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Downtown Art Center To Host Hawai i Craftsmen Annual Statewide Exhibition, Oct. 23 To Nov. 19, 2021
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DOWNTOWN ART CENTER TO HOST HAWAIʻI CRAFTSMEN ANNUAL STATEWIDE EXHIBITION, OCT. 23 TO NOV. 19
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Held annually since 1967, the Hawai‘i Craftsmen Annual Statewide Exhibition of traditional and contemporary crafts brings a juror of international reputation to the state of Hawai‘i to jury entries and give public presentations on each island. Accepted artwork will be exhibited at the Downtown Art Center’s Exhibition Space at 1041 Nuʻuanu Ave., Ste. B (Second Floor) from October 23 to November 19, 2021. Gallery hours will be Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will not be a First Friday reception for this show. The exhibition will be juried by Angelik Vizcarrondo-Laboy, a Los Angeles and New York-based curator, writer, and arts administrator of contemporary art and craft, and an Assistant Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), New York. Ms. Vizcarrondo-Laboy will visit Hawaiʻi Island, Maui, Molokaʻi, Kauaʻi, and Oʻahu to jury entries in person and give public presentations. Hawaiʻi Craftsmen is pleased to give special recognition in this 2021 exhibition to three featured Hawaiʻi-based artists and educators: Mary Babcock, Juvana Soliven and Maya Lea Portner. They will be honored for their commitment to contemporary craft, to the education and growth of the next generation of artists, and for their support of Hawaiʻi Craftsmen. This year, Hawaiʻi Craftsmen have raised over $10,300 in awards to recognize the exceptional work of Hawaiʻi artists. These 21 awards represent the extraordinary generosity and support of our community. Juror Angelik Vizcarrondo-Laboy (She/Her) is a Los Angeles and New York-based curator, writer, and arts administrator of contemporary art and craft, focusing on ceramics. Her current research investigates the use of humor, cuteness, and leisure in art as protest. Amplifying the voices of artists of color is central to her practice. She serves as Assistant Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), New York. Since 2016, she has been an integral part of MAD’s curatorial team, helping to organize over twenty exhibitions. She also oversees MAD’s Burke Prize (est. 2018), a highly-competitive prestigious contemporary craft award. In 2020, Vizcarrondo-Laboy curated Clay Is Just Thick Paint, an exhibition of Jennifer Rochlin’s ceramics for Greenwich House Pottery’s Jane Hartsook Gallery, New York. She also curated Sleight of Hand, which brought together the work of six contemporary artists of color using humor in clay as a tool of resistance, resilience, and healing for the Center for Craft, Asheville, North Carolina, where she was a 2020 Curatorial Fellow. She is currently working on an expanded version of this exhibition for MAD, titled Funk You Too! It is slated to open in the Fall of 2023. Additionally, she is one of the inaugural recipients of the Cultured Magazine x Parker Pen Writer’s Grant. She penned Seriously Cute: Six Artists Harnessing the Power Dichotomy of Cuteness for the occasion. She holds a BA in Art History from the University of Florida with minors in Anthropology and Ceramics and an MA from the Bard Graduate Center, New York, in Decorative Arts, Design History, & Material Culture. Vizcarrondo-Laboy was born and raised in Puerto Rico. https://www.angelikvizcarrondo.com/ Invited Artists Mary Babcock Mary Babcock is a visual and performance artist deeply interested in the intersection of art, contemplation and social activism. Influenced by the confluence of Buddhist practice and an appreciation of everyday acts of care, she holds mending as a central theme in her work, both as an actual reparative action and as a metaphor for personal and social change. Mary is currently Professor in Sculpture and Expanded Practices, in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She received her MFA from the University of Arizona, BFA from University of Oregon, Ph. D. