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Please note that the Sculpture Garden is temporarily closed during building renovation activities and is anticipated to re-open later this year. Building renovation activities may also result in temporary gallery closures and/or artwork removals. If you would like to check on the gallery status before visiting, please call the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts at (808) 586-0300 or the HiSAM Visitor Services Manager at (808) 586-9959.


Currently on view

Promotional image for MEN exhibit with a purple background and a white circle and arrow symbol in the top right corner and text in the bottom left corner reading Hawaii State Art Museum September 7, 2018 - January 2019




Human beings have been at the center of creative expression since the very beginning of the history of art. Throughout this rich and complex history there has been much attention and scrutiny aimed at the female form. This exhibition consists of a selection of works from the Art in Public Places Collection that puts its focus solely on artistic depictions of men. Ideas of masculinity are presented in ways that are sometimes direct, sometimes fictitious, and sometimes symbolic. MEN brings to the forefront a variety of approaches that artists employ to capture, display and express the male form and psyche. View artworks in the exhibit in our online catalog: MEN.

Artists in the exhibit: Satoru Abe, Bumpei Akaji, Rick Allred, August Becker, Carol Bennett, Jean Charlot, Margaret Ezekiel, Francis Haar, Allen Hori, Robin Kaye, Kenneth Kerslake, Oldrich Kulhanek, Wayne Levin, Belinda Ling, Huc Mazelet Luquiens, Susan Martin Maffei, Melinda Morey, John Takami Morita, Ben Norris, Louis Pohl, Brian Sato, David B. Smith, James Surls, Dietrich Varez, Paul Weissman, Gwen Whitney, and Kaina Young.

September 7, 2018 – January 2019

Promotional graphic for "STATE OF ART: new work" exhibit



STATE OF ART: new work
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.

August 3, 2018 – September 2019

Promotional graphic for the "EMPHASIZED: eye on scale" exhibit






EMPHASIZED: eye on scale
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.

Featured artists: 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.

October 6, 2017 – closing date to be determined

EMPHASIZED: eye on scale

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. Through May 2019.  View artworks in the exhibit in our online catalog: HAWAI‘I: Change & Continuity.
HAWAII: Change & Continuity

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 Gallery Museum Shop x MORI. Please visit their websites for information about their current exhibits and events.