Last Wednesday, the museum held a small reception for the Catharine E.B. Cox Award Exhibition. This year’s recipient of the biennial award is John Koga.

The award goes to former or current Hawai‘i residents and recognizes excellence in visual arts, and includes a solo show at the museum. John’s opening attracted some art-world heavy hitters such as Satoru Abe and Michael Rooks, the Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the High Museum in Atlanta. Rooks, a close friend of Koga, was the Curator of European and American Art here at the museum, and before that curator of The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu (before it became Spalding House). Tireless museum supporters and collectors feted Koga, whose paintings have been snapped up by fans of his work.

Celebrity alert: James Ivory, of Merchant and Ivory film fame, was at the opening, as a guest of museum donors Steven Prieto and Richard Kennedy.