Friends of the Hawaii State Art Museum

Friends of the Hawaii State Art Museum The Hawaiʻi State Art Museum is the "Peopleʻs Museum."

This page is the official page of the Friends of the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum, a non-profit 501 (c )3 organization engaged in the promotion of the arts and education as well as development for and promotion of HiSAM.

Thanks to Tannya Joaquin, Living808 and KHON2 for this feature on the FHiSAM Portfolio Project and membership drive. An ...
02/20/2020
HISAM Celebrates Women’s Suffrage with Limited Edition Porfolio Collection by 5 Hawaii Artists

Thanks to Tannya Joaquin, Living808 and KHON2 for this feature on the FHiSAM Portfolio Project and membership drive. An exhibition, "Hawaii's Women Artists Reflect on 100 Years of Suffrage," is on view at the Halekulani Hotel Gallery through April 30.

Honolulu (KHON2) – A new Limited Edition Portfolio Collection from the Friends of Hawaii State Art Museum features five of Hawaii’s acclaimed wahine’s reflections on the 100th anniversary of …

Open call for artists to participate in a Hawaii-themed fair in Osaka, 2020. Focus is on painters, digital artists and p...
01/29/2020

Open call for artists to participate in a Hawaii-themed fair in Osaka, 2020. Focus is on painters, digital artists and photographers. Please share the news with your artist friends.

Check out the art gems available for sale during a sneak preview of the "Hawai’i Modern Masters Show & Benefit Sale." Th...
08/19/2019

Check out the art gems available for sale during a sneak preview of the "Hawai’i Modern Masters Show & Benefit Sale." The preview event runs at noon to 9 p.m. Aug. 20 and 21, and noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 22. Sign up for a @hisamfriends membership to get first access on the VIP night sale on Thursday, Aug. 22. The sale of original works by Hawaii's important artists, past and present, will benefit Art Explorium, a nonprofit for children and the arts, and the Friends of Hawai'i State Art Museum. Many pieces have been donated by private collectors to encourage art appreciation in Hawaii. Works featured here are by John Young, Lloyd Sexton, Reuben Tam, Lawrence Seward, Jean Charlot, Madge Tennent and John Koga. Other artists whose works will be available include Satoru Abe, Charles Bartlett, Yvonne Cheng, David Muraoka, Shirley Russell, Tadashi Sato, Harry Tsuchidana, and more.

I remember when May Izumi's "Mr. Chickenpants" was yea high, just a little bigger than a pamphlet. My how he's grown! Co...
08/01/2019

I remember when May Izumi's "Mr. Chickenpants" was yea high, just a little bigger than a pamphlet. My how he's grown! Come visit him in the musuem's Sculpture Garden tomorrow, 8/2, when a free, all-ages evening of art and music celebrates his debut. Starts with a dedication at 4 p.m., followed by First Friday, when the second floor galleries will be open and there will be music and hiphop performances. See the full lineup at http://hisam.hawaii.gov/calendar

Satoru Abe will be the subject of a lifetime retrospective, "Satoru Abe: 72 Years of Creativity," taking place July 25 t...
07/24/2019

Satoru Abe will be the subject of a lifetime retrospective, "Satoru Abe: 72 Years of Creativity," taking place July 25 through Aug. 15 at Luxury Row in Waikiki. The exhibition will be open from noon to 9 p.m. daily. During the show's run Abe will be creating on site between 1 and 3 p.m.

Recently, the artist's “Wheel No 5” became one of 25 HiSAM Top Picks selected by local fine art connoisseurs. His sculpture “Webbed Tree” that was featured at MoMA and TIME Magazine in 1959 will be one of the pieces on display.

See you at First Friday tonight! The fun begins at 6 p.m. with pop-ups, art workshops, music and a swimsuit fashion show...
07/05/2019

See you at First Friday tonight! The fun begins at 6 p.m. with pop-ups, art workshops, music and a swimsuit fashion show by Ano Swimwear.

Sunday is the last day to vote in selecting The Friends of HiSAM Top Picks from the SFCA Collection of Relocatable works...
06/28/2019

Sunday is the last day to vote in selecting The Friends of HiSAM Top Picks from the SFCA Collection of Relocatable works. Visit friendsofhisam.org/vote to vote now. Voters will be eligible to win a piece of art by a living top pick artist. Today's featured artist is Doug Young.

Meet the Artist: Doug Young
“Bromeliad #2” inkjet print with watercolor and acrylic paint (32x43.5), 1995. On display: Director of Public Safety, AAFES Bldg. #400, reception inside conference room.