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and B.A in Psychology from Cornell University. https://marybabcock.com/ Juvana Soliven Juvana Soliven is a visual artist and educator from Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. Soliven’s work subverts and utilizes object languages to speak to issues regarding intimacy, labor, and women’s positionality within the patriarchal system. http://www.juvanasoliven.com Maya Lea Portner Maya Lea Portner is an artist and educator in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. She earned a BFA (Sculpture) from Washington University School of Art in St. Louis and an MFA in Art (Fibers) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Maya has exhibited nationally in New York City, San Francisco, and St. Louis, MO. As part of her graduate research, Maya spent time at the Museum of Natural History ‘La Specola’ in Florence, Italy, where her work has since been exhibited. Her sculptures were included in the Holland Paper Biennial of 2008 in Den Haag, The Netherlands. Maya has been artist-in-residence internationally: a Waaw Residency in Senegal in 2015 and at CHHAAP Baroda Printmaking Studio in Gujurat, India, in 2011. Most recently, she participated in the Open Studio Residency 2018 at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine. Portner is the 13th recipient of the prestigious Catherine E. B. Cox Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts, awarded biannually by the Honolulu Museum of Art. http://www.mayaleaportner.com Exhibition Events: JUROR PRESENTATION The juror’s public presentation on O’ahu has been changed to an online Zoom Webinar. This event will be recorded and a video will be posted at www.HawaiiCraftsmen.org after the live event. No advance registration is necessary. Saturday, October 16, 6 p.m., HST Link to webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86861090961 EXHIBITION INTRODUCTION AND AWARDS ANNOUNCEMENT An introduction to the exhibition and award announcement will be posted as a video at HawaiiCraftsmen.org on Friday, October 21 at 6 p.m. Awards The Thurston Twigg-Smith Best in Show Award – $2,500.00 Sponsored by Sharon Twigg-Smith The Elizabeth Rice Grossman Award of Excellence – $1,000.00 Sponsored by Elizabeth Rice Grossman The Charles E. Higa Memorial Award of Excellence – $1,000.00 Sponsored by the Peter Drewliner Trust The John Young Award – $500.00 Sponsored by the John Young foundation The George Ellis Award – $500.00 Sponsored by the Timothy Y. C. Choy Fund of the Hawai'i Community Foundation The Carol and Malcolm Koga Emerging Artist Award – $500.00 Sponsored by the Timothy Y. C. Choy Fund of the Hawai'i Community Foundation Diane Chen Koch Weser Award for Collaborative Work – $500.00 Sponsored by the Timothy Y. C. Choy Fund of the Hawai'i Community Foundation Virginia McGargahan Award of Excellence in Raku – $500.00 Sponsored by the Timothy Y. C. Choy Fund of the Hawai'i Community Foundation The Ron and Myra Kent Award for Creative Innovation – $400.00 Sponsored by the Kent Family Trust and Kenny Kicklighter The Paul Loo Memorial Award – $350.00 Sponsored by Violet Loo Earle F. Long Memorial Award for Woodturning – $300.00 Sponsored by MaryAnne Long Merit Award in Ceramic Arts – $250.00 Sponsored by the Peter Drewliner Trust Merit Award in Fiber Arts – $250.00 Sponsored by the Peter Drewliner Trust Merit Award in Glass Arts – $250.00 Sponsored by the Peter Drewliner Trust Merit Award in Wood Arts – $250.00 Sponsored by the Peter Drewliner Trust Merit Award in Metal Arts – $250.00 Sponsored by the Peter Drewliner Trust Merit Award in Mixed Media Arts – $250.00 Sponsored by the Peter Drewliner Trust The Sayoko Kay Mura Student Award for Excellence – $250.00 Sponsored by friends of Kay Mura The Mānoa Gallery Award – $250.00 Sponsored by Cathy Cooke The Cedar Street Gallery Award – $250.00 Sponsored by Michael Schnack The Garden Island Arts Council Annual Artist Award – $150.00 Sponsored by the Garden Island Arts Council About Hawaiʻi Craftsmen: Hawai‘i Craftsmen celebrates fine craft as a vital and enriching part of contemporary life and supports the creative growth of member artists and the education of the general public to the value of the crafts. This mission is achieved through:
•Increasing public awareness and appreciation of fine craft through community outreach in many forms.
•Providing opportunities for continuing education and regular exhibition of member work.
•Sustaining a statewide community of craft artists by providing venues for shared experiences and communication.
•Promoting the organization and its members both within and without the State of Hawaiʻi.
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 donorbox.org/downtownartcenter!
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 www.thebus.org.
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