Fifty-nine works from 57 artists will reveal the composite face of contemporary Hawaii in the fourth triennail Schaefer Portrait Challenge in the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's Schaefer International Gallery. An opening reception for the prestigious juried exhibit is set for Sunday, Jan. 8. The exhibit will run Jan. 11through March 11.
Artists Sally French, Duane Preble and Michael Takemoto juried the hundreds of entries from artists from the islands of Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Hawaii. The portrait subjects live and work in the state and have a significant connection to the artist.
"The artists whose works were selected for the 2012 Challenge are bonded by the desire to transpose the human likeness and interpret each sitter through paint, pastel, graphite, watercolor, stone, clay, wood or mixed media into the final result of a finished portrait," according to a gallery release. "The jury looks for confidence in an applied fine art technique, the artist's ability to convey a likeness without overworking the subject at hand and the ability of the artist to move the viewer emotionally or psychologically, to go beyond illustration or photographic representation of the sitter."
2012 Schaefer Portrait Challenge
Artists participating in the 2012 Schaefer Portrait Challenge are Rose Adare, Dion "Boyett" Aguilar, Gabrielle Anderman, Daniel Bilmes, Nitya Brighenti, Chris Campbell, Emily Carder, Mike Carroll, Hung Kwai Chan, Ken Charon, Jonathan Yukio Clark, Peter Shepard Cole, Hoaka Delos Reyes, Brentton Demello, Margaret Ezekiel, Stephen Freedman, Ingrid Frgeau, Janice Gail, Stephen Garnin, Lynne Garzino, Bob Getzen, Robert Glick, Tijana Graham, Roberta Griffith, Vince Hazen, Marlene Honma, Robb Jones, Linda Kane, Kathleen Kastles, Ken Kennell, Verdine Kong, Kirk Kurokawa, Howard Lapp, Dennis William Leatherman, Wilton Leauanae, Robert Lober, Susanne Long, Charlie Lyon, Michele Manning, Jacob Arthur Medina, Karen Mortensen, Gerald Murai, Pamela Neswald, Penny Nichols, Patrick Daniel Sarsfield, Boz Schurr, Kirsten Rae Simonsen, Anna Skaradzinska, Nancy Skrimstad, Roger B. Stephens, Wayne Takazono, Steve Vandervort, Albert Weight, Robert Weiss, Billy Welker, Natasha Young and Patricia Yu.
The winner of the $15,000 Jurors' Choice Award, a cash prize donated by Carolyn and Jack Schaefer Gray, will be announced at the opening reception in the gallery. The $5,000 Marian Freeman People's Choice Award, donated by Gage Schubert, will be selected by the public. Gallery visitors can cast a ballot for their favorite piece in the exhibit through Friday, Feb. 17. The winner will be announced on Sunday, Feb. 19, at 4 p.m. in the gallery.
Schaefer International Gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesdays to Sundays and before Castle Theater shows. Admission is free. For more information, call 243-4288 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.