HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAWAII CRAFTSMEN:
OUR GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY
This fall, Hawai’i Craftsmen begins 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 helping 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.
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!”
49TH ANNUAL STATEWIDE JURIED EXHIBITION
October 25-November 13
Honolulu Museum of Art School
Sara and Bill Morgan Curator of Decorative Arts, Craft, and Design and
Assistant Director, Programing, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
I am often asked what it is like to jury an exhibition as broad as the 2016 Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition and my answer remains the same: it is simultaneously exhausting and exhilarating.
Exhibitions, such as Hawaiʻi Craftsmen’s annual show, demonstrate that the craft field is alive and well in all parts of America. Where else can someone experience hundreds of objects in a wide-range of styles and media at one time? Simply said, there is no better way for a curator to examine the breadth of American craft than by jurying a well-regarded show, such as this one.
This year’s exhibition received almost three hundred submissions from five islands (Hawaiʻi,Kauaʻi, Maui, Molokai, and Oʻahu) in a variety of categories. While wood, jewelry, metalwork, fiber, and glass are all represented, ceramics is the most popular medium for artists this year. In a nod to the expanding boundaries of the craft field, some pieces engaged with design practices in their form and execution. Overall, each proposed object spoke to the artist’s mastery of skill and attentiveness to form and materials. Other discernable characteristics across media include a reverence for craft history and local traditions, a strong connection to the Hawaiian landscape, and diversity in aesthetics. Whether abstract or narrative in concept or functional or sculptural in form, the best pieces in the exhibition offer great design and craftsmanship, playing to the core strengths of each discipline equally.
At the heart of any exhibition is the dedication of the artists. It is to the artists of Hawaiʻi Craftsmen that I would like to offer my great thanks for the invitation to join their community, even briefly. It has been a pleasure to participate.
This fall, Hawaiʻi Craftsmen began a year-long celebration of our 50th anniversary with special programs and initiatives. These anniversary initiatives include The Strategic Partnership Program, helping us build stronger ties with other local arts organizations; professionalization workshops for members; special programs with world-class artists; a year-long evaluation initiative improving our services to members and the arts community at large; professional photography of our award recipients and installations for use in publications and social media; working with communications and public relations experts to promote our programs; and a new visual brand and 50th anniversary logo to be used throughout the year. Our 2016-2017 programs and anniversary initiatives are generously supported by the Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation, the Laila Twigg-Smith Art Fund, Atherton Family Foundation, the Cooke Foundation, the McInerny Foundation, several private family foundations, and our members.
Mahalo to our 2016 ASJE award sponsors: the Peter Drewliner Trust, Violet Loo, and The Timothy Y.C. Choy Fund of the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation. Thanks also to the Honolulu Museum of Art School, Oʻahu; galerie 103, Kauaʻi; Donkey Mill Arts Center, Hawaiʻi Island; and UH-Maui College Art Department, Maui.
AWARD OF EXCELLENCE IN HONOR OF CHARLES E. HIGA, SPONSORED BY THE PETER DREWLINER TRUST, $1000
Amber Aguirre, Disabled, 2016
GEORGE ELLIS AWARD, SPONSORED BY THE TIMOTHY Y. C. CHOY FUND OF THE HAWAI’I COMMUNITY FOUNDATION, $500
Boris Huang, Starry Sky, 2016
PAUL LOO MEMORIAL AWARD, SPONSORED BY VIOLET LOO, $500
Diane KW, Love In A Syringe, 2016
CAROL MALCOM KOGA EMERGING ARTIST AWARD, SPONSORED BY THE TIMOTHY Y. C. CHOY FUND OF THE HAWAI’I COMMUNITY FOUNDATION, $500
Robert York, Raku Moon Jar, 2016
MERIT AWARD IN CERAMICS ARTS, SPONSORED BY THE PETER DREWLINER TRUST, $250
Jon Rawlings, Bowl, 2016
MERIT AWARD IN FIBER ARTS, SPONSORED BY THE PETER DREWLINER TRUST, $250
Elizabeth Kent in collaboration with Ron Kent, The Brodie Twins Dig Felt, Part 1, 2016
MERIT AWARD IN GLASS ARTS, SPONSORED BY THE PETER DREWLINER TRUST, $250
Bud Spindt, Tattooine Bowl: Double Sunrise, 2016
MERIT AWARD IN WOOD ARTS, SPONSORED BY THE PETER DREWLINER TRUST, $250
Gregory Paul, House Pendant II, 2016
MERIT AWARD IN METAL ARTS, SPONSORED BY THE PETER DREWLINER TRUST, $250
Bai Xin Chen, Untitled No. 1, 2016
MERIT AWARD IN MIXED MEDIA ARTS, SPONSORED BY THE PETER DREWLINER TRUST, $250
HONORABLE MENTION AWARDS, SPONSORED BY HAWAI’I CRAFTSMEN, $100
John Margenau, Fallen Tree Branch, 2016
John Mydock and Isla Harmon, Koi Pond, 2016
Lee Plevney, Confluence, 2016
REQUEST FOR HAWAII CRAFTSMEN HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS
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 808 227 5260.
NEWSLETTER CALL FOR CONTENT
Are you in a Exhibit coming up ? 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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SURVEY: ARTS AND CULTURE IN HAWAI‘I
The SFCA is undertaking a five-year and beyond planning and strategy development effort and would like your help. We are more interested in developing a focused set of priorities than a fancy plan that will sit on a shelf. Please help us by filling out this short questionnaire which is going to several thousand people who are in one way or another involved in the arts in Hawaiʻi.
Mahalo, Jonathan Johnson, Executive Director State Foundation of Culture and the Arts
Artists around the world are invited to take part in this juried ceramics exhibition, held April 22 to October 9, 2017 at the Ichoen-si/ Icheon World Ceramic Center in Ichoen-si, Gyeonggi-do, Rep. of Korea. Total of Cash Prizes is KRW116,000,000 (~101,500.00 USD). Artworks that use clay/ceramics as the main material or subject matter are eligible to be submitted. No entry fee. Deadline: October 31, 2016. More info. Contact: email or call +82 31 645 0663.
EPEKTO ART PROJECTS 2017
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.
THE WINDOW GALLERY AT THE ARTS AT MARKS GARAGE
MEMBERS, DO WE HAVE YOUR CURRENT INFORMATION ?
We are making sure that we have all members current email addresses 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.”
HAWAII CRAFTSMEN 50TH ANNIVERSARY STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS
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 and 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, 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 by supporting artists working in clay, fiber, glass, wood, metal, stone, and mixed media through formal and informal workshops and educational opportunities.
We consider this a fine 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, 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 Second 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 MEMBERS