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Past Exhibitions

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The Reformer’s Brush: Modernity and Traditional Media in China
February 27 – April 8, 2011

Closed Spring Break, March 21 – 25.

The year 2011 marks the hundredth anniversary of the Xinhai Revolution, which saw the abdication of the six-year-old last emperor of the Qing Dynasty and led ultimately to the founding of the Republic of China. This exhibition, which features painting and calligraphy from late nineteenth and early twentieth-century China in the collections of Dr. Ernest and Letah Lee and Dr. Chin-tang Lo, examines the relationship between tradition and modernity in this transitional period.

Many of the men at the center of the debates over modernization also cultivated the traditional practices of painting and calligraphy in ways that reflected or were engaged with the very questions of modernization and change that were central to their times. These include Chiang Kai-shek, Mei Lanfang, Liang Qichao, Kang Youwei, Guo Moruo, and many others. The Reformerʼs Brush showcases their artworks, their lives, and their ambitions for reform.


33nd Annual Graduate Exhibition
January 16 - February 4, 2011

New works in ceramics, fiber, glass, installation, intermedia, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture by graduate students of the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

"Musings of Mystery and Alphabets of Agony:
The Work of Edward Gorey"

September 26 - December 10, 2010

The University of Hawai‘i Art Gallery in collaboration with the University of Hawai‘i Library presents work by celebrated, prolific American author and artist Edward Gorey (1925–2000), revered for his distinctly elegant, enigmatic, and eerie black and white illustrations. This exhibition features over 700 books, book jackets, prints, posters, drawings, postcards, handmade dolls, and other ephemera from the John A. Carollo - Edward Gorey Collection in the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Library’s Special Research Collections, with special loans courtesy of The Edward Gorey Charitable Trust, New York City and the Edward Gorey House, Yarmouthport, Massachusetts.

"The Chinese Obelisks"
Images Courtesy & © The Edward Gorey Charitable Trust

Between: Bachelors of Fine Arts Exhibition
April 25 - May 14, 2010

The 2010 Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition is the culmination a multi-year curriculum of academic study within the Department of Art and Art History, University of Hawai‛i at Mānoa. This annual exhibition presents the very finest art and design work created during the final stages of the BFA candidates' coursework. The exhibition features recent undergraduate works in painting, printmaking, fiber, glass, drawing, graphic design, ceramics, sculpture, and intermedia. While completing their own artwork, these students have also planned all aspects of the production and installation of the exhibition..

Eternal Blinking: Contemporary Art of Korea
February 21 - April 9, 2010

Features 18 contemporary Korean artists who were specially selected to highlight the historical dynamism of modern Korea. The artists experienced Korea’s turbulent history from authoritarian military regimes through the dramatic democratization and flourishing industrial development of its formative years. Their work, which reflects on the past but incorporates contemporary exchange with the global art community, has received international recognition.

32nd Annual Graduate Student Exhibition
January 17 - February 5, 2010

New works in glass, painting, printmaking, photography, fiber, ceramics, sculpture, installation, and intermedia by graduate students of the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.


Degrees of Distinction: Alumni Invitational Exhibition
October 25 – December 11, 2009

“Degrees of Distinction” features 24 artists and art historians educated at the Department of Art and Art History, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa who are recognized for their work and for their contributions as artists, educators, designe... Read more.

Faculty Art Exhibition
September 6 - October 2, 2009

Recent work by faculty from the Department of Art & Art History will be highlighted in the Faculty Exhibition.  We welcome new faculty members who have the opportunity to present their work at the UH Art Gallery for the first time.

BFA Exhibition
April 20 - May 16, 2009

Art students who will be graduating with a BFA degree from the Department of Art & Art History, University of Hawaii at Manoa present their annual art exhibition. The energy and enthusiasm of the soon-to-be-alumni always makes this exhibition exciting.

The 10th International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition
March 1 - April 9, 2009

Initial exhibition of The 10th International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition. Exactly 141 small sculptures from around the world show how artists have handled the challenges of space and scale dictated by the size of an ordinary shoebox. An invitation-only exhibition, this triennial has attracted a large number of well-known artists from Hawaii, the U.S. mainland, Australia, Canada, Chile, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Korea, Norway, People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, The Netherlands, and United Kingdom.

31: Graduate Student Exhibition
January 18 - February 13, 2009

The graduate students of the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Hawaii at Manoa are pleased to present 31: Graduate Student Exhibition. This is the thirty-first annual exhibition of new works in glass, painting, printmaking, photography, fiber, ceramics, sculpture, installation, and intermedia.

