This “Get to Know at HoMA” series introduces the many people who work behind the scenes, and together, make HoMA the special place it is.
What is your title, what you do, and how long have you been working with HoMA?
I am the Exhibitions Manager at the Honolulu Museum of Art School and I just celebrated my one year anniversary on December 5th. As the Exhibitions Manager, I oversee three gallery spaces within the HoMA School: the HoMA School Main Gallery, Nano Gallery and Mezzanine Gallery.
What do you like most about your job at HoMA?
I love being a part of the exhibition process; initially reading a proposal and then supporting the transition where the exhibition vision comes to fruition. What I love most of all is engaging with so many different people along the journey. We have such an amazing community, and I am grateful to have the opportunity to work alongside so many talented and innovative leaders.
Which piece of art do you like the most and why?
It’s difficult to pick a favorite, they usually change according to my mood. At the moment, I really enjoy Sandy Skoglund’s Fresh Hybrid (Spring). I have always been drawn to her work and the way she plays with perceptions of fantasy and reality. The environments she creates within her tableaus are fascinating and to be honest, her photographs just make me happy.
What’s one of your favorite memories at HoMA?
I have so many wonderful memories of the museum growing up. I used to come here often, as a child, with my grandparents. HoMA was my first art experience and has played an integral part in my artistic endeavors ever since. Two prominent memories are the exhibition that inspired me to declare myself as a Studio Art major in college, and when I fell into the koi pond while jumping between rocks as a child.
Tell us something not many people would know about you?
I am an avid animal lover and I am also a certified yoga instructor. My ultimate retirement dream is to have a dog sanctuary that serves as a yoga retreat!