A listing to current contemporary art programming around Hawaiʻi Nei during the Biennial exhibition period


Akihiko Izukura: The Way of Natural Textiles

January 15 – March 19, 2017

Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Schaefer International Gallery
One Cameron Way.  Kahului, HI 96732
(808) 242-2787  |  Tue - Sat  10:00a - 5:00p

Akihiko Izukura, a Japanese master of dyeing and weaving, works primarily in silk by transforming thread into “wind-like” fabrics. He hand dyes silk with subtle colors made only from natural materials, following a process that is over 2,000 years old. He also creates a wide range of functional and colorful modern garments with traditional weaving and knitting techniques.  Many of his works and couture outfits have been exhibited in New York, Vienna and Copenhagen. Read on.


701999 (2016). Graphite on paper. 8.5x11"

701999 (2016). Graphite on paper. 8.5x11"


January 22 - March 12, 2017

Hawaii Pacific University Art Gallery
45-045 Kamehameha Highway. Kane‘ohe, Hawai‘i 96744
(808) 544-0228 |  M-S    8:00a - 5:00p

[See Reverse Side.] is a solo exhibition by Biennial artist Jane Chang Mi, which considers the photographic archive of Operation Hardtack I in the Marshall Islands. Operation Hardtack I was a series of thirty-five nuclear tests conducted by the United States from April to August of 1958 in the Pacific Testing Grounds, which included Enewetak, Bikini, and Johnston atolls.  Still and motion picture photography played an integral part in nuclear testing, beginning with the documentation of the first atomic bomb test, Trinity on July 16, 1945. Read on.

Yayoi Kusama in her New York studio (1971) by Tom Haar

Yayoi Kusama in her New York studio (1971) by Tom Haar

Japanese Artists in New York - 1971
Photographs by Tom Haar

February 16 - May 13, 2017

307c Kamani St. Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 593-1231 |  M-F  9:00a - 5:00p, Sat. 10:00a - 4:00p

During the early years of Tom Haar’s residence in New York (1968-1983), he learned of a large group of japanese artists. Intrigued by their exciting lifestyle in New York, and having grown up in Japan himself, he decided to capture their creative lives in a photo essay, Japanese Artists in New York - 1971“New York was very stimulating in the early 1970s—in areas gritty and seedy—especially in Lower Manhattan, where many of the artists lived. SoHo and the artists’ housing, Westbeth, were still in their infancies.” Read on.


Detail of 2017 Gift Print by Kauaʻi-based artist, Sally French.

Detail of 2017 Gift Print by Kauaʻi-based artist, Sally French.


March 1 - 22, 2017

Honolulu Museum of Art School
1111 Victoria Street.  Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 532-8741  |  M-S 10:00am - 4:30pm ; Sun 1:00 - 5:00pm

Honolulu Printmakers presents a carefully juried selection of the best print work from artists around the state of Hawaii working in traditional printmaking media as well as contemporary forms and hybrids. This year's juror is Amze Emmons. Read on.



March 8 - May 31, 2017

2829 Ala Kalanikaumaka Rd #4  Koloa, HI 96756
(808) 742-0103 | Tue-Sat  2:00p - 8:00p

Inspired by H.C. Westermann's(1922 -1981) lithograph "An Affair in the Islands"  (1972), this exhibit will feature an eclectic group of artists for an intergenerational survey of the island theme. There are extraordinarily many meanings found in Merriam-Webster Dictionary of the word “affair”, including anything that might also signify a procedure, action, or occasion only vaguely specified; also, an object or collection of objects. Read on.



March 10 – May 6, 2017

Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center (MAUI)
2841 Baldwin Ave, Makawao, HI 96768
(808) 572-6560  | M-F 9:00a – 4:00p

Judy Bisgard, born and raised on Maui, draws inspiration from the local Maui flora, the fast changing environment, and the decline of pineapple and plantation houses, while incorporating the color and compositional techniques of the French Impressionists. This retrospective exhibition showcases Bisgard’s experiences with a wide range of media, including plein air paintings, fiber, encaustic, pastel, intaglio, and woodcut. Read on.


contact 3017
Hawaiʻi in a thousand years

April 1 - 16, 2017

Honolulu Museum of Art School
1111 Victoria Street.  Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 532-8741  |  M - Sun 10:00am - 7:00pm

CONTACT is an annual exhibition of contemporary art exploring the notion of contact as it relates to Hawaiʻi, its people and their experiences. Curated by art collective, PARADISE COVE, 3017 asks artists to take on the role of futurologists, considering the strands of the future that exist now and how they might present themselves in a thousand years. Read on.

‘Umeke | Umbrella brings together information on existing exhibitions, projects, talks and events that feature the dynamic contemporary art community of Hawai’i nei.

The name embraces the ancestral roots of Hawai’i referencing the ‘umeke as a functional vessel or container in Hawaiian, which holds things of wealth, combined with the Western containment metaphor of  “everyone under an umbrella,” bringing together two cultural contexts that aspire to the same result. Events occurring around the Honolulu Biennial exhibition period and present opportunities for Hawaii’s creative communities to be acknowledged on a global platform.

To include an event for the inaugural Honolulu Biennial, or if you have any questions, please email  josh@nameahawaii.com. Logo design is by Wooden Wave