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CALL FOR STUDENT ARTISTS: submissions are now open for the 56th Annual Hawaii Regional Scholastic Student Art Awards! This art competition is open to all state of Hawaii students (public, charter, home, and private) grades 7-12.


WHAT -- Call for Artists - 2019 Hawaiʻi Regional Scholastic Art Awards

WHERE -- Scholastic Art & Writing Awards website,

WHEN -- September 12 - December 13, 2018


Students sign the Hawaiʻi Regional Scholastic Art Awards Exhibit entry wall after the awards ceremony.


Right: visitors in the Hawaiʻi Regional Scholastic Art Awards Exhibit.

Honolulu, Hawaii-- 56th Annual Hawaii Regional Scholastic Art Awards submissions are now open online. Selected works will be displayed in the Hawaiʻi Regional Scholastic Student Art Awards Exhibit at the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum, and Gold Key Award recipients move on to the national level Scholastic Art & Writing Awards judging.

This art competition is a part of the national Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and is open to all students (public, charter, home, and private) grades 7-12 who enter their work in the official categories of Architecture & Industrial Design, Ceramics & Glass, Comic Art, Design, Digital Art, Drawing & Illustration, Editorial Cartoon, Fashion, Film & Animation, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Video Games, and Art Portfolio. Submissions are juried by panels of leaders in the visual arts for this regional level exhibit, and works receiving a Gold Key award move on to the national level Scholastic Art & Writing Awards judging.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the nation's largest, longest-running, most prestigious visual and literary arts program recognizing accomplishments of students in grades 7-12. The Scholastic Awards also provides guides to help educators facilitate discussions about art and writing in their classrooms and provide critical-thinking activities.

For more information for teachers and students on how to enter: Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Submissions opened September 12, 2018 and close Thursday, December 13, 2018, 6:59 PM HST: for more information go to

Artwork submission is free of charge.

Questions? Contact Karen Ewald (Director, Art in Public Places Program) at (808) 586-9950 / or Juvana Soliven, Project Manager, at (808) 586-9955 /


Creator / Arianne Javier / colored pencil, graphite / Moanalua High School, grade 9 / Educator: Jeffrey Fujimoto / 2018 Hawaii Regional Scholastic Art Awards


Aeroquatics / Claire McCreery / digital print / Iolani School, grade 11 / Educator: Allison Uyehara Ngo / 2018 Hawaii Regional Scholastic Art Awards


Aesthetic Path / Japheth Cardona / digital art / Roosevelt High School, grade 12 / Educators: Mariya Hayakawa, Jamie Kumashiro / 2018 Hawaii Regional Scholastic Art Awards

View a selection of artworks from previous Hawaii Regional Scholastic Art Awards exhibits in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards online galleries, which are searchable by year, grade, state, category, and more.

More student art coming up:

The Young Artists of Hawai‘i is an annual student art exhibition that recognizes creative excellence among Hawaii's public and private school students in grades Kindergarten through sixth grade.This exhibit is presented by the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Hawai‘i State Department of Education, and the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority. The program is funded through the Works of Art Special Fund and provides opportunities for students to participate in a juried art competition. A panel of distinguished judges select 96 works for exhibition from school submissions.

Additional information about how schools can enter will be released shortly.

About the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum

For more than fifty years, the Art in Public Places Collection of the Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture and the Arts has been recognized as one of the most significant collections of contemporary art of Hawaiʻi.

Created as a venue to increase public access to the Art in Public Places Collection of the Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA), the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum (HiSAM) displays artwork from the Art in Public Places Collection as well as from collaborations with the Hawaiʻi State Department of Education (DOE). HiSAM is operated as a part of the Art in Public Places Program by the SFCA, and is the only museum in the United States operated by a state government arts agency. The museum is an important resource for education and cultural enrichment, providing a learning laboratory for the SFCA's arts education programs for DOE public and charter school students and teachers. The museum opened in the fall of 2002 on the second floor of the No. 1 Capitol District Building.

Museum Director Karen Ewald says "the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum is a space where people are welcome to experience contemporary art in Hawaiʻi in a variety of ways. It's a venue for community engagement and connectivity on top of being an extraordinary contemporary art museum on the island of Oʻahu. HiSAM welcomes visitors of all backgrounds to view, socialize and interact in our galleries."


Hawai`i State Art Museum

Downtown Honolulu

No. 1 Capitol District Building

250 South Hotel St.

Second Floor

Honolulu, HI 96813

Museum Hours

Monday - Saturday

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

Admission is always free

808-586-9959 or 808-586-0300

Visitor Information on our website

Public Transportation

Several bus routes stop in front of or close to the museum, including routes #1 Kahala Mall/Kalihi Transit Center, #2 Waikiki-Diamond Head-KCC/School St, #3 Kapiolani Community College/Salt Lake, and E Country Express! Ewa Beach. For route maps and timetables, visit TheBus online or call (808) 858-5555.


There is no parking on site. Paid parking is available nearby at the Ali`i Place building (parking ramp entrance at 1099 Alakea St), Kalanimoku Building, Kinau Hale/Department of Health, State Capitol Basement (metered parking only) Honolulu City Municipal Parking, and metered street parking in the area.


No. 1 Capitol District Building, 250 South Hotel St. (corner of S. Hotel and Richards St.)


About the Hawai`i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts

The Hawai`i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA) was founded in 1965 as the official arts agency of the State of Hawai`i. The mission of the SFCA is to promote, perpetuate, preserve and encourage culture and the arts as central to the quality of life of the people of Hawai‘i. SFCA funding is provided by the State of Hawai`i and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The SFCA is administratively attached to the Department of Accounting and General Services(Hawai‘i Revised Statutes Chapter 9). Read more about the SFCA in the SFCA's 2017 Annual Report and 2019-2023 Strategic Plan.


Hawaii State Foundation On Culture and The Arts Newsletter


The Hawai'i State Art Museum is located in No. 1 Capitol Distric Building at 250 South Hotel Street. The building is situated in the historic Hawaii Capital Cultural District, across from 'Iolani Palace and the State Capitol. The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information on the Hawai'i State Art Museum call (808) 586-0900 or visit

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Phone: (808) 586-0307,Website:

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