EXHIBITIONS + EVENTS
The Department of Art and Art History includes two galleries (the University of Hawai‘i Art Gallery and the Commons Gallery), the Intersections Visiting artist/scholar program, and the John Young Museum of Art.
The University of Hawai‘i Art Gallery, the larger of the two exhibition spaces with a footprint of 4,200 square feet, presents a varied program ranging from contemporary exhibitions featuring works by local and international artists to thematic exhibitions of art historically significant works. Exhibitions are periodically supported by catalogs. Programming for exhibitions includes lectures by artists and scholars, symposia, films, and tours. Annually 50,000 people visit the Gallery and participate in its public programs. Additionally, the Gallery organizes traveling exhibitions, many of which have been presented at more than 100 museums in the United States, Mexico, Canada, Japan, Taiwan, and Guam.
The Commons Gallery rotates smaller exhibitions on a weekly basis and acts a laboratory for students and faculty to experiment with exhibition design and practices of display. Curators, gallery staff, graduate students, faculty, and visiting artists work in conjunction with undergraduate students in courses like Exhibition Design and Gallery Management (ART 360) to undertake exhibition planning from start to finish. The result is a dynamic and varied exhibition program created by students and faculty for the University of Hawai‘i academic community.
Intersections is the visiting artist, designer and scholar program for the department. Past guests include: Shazhia Sikander, Fred Tomaselli, Paul Pfeiffer, Ann Hamilton, Wu Hung, Nick Cave, Mel Chin, Linda Nochlin, Pepon Osorio, Gary Hill, and Lucy Lippard. Intersections hosts two kinds of visits: Full Residencies and Layover Lectures. Full Residencies usually involve a week to two-week visit and include a lecture, classroom visits, studio critiques, community involvement, and potentially a workshop or exhibition.
JOHN YOUNG MUSEUM OF ART
(The museum will be closed for roof and facility maintenance beginning May 17, 2013.)
Endowed with a starter collection of artworks, The John Young Museum of Art opened in Krauss Hall in 1999 to enhance the knowledge and appreciation of art, and to further art education at the University for the benefit of students and the community. Greeting the visitor at the entry of the Museum is a 1976 portrait of John Young by the eminent contemporary artist and Stanford University professor Nathan Oliveira. In the courtyard, water flows down a rock wall into a water garden designed by Betsy Sakata. The reflecting pool hosts a Thai Buddha image that once graced John Young's home on the slopes of Diamond Head.
EXPLORE THE JOHN YOUNG MUSEUM OF ART