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There are shifts underway in Hawai‘i’s art scene, both in Honolulu and on the neighbor islands.  As part of a series charting our arts infrastructure, HPR is checking in with key players.  Today, a visit to the East- West Center Gallery, whose curator is leaving after fifteen years.

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Final interviews are wrapping up today for the next director of the Honolulu Museum of Art. But that’s just part of the change underway in the infrastructure of Hawaii’s art world. In the UH system, there are new gallery directors at KCC and on the Mānoa campus. There are changes too, at the State Art Museum, HiSAM, and at the State Foundation.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

Ten local art connoisseurs got together recently to choose 25 Top Picks at the Hawai‘i State Art Museum, or HiSAM.  Their goal is to lure everyone into HiSAM, for fresh perspectives on art in our state.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa asked two of the connoisseurs you probably know, about how they discovered art and what they get out of it.

Flowers With Muscle

Nov 27, 2018
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Noe Tanigawa

Painter Lynda Hess discovered clay recently, and while she was working, she thought about the Biblical origins of men and women.  This idea developed, becoming her new installation at the HiSAM Gallery x MORI Shop in the Hawai‘i State Art Museum.

Erin Paris
Erin Paris

Mid-century Modern happens to be a design phase Hawai’i did rather well.  Now a new generation has a chance to snap up some of the finest local artworks of the period.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on a rare opportunity to acquire art by Hawai’i masters and benefit the Hawaii State Art Museum.

HiSAM Reboot!

Aug 4, 2017
Omnia Design Studio/HiSAM
Omnia Design Studio/HiSAM

The Hawai‘i State Art Museum, HiSAM, is one of the state’s best kept secrets, but that’s about to change.  The Friends of HiSAM have redone the shop with MORI by Art and Flea, the popular café sports rotating shows now, Family Second Saturdays are gaining momentum and HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports there’s even valet service to enjoy First Fridays. 

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

    First Fridays created a scene for arts and partners in Honolulu’s Chinatown.  Now the area’s shops and galleries want to do the same thing for families on Second Saturdays.  This Saturday,  The Fuzz will conduct valentine crochet fun at the Hawai‘i State Art Museum, and a craft fair will unfold at Next Door Lounge.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found there’s a lot more going on too.

Artist, art educator, Su Atta, has been combining counseling and artmaking for over 30 years.  She says skills carry over into life.

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Noe Tanigawa

  

  

  

  

  

  Hawai‘i acknowledged art and culture as central to quality of life by establishing the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts in 1965.  Hawai‘i’s groundbreaking Art in Public Places program ensures that art is a part of community life.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers this visit to a new exhibit at the Hawai‘i State Art Museum, HiSAM, celebrating the SFCA’s 50th anniversary.

“Hawai‘i: Change and Continuity” continues at the Hawai‘i State Art Museum.  

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  The last executive director of the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts left in a cloud of controversy, and after a national search for a successor, a local Kalani graduate was for the State’s top arts post.  Now settled into his new position, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa talked with Jonathan Johnson about what’s ahead for the State foundation.

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