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Kahilu Theatre Galleries are free and open to the public Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 1 PM – 5 PM

Kahilu Exhibits presents solo and thematic group shows and features local and global works of art from both emerging and established visual artists. Educational outreach includes school visits, artist talks, workshops, and publications that encourage the visual arts to be a catalyst for creativity and growth.

Our Exhibition Committee selects artists for solo and group exhibitions, via a proposal 
and review process, once each year. Please join our mailing list to stay informed about our calls for proposals. For information on current exhibitions, contact 885-6868 or email Margo Ray, Kahilu Exhibits Coordinator at gallery@kahilutheatre.org.

Heidi Buscher The Artifacts of Belonging; Myth, Memory and the Human Story
Feb 25 - Apr 10, 2021

Kahilu Exhibits presents a solo exhibition, The Artifacts of BelongingMyth, Memory and the Human Story by Heidi Buscher, from February 25 to April 10, 2021 in the Simperman and Hamakua Galleries of the Kahilu Theatre.  The exhibit features a series of new, mixed-media paintings on canvas. There will be a live, virtual opening reception and gallery walk-through with the artist on Kahilu. TV on Thursday, February 25, from 5:30 to 6pm. Buscher will also lead in-person gallery tours for groups of 10 or less on dates yet to be determined.

Exhibitions - 2019/2020 Season

Mayumi Oda Expression of the Female Deity | Aug 29 - Oct 13, 2019

A retrospective exhibit spanning 40 years of work by the artist known as the Matisse of Japan, Mayumi Oda. "Through my creative process, I have been creating myself. Goddesses are a projection of myself and who I want to be.  Each picture represents a stage of my development, the influences I was feeling, and events that were going on around me." -Mayumi Oda

Mariah Reading  In The Wake of Our Waste | Oct 17 - Dec 7, 2019

There is no shortage of marine debris harming our once pristine oceans. Reading has searched for creative ways to leave all bodies of water better than she found them. This series looks at how a human footprint on land is directly related to the sea. Reading’s work depicts environmental changes humans have caused and what steps must be taken to preserve this one Earth.

Leah Schretenthaler The Invasive Species of the Built Environment | Oct 17 -
Dec 7, 2019

The Invasive Species of the Built Environment explores the controversial builds and infrastructural projects in the state of Hawai’i. Through the act of trying to remove the man-made structures through laser etching, the process ends up scarring the paper, much like how the land is scarred with permanent effects from these structures.

The Voyager Exhibit 2020 - Makali'i to Mokumanamana | Dec 12 -Jan 26, 2020

This year’s exhibit will focus on the voyaging canoe Makali’i’s Hanauna Ola project, in which the canoe sailed for 30 days to the Northwest Hawaiian Islands provisioned with food entirely sourced on Hawai’i Island and in part, grown and preserved by local school garden programs. The Voyager Exhibit is curated in partnership with Na Kālai Wa’a and the Waimea Ocean Film Festival.

Michelle Schwengel-Regala Ka Lae and Beyond | Jan 30 - Mar 8, 2020

Fire and ice: Two opposing forces which seem worlds apart.  Though Hawai‘i and Antarctica are separated by a vast expanse of ocean, both have been defined by these conditions.  In this mixed-media installation inspired by her expedition to Antarctica, Michelle compares and contrasts these interconnected regions, their inhabitants, and the forces that shape them.

Craig Schwanfelder  Half Court - Full Court | Jan 30 - Mar 8, 2020

Basketball hoops can be found everywhere and are accessible to people from all walks of life. Half Court - Full Court is created using in-camera multiple exposure photography and explores the sport’s surrounding environment by providing an otherwise impossible view of both basketball hoops simultaneously.

Call + Response 5th Annual Juried Exhibition | Mar 13 - Apr 19, 2020

We are pleased to announce the juror for the 2020 Kahilu Annual Juried Exhibtion will be Healoha Johnston. Healoha is the curator of Asian Pacific American Women’s Cultural History at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. Ms. Johnson's theme for this year's Juried exhibition will be Call + Response.

Please visit Cafè (callforentry.org) to apply, the application process is open now through February 16, 2020 and the exhibition dates are March 12 - April 19, 2020. The Hawai'i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts has confirmed a visit on March 12, 2020 from the Awards Acquisition Committee to purchase works for the Art in Public Places Program. The opening reception will be Friday, March 13 from 5-7 p.m

Kipaipai Fellows 2020| Sept 25 - Nov 8, 2020 

Kipaipai Fellows 2020 will be an all-media curated exhibition from September 25 -November 8, 2020 installed in the newly renovated Simperman Gallery and the Hamakua Gallery at the Kahilu Theatre. Museum Manager and Curator at the Lancaster Museum of Art and HistoryAndi Campognone will curate the exhibit.
Participating artists are: Joy RayCudra CloverAlex CouwenbergMichael ShewmakerScott YoellMargo Ray, Gina HartigDina ClineMichelle Schwengel-RegalaLaurie SumiyeBailey FergusonCaroline KillhourValerie KimStephanie SachsMarcia PasquaDonna Zarbin Byrne, Diana Nicholette Jeon, and Jodi Endicott.



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