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UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII AT MANOA

DEPARTMENT OF ART + ART HISTORY

UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI'I AT MANOA


ART EXHIBITION: WAIKIKI PARC FEATURES MICHAEL CONNOLLY

April 6 -- June 2, 2017

Public Reception: Thursday, April 6, 2017 / 6-8pm

Parc Promenade Gallery, Waikiki Parc Hotel

Michael Connolly's sculptures are highlighted as part of an expanded arts partnership of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM), the Halekulani and its sister hotel, the Waikiki Parc.

Michael Connolly is a Hawai‘i-based artist whose work is inspired by volcanic activity, hot rod flames, and graphic novels. Connolly captures three types of lava--pāhoehoe, ‘a‘ā, and pillow lava. Pāhoehoe is smooth and dense, and forms large, flat areas with smooth bumps. ‘A‘ā is characterized by individual rocks that are rough, porous, jagged, and sharp. Lava exposed to pressure and temperature of the ocean results in pillow-like forms. In his youth, Connolly collected Hot Wheels cars and always favored those painted with hot rod flames; this motif recurs in his work today.

Currently enrolled in the BFA program at Department of Art + Art History, UHM, Connolly has attended ceramic workshops locally and abroad that exposed him to many talented artists, new ideas, and techniques. Much of Connolly's early ceramic experience was obtained during his service as a studio technician at Leeward Community College where he received the Outstanding Student Employee award. Connolly's work and efforts were recognized by the UHM Department of Art + Art History faculty and he received the Ceramic Faculty Book award, 2016.

Connolly states, "I play with traditional and contemporary ceramic art practices in the hope of blurring the line between utilitarian function and sculptural capability. Inspiration from molten lava and flames brings movement to customary ceramic forms that are usually seen as stationary. Layering, curving, carving, curling, churning, wavering and amalgamation with contrasting colors are counterbalanced to create movement and temperature."

Recently Connolly's work was included in Landscape + Lava, a two-person exhibition at the Pacific Guardian Center, Honolulu, 2017, and VISION: 2016 Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition, The Art Gallery, UHM.

Guitarist Christopher Hopper will provide music at the opening reception in this series of up-and-coming young artists' exhibitions at the Waikiki Parc. In 2016, he received a Bachelor of Music degree in performance from the Department of Music, UHM. He has also studied with guitar virtuosos Carlos Barbosa Lima, and the Brazilian Guitar Duo's Douglas Lora and João Luiz.

SPONSORS: University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Department of Art + Art History, College of Arts + Humanities, and Waikiki Parc Hotel -- Hospitality Sponsor for the Arts at UH Mānoa

ADDRESS, HOURS + ADMISSION

Parc Promenade Gallery, Waikiki Parc Hotel Lobby

2233 Helumoa Road, Honolulu

Daily hotel hours / Free admission

Complimentary parking with hotel validation

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE UHM DEPARTMENT OF ART + ART HISTORY

Friday March 10, 2017, 6pm @ UHManoa ART Auditorium

OTHER EXHIBITION

ULA LEO by ‘Imaikalani Kalahele + Cory Taum

March 3 -- May 5, 2017

John Young Museum of Art

4/20 12:00-2:00 p.m., John Young Museum of Art

Panel discussion: The art and life of 'Imaikalani Kalahele and Cory Taum with Noelle M.K.Y. Kahanu

DIAMOND HEAD by Drew Broderick with Gan Uyeda

March 13 -- April 7, 2017

Commons Gallery

2017 MFA Thesis Exhibitions

March 5 -- April 7, 2017

The Art Gallery, UHM

features work by MFA candidates Kelly Ciurej, Hannah Day, & Jan Dickey.

Thesis defense: 1:00 p.m., The Art Gallery

3/24 Kelly Ciurej

4/07 Jan Dickey

SPECIAL EVENTS:

All events are free and open to the public.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

12:00 -- 2:00 p.m. Panel discussion on the art and life of ‘Imaikalani Kalahele and Cory Taum with Noelle M.K.Y. Kahanu (Assistant Specialist, Public Humanities/Native Hawaiian Programs, Department of American Studies, UHM) at JYMA

ADDRESS, HOURS, + ADMISSION:

John Young Museum of Art, UHM

2500 Dole Street, Honolulu (UH Mānoa campus)

Mon. -- Fri. 1:00 p.m. -- 4:00 p.m. or by appointment

Closed: Sat. & Sun.; Spring Break March 27 -- 31.

Free admission. Donations are appreciated. Parking fees may apply.

Commons Gallery, UHM

Mon. -- Fri. 10:00 a.m. -- 4:00 p.m.

Sun. 12:00 -- 4:00 p.m.

Closed Saturdays, Prince Kūhiō Day, Mar. 27.

By appointment: Spring Break, Mar. 28 -- 31.

Free admission. Donations are appreciated. Parking fees may apply.


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