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  • Downtown Art Center Presents: Artists of Hawai i 2023

  • Date: Friday - 11/3/2023
    Time: 5:30 to 8 p.m
    Downtown Art Center
    1040 A Nuuana Avenue
    Honolulu, Hawaii 96717

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Downtown Art Center Presents: Artists of Hawaiʻi 2023, On View November 3-25, 2023

November 3-25 in its Main Gallery, Downtown Art Center (DAC) presents the much-anticipated Artists of Hawaiʻi 2023, an updated version of the state's largest, longest-running all-media juried exhibition, designed to showcase the best of Hawaiʻi's contemporary art. The guest juror this year is Tyler Cann, Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Honolulu Museum of Art (HoMA). Visitors may see the exhibition at DAC, which is free and open to the public, during regular gallery hours, Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Started in the 1950s at the Honolulu Academy of Arts (now the Honolulu Museum of Art), Artists of Hawaiʻi attracted over 1,300 entries this year, from more than 450 artists living in Hawaiʻi. Of these entries, only 114 pieces, from 104 artists, have been juried into the final exhibition. One element that sets Artists of Hawaiʻi apart is its unique and inclusive approach: Artists of all ages living in the state of Hawaiʻi, working in all media, regardless of experience level, are eligible to apply for the exhibition.

The exhibition opens with a
First Friday reception on Friday, November 3 from 5:30-8 p.m. 

An official Awards Ceremony will be held on
Saturday, November 4, from 5:30 - 8 p.m. 
Free valet parking for the Awards Ceremony will be located at Chinatown’s Liberty Lot, the open-air lot next to the Marks Garage building, located at the intersection of Beretania Street and Nuʻuanu Avenue.

Adding to the prestige of Artists of Hawaiʻi is the prize money, which this year adds up to $50,500 in awards to artists.  Howard Hughes and the 
Ward Village Fund of the Hawaii

Community Foundation 
are the generous sponsors behind two major prizes: Best in Show, with an award of $10,000, and Second Prize, with an award of $5,000. 
Other awards include the
Emerging Artist Award In Honor of Thurston Twigg-Smith ($2,000), the Marcy and Robert Katz Award for Ceramics ($500) and the Dr. Timothy Y.C. Choy Award ($500). 

The Honolulu Museum of Art (HoMA) has also generously supported DAC's Artists of Hawai‘i 2023 exhibition with additional prizes. In recognition of the incredible support DAC provides Hawai‘i’s local arts community, HoMA is honored to extend awards from its Artists of Hawaiʻi-related endowed funds to directly support local artists featured in this exhibition. These prizes are as follows:  
    1HoMA’s Ellen Choy Craig Endowed Fund Award: $4,000 award
    2HoMA’s Cynthia Eyre Award: $2,000 award
    3HoMA’s Violette Wong Hu Award (to support an amateur artist): $5,000 award
    4HoMA’s Roselle Davenport Award for Artistic Excellence (recognizing an outstanding entry): $4,000 award
    5HoMA’s Melusine Award for Painting: $5,000 award
    6HoMA’s Reuben Tam Award (painting): $2,000 award
    7HoMA’s Jim Winters Award for 3-Dimensional Design (3-D work): $1,500 award
    8HoMA's John Young Award from the John Young Foundation: $9,000 award

    All prizes are exclusive of each other–only one artist may win each award.
    Downtown Art Center and the Artists of Hawaiʻi committee would like to extend a warm mahalo to the sponsors who have generously supported Artists of Hawaiʻi 2023:
    Priscilla Growney
    Elizabeth Rice Grossman
    Flora Ling 
    Noreen Mulliken 
    Linda and Robert Nichols
    Cherye & Jim Pierce
    Judith Pyle & Wayne Pitluck
    Marcia Roberts-Deutsch
    Ruedi Thoeni & David Franklin
    Sharon Twigg Smith
    Anonymous Donor
    Honolulu Museum of Art (HoMA)
    Ward Village Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation

    The Artists of Hawaiʻi 2023 juror is
    Tyler Cann, senior curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at HoMA. Cann joins HoMA from the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio. Prior to that, he served as curator of Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, England and Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in Aotearoa (New Zealand). Originally from Los Angeles, he holds a bachelor’s degree in art history from the University of California at Berkeley, and a master’s degree from Harvard University’s Department of History of Art and Architecture, where he is also a doctoral candidate. 

“To make art is to enter an ecosystem that has all kinds of branches, categories, and functions,” Cann said in his juror’s statement. “Every niche has its own history, implied values, and measures of success. As a juror for an exhibition like this, I try to take these shifting criteria into account. What I do enjoy seeing is work that has a clear voice and an elegant relationship between form and idea.”
    For more information about Artists of Hawaiʻi visit
To see the latest exhibitions, events, and classes at Downtown Art Center, visit

    About the Downtown Art Center (DAC):
    Located in the Chinatown Gateway Plaza building at 1041 Nuʻuanu Ave., Second Floor, the nonprofit Downtown Art Center is an evolving gallery and workshop space for Oʻahu's arts scene. DAC strives to become a thriving center for the arts by providing display space for local artists and art organizations, workshop classrooms, performances, and more. Support DAC and help it grow at!

    Parking for DAC is located at nearby municipal parking lots (onsite at Chinatown Gateway Plaza, parking entrance off Bethel Street) or at Mark's Garage (entrance at 22 S. Pauahi St.). DAC is easily accessible by public transit as well; get directions, routes and timetables at

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