Highlights of UH-MC art

Student exhibit to feature wide variety of classroom work

Piece by Billy Bumanlag will be among the more than 100 artworks on display in the University of Hawaii Maui College student art show in the campus library. Photo courtesy UH-MC

More than 100 artworks by some 80 University of Hawaii Maui College students will be displayed starting Thursday at the campus library in Kahului.

Students created the pieces chosen for the exhibit during the spring semester and current fall semester, and the work encompasses painting, drawing, printmaking, digital design, ceramics, digital photography, film photography and fashion technology classes.

“The range of art is broad because it is being created in about 12 different art classes, some of them introductory studio classes, some of them intermediate or advanced studio classes, and some of them survey of art classes that experiment with diverse media,” said Jennifer Owen, UH-MC associate professor of art.

The public is invited to the opening reception from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the campus library. Owen said the exhibit occupies the open space in the center of the bottom two floors of the college library, what she called “a generous exhibition space that surrounds a large skylight.”

“Media as diverse as hand-developed and printed photographs, paintings, ceramics, hand-dyed fabrics and hand-pulled prints will be on display,” she said.

Piece by Elizabeth Clark. Photo courtesy UH-MC

The reception will also feature food provided by Maui Pasta Co. and a poetry reading that will begin at 3:45 p.m., featuring writings chosen for the college’s online literary magazine, Na Leo. The latest winning submissions of poetry, prose and artwork can be viewed on the Na Leo website at www.maui.hawaii.edu/hooulu/author/naleo.

The students’ work will remain on display in the library through Dec. 5.

Owen said that while the exhibit was not juried, students and faculty chose the most remarkable works to include in the show. She said the student shows reflect the college’s growing offerings in the field of art.

This fall was the first time the college has offered a two-year associate degree in art, with the Associate of Science Degree in Creative Media approved by the UH Board of Regents over the summer, Owen said. The two-year degree transfers seamlessly to UH West Oahu’s Bachelor of Arts Degree in Creative Media. Students working toward an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts, or others seeking to show a serious concentration in art, can also earn an Academic Subject Certificate in the Visual Arts.

Owen noted that 15 years ago, there were only two part-time art faculty members teaching about six art classes each semester, and now there are two full-time and five part-time faculty members offering 18 classes or more each semester.

Piece by Chris Blume. Photo courtesy UH-MC

“Every semester, UH-MC’s Student Art Exhibition seems to grow in both quality and quantity,” she said. “The campus community has commented that the artworks seem to reflect growing student accomplishment as momentum has grown in the art program over the past 15 years.”

Piece by Ezekiel Cawigan. Photo courtesy UH-MC

Piece by Randalyn Borge. Photo courtesy UH-MC