Artists will put their best face forward for the upcoming Schaefer Portrait Challenge 2009 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.
The MACC's signature triennial, this prestigious statewide juried exhibition has become a showcase of outstanding Hawaii artists and a chronicle of the changing face of our community. The selected explorations in portraiture include a broad range of interpretation and styles - from representational to experimental in drawing, painting and sculpture - all of which reveal the rewards of observation and the essence of human connection.
Portrait subjects include people among us of all ages who represent the multicultural profile of our communities and their compelling stories, seen through the artists' portrayals. Included in the exhibit are 15 self portraits.
The competition was an open call to artists throughout the state, who were encouraged to go beyond the likeness and capture the spirit of the portrait subject. The result is an exhibit that portrays the spirit of Hawaii and its people.
Two-dimensional media accepted include oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor and mixed media. Accepted sculptures include work in bronze, ceramic, plaster, wood and mixed media.
Artists were asked to submit a written statement about themselves and the portrait subject. Each artist's narrative will be displayed with his or her portrait. All portraits were created during the 12-month period prior to the entry deadline and none have been previously exhibited; the artists also had to verify that they had at least one live sitting with their subject.
The exhibit features two awards: the Jurors' Choice Award, which carries a $15,000 cash prize, and the Marian Freeman People's Choice Award which carries a $5,000 cash prize.
The exhibition is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The gallery is also open before performances and during intermissions in the Castle Theater. For more information, visit www.mauiarts.org.
In addition to the Maui exhibition, parts of this show will go on the road, as select artwork will travel to The Contemporary Museum at First Hawaiian Center in Honolulu from May 29 to Sept. 8.
Carol Ann Davis
Jacob Arthur Medina
Patrick Daniel Sarsfield
Roger B. Stephens