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Claudia Rankine, 2016 MacArthur Fellow, New York, New York, September 7, 2016

The Dai Ho Chun Distinguished Chair Endowment in the Colleges of Arts & Sciences is pleased to announce two special events with Dai Ho Chun Distinguished Chair CLAUDIA RANKINE.

1) An Evening With Claudia Rankine (to RSVP)
Friday, March 23 / Art Auditorium
6:00: Reception
7:00: Talk, followed by book signing
*The UH Bookstore will have books available for purchase at the signing.

2) Master Class with Claudia Rankine
Thursday, March 22 / 2:00-3:00 pm
This event has limited seating. Please REGISTER

CLAUDIA RANKINE is the author of five collections of poetry, including Citizen: An American Lyric and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely; two plays including Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue; numerous video collaborations, and is the editor of several anthologies including The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind. For Citizen, Rankine won the Forward Prize for Poetry, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry (Citizen was also nominated in the criticism category, making it the first book in the award’s history to be a double nominee), the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the PEN Open Book Award, and the NAACP Image Award. A finalist for the National Book Award, Citizen also holds the distinction of being the only poetry book to be a New York Times bestseller in the nonfiction category.

Among her numerous awards and honors are the Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry; Poets & Writers’ Jackson Poetry Prize; and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, United States Artists, and the National Endowment of the Arts.

Rankine is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and teaches at Yale University as the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry.


The Visiting Artist Program in Glass and the Glass Art Family are pleased to announce
Hugh Jenkins and Stephanie Ross / artists in residence

March 5 – 7, 8:30 to 3:30 (Lunch break 11:30 to 12:30 approximately)
glass studio room #117
Demonstration of their working process in hot glass

Monday, March at 5pm. ART Auditorium (room 132)
Public lecture with reception to follow

For more information on their UHM visit please contact Professor Rick Mills, or call 349-0289.

The Manoa Gallery is cosponsoring this residency with a concurrent exhibition
March 4 – April 8
Opening reception
Sunday, March 4, 5 to 8
2964 E. Manoa Road


Faculty MARY BABCOCK was selected for the 2017 Material Exploration Award by Surface Design Association Exhibition in Print. Her work is featured in the Winter 2017 issue of Surface Design. READ ARTICLE

Her work, Breaking Ground, was also selected for Excellence in Fibers 2017, a juried exhibition in print published in the Winter 2017 issue of Fiber Art Now.

More about MARY


MIYA KANEKO Tokyo Midtown 2017 Grand Prize Winner
January 30 – February 7, 2018
Commons Gallery

Kaneko’s artwork is on view in the Commons Gallery and is working on two interactive art projects while in residence. She is asking visitors to bring in maps of places that have significant memories for them which she plans to incorporate into her work. She engraves the names of the cities on a sheet of aluminum. In the second project asks visitors to take a photo of Miya or something that reminds the visitor of her. She will incorporate those photos into a larger artwork.

Miya Kaneko graduated in 2011 from Tama Art University with a bachelor’s degree in metal works. She obtained a master’s degree in art in 2013 and Ph.D. in 2017 at Tama Art University Graduate School of Art and Design.

Her recent exhibitions include Tama Art University Doctoral Program Graduation Exhibition at Tama Art University Museum in Tokyo, 2017; JIGUM exhibition at Art District_p in Busan, South Korea, 2016; and Kaneko Miya: Searching for the Image of Cities exhibition at KOMAGOME1-14cas in Tokyo, 2016.

She resides in Yokohama City, Japan.

Image (top):
Miya Kaneko
Translate the silence of the map
Aluminium, steel
Collaborator: AKAHARA Co., Ltd.

Ms. Kaneko’s text for Translate the silence of the map (above):
Engraved here are the names of cities. When you see the names of cities you know, what thoughts come to you? Do you think of something that happened recently or in the past or do you remember the sound of someone’s voice? Please listen to those memories; old memories and other people’s memories lie hidden within the name of a city. Like a humming, rumbling noise, all these memories are jumbled together in the city.

Gallery hours + admission:
Mon. – Fri. 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sun. 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Closed Saturdays

Free admission. Donations are appreciated.
Parking fees may apply.



Jelly Beans-A  ART  EVENTS  

February 22 – March 6, 2018
Amdur’s residency is a part of the exhibition MATERIAL SLIP.

PUBLIC LECTURE : Between-My-Selves
Tuesday, March 6 at 3pm
room 308

Originally from Pittsburgh, Margery Amdur received her B.F.A. from Carnegie-Mellon University and her MFA from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Margery has had over 60 solo and two-person exhibitions. Her international exhibitions include Turkey, Hungary, Poland, England, Iceland, Latvia, and Suriname.

For over twenty years, Margery has been actively creating site-specific, indoor and outdoor temporary and permanent art installations. In 2012, she completed Walking on Sunshine, a permanent public art project, in the Spring Garden underground-subway station, Philadelphia, PA. In the fall of 2015, as part of the Art in Airport Program, Margery created My Nature, a mixed-media, site-specific installation in Terminal B, at the Philadelphia International Airport. Her work has been selected to be a part of the 2018 The 6th Riga International Textile Fiber Triennial at the Museum of Applied Arts and Exhibition Hall Arsenals.


Erick Swenson
“Kleine Schwarmerei”, 2014
Urethane resin, silicone, acrylic paint
58 1/4 x 18 1/2 x 18 1/2 inches
Collection of Lisa Dawson and Thomas Maurstad
Photo: Kevin Todora


Tuesday, February 27 / 330-430pm
ART Building room 308

This event is held in conjunction with the Honolulu Museum of Art presenting Swenson’s first museum survey.

