student-full time, proof of status needed $25, Family-one household, 2 individuals $75, Corporate/Business Membership $250, and Individual Lifetime $2,500.


CAN I SELL MY WORK?

Absolutely! This is a great opportunity to sell your work, and we have scheduled acquisition visits from the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, as well as the Honolulu Museum of Art. Each entry must have a single price. Sales are split 60% to the artist and 40% to Hawai‘i Craftsmen. Work can be purchased at the gallery and online.


Was your question not answered? Contact the exhibition co-chair Chris Edwards: christopheredwards@hawaiicraftsmen.org



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 MEMBERS

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