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Abstract Only! 12th Annual Multimedia National Juried Competition

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Entry Deadline: 7/15/22
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Entry Fee (Abstract Only! 11th Anniversary Exhibit): $15.00
Media Fee(Additional Entry Fee): $15.00
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 5
Audio | 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: National
State: Hawaii

Maximum of five entries per artist, $15 non-refundable entry fee per artwork submited.

For 3D Work: we recommend submitting an image as a collage with multiple photos so the juror is able to see different angles of the piece. 

Attention: Add all entries before submitting your application. CaFÉ does not allow adding additional or editing entries. 

Submission window closes: Friday, July 15, at 5:59 p.m. HST
Artist notification: Monday, July 18
Drop off accepted artwork at Wailoa Center: Saturday, July 30, between 10:00am - 12:00pm.
Kona pickup at the Akamai Arts: Friday, July 29, at 10:00am.

Off Island: Work must be received by Friday, July 29. 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. *Please research shipping costs for the artwork prior to entering.
200 Piopio St. 
Hilo, Hawaii

The exhibition opens: Friday, Aug 5
Open House: Friday, Aug 5, 1:00pm-6:00pm
The exhibition closes: Thursday, Aug 25
Artists must pick up work: Friday, Aug 26 between 10:00am - 1:00pm. Akamai Arts artwork return Friday, Aug 26 at 10:00am. 

Juror: Lonny Tomono 


Lonny Tomono was born and raised in the Hawaiian Islands. His fine arts education path began at the University of Hawaii, Hilo, where he was encouraged by his art professor to seriously pursue his studies on the mainland. Lonny moved to California where he studied sculpture at San Francisco Art Institute and San Jose State University, creating work with a variety of materials, including wood, metal and fiberglass. To support himself while going to school, he worked at a commercial silkscreen shop.
While at San Jose State University, Tomono met Japanese temple carpenter Makoto Imai and became his apprentice on weekends, assisting Imai in the construction of a traditional Japanese house at the San Francisco Zen Center. This experience was life changing for Tomono who recognized that the culture, sensibilities, aesthetics and traditions reflected in the traditional woodcraft were all very important to him, and brought into focus his Japanese heritage. Energized and inspired by his work with Imai, Tomono moved to Japan and served a five year apprenticeship with Seichiro Kitamura, a fifth generation temple builder in Kyoto.

Returning to Hawaii after the apprenticeship, he set up a home and studio producing sculptures and furniture inspired by his time in Japan and California. Along with making sculpture, Lonny also developed an interest in prints and the printmaking process. He facilitated the Print Studio at East Hawaii Cultural Center for about three years, producing many prints which were featured in multiple shows in Honolulu and Hilo. He has also participated in many other shows of his work, including galleries in Honolulu, San Jose, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Venice, Italy and the Ralph Pucci Gallery in New York City.

"Working is something like having a conversation with myself, in which through argument and trial I try to express the inexplicable. I usually have a vague idea when I start but then things fall into place, time passes I may get inspired or labor through. Usually when I'm confident and comfortable with what I'm doing I'm not doing my best work, it seems that when I'm uncomfortable and unsure that I will do something exciting. What I want to see are pieces that strikes a nerve inside me, something that is beyond craft and composition, maybe something that exposes the artist's true self, and or maybe something that will make me understand anew what it means to be a human being living at this time and place."

Prizes: Monetary prizes to be awarded.

Works are required to be for sale – HIAA will charge 20% commission on all sales.

2D and 3D abstract in all mediums.

Open to all US National and Hawaii based artists

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