While HoMA’s triennial Artists of Hawaii exhibition has solidified the tradition of showcasing talented, Hawaii-based artists through a contemporary lens, the 2020 exhibition roster pushes the envelope through its diversity of artistic background, subject and range.

Encouraged to explore the urgent issues of our time and place, a dynamic group of artists was chosen by co-curators Marlene Siu, Exhibition Manager at HoMA School, and Taylour Chang, Curator of Film and Performance, following the exhibition’s open-call submission process. “The artists selected for Artists of Hawaiʻi 2020 encompass a broad spectrum of levels within their artistic careers: from emerging artists who have never shown before to artists who are featured in national and international collections that are unified through their bold voices and innovative practices,” describes Siu. 

The featured artists for the Artists of Hawai‘i 2020 exhibition are:

  • Nāʻālehu Anthony
  • Gwen Arkin 
  • Andy Behrle  
  • Gaye Chan 
  • Jennifer Goya 
  • Lynda Hess 
  • Mikey Inouye 
  • Christopher Kahunahana 
  • John Kaulupali  
  • Kapulani Landgraf 
  • Daniel Kauwila Mahi 
  • Lanakila Mangauil 
  • John Mantanona 
  • Manu Mei-Singh 
  • Nicole Naone
  • Cara Oba
  • Kyle Oba 
  • Aura Reyes 
  • Juvana Soliven 
  • Noe Tanigawa

Artists of Hawai‘i 2020 will be the first Artists of Hawai‘i exhibition to be co-curated and the first to feature mostly non-traditional mediums. Deviating from the norm, the exhibition will not feature paintings or drawings in the dedicated gallery spaces, with a number of the works encouraging audience interaction in order to experience the full magnitude of the artwork. “People can expect to engage with a wide range of mediums in this exhibition, particularly in new media,” explains Chang, “Artists will be creating space for interaction, reflection, and community building.”

As a testament to the Artists of Hawai‘i exhibition’s legacy of local representation, the topics expressed through the artwork will bring to the forefront the timely and controversial issues that face the people of Hawai‘i, and touch the rest of the world. “With these twenty artists, we couldn’t have asked for a more boundary-pushing line-up of visionaries and community leaders.”  Chang emphasizes, “We’re incredibly excited to embark on this year-long journey with the artists to support their visions, to challenge people’s expectations, and to reimagine what’s possible for Hawaiʻi through art.


The Artists of Hawai‘i 2020 exhibition will be on view from September 12, 2020 to January 17, 2021. Stay tuned as we follow the journeys of the artists’ process and the installation process throughout the year.