On Saturday, Dec. 15, at the most recent opening of the Young Artists show, the Art School came full circle with the exchange of two artworks between a young artist and a donor.

In 2012, ceramist Peter Drewliner established The Peter G. Drewliner and Charles E. Higa Endowed Fund in honor of his late partner Higa to support studio art scholarships for children attending the Honolulu Museum of Art School. Drewliner’s dedication to furthering the mission of HoMA extends past the Art School. He and Higa have donated many works of arts and acquisition funds to help the museum expand and enhance its strong collection of contemporary ceramics since 2004.

Isabella is one of the latest recipients of Drewliner’s scholarship. It allowed her to recently take Drawing and Painting with instructor Fae Yamaguchi.

In class, Isabella painted a watercolor of two cranes, which she gifted to Drewliner at the exhibition opening. Higa was an avid watercolorist so the painting immediately holds a sentimental value.

In return, Drewliner gave her a heart-shaped bowl he personally made.

Isabella's painting

Isabella’s painting

We hope the two will be able to fondly look back on these gifts as tangible evidence of the important impact donors have on the future community of artists—who will hopefully pay it forward later on. 

Generous donors help make it possible for young artists from every corner of Hawai‘i to attend the Honolulu Museum of Art School. We are no longer accepting scholarship applications for Spring semester 2019. We will be accepting scholarship applications for the Summer semester from March 15 to March 30, 2019. Summer art classes will begin in June.

Art School scholarships are made possible by the generosity of these scholarship funders—Phyllis G. Glick Endowed Fund, Dorothea Girton Chandler Endowed Fund, Jonathan Yen Chan Ching Scholarship Fund, The Peter G. Drewliner and Charles E. Higa Endowed Fund, Clarence & Elsa Lee Scholarship Fund, and the Jhamandas Watumull Family Endowed Fund.