Our website always gets a spike in visits whenever we post the artists selected for Artists of Hawai‘i, which is what we did last Tuesday. In case you missed the exhibition page on our website or our Facebook post, we thought we’d share it in a blog post.

This year, 249 artists submitted work for consideration for the Honolulu Museum of Art’s next biennial exhibition Artists of Hawai‘i. Out of that pool, museum director Stephan Jost, deputy director Allison Wong, and contemporary art curator James Jensen selected seven artists and one art collective. The artists now have nine months to create work, which will be on view July 2 to October 25, 2015.

The month-long submission period ended Sept. 15, and Jost, Wong, and Jensen sequestered themselves in Jost’s office for two days to make selections, scrutinizing the hundreds of digital images projected on a screen. (That’s them in action, pictured above.)

“During the first round we looked at all the images in large size without information on the artists, titles, media, etc., just to get a sense of the entries overall,” says Jensen about the selection process. “With each subsequent round we honed the selection down, to 50, to 35, then 16, looking at artists’ background information and statements. We ended up with seven artists and a collective comprising four artists whom we feel represent a good combination of range of media, techniques, and visions. The final selection includes some known artists, as well as some who are relatively new on the scene, similar to the mix of talents in Artists of Hawaiʻi 2013.”

Women made a particularly strong showing this year—of the seven artists and one collective, five are women.

The artists are:

.5ppi (printmaking collective)
Oʻahu, printmaking

Alison Beste
Oʻahu, photography

Elisa Chang
Oʻahu, photography

Jesse Houlding
Hawaiʻi Island, drawing/mixed-media installation

Akira Iha
Maui, painting

Emily McIlroy
Oʻahu, drawing, painting

Lauren Trangmar
Oʻahu, digital printing, sculpture

Maile Yawata
Oʻahu, ceramic sculpture, mixed-media