HPU Art Gallery

HPU Art Gallery Calendar of Events

The Hawai‘i Pacific University Art Gallery is pleased to announce its 2013 - 2014 exhibition schedule. The primary focus of the gallery is to showcase the work of artists who live and work in Hawai‘i. HPU Gallery Curator, Sanit Khewhok, noted, “Our gallery program continues to draw the attention of artists and audiences alike. Annually we review far more portfolios of work than we can possibly accommodate. Our selection this year includes an exciting diversity of media and styles.” 

2013-2014 Hawai‘i Pacific University Art Gallery Schedule

September 29 – November 16, 2013

MAP II (Maoli.Art.Pedagogy):  Visions of the Futuremap2

Kanaka Maoli Artists                                                                                   

MAP II explores the interface of Maoli art, our local and global communities, and pedagogy. Building on the 2012 MAP exhibition at the Hawaii Loa Gallery, this year's exhibition specifically addresses the issue of visualization and the future. Like last year, a group of accomplished Maoli artists have been invited to address the MAP themes. The artists work in a variety of media, from sculpture, to painting, illustration, concept art and installation, graphic design, model building, murals and animation. A popular Hawaiian saying suggests that: ka wa mamua, ka wa mahope. "the past is before us (what we face), and the future is behind us (what is to come). The saying provocatively suggests that visualizing the future can be a matter of where one stands, or comes from, culturally, psychologically, geographically. Hawaiian artists in Hawai'i of course operate in the capacity of translator and transmitter of past, present and future, and are most often multicultural beings with a variety of disciplines and traditions to draw from. Artists in MAP II include Kazu Kauinana, Solomon Enos, Lilette Subedi, Kahiau Beamer, Pete Britos. (Download Press Release)

November 24, 2013 – January 17, 2014

Listen to the Treesarkin

Gwen Arkin

The artist has photographed the garden of W. S. Merwin for over two years, from time to time sharing with him both her images and her responses to the rare individual organisms in his unique palm forest garden.  Merwin’s generous sharing of his property and quiet support of the artist’s artistic voice lends this work deep significance, infusing each image with far more than documentary value.  Ms. Arkin intends to remind the viewer that while her processes are material and governed by time, this ethereal, majestic garden abides by a different order.  Herimages pay homage to the palm forest and its individual trees, as well as to the recognition she shares with Merwin of the fleeting, fugitive beauty of the life of a forest.  The finished prints offer a view of the forest and its spirit, but more importantly, lends it another voice to the forest itself. (Download Press Release)

Kama'aina Chronicles

Nancy Vilhauer

“Story.  Telling.  Hearing.  Inventing.  Stories received through the long tube of time.  Silent.  Speaking volumes.  Extraneous visual noise filtered out.  Cultural stories reaching up through time.  Cultural stories reaching back.  What is new?  What is the same?  Do young girls get nervous before their halau steps on stage?  Did their great- great-grandmothers fidget in church 85 years ago?  Do the lei makers dream of a day on the beach?
Who wants to know these stories?  I do.
Who wants to bring these stories forward?
I will try.”

January 19 – March 14, 2014


Regina Bode

For artist and printmaker, art is a universal language, a powerful medium to express and translate visually what cannot be conveyed adequately through the abstraction of written words.  Initially based on personal experiences, her artwork has evolved into a reflection about Hawaii's society, the multicultural components, the common ground, diversity and the hidden multi-layered meanings of an ancient culture.

The artist will show a series of mono prints inspired by Hawaiian canoe plants.  Brought to Hawaii more than 1000 years ago, adapting to new living conditions and developing different varieties and species, for her “the so called 24 Canoe plants symbolize history and evolution of the modern Hawaiian society.”

Diplopia (Double Vision)

Josh Tollefson

Josh’s recent art explores human vulnerability within an unpredictable, even violent, natural world—in particular the subject’s inadequate attempts to control both its environment and its own corporeal body. Working with paired imagery and objects, his work often draws upon narratives of breakdown, dissolution and dispersal, which are common in the record of human interaction with other bodies: bodies of water, land and sky; and national and political bodies. He is working with large-format multiples, mixed-media prints, artist books and two-sided prints. The artist’s aim is to represent thematic explorations of barriers and enormity, and technical explorations of the aesthetic tension between drawing, three-dimensional forms and intuitive, gestural markmaking in ink.  (Download Press Release)

March 23 – May 9, 2014

HPU Annual ‘Ohana Exhibition

An exhibition of artwork in various media by artists from the HPU community, including HPU’s talented students.

May 25 – July 11, 2014

Images from a Fleeting WorldCollins

Kyle Collins

"My work often directly references past artistic depictions of twentieth-century pictorialism and Asian literati scholar paintings. By using parody and faithful copies of previous artistic images interchangeably, I strive to offer artworks that celebrate the fleeting ideals of amateur scholar artists. Ultimately, my work may be viewed as a contemporary scholarly inquiry into art historical subject matters using anachronistic techniques. This portfolio is the first of a series of works celebrating the seasons. The work here represents spring. I ascribe my series to the likes of Richard Lane's 1978 book, Images of the Floating World, as I feel it best reflects my preoccupation with pictorialist art."


Sonchai Nisayaphanth

Sonchai’s roots stem from a small town outside of Bangkok where he was born. He moved to Hawaii when he was 25 to study at the University of Hawaii. In this collection, he focuses on a spiritual practice called automatic writing, which is writing said to be produced by a spiritual or subconscious source. “My work is much like myself…the same joys, the same sorrows…it is a nonverbal expression of my own inner consciousness…in my mind and heart to be reborn in nature and mankind.” (Download Press Release)

July 20 – September 12, 2014


Tanya D’Avanzo, Alicia Soder, Barbara Ward

Three artists:  Alicia Francis Soder, Barbara Ward and Tanya D’Avanzo.  Each of them has been a student of The Honolulu Museum of Art School for over ten years and they have in common the same artistic mentor, Paul Levitt.  The artists of “Trifecta” will provide a direct example of how common training can be taken in unique and different directions.  In this show, they will exemplify compositions of abstract, portrait and narrative works.

The Hawai‘i Pacific University Art Gallery is located on HPU’s windward Hawai‘i Loa campus, 45-045 Kamehameha Highway, in Kaneohe.  Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Parking and admission is free and the public is invited.  For more information call 544-0228.