Writing with Thread:
Traditional Textiles of Southwest Chinese Minorities

September 21–November 30, 2008

Southwest China, a region of topographic, climatic and human diversity, is home to 31 of China's 56 ethnic groups. With over 500 of the finest and historically significant objects on loan from Taiwan-based collector, Huang Ying-feng, Writing with Thread celebrates the diverse and splendidly woven and embroidered handicrafts of these peoples.

The Commodity of Exchange:
Prints from the Charles Cohan Collection

March 16–April 11, 2008

Printmakers have had a long tradition of exchanging or trading their prints with one another. Charles Cohan, professor of art and chair of the printmaking program at the Department of Art and Art History, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, has participated in this tradition of exchange and by doing so, has developed an extensive collection of prints and print-related materials created by contemporary artists from around the world.

January 20 - February 22, 2008

The graduate students of the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) are pleased to present their new work in painting, printmaking, photography, fiber, intermedia, ceramics, glass, sculpture, installation, and animation in PARENTHESES. This annual exhibition of new work highlights the students' wide range of materials, techniques, and perspectives.

Excelling the Work of Heaven: Personal Adornment from China
October 28 - December 14, 2007

The University of Hawaii Art Gallery presented nearly 700 pieces of personal adornment that were selected from the San Francisco-based Shyn Collection for the exhibition Excelling the Work of Heaven: Personal Adornment from China. The exhibition included outstanding examples of archer's rings, head and hair ornaments, court necklaces, earrings, buttons, necklaces, bracelets, symbolic locks, personal talismans and amulets, needle cases and grooming kits that were made primarily during late Imperial China for the imperial palace, court, and aristocracy.

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Island to Island:
A Collaboration Between Three International Universities

August 26 - October 5, 2007

What Sound Does a Color Make?
March 4 - April 13, 2007

An exhibition that explores the fusion of vision and sound in electronic media. Artists explore time-based work and manipulate sound with image, and image with sound, in videos and immersive sensory environments.

Reconstructing Memories
November 5 - December 13, 2006

Reconstructing Memories appropriately considers issues of history and memory at a location that witnessed the most catastrophic event in the 20th century history of our nation. The exhibition confronts core issues of constructing historical narratives and addresses the obscuring of cultural and personal memory.

East-West Ceramics Collaboration IV
August 27 - September 22, 2006

Diverse artworks highlight the cultural, technical, and aesthetic exchange in the fourth exhibition of the East-West Ceramics Collaboration IV, which brings together 15 artists from Australia, Canada, Europe, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Turkey, the U.S. Mainland, and Hawai‘i. These ceramics professionals will convene at the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa for four intense weeks in July and August to work side by side and to exchange ideas about art and culture.

The 9th International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition
March 5 - April 13, 2006

Initial exhibition at the University of Hawaii Art Gallery (March 9 to April 18, 2003). -- Artist Listing -- Traveling itinerary. Catalog available.

Painting with Threads: The Art of Japanese Embroidery
January 15 - February 17, 2006

Embroidery has long been an important medium in Japanese religious and secular art. Like many traditional crafts, it struggles to maintain particular standards while adapting to the modern world.

Painting with Threads features stunning examples of contemporary Japanese embroidery on kimono, obi, and folding screens from the renowned Kurenai-Kai Centers in Japan and Atlanta. Illustrations and explanations of embroidery stitches will be presented in an educational section of the exhibition. Catalog available.

Making Connections:
Treasures from the University of Hawaii Library
September 18 - November 10, 2005

With the first exhibition ever of over 300 objects from its fabulous rare and special collections, witness the exciting renaissance of the primary research library in the state of Hawai'i. Catalog available.

The 8th International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition
March 9 - April 18, 2003

Initial exhibition at the University of Hawaii Art Gallery (March 9 to April 18, 2003). -- Artist Listing -- Traveling itinerary.

Crossings 2003: Korea/Hawai`i

Crossings 2003: Korea/Hawai`i is an international arts event that commemorates the 100th anniversary of Korean immigration to the United States. It features the work of more than 30 contemporary Korean artists at numerous sites in Honolulu and on Maui in the fall of 2003. Many of the artists are recognized as international leaders in the field of contemporary art. Catalog available.

Jose Guadalupe Posada: My Mexico
March 4 - April 6, 2001

Posada (1852-1913) was Mexico's most popular and prolific print artist, whose powerful works graced hundreds of single, printed sheets that combined image, headline, and text to create a broadsheet or broadside. Almost every aspect of Mexican life was depicted in Posada's work. His goal was to educate and inform the masses. Over 100 prints from the Charlot Collection in Hamilton Library at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa are on display with an accompanying catalogue.