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by Eddie London, editor
The HiSAM is located in downtown Honolulu at 250 South Hotel St., in the No. 1 Capitol Building. The new visitor center is being built on the first floor, and the galleries on the second floor are open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Galleries are also open for evening viewing on the first Friday of every month, when the HiSAM hosts a gathering event open to the public from 5 to 9 p.m..

Four signature events will be a part of the HSFCA 40th Anniversary celebration. The first was the 40th Anniversary Birthday Party on Oct. 2, in conjunction with Children and Youth Day. The event was held on the front lawn of the HiSAM, and included arts and activities for children plus a birthday cake.

The second event, the Opening Reception for Public Art, will be held in conjunction with First Friday on March 3, 2006, from 5 to 9 p.m. The public is invited to this free event. The third signature event is the International Cultural Summit to be held at the Hawai‘i Convention Center and the HiSAM, May 11-13, 2006.

The cultural summit will feature speakers who will present lectures on many arts-related topics and will include an HSFCA Awards Ceremony and an Arts Education Forum. The fourth signature event is the grand opening for the HiSAM Visitor Information Center featuring a café, a gift shop, and an information kiosk. The opening date is to be determined pending completion of construction. The public will be invited to this free event.

The Art in Public Places exhibition explores the state’s collection of art acquired since 1967 under a law that set aside for art one-percent of all state building construction costs. The primary purpose of the public art program is to beautify and humanize the environment, acording to the museum’s mission statement.

The exhibition is designed to introduce audiences to the concept of public art. The art in the Diamond Head Gallery is composed of 13 pieces selected from 500 entries to an open call to all of Hawai‘i’s artists. Public artists featured in this exhibition include Carol Bennet, Sean Browne, Ed Carpenter, Jean Charlot, and Kazu Kauiana. Materials from their projects such as sketches, models, and concept descriptions, will illustrate the careful research, detailed work, and open process necessary to develop projects that speak to the community and enhance the environment.
The back section of the Diamond Head Gallery currently features Summertime, a special exhibition on themes and images of the summer season. The exhibit includes a media room that screens a video about Hawai‘i’s Art in Public Places Program produced by Waianae High School’s Searider Productions. The rest of the exhibit comprises sculptures, photos, paintings, drawings, and hands-on interactive elements designed to engage audiences and encourage them to explore public art.

The Ewa Galleries

The Ewa Galleries offer two exhibitions. The first, Reflecting Hawai‘i, paintings, sculpture, and mixed media works on paper, will continue through Jan. 28, 2006. The second, Enriched by Diversity: The Art of Hawai‘i, is a semi-permanent exhibition illustrating the mix of Hawai‘i’s ethnic and cultural traditions.

The HSCFA hosts a monthly “Lunchtime Lecture Series at HiSAM.” The program is from noon to 1 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month in the multi-purpose room located on the first floor. The next luncheon is Nov. 29, and will feature artist Sean Browne, who did the King David Kalakaua statue in Waikiki. Browne’s work is heavily inspired by Native Hawaiian culture as well as his Japanese heritage. Working primarily in bronze and stone, he creates interpretations linking the past and present.

The HiSAM offers free scheduled tours of the galleries for everyone interested, including students for whom English is a second language. To schedule a tour, call Michael Naylor, the museum educator, at 586-0740. Walk-in tours are not available.

The HiSAM continuously seeks volunteers to serve as gallery attendants, docents (tour guides), and helpers with specials events. An application can be downloaded at www.hawaii.gov/sfca. Lynn Mayekawa, the Visitor Services manager, can be contacted via telephone at 586-9959, or e-mail lynn.l.mayekawa@hawaii.gov. The e-mail address for the volunteer program is hisamvolunteers@ yahoo.com. Application forms can also be obtained at the museum.

The HiSAM also welcomes HPU students interns. Interships are customized on a case-by-case basis, so interested students should call David de la Torre, director of both the Art in Public Places Program and of the HiSAM, at 586-9950.

Any artist who wants to register a visual artist profile with the HSFCA and HiSAM can obtain an application at the museum. Artists must submit 10 slides of work. Three-dimensional artworks, such as sculptures, are gladly accepted, but slides of various views showing the whole work in its environmental context, in detail, must be included.
All Photos by Baxter Cepeda
A spectator views the Copper Cutout Seies, created 1985-1992 by Honolulu-born Saturo Abe.
Quilts made by Madge Tennant and Josephine Leinalama.
Made by Bumpei Kaji 1998.
East and WEst, 1971 by Sabaturo Abe, Honolulu.
All Photos by Baxter Cepeda


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