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  • 2 New Art Exhibitions At The Hawaii State Art Museum - accession + GIFTED

The Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts unveils two new art exhibitions on Friday September 9th accession: Recent Acquisitions from the Art in Public Places Collection and GIFTED: Donated Works of Art from the Art in Public Places Collection. Live from the Lawn has been moved to coincide with the exhibition opening and will feature  ‘ukulele and kī hō‘alu master Ledward Kaapana.


accession: Recent Acquisitions from the Art in Public Places Collection highlights extraordinary recent additions to the exceptional work collected by the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. On view through July 21, 2012 in the Diamond Head Gallery, accession includes artists such as Patti Gallagher-Jones, Kloe Kang, Abigail Romanchak, Fred Roster, and Jason Teraoka.

“Throughout the year, members of the Acquisition Award Selection Committees visit galleries and exhibitions across the state to find exciting new work,” said Mary Begier, HSFCA Commissioner.  “We especially enjoy attending open, juried shows, and Neighbor Island annual exhibits as we can see a broad spectrum of artists and support regional exhibitions at the same time.”

Also opening on September 9th is GIFTED: Donated Works of Art from the Art in Public Places Collection which consists of works of art that have been donated to the collection prior to 2009. While many of these works have been displayed at state offices and buildings, GIFTED marks their first appearance at the Hawai‘i State Art Museum. Featured artists include Jean Charlot, Isami Doi, Juliet May Fraser, Huc Luquiens, Jan Peter Stern, Reuben Tam, and Murray Turnbull.

“Since its inception in 1967, the Art in Public Places Collection has amassed a treasure trove of late twentieth and early twenty-first century art in Hawai‘i,” said HSFCA Executive Director Ronald Yamakawa. “These exhibitions showcase both breadth and depth and are a great opportunity for the public to view what is truly their art, all under one roof.”

The Hawai‘i State Art Museum features artwork from the Art in Public Places Collection, which includes over 5,000 works of art by more than 1,400 artists. The museum is located in the No. 1 Capitol District Building at 250 South Hotel Street, 2nd Floor, in downtown Honolulu across from the State Capitol Building and ‘Iolani Palace. Hours of operation are Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is always free.

Photo: Randy Freediving followed by Giant Ulua, Midway, 2009 by Wayne Levin

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