2016 Student Art Exhibition “Celebrating Hawai‘i with My Family and Friends”

Posted on Jun 8, 2016 in Exhibitions, Past Exhibitions
A group of girls standing while making lei with another girl with flying fish catching a huge wave behind them and a volcano erupting to the right

Lei Making
by Isabella Darby
5th Grade, Huakailani School


Celebrating Hawai‘i with My Family and Friends
Hawai‘i Convention Center: Pa Kamali‘i Courtyard
1801 Kalakaua Avenue
April 2016 – April 22, 2017

The Student Art Exhibition 2016 is a program established by the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (HSFCA) to recognize and display student artwork in accordance with Section 9-4, Hawai‘i Revised Statutes. The program is funded through the Works of Art Special Fund and provides opportunities for students to participate in a juried art competition, much like the prestigious Artists of Hawai‘i biennial exhibition hosted by the Honolulu Museum of Art. Permanent display facilities were designed and constructed for the Pa Kamali‘i Courtyard at the Hawai‘i Convention Center and a competitive annual exhibition was development by HSFCA in cooperation with the Hawai‘i Department of Education, Hawai‘i Association of Independent Schools, and the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority.

Click here to view selected art work from the exhibit






All public and private school students, grades kindergarten through sixth, were encouraged to participate in the Student Art Exhibition 2016. The theme, “Celebrating Hawai‘i with My Family and Friends” is intended to inspire students to express how they feel, see, or interpret their lives in the islands. Once each school submits artworks, a distinguished team of judges selects 96 artworks for exhibition.

This year’s judges were Sarah E. Bremser, Professor of Art and Visual Arts Coordinator at Kapi‘olani Community College and Noreen Naughton, Professor Emeritus of Art from Kapi‘olani Community College.

The Student Art Exhibition 2016 will enable visitors to experience the common interests and cultural diversity of Hawai‘i through the art of its youth.


Click here to download program for the 2016 student exhibit