Doug Young was born in 1951, and grew up in Hawaii. He received his BFA from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; attended NYU in New York City, and did some graduate work at the University of Hawaii
In New York in the early 1970s, he was the assistant for the late realist sculptor, Duane Hanson, worked for Ivan Karp at O.K. Harris in Soho and assisted sculptor Luis Jimenez Jr., and painters, H. N. Han, John Clem Clarke, and Eleanore Mikus.
As a painter, he has done solo and group exhibitions of his photorealistic watercolors nationally and internationally.
A long time waterman/surfer/hunter with deep connections and love for these islands is reflected in his subject matter and meticulous work.
His works and commissions include The Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts: Kapolei Judiciary Building (glass murals), Hawaii State Art Museum Sculpture Garden art glass floor, the large Koi mural at 1132 Bishop St. on Fort Street Mall), The Estate of James Campbell, The Environmental Protection Agency-San Francisco, Security Pacific National Bank-Los Angeles & San Francisco, The Contemporary Museum, and the Honolulu Art Museum.

Voting is coming to a close for The Friends of HiSAM Top Picks from the SFCA Collection of Relocatable works. Visit frie...
06/27/2019

Voting is coming to a close for The Friends of HiSAM Top Picks from the SFCA Collection of Relocatable works. Visit friendsofhisam.org/vote to vote through June 30. Over the next week, the remaining 25 picks open for voting will be displayed here with bios of the artist. Voters will be eligible to win a piece of art by a living top pick artist.

Meet the Artist: John Koga
“Walking Tree” bronze sculpture (12.5x6.5x3.5), 2008. On display: U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono, Prince Kuhio Federal Building #3-106 reception.

John Tanji Koga is known for his whimsical creations in marble and plaster. His modernist works are often based upon nature and organic natural forms, and pay tribute to fellow Hawaii artists and Asian-American mentors and predecessors including Tadashi Sato and Satoru Abe.
Koga joined Ralph Pucci International in 2007, and his work was the subject of a solo exhibition at Ralph Pucci’s Wynwood showroom in Miami in 2015. His work will also be part of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit Waipahu transit station when the Honolulu rail project is complete.

Voting is coming to a close for The Friends of HiSAM Top Picks from the SFCA Collection of Relocatable works. Visit frie...
06/26/2019

Voting is coming to a close for The Friends of HiSAM Top Picks from the SFCA Collection of Relocatable works. Visit friendsofhisam.org/vote to vote through June 30. Over the next week, the remaining 25 picks open for voting will be displayed here with bios of the artist. Voters will be eligible to win a piece of art by a living top pick artist.

Meet the Artist: Reiko Brandon
“Procession” linen, silk, copper wire, wool (65x56.5), 1981. On display: Office of the Lieutenant Governor, 5th floor reception.

Textile artist Reiko Brandon, who also served as longtime curator of textiles at the Honolulu Academy of Arts (now Honolulu Museum of Art), grew up with an interest in Japanese textiles and stitching techniques, and is the author of several books on textiles, including “Hawaiian Quilts: Tradition and Transition,” “Textile Art of Okinawa” and “Fashioning Kimono: Dress and Modernity in Early Twentieth-Century Japan.”
She became interested in indigo in the 1980s, while working on her first major exhibition for the museum, "The Art of Tsutsugaki (Japanese Country Textiles),” and her research led her to Japan, where she observed traditional methods of making the dye.
“They used tedious techniques to create in a different era, when they had time to do those things," she has said in interviews. "The crazy thing about my work is that I do it in Hawaii in the 21st century, when no one has that kind of time.”

Voting is coming to a close for The Friends of HiSAM Top Picks from the SFCA Collection of Relocatable works. Visit frie...
06/25/2019

Voting is coming to a close for The Friends of HiSAM Top Picks from the SFCA Collection of Relocatable works. Visit friendsofhisam.org/vote to vote through June 30. Over the next week, the remaining 25 picks open for voting will be displayed here with bios of the artist. Voters will be eligible to win a piece of art by a living top pick artist.

Meet the Artist: Esther Shimazu
“Lean To” stoneware, steel threaded rod, epoxy putty sculpture (20x15.25x11.25), 1995. On display: SFCA Office reception.

