Accession: Recent Acquisitions from the Art in Public Places Collection

Posted on Jul 14, 2016 in Blog Post, Exhibitions, Hawaii State Art Museum, Past Exhibitions

postcard announcement to the Accession exhibit at HiSAM. The artwork has a red background with an octopus tentacle running across the bottom.

Diamond Head Gallery
September 2, 2016 – July 7, 2018
Temporarily closed July – September 2017

ACCESSION, sponsored by the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA), invites you to engage with a selection of recent additions to the Art in Public Places Collection of the SFCA in the Diamond Head gallery of the Hawai‘i State Art Museum (HiSAM).

This exhibit features 33 works by 27 artists from across the state of Hawai‘i: Evan M. Asato, Jan Becket, Derek Bencomo, Alison Beste, Judy D. Bisgard, Francisco Clemente, Hannah Day, Quincy Dein, Scott Fitzel, Sally French, Judy Gardner, Mary Goodrich, Diana Nicholette Jeon, Sanit Khewhok, David Kuraoka, Chenta Laury, Tom Lieber, Shigeru Miyamoto, Miho Morinue, John Mydock, Carl F.K. Pao, Zach Pezzillo, Brennan Simcock, Michael Patrick Smith, Jefferson Stillwell, Dominic Tidmarsh, and George Woollard.


In 1967, the Hawai‘i State Legislature passed the Art-in-State-Buildings Law. Signed by Governor John A. Burns, the law established the Art in Public Places Program (APP) for the SFCA. Hawai‘i became the first state to set aside one percent of the construction and renovation costs of state buildings to acquire and commission works of visual art that beautify and humanize the built environment. The program distributes works of art in publicly accessible state buildings to expand opportunities for aesthetic and educational experiences as part of daily life. Over its forty-nine year history, the APP Collection has been recognized as one of the most significant collections of modern and contemporary art of Hawai‘i.