An exhibit of works by University of Hawaiʻi Maui College art students will be on display at the college library through December 5. All the works were created during the current and previous semester in painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, digital photography, film photography and fashion technology classes.
There will be more than 100 artworks on display by 80 different students. The range of art is broad—created in 12 different art classes that include introductory studio classes, intermediate or advanced studio classes, and survey of art classes that experiment with diverse media. The exhibition is not juried, but the students and faculty choose the most remarkable works to include in the show. The exhibit occupies the open space in the center of the college library, a generous exhibition space that surrounds a large skylight “light well.” Media as diverse as hand developed and printed photographs, paintings, ceramics, hand-dyed fabrics and hand-pulled prints will be on display.
Every semester, UH Maui College’s Student Art Exhibition seems to grow in both quality and quantity. The artworks reflect growing student accomplishment as momentum has grown in the art program over the past 15 years. In 2001 there were only two part-time art faculty teaching six art classes in total each semester. Now there are two full-time and five part-time faculty members offering more than 18 classes each semester.
New associate degree in art program
For the first time, UH Maui College is offering a two-year associates degree in art. The associate of science degree in creative media was approved by the UH Board of Regents this past summer, and is now available to students on Maui. The two-year degree transfers seamlessly to UH West Oahu’s bachelor of arts degree in creative media. Aside from this new degree, students can earn an academic subject certificate in the visual arts by completing 18 credits of art, either while earning an associate of arts in liberal arts, or as a stand-alone credential that shows a serious concentration in art at the college level.