Exhibitions

Currently on view

For the most current information, please visit the museum website: hisam.hawaii.gov

In Hawai‘i

Promotional graphic for the In Hawaii Exhibit, showing an etching of Kealakekua Bay by artist Huc Luquiens.
Featured artworks explore themes of inspiration, influence, insight, innovation and inquiry in Hawai‘i, as expressed through artworks from the Art in Public Places Collection of the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. Opens September 6, 2019. This is a long-term exhibit, currently scheduled to be up through 2020. For more information about artworks in the exhibit, images and information are in the Art in Public Places online catalog of artworks: In Hawai‘i. September 6, 2019 – closing date to be determined

Artists in the In Hawai‘i exhibit

Pio Abad and Frances Wadsworth Jones, Satoru Abe, Lalepa Pi’ikoi Ah Sam, Ruthadell Anderson, Mary Babcock, Carol Bennett, Elizabeth Bennett, A. Kimberlin Blackburn, Allyn Bromley, John E. Buck, Mark A. Chai, Jean Charlot, Joey Chiarello, Lucille Cooper, Bryan Czibesz, Isami Doi, Betty Tseng Yuho Ecke, Christopher Edwards, Matthew Egan, Margaret Ezekiel, Dorothy Faison, Scott Fitzel, Juliette May Fraser, Sally French, Ka-Ning Fong, Francis Haar, Susan McGovney Hansen, Todd Herzberg, D. Howard Hitchcock, Pegge Hopper, Diana Nicholette Jeon, Anne Kanahele, Jun Kaneko, John Tanji Koga, Wayne Levin, Huc Mazelet Luquiens, Clarence Maki, Martha Marques, Marques Marzan, Mazatl, Marie McDonald, Marcia Morse, Terry Holokai Murata, Tetsuo Ochikubo, Carl Franklin Ka‘ailā‘au Pao, Margo Ray, Franco Salmoiraghi, Tadashi Sato, Shawn Spangler and Bryan Czibesz, Donna Stoner, Bruna Stude, Jonathan Swanz, Toshiko Takaezu, Reuben Tam, Madge Tennent, Harry Tsuchidana, Maika‘i Tubbs, Robert Dick Tynes, Phil Uhl, Lionel Walden, John Wisnosky, Suzanne Wolfe, Daniel Wooddell.

STATE OF ART: new work

Promotional graphic for "STATE OF ART: new work" exhibit
For more than fifty years, the Art in Public Places Collection of the Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture and the Arts has been recognized as one of the most significant collections of contemporary art of Hawaiʻi. This exhibit invites you to engage with a selection of recent additions to the collection from across the Hawaiian Islands. The thirty-one artworks acquired from eighteen exhibitions offer an insight into current trends and themes in the local arts scene and provides an opportunity to see the diversity of works being created in Hawaiʻi today. SFCA Executive Director Jonathan Johnson says “this exhibit is what’s going on in Hawaiʻi through the eyes of artists.” View artworks in the exhibit in our online catalog: STATE OF ART: new work.

Artists in the exhibit

Doug Britt, Bai Xin Chen, Kelly Ciurej, Janet Davis, Elizabeth Forest, Yoko Haar, Dennis Hakes, Daniel Harano, Charlton Kupaʻa Hee, Brad Huck, Zenobia Lakdawalla, Tom Lieber, Robert Lober, Michelle Martin, Marques Marzan, Deyana Mielke, Yoonmi Nam, Paula Nokes, Mia O., Jon K. Ogata, Nisha Pinjani, Hiroko Sakurai, Marilee Salvator, Jennifer Stephens, Jonathan Swanz, Mark Tanabe, Masami Teraoka, Lori Uyehara, David Valdez, and Hana Yoshihata.

STATE OF ART: new work exhibit dates

August 3, 2018 – March 2020

EMPHASIZED: eye on scale

Promotional graphic for the "EMPHASIZED: eye on scale" exhibit
Through a selection of works from the Art in Public Places Collection, this exhibition explores the various ways that artists play with scale, and how this in turn affects the viewer’s responses and understanding. View artworks in the exhibit in our online catalog: EMPHASIZED: eye on scale.

Artists in the exhibit

Carol Bennett, Pat Catlett, Lee Chesney, Christopher Cole, Dorothy Faison, Sally French, Dennis Hanshew, Claude Horan, May Izumi, Virginia Jacobs, Jun Kaneko, Paul Kodama, Freeman Lau, Cade Roster, Bruna Stude, Masami Teraoka, Allison Uttley, and John Wisnosky. Second floor, Diamond Head gallery.

EMPHASIZED: eye on scale exhibit dates

October 6, 2017 – May 2021
EMPHASIZED: eye on scale

Past Exhibits

HAWAI‘I: Change & Continuity

Promotional graphic for "HAWAII: Change & Continuity"
HAWAI‘I: Change & Continuity includes 130 artworks from the Art in Public Places Collection of the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, and tells a story of the past, examining the overlapping influences of nature’s bounty and human impact on a fragile environment.

As you walk through the exhibit, you will see art that reflects on the forces of nature and man’s intrusion. Relevant quotes are placed on walls to help the viewer understand the meaning.

“Hopefully the exhibition will express something of what this place is like. What Hawai‘i is like,” exhibit designer Tom Klobe said. “It is important for us who live here and people who are visiting to understand.”

Second floor, Ewa Gallery. View artworks in the exhibit in our online catalog: HAWAI‘I: Change & Continuity.
HAWAII: Change & Continuity

HAWAI‘I: Change & Continuity exhibit dates

September 2015 – June 8, 2019

Friends of HiSAM and HiSAM Museum Gallery Shop Exhibits

Ground floor exhibits in the shop and cafe are organized and supported by the Friends of the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum (a volunteer non-profit group) and the HiSAM Museum Gallery Shop x MORI. Please visit their websites for information about their current exhibits and events.