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


Using personal artifacts, domestic materials, and the natural world as a point of departure, Wendy Kawabata’s art production relies on an armature of meditative practice. Overt in their construction and economy, value is embedded into each project through insistent work ethic and a corresponding interior experience. While process and media frequently shift, Kawabata’s work is always connected to the processes of drawing and craft, and often extends beyond the domestic, bringing the outside in. 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 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 Carriageworks, Sydney, Australia, The Corban Estate Arts Centre, Auckland, New Zealand, The Texas State University Art Gallery, San Marcos, TX, the Fed Galleries, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI, and the Center for Book and Paper Arts, Chicago, IL, and has participated in residencies in Iceland and Michigan. She has received recognition from national and international publications including, Art in America, Modern Painters, New Yorker, Artweek, Aucklander, and NO Magazine. Her work is featured in the books 20/20: Twenty Artists, Twenty Writers, One New Zealand Gallery (Sanderson Contemporary, Auckland, NZ), The Artists: 21 Practitioners in New Zealand Contemporary Art (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)