Esther Shimazu is the granddaughter of Japanese immigrant laborers, born in 1957 in Honolulu. She attended public schools and the University of Hawaii at Manoa before transferring to the University of Massachusetts/Amherst to obtain her Bachelor of Fine Art in 1980 and a Master of Fine Art in 1982.
Shimazu’s art is influenced by her interest in nature, history, and family. Her stoneware pieces draw heavily from her experience as an Asian-American living in Hawaii. She is best known for stoneware sculptures of bald, nude, chunky Asian women constructed with hand-building techniques.
She received a Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation Purchase Award in 2001, and an Individual Artist Fellowship award from the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.
Her work has been in such museum exhibitions as the Fuller Art Museum, Brockton, MA – the Nude in Clay II, Perimeter Gallery, Chicago, the International Asia-Pacific Exhibition, the Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum in Taipei, Taiwan, among others.

Voting is coming to a close for The Friends of HiSAM Top Picks from the SFCA Collection of Relocatable works. Visit frie...
06/24/2019

Voting is coming to a close for The Friends of HiSAM Top Picks from the SFCA Collection of Relocatable works. Visit friendsofhisam.org/vote to vote through June 30. Over the next week, the remaining 25 picks open for voting will be displayed here with bios of the artist. Voters will be eligible to win a piece of art by a living top pick artist.

Meet the Artist: John Young
Kamuela” oil on canvas (59.25x59.25), 1972. Not on display.

John Chin Young (1909-1997) was born in Honolulu to Chinese immigrants. He was interested in the arts from an early age and was largely self-taught, except for calligraphy lessons he received in Chinese language school. His signature gestural paintings were influenced by this background, reinterpreted through the lens of Abstract Expressionism.
Young’s work has been exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Art, and is in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, de Young Museum, Honolulu Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Portland Art Museum, and Santa Barbara Museum of Art.
Recognized for his philanthropy, he dreamed of a museum that would further art education and benefit the community. The John Young Museum of Art at 2500 Dole St. is the culmination of this vision.

The Friends of HiSAM asked 10 local art connoisseurs to select their top 25 picks from the SFCA Collection of Relocatabl...
06/21/2019

The Friends of HiSAM asked 10 local art connoisseurs to select their top 25 picks from the SFCA Collection of Relocatable works, and want you to vote for your favorite piece. Visit friendsofhisam.org/vote or use the QR code to vote through June 30. Over the next weeks, the 25 picks open for voting will be displayed here with bios of the artist. Voters will be eligible to win a piece of art by a living top pick artist.

Meet the Artist: Francis Haar
“Hula Ili ‘ili; black/white photograph (16x20), 1961. On display: Leeward Community College Library, Writing Center first floor.

Francis Haar was born in 1908 in Romania and started working as an interior architect and poster designer in 1928, and taught himself photography. In 1930 he became acquainted with Munka-kör (Work Circle) led by socialist avant-garde poet and visual artist Lajos Kassák, who believed photography could access a part of reality that cannot be accessed by painters.
Haar’s first photo exhibition took place in Hungary in 1932, and he opened his first photo studio in Budapest in 1934. Some of his photos were exhibited at the Paris Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne in 1937, and he decided to move to Paris where he established himself as a portrait photographer.
In 1939 he was invited to Japan where he opened a photo studio in Tokyo in 1940. During the war years, he was evacuated to Karuizawa and spent three years there. He became the photographer of Yank, the Army Weekly magazine of the U.S. occupation forces in Japan, and subsequently filmmaker with U.S. Public Health and Welfare Section
After working in Chicago, he decided to move to Hawaii in 1960. He started his photo studio there and taught photography at the University of Hawai'i between 1965 and 1985.
His work continued to win awards from Budapest to Tokyo. He died in Honolulu in 1997 at the age of 89.

The Friends of HiSAM asked 10 local art connoisseurs to select their top 25 picks from the SFCA Collection of Relocatabl...
06/21/2019

The Friends of HiSAM asked 10 local art connoisseurs to select their top 25 picks from the SFCA Collection of Relocatable works, and want you to vote for your favorite piece. Visit friendsofhisam.org/vote to vote through June 30. Over the next weeks, the 25 picks open for voting will be displayed here with bios of the artist. Voters will be eligible to win a piece of art by a living top pick artist.

Meet the Artist: Lee Chesney
“Triumph” acrylic painting (51.25x77), 1982. On display: Foreign Trade Zone Division, International Trade, Resource Center Conference Room.

