Hye Eun Park working on her award-winning painting Rubber Ducks

Earlier this month, Honolulu Museum of Art School teacher Jim Goodman received an email from Hye Eun Park, a senior at Moanalua High School.

“This is Hye Eun Park who took your oil painting class last summer at Honolulu Museum of Art School,” she wrote. “I submitted the painting of rubber ducks for Scholastic Art Awards and I got a silver prize!…I am so happy to let you know because you taught me! I am so thankful.”

The young artist created her painting in Goodman’s Painting I and II class, offered every semester. She also won prizes for two other works, and they are all on view in the 55th Annual Hawai‘i Regional Scholastic Student Art Awards exhibition at the Hawai‘i State Art Museum, through April 13. Park will also be recognized at the official awards ceremony on March 17.

The show features artwork by middle and high school students from across the state. And included is Park’s Rubber Ducks, a painting depicting seven costumed variations of the iconic bath toy in bold primary colors.

“I was very touched by Hye Eun’s email and happy to hear how excited she was about Scholastic Art’s recognition of her work,” says Goodman, who has been teaching at the Art School since 1985. “One of the great things about teaching at the Honolulu Museum of Art School is the wide variety of people that are in the classes—many are there to learn something new, some to enhance an already developed direction and others to get back into something they had to give up at some point in their lives. Along those lines, being a part of each student’s development and watching their progress has always been a source of joy and inspiration to me as a teacher and an artist.”


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Registration for summer semester begins April 10.