Abstruction: The Sculpture of Erick Swenson

March 1 – July 29, 2018

Known for his remarkably lifelike and labor-intensive sculptures of animals created from cast urethane resin, his work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas; and UCLA/Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles.

Swenson’s sculptures often feature creatures in death or distress—such as a fawn being carried away by a large red cape, or a decomposing deer carcass. Other figures, while retaining a strongly individual sensibility, are displayed as hunting trophies or scientific specimens. The unique character of his creations, along with a meticulous attention to detail, even of less appealing organisms, such as a cluster of snails, evokes a reverence for these beings and their situations. These sculptures capture not only the tragedy, but the delicate and complex beauty of nature.

The underlying strength of the work lies in its ability to affect us visually and emotionally on multiple levels. We wonder how the artist constructed these pieces, feel for the creatures in distress, and are made uncomfortable by the stark reality of snails or decomposing flesh. At the same time the work celebrates the unique individuality that exists in nature, and encourages the viewer to appreciate this life while we have it.
-Katherine Love, Assistant Curator, Contemporary Art, Honolulu Museum of Art

Erick Swenson
“Ne Plus Ultra”, 2010
Urethane resin, acrylic paint
17 x 72 x 54 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Talley Dunn Gallery
Photo: Kevin Todora



more about WENDY


TWIT (aka “mine is bigger than yours”) by UH MFA alum DEBORAH G NEHMAD
January 11 – February 10, 2018

529 W. 20th Street, New York City

The new works by Nehmad address two of the most disquieting issues confronting America today, the President’s verbal incontinence and gun violence.

TWIT is an installation surrounding the viewer with over 300 of Trump’s divisive tweets, issued both before and after he became President, stamped on handmade orange/yellow paper “twits”. Contradictory twits will lock beaks. Tweets criticizing the previous President are amazingly prescient descriptors of Trump’s actions and behavior in office.

In the second 12 months following the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, 137 children aged 10 and under either shot themselves or another child or were shot by an adult. The 12 visually compelling needlepoints comprising “what’s wrong with this country? – the next 12 months” break down these statistics on a monthly basis which can be read with a QR code reader downloaded to a smart phone.


Jelly Beans-A  ART  EVENTS  

February 1-28, 2018

Tuesday, February 20 at 4pm
room 101

UHM_ART parter Trades A.i.R. is pleased to announce their 2nd Artist in Residence MICHAEL WANG.

Today’s art world is understood as a system no different from other systems—be they ecological, economic, or political. But there’s more: no clear boundary separates the networks of these systems. If anything, there are points of intersection. Michael Wang explores the aesthetics of an art that actively engages with these systems, and the perspective of artists as they consider the objectives, limits and structure of a work that is no longer a matter of objects, but nimbly moves through the folds of these systems as energy.

Michael Wang (Born 1981 Olney, MD. Lives/works New York, NY) uses systems that operate on a global scale as media for art: species distribution, climate change, resource allocation and the global economy. His works include “Extinct in the Wild” a series that examines the unique status of species that persist exclusively under human care, “Carbon Copies,” an exhibition linking the production of artworks to the release of greenhouse gases, “Rivals,” a series that connects the sale of artworks to corporate finance, “Terroir,” monochrome paintings made from the ground bedrock of world cities, and “World Trade,” an exhibition tracing the material aftermath of theWorld Trade Center after the attacks of 9/11. He has exhibited in Europe, Asia, and the Americas, most recently at the Fondazione Prada in Milan, Foxy Production in New York City, and Parque Cultural in Valparaíso (all 2017). His theoretical writings have appeared in Log, Mousse, Texte zur Kunst, Artforum, and Cabinet, among others.

In Hawai‘i, he will continue his “Extinct in the Wild” project which has been shown at the Fondazione Prada in Milan, and at the XX Bienal de Arquitectura y Urbanismo in Valparaíso Chile. Adopting the scientific designation “Extinct in the Wild,” Wang’s work focuses on flora and fauna species that are no longer found in nature but that persist through human intervention and care. These species represent a “kind of passage from nature into culture,” and with Wang’s intervention a further transition into the realm of fine art. Michael hopes to document the last location where these species were observed in the wild as well as their preservation in captivity or cultivation. In Hawai‘i, he is particularly interested in learning more about the ʻAlalā (Corvus hawaiiensis) on Hawai‘i island; the Ālula (Brighamia insignis) on Kaua‘i; Mt. Kaʻala Cyanea (Cyanea superba) and Sharktail Cyanea (Cyanea pinnatifida) on O‘ahu; and the Kokiʻo (Kokia cookei) on Molokaʻi.

TRADES A.i.R. program seeks to address the underrepresentation of contemporary art in the Hawaiian Islands by providing maximum community access and fostering arts appreciation locally. At the core of our mission is a Visiting Artist in Residence Program. TRADES aims to fund travel, lodging and studio space for selected national and international visiting artists. Committed to outreach, we are partnered with the Honolulu Museum of Art and the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Hawai‘i Mānoa. TRADES creates a round-trip circuit for contemporary art in the islands, with the introduction of offshore techniques and the exportation of local perspectives. TRADES was founded by Don Felix Cervantes and Aaron Wong in January 2016. A sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, our intended reach is to all Hawaiian Islands and to visiting artists worldwide.

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