Call Detail
Hawaiʻi Surrealist Exhibit 2024

Entry Deadline: 9/6/24
Days remaining to deadline: 86

Entry Fee (1st entry): $15.00
Media Fee(Additional entry): $15.00
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 5
Video | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 5
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 5
Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: Regional
State: Hawaii
Event Dates: 10/4/24 - 10/24/23

Artists are asked to research the history of the Surrealist movement and envision what Surrealism looks like in Hawaii today.  

Surrealism aims to revolutionize human experience by balancing a rational vision of life with the power of the subconscious and dreams. The movement’s artists find magic and strange beauty in the unexpected and the uncanny.  This movement’s origins 100 years ago have  worked its way into the mainstream international pop culture and advertising.  Madonna’s “Bedtime Story” music video, inspired by women surrealists, Remedios Varo, Frida Kahlo and Leonora Carrington, is an excellent example of how Surrealism has influenced contemporary culture.

With this exhibit we honor this momentous anniversary of the Surrealist Manifesto and celebrate it's influence in imagery today. 

Exhibition concept and coordination by Ken Charon


Surrealism Educational Resources

What Surrealism Means Today:

Surealism Today:

Artsper Magazine: › get-inspiredContemporary Surrealism

Hawaiʻi Surrealist Exhibit 2024 Facebook group:

Surrealism Resources on Wailoa Center Website:


Important Dates

Submission window closes: September 6, 2024 (5:00 PM HST)
Artist notification: September 9, 2024 (4:00 PM HST)

Accepted Artwork Drop-off:

  • Wailoa Center: Saturday, September 28, 2024 from 10:00am-1:00pm
  • Kona pick-up at Akamai Arts parking lot: Friday, September 27, 2024 at 10:00am (artwork dimensions for transport cannot exceed 40"x40" including packaging)

The exhibition opens: October 4, 2024
Opening reception: October 4, 2024, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The exhibition closes: October 24, 2024

Artwork Pick-up:

  • Wailoa: Friday, October 25, 10:00am-1:00pm
  • Akamai Art parking lot: Friday, October 25, 10:00am
  • Off-Island works will be shipped by October 29


Submitting Artwork: 

To enter participants must have or create a Café account. All images to be uploaded to their portfolio in Café. The maximum file size that will be accepted is 5 MB. Please see the links below for more info on submitting your best quality images. 

Image Requirements:

Preparing Images for Download:

Photographing your work:


Entry Fees: 

$15 non-refundable entry fee per each submission. Maximum of five entries per artist. All images or videos must be submitted digitally and will be judged by jurors based upon files submitted.

Hawaii Island Student Discount. To encourage more local students to participate in the shows at Wailoa, HIAA has decided to offer a free first entry student discount for all HIAA-sponsored calls. This discount is available to all full time Hawaii Island students grade school through college, and can be redeemed using code 'HIStudent'. We hope this initiative will increase student participation in the shows.


Shipping Details for Off-Island Artists

Off-Island work must be received by Friday, September 27, 2024. 

  • Artists are financially responsible for shipping to and from Wailoa Center. 
  • Packages MUST include a prepaid return label as well as a $10 handling fee. 
  • Checks made out to the Hawaiʻi Island Art Alliance. 
  • Please research shipping costs for the artwork prior to entering.

    Shipping Address:
    200 Piopio St. 
    Hilo, Hawaii



Works must be for sale – For any work sold, 80% of sales goes to the artist and 20% goes to HIAA for support of artists, art opportunities and exhibitions at Wailoa Center. 


Juror Information: 

Noah Harders (Hawaii)

Noah was born and raised in Waikapū where he lives on land inhabited by his ancestors for hundreds of years. Having attended the School of Art Institute of Chicago, Noah returned home to create wearable art made of flowers, leaves and other found organic materials. Noah describes his growth as an artist spanning multiple practices including installations and photography as a “crazy progression of finding myself.” His technical skill in fabricating wearing pieces is fully revealed in his expressive self portraits shot in his home studio drawing us all into his surrealist fantasy. Harders reimagines flora, fauna and found objects through passion, experimentation and love for the arts.



Monetary prizes will be awarded.


About Wailoa Center:

Located in Piʻopiʻo and the Wailoa River State Recreation Area, Wailoa Center is Hawai’i Island’s largest venue for showcasing the work of local and international artists. With exhibits that change monthly, the two galleries within Wailoa Center offer opportunities that provide inspiration and exposure to artists and community members alike. The Wailoa Center is free and open to the public.

About Hawaiʻi Island Art Alliance: 

Founded in 2015, Hawai`i Island Art Alliance (HIAA) is a non-profit organization supporting and  inspiring art and culture in our community. HIAA is a completely volunteer-driven, whose current Mission is to concentrate on the support and production of a variety of happenings at the Wailoa Center. 

HIAA sponsors juried and non-juried exhibits, educational and cultural programming at Wailoa Center throughout the year.  

HIAA hopes to positively impact the art and cultural community on Hawaiʻi Island through our contributions at Wailoa Center.

Application Requirements

  • Completed Portfolio on CAFE with 1 - 5 artwork samples
  • Submission fee: $15 per entry (non-refundable)
  • Artist/ Artwork Statement


Eligibility Criteria

  • Open to Hawai'i based artists.
  • Open to any media (2D, 3D, video, etc) within the genre of surrealism. All forms of surrealism spanning traditional through contemporary, neo and pop surrealism will be accepted.
  • No reproductions or AI generated or assisted art will be accepted.
  • 2D works must be no larger than 7’ tall x 9’ wide’; 3D works must not be taller than 10ʻ.
  • Artwork must have been created in the past two years.
  • Artwork can NOT have been previously exhibited at Wailoa Center.
  • This exhibit will be displayed in a State Parks facility, thus artwork with sensitive subject matter (i.e. nudity, offensive religious or political statements, and or violence) may be juried out.
  • If accepted, all work MUST be gallery quality installation ready to hang or be easily installed. If you have questions about the installation of your work, please contact Wailoa Center, (808) 933-0416 or