2017 Art at the CapitolPosted on May 1, 2017 in Art at the Capitol, Art in Public Places, Art in Public Places Collection, Blog Post
A Celebration of the People’s Art
The annual Art at the Capitol event celebrated its ninth year with the theme of “Onipa‘a: The Spirit of Lili‘uokalani.” The self-guided tour included viewings of a video about The Spirit of Lili‘uokalani statue by Marianna Pineda and videos from past Art at the Capitol events. The Hawai‘i Youth Symphony string quartet and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) Serenaders performed live during the event.
Art at the Capitol began in 2008 as Senator Brian Taniguchi’s initiative (developed during a conversation with a Hawai‘i State Art Museum docent) to welcome the public to view the artworks displayed in the legislative offices as well as in the open areas of the State Capitol. More than 900 pieces of artwork in the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts’ Art in Public Places Collection are on display in the State Capitol offices and open areas. In the first year of the event, the state Senate opened its doors after work hours and invited the public and artists whose work was on display. The following year, the House of Representatives joined, and in 2012, the Offices of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor began participating. In 2017, 50 legislative offices and the Offices of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor participated.
Earlier this year, a group of state legislators took a landscape drawing class in preparation for Art at the Capitol. Their drawings were displayed at the event, with prizes for the Judges Award and the People’s Choice Award. The volunteer judges for the Judges Award were Sean O’Harrow (Honolulu Museum of Art), Katherine Tuider (Honolulu Biennial Foundation) and Pamela Young (KHON-TV). Senator Laura Thielen (Senate District 25 – Kailua, Lanikai, Enchanted Lake, Keolu Hills, Maunawili, Waimanalo, Hawai‘i Kai, Portlock) won the Judges Award, and Senator Gilbert Keith-Agaran (Maui, Senate District 5 – Wailuku, Waihe‘e, Kahului) won the People’s Choice Award. Prizes were gift cards to Artizen by MW, the Hawai‘i State Art Museum’s café, conveniently located across the street from the State Capitol.
Art at the Capitol is made possible by the office of Senator Brian Taniguchi, the Friends of the Hawai‘i State Art Museum, and the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA).
The 2017 Art at the Capitol Booklet (PDF) for the event includes the program and lists the artworks from the Art in Public Places Collection that are currently displayed in the offices of legislators who participated in the event.
Legislators in the landscape drawing competition:
- Rep. Della Au Belatti (D) (House District 24 – Makiki, Tantalus, Papakolea, McCully, Pawaa, Manoa)
- Rep. Tom Brower (D) (House District 22 – Waikiki, Ala Moana)
- Rep. Isaac W. Choy (D) (House District 23 – Manoa, Punahou, University, Mo‘ili‘ili)
- Rep. Ken Ito (D) (House District 49 – Kaneohe, Maunawili, Olomana)
- Rep. Sam Satoru Kong (D) (House District 33 – Aiea)
- Rep. Matthew S. LoPresti (D) (House District 41 – Ewa, Ewa Beach, Ewa Gentry, Ewa Villages, Hoakalei, Ocean Pointe)
- *Rep. Nicole Lowen (D) (House District 6 – Kailua-Kona, Holualoa, Kalaloa, Honokohau)
- Rep. Lauren Kealohilani Matsumoto (R) (House District 45 – Schofield, Mokuleia, Waialua, Kunia, Waipio Acres, Mililani)
- Rep. Dee Morikawa (D) (House District 16 – Ni‘ihau, Lehua, Koloa, Waimea)
- Rep. Mark M. Nakashima (D) (House District 1 – Hamakua, North Hilo, South Hilo)
- Rep. Marcus R. Oshiro (D) (House District 46 – Wahiawa, Whitmore Village)
- Rep. Joy A. San Buenaventura (D) (House District 4 – Puna)
- Sen. Will Espero (D) (Senate District 19 – ‘Ewa Beach, Ocean Pointe,‘Ewa by Gentry, Iroquois Point, portion of ‘Ewa Villages)
- Sen. Gilbert Keith-Agaran (D) (Senate District 5 – Wailuku, Waihe‘e, Kahului)
- *Sen. Gil Riviere (D) (Senate District 23 – Kane‘ohe, Ka‘a‘awa, Hau‘ula, La‘ie, Kahuku, Waialua, Hale‘iwa, Wahiawa, Schofield Barracks, Kunia)
- *Sen. Maile S.L. Shimabukuro (D) (Senate District 21 – Kalaeloa, Honokai Hale, Ko ‘Olina, Nanakuli, Ma‘ili, Wai‘anae, Makaha, Makua)
- Sen. Brian T. Taniguchi (D) (Senate District 11 – Mānoa, Makiki, Punchbowl, Papakolea)
- Sen. Laura H. Thielen (D) (Senate District 25 – Kailua, Lanikai, Enchanted Lake, Keolu Hills, Maunawili, Waimanalo, Hawai‘i Kai, Portlock)
*Participated in competition, using materials provided by SFCA. Did not attend a class session.