Printmaker, painter and educator Lee Chesney was born in Washington, D.C., on June 1, 1920. He studied at the University of Colorado, Boulder with James Boyle, and received his B.F.A. in painting. Chesney continued his studies at the University of Iowa, earning his M.F.A. in printmaking. Further studies took him to Universidad de Michoacan in Mexico.
He taught at the University of Illinois from 1950 to 1967 and was chairman of graduate programs in painting and printmaking there. He served as Associate Dean of Fine Arts at the University of Southern California from 1967 to 1972. Lee was Professor of Art and Chairman of Graduate Art Programs at the University of Hawaii, Honolulu from 1972 to 1984 and Professor Emeritus from 1984 to 2016.
Chesney's work was included in over 100 exhibitions worldwide and he had 25 solo exhibitions. He was awarded a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship to Japan and a University of Illinois Research Grant to France and Italy. He is represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; National Gallery of Art, Stockholm; Tate Gallery, London; Bibliothèque nationale de France; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Smithsonian American Art Museum; Library of Congress; Museum of Modern Art New York; Brooklyn Museum; Philadelphia Museum; Honolulu Academy of Arts; Oakland Museum of California; Seattle Art Museum; Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles; Portland Art Museum; Art Institute of Chicago; the Butler Institute of American Art and numerous university collections.
He died in Yucaipa, Calif., on Jan. 21, 2016.

The Friends of HiSAM asked 10 local art connoisseurs to select their top 25 picks from the SFCA Collection of Relocatabl...
06/19/2019

The Friends of HiSAM asked 10 local art connoisseurs to select their top 25 picks from the SFCA Collection of Relocatable works, and want you to vote for your favorite piece. Visit friendsofhisam.org/vote to vote through June 30. Over the next weeks, the 25 picks open for voting will be displayed here with bios of the artist. Voters will be eligible to win a piece of art by a living top pick artist.

Meet the Artist: Sally French
“Introducing Ruddy Spuddy,” oil and beeswax on wood (84x132), 1995. On display at HiSAM.

Born in Stockton, California, Sally French has maintained her studio on Kauai for 31 years.
A longtime exhibiting artist with more than 35 solo shows, her paintings, prints, photographs and installations have also been exhibited in more than 40 group shows including the catalogued national traveling exhibit “Comic Release” curated by Barbara Bloemink and Vicky Clark; “Pop!” at Heidi Cho Gallery, NYC and “Paper Now!” at I Space Gallery, Chicago, IL.
​Known for her dark humor and exploration of diverse materials, French now focuses on the monotype process and hosting artists in her Double Dog Dare studio.
French has taught art in the San Francisco Unified School District and lectured as a visiting artist at Print Press, Denton, Texas; Denver School for the Arts; the Art Institute of Chicago; Eastern Illinois University, as well as teaching at Penland School of Crafts, Asheville, NC; The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu; and Maui Arts and Culture Center in Wailuku.

The Friends of HiSAM asked 10 local art connoisseurs to select their top 25 picks from the SFCA Collection of Relocatabl...
06/18/2019
VOTE and WIN an ORIGINAL TOP PICK ARTIST’S WORK - Friends of HiSAM

The Friends of HiSAM asked 10 local art connoisseurs to select their top 25 picks from the SFCA Collection of Relocatable works, and want you to vote for your favorite piece. Visit friendsofhisam.org/vote to vote through June 30. Over the next weeks, the 25 picks open for voting will be displayed here with bios of the artist. Voters will be eligible to win a piece of art by a living top pick artist.

Meet the Artist: Harry Tsuchidana, Harry; Form & Light; pastel charcoal on paper triptych (24x18 each); 1988
Displayed: House Speaker Scott Saiki, #431 conference room.

Harry Tsuchidana was born 1932 in Waipahu, Hawaii. As a teen, he took classes at the Honolulu Academy of Arts school.
After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1952 to 1955, he returned to art studies at the Corcoran School of Art, then moved to New York City and enrolled at the Brooklyn Museum School of Art and the Pratt Contemporary Graphics Art Center. During his time in New York, Tsuchidana, who moonlighted as a night watchman at the Museum of Modern Art, was in contact with fellow Hawaii artists Isami Doi, Satoru Abe, Tadashi Sato and Jerry Ochikubo.
Tsuchidana’s career was jumpstarted when he received a John Hay Whitney Fellowship in 1959, followed by solo exhibitions at the Contemporary Arts Center and the Honolulu Academy of Arts.
Best known as an abstract painter, Tsuchidana is also known for his drawings and prints in which the entire surface of the paper is covered with monochromatic lines of varying thicknesses, and for his Stage Series of paintings with a single horizontal line and varying numbers of vertical lines that connect the horizontal line with the top or bottom edge of the painting.

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