Associate Professor, Drawing and Painting Area Chair
Office Room 329 / 808.956.5273 / wendyak@hawaii.edu
RESEARCH AREAS – Drawing, Painting, Fiber, Installation


Using personal artifacts and domestic materials as a point of departure, Wendy Kawabata’s art production takes the form of meditative practice. Simple repeated actions become an accumulation of forms to reveal the significant act of making. While process and media frequently shift, Kawabata’s practice is always conducted within a space traditionally seen as interior, and employs techniques associated with the making and maintenance of ‘home’. She treads the line between the personal and the quotidian, and poses questions about accumulation, production, and the role of the handmade in the 21st century.

Kawabata is the recipient of a 2012 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and is represented by Sanderson Contemporary Gallery in Auckland, New Zealand. She has presented her work in numerous solo and group exhibitions at venues including The Corban Estate Arts Centre, Auckland, New Zealand, Don Soker Gallery, San Francisco, CA, The Texas State University Art Gallery, San Marcos, TX, and The Center for Book and Paper Arts, Chicago, IL, and has participated in residencies in Iceland and Michigan. Her work has received recognition from national and international publications including, Art in America, Modern Painters, The New Yorker, Artweek, The Aucklander, and NO Magazine. Her work is featured in the books The Artists: 21 Practitioners in New Zealand Contemporary Art c. 2013-2015 (Beatnik Publishing, Auckland, NZ) and PromptPress 1 (PromptPress, Iowa City).

MFA – University of New Mexico (Magna Cum Laude)
BFA – Massachusetts College of Art

ART 113 (Introduction to Drawing)
ART 123 (Introduction to Painting)
ART 213 (Intermediate Drawing)
ART 223 (Intermediate Painting)
ART 313 (Advanced Drawing)
ART 322 ((Advanced Color)
ART 323 (Advanced Painting I)
ART 410 (BFA Seminar)
ART 423 (Advanced Drawing/Painting II)
ART 611-614 (MFA Seminar)