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Call + Response, 2020 Juried Exhibition

Call + Response

Juror: Healoha Johnston

March 13 - April 19, 2020
Kahilu Theatre Galleries

The reception was cancelled and the galleries were closed just after opening due to the Covid-19 pandemic, please view below images of  selected work as well as some of the artists working in their studios.

Simperman Gallery, Call + Response, (left to right) Roen Hufford, Melissa Chimera, Patricia Uehara, Susan Mori

Hamakua Gallery, Call + Response, (left to right) Bailey Fergeson, Roen Hufford, Scott Yoell, Chelsea Tarnas

As part of our visual arts program, Kahilu Exhibits annually presents a juried exhibition of Hawai’i state artists.  We select a different theme each year as well as a juror from outside the theatre who has a relevant and significant career in the visual arts.

citiscape, Roen Hufford, Hawai'i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts Purchase Award

Roen Hufford in her studio

Healoha Johnston, this year’s juror, has selected the theme, Call + Response. Johnston chose work from online entries through Cafè (callforentry.org). 

Melissa Chimera, Noho (stay i'iwi) & Noho(stay palila), photo credit: Marie Hobro. Hawai'i State Foundation on
Culture and the Arts Purchase Award

Melissa Chimera in her studio, photo credit: Marie Hobro

The first, second and third place winners are, Scott YoellRoen Hufford and Melissa Chimera

Scott Yoell, Partasonship(left) , First Place Award Winner and Michael Marshall, Tumultuous Waters(right)

The Hawai’i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts Awards Acquisition Selection Committee selected works by Roen Hufford and Melissa Chimera for their permanent collection.

Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka'Aina I Ka Pono, Patricia Uehara

Patricia Uehara in her studio

Participating artists are: Melissa Chimera, Yvonne Yarber Carter, Heide Cumes, Bailey Ferguson, Stephen Haynes, Gary Hoff, Roen Hufford, Valerie Y.O. Kim, Michael Marshall, Susan Mori, Joy Ray, Chelsea Tarnas, Patricia Uehara, Jay West and Scott Yoell. 

Grampa's Church, Valerie Y.O. Kim

Valerie Y.O. Kim in her studio

Juror Healoha Johnston hails from Kuli‘ou‘ou, Hawai‘i and is a Curator at the Smithsonian Institution Asian Pacific American Center. Her research interests include exploring transdisciplinary approaches to contemporary art and locating connections between historic visual culture and contemporary art with a particular focus on the socio-political underpinnings that inform those relationships. As an art historian, Johnston has curatorial experience working in contemporary art galleries, arts and culture non-profit organizations, NOAA’s Pacific National Monument program, and the Honolulu Museum of Art.


Reaching Into the Darkness, Joy Ray

Joy Ray with curator Andi Campognone in her studio

From the juror:At a time when connections between people and the elements are being rekindled on a measurable scale—think Maunakea and Hōkūleʻa and the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage—this exhibition encourages artists to call attention to urgent issues or to respond to the most pressing concerns of our time and place. Artists are asked to submit work that challenges established paradigms, asserts bold perspectives on current events, or seeks to make visible latent yet vital networks. Much like a call to action, this exhibition appreciates the critical role​artists play in shaping popular understanding of the world around us and invites artists to comment on the present moment through their work.”

Susan Mori, Sand, Sea, Sun, Mountain

Susan Mori in her studio

Bailey Ferguson in her studio

Jay West with her tryptich, Standing Still

VISIT OUR GALLERIES:  The galleries are closed until further notice.
The Kahilu Exhibits program is generously sponsored by Mollie & Jim Hustace, Keolani Keawe, Pau Pizza, Kamuela Hardwoods, Woodbury Inspection Group and the Fairmont Orchid.


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