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Call for Artists: “Our Sea of Islands” Exhibit at Capitol Modern
Deadline extended to December 31, 2023! The Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and Gravitas Pasifika are accepting submissions of artwork for an upcoming art exhibit, "Our Sea of Islands", at Capitol Modern (Hawaiʻi State Art Museum). This is an international call and is open to submissions of any medium, inclusive of contemporary and of heritage art objects. Submissions should center issues related to Pacific identity, oceanic connectivity, and cultural resilience. 

About the theme
Coined by scholar and cultural practitioner Epeli Hauʻofa, “Our Sea of Islands” is a frequently quoted reference to a redirection in the perspectives of the islands in the Pacific. Rather than considering these islands as an exotic other, Hauʻofa challenged the world to see the Pacific region as a metropolis for engagement of all kinds. Hauʻofa’s essay can be read online through the University of Hawaiʻi ScholarSpace:

This international call is open to artists Indigenous to the following Pacific Island nations or territories: American Samoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Easter Island (Rapa Nui), Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Hawaiʻi, Kiribati, Republic of the MarshalI Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand (Aotearoa), Niue, Norfolk Islands, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn Island, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna, and Republic of China (Taiwan). 

Alyssa at Gravitas Pasifika:

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About the SFCA
The Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA) is Hawaiʻi’s state government arts agency. Established in 1965 by the Hawaiʻi State Legislature, through the vision and effort of Hawaiʻi leaders, the creation of a state arts agency made Hawaiʻi eligible to receive federal grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), newly established on September 29, 1965. The SFCA is administratively attached to the Department of Accounting and General Services and funded by the State of Hawaiʻi and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Call for Artists on CaFE

Call for Student Artists
2024 Hawaiʻi Regional Scholastic Art Awards entries are currently open! Grades 7-12 (ages 13+).
2024 Scholastics competition and exhibit information

More Calls for Artists
SFCA website news page: Grants, Calls for Artists, and Other Opportunities (November 2023).
Grants, Calls for Artists, and Other Opportunities (November 2023)

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