After a year off to organize a championship team, the museum is again competing in #ArtMadness!

Organized by the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo, New York, #ArtMadness is a NCAA bracket-style tournament (à la basketball’s March Madness) in which 16 museums from across the country pit their works of art against each other, with people voting for their favorite works online. The tournament has two museums go head to head each day.

The #ArtMadness Bracket

The #ArtMadness Bracket

This year’s tournament is in collaboration with the National Museum of Women in the Arts’ #5womenartists initiative, so all of the entries are by women artists!

Representing HoMA is Beauty, by Kakiuchi Seiyō. A graduate of, and later teacher at, the Women’s Art School in Tokyo, and founder of the Seishikai women’s art group, Seiyō was a prominent advocate of female artists in mid 20th century Japan. You can see the work in the Japan Gallery through May 8.

Last Wednesday the museum managed to pull out a victory against the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Texas, and its installation ‘Stacked Waters,’ by Teresita Fernández. The next round is this Friday, March 24, and challenging the museum is Berthe Morisot’s The Bath, from The Clark Art Institute.

So what can you do? Check our social media channels—Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook—this Friday, as we’ll be posting the link to vote for Kakiuchi Seiyō’s Beauty. Voting begins 6am Friday and ends 5am Monday Hawai‘i time, so don’t miss it!

Thank you for your support! In 2015, we lost in the final round by a paintbrush bristle—let’s win #ArtMadness this time around!


Kakiuchi Seiyō (1892-1982)
Japan, Shōwa period, 1925
Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk
Purchase, Marjorie Lewis Griffing and Beatrice Watson Parrent Funds, 1994