The museum is excited to learn that Hawai‘i Island–based mixed-media artist Keith Tallett, whose work was included in Artists of Hawai‘i 2011 (and he also took the Jean Charlot Foundation Award for Excellence!), is a recipient of a 2012 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant. Tallett is also a second-generation surfboard shaper and tattoo practitioner of traditional Polynesian patterns—two skills that inform his art in alluring ways. His Flying Hawaiians series in Artists of Hawai‘i drew from both traditions and were exhibition favorites. The last Hawai‘i artist to be awarded a Joan Mitchell Foundation grant was Kaili Chun in 2010.

In a press release, Tallett said, “It’s an immense honor to receive the Mitchell Award and to be included with the outstanding artists that have been awarded this grant since 1993. Part of Joan Mitchell’s vision was to support the development of diverse contemporary artists. For me, receiving this grant reaffirms my decision to live where I do, and how I do…relatively isolated from any big contemporary art scene and engaging the land, culture and community that I was raised in. This grant will help me continue to create work that addresses and challenges our cultural identity and popular perceptions of Hawaii.”

And that’s not the only good art news from the Tallett family. Tallett’s wife, Sally Lundburg, is part of the upcoming exhibition Finding the Forest Invitational, opening Jan. 27 at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center’s Schaefer International Gallery. On view will be her video installation If i were a hurricane (2013).

Learn more about Tallett’s work.

Learn more about Lundburg’s work.

Learn more about the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant Program.