As soon as you enter the lobby of the Linekona building—also known as the Honolulu Museum of Art School—you’ll find yourself facing a large staircase that diverges into two and leads up to the second floor. Tucked under the right staircase (if facing the front entrance of the building), you’ll see a brown wooden door that opens to a teeny tiny broom closet of a room. Welcome to the Honolulu Museum of Art Nanogallery.

This 12-square-foot room is an exhibition space that challenges artists to create site-specific installations. In other words, the Nanogallery is a tangible example of how our Art School (and HoMA as a whole) values innovation and creativity in the arts, as well as responding to new art.

Although such a tiny space can seem confining, maybe even crammed, at first, it has the power to really get an artist’s creative juices flowing. Artists who take over the small space can take advantage of all of its dimensions, including its ceiling, and its ability to immerse guests in sound or light—or both. These elements can give viewers an experience that a larger, more open gallery might not be able to.

To give you a sense of how creative some of our Nanogallery artists can get, we compiled examples of past exhibitions:

By Soo Mei Teh.

By Soo Mei Teh.

Nanogallery with Contact

Nanogallery with Contact

By Tamara Moan.

By Tamara Moan.

By Eli Baxter.

By Eli Baxter.

By Instructor Gail Toma and students.

By Instructor Gail Toma and students.

By Sally French.

By Sally French.

Do these Nanogallery exhibitions spark your interest? If so, then we have good news for you. The Art School is now accepting applications from artists who would like to install an exhibition in the Nanogallery in 2018-2019. The deadline is July 31, 2018.

To apply, you’ll need to submit a resume that includes your education and previous exhibition history. You’ll also need an artist statement, a written proposal that includes a sketch, and 5-10 color images of recent work in jpg format.

To receive the application form, please email.

5.23.2018