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Hawaii Contemporary Art 2018
141 Kalakaua Ave. Hilo, Hi 96720

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Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: Local
State: Hawaii
Entry Deadline: 8/28/18
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3
Video - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 3
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3
Entry Fee (Hawaii Contemporary Art): $20.00

The East Hawaii Cultural Center invites all Hawaii artists to participate in our upcoming Hawaii Contemporary Artists, a juried exhibition. Our juror, Henry Bianchini will select contemporary works in all media. There is no theme. All works are welcome for consideration. Please see the exhibition prospectus at for application procedures and a juror’s statement. EHCC will offer assistance to any artist requiring help with submissions on CaFE. Please contact the office for appointments.

● Annual Contemporary Art

● Juror: Henry Bianchini

● CaFE Submission deadline: August 24 

● Intake: September 1 at the EHCC Gallery

● EHCC Opening: Sept 7

● Duration of exhibit: Sept 7 - 28

EHCC@MKVC  Special Review Panel representing the Mauna Kea Visitors Center (MKVC) will be convened to select from the entry pool of Big Island entries, works for a new EHCC satellite gallery at MKVC. An estimated 300,000 people visit MKVC annually. Approximately a dozen works will be selected by the MKVC special review panel for the premiere EHCC@MKVC six month event entitled “Ka Pāheona Mauna Kea A Ko Hawaiʻi Nei”, artwork of Maunakea, a local perspective.

Artwork by Hawaii island artists identified for inclusion in the Visitor Center exhibition should be inspired by Maunakea; related to Wao Akua (the upland area usually reserved for spiritual and ceremonial purposes), Wao La'ala'au (the area utilized by Hawaiians for specialty hunting, gathering of bird feathers, and hardwoods for tools, Kilo Hoku (astronomy), etc. A brief statement by the artist will also be required.
A Hawaiian Cultural Practitioner from the MaunaKea VIS will be participate in curating the selection of works. This exhibition is presented by the East Hawai'i Cultural Center. For more information please contact


Over a long period of working in art, I have found myself drawn to what I do not know.
Even now, I like to explore unknown regions, just as I did when I was a kid. I would go
into the woods with my dog and find myself in the wilderness--caves, abandoned mines,
and rivers far from home--and return when it was too dark to see.
Wherever I lived—Paterson, NJ, the Virgin Islands, Argentia, Newfoundland, Wakefield,
RI, and San Diego, CA—I observed and explored nature, my greatest teacher, and went
into it as far as it took me. I developed a keen sense of direction this way.
When I met artists in my late teens and early twenties, I started to learn how to explore
culture. Being a child of the 1940s and ‘50s made it possible to tap into values that still
hold up to standards today. The ‘60s gave me the cultural freedom I craved at the time
but also raised many unresolved questions about society and the individual’s relationship
in it. For artists, it’s always an uneasy alliance: to both be part of society and to retain
creative individuality.
In this show, I will be looking at taking risks, intellectually and viscerally, from the
context of how far we have evolved through the history of art and culture, including the
primitive—using materials natural, hand-wrought, and manufactured, and in styles from
traditional to modern—to forge new ways of seeing, whatever the medium, the
methodology, and the cultures that inspired the work.

Henry Bianchini, 6/18

HI Contemporary Art show is not offering EHCC members an entry discount this year as we wanted to make the show as affordable as possible for the entire state of Hawai'i while also affording all participants a chance to have their work selected for the satellite gallery at the Maunakea Visitors Center. We plan on making member and non-member entry fees for later exhibitions.

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