The Friends of Hawaii State Art Museum (FHiSAM) Present Portfolio 2018 Exhibit, August 3

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The Friends of Hawaii State Art Museum (FHiSAM) continue their Hawaii Artists’ 2018 Portfolio Project, with the official opening of the Portfolio 2018 Exhibit featuring new works by six globally acclaimed Hawaii artists on Friday, August 3, from 6-9 p.m. Coincides with "State of Art" opening at HiSAM.

Troped Tropicalia by Ashley Bickerton

This Portfolio is a fine edition of artworks that displays the range of traditional and digital technologies associated with printmaking today...This is a rare opportunity to acquire works of this caliber for the collector of contemporary art editions.

The Friends of Hawaii State Art Museum (FHiSAM) continue their Hawaii Artists’ 2018 Portfolio Project, with the official opening of the Portfolio 2018 Exhibit featuring new works by six globally acclaimed Hawaii artists on Friday, August 3, from 6-9 p.m.

WHAT: Following the success of July's Portfolio Preview Show, twenty-three of fifty valuable signed and numbered Portfolios are available as a gift to Friends at the Benefactor membership level. This Portfolio and show are curated by Michael Rooks, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the High Museum in Atlanta. Prior to joining the High Museum, Rooks held curatorial positions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The Contemporary Museum Honolulu, and the Honolulu Academy of Arts. As curator at The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Rooks curated more than fifteen exhibitions, including projects by Michael Lin, Paul Morrison, and Yoshitomo Nara—introducing audiences in Hawaii to a new generation of international contemporary art.

Local artists Ashley Bickerton, Kaili Chun, Yvonne Cheng, Paul Pfeiffer, Garnett Puett, and Lawrence Seward have donated works for the Portfolio. 30 works will be on display: pieces by Cheng, Chun, and Seward are for sale, and works by Bickerton and Pfeiffer from private collections will be on view.

Quotes:

Michael Rooks, curator: “This Portfolio is a fine edition of artworks that displays the range of traditional and digital technologies associated with printmaking today. From Chun’s digital collage, Pfeiffer’s Fujiflex photo, to Cheng’s hand pulled screen print on Japanese mulberry paper, digital technology was used alongside traditional techniques to create these beautiful and compelling works. This is a rare opportunity to acquire works of this caliber for the collector of contemporary art editions.”

Joyce Okano, President of FHiSAM: "From Puett’s capture of process as art, Bickerton’s process of creating his “Troped Tropicalia," and Seward’s symbolism of his return from New York to Hawaii, each are individually thought provoking, as art should be."

WHY: FHiSAM’s goal is to increase HiSAM and Hawaii artists' visibility through local exhibitions, advertising, and other initiatives, providing greater visibility and appreciation locally, with visitors and the international art world.

WHERE:
Artizen Gallery and HiSAM Museum Gallery Shop x MORI by Art+Flea, 250 South Hotel Street (ground floor of the No. 1 Capitol District Building and home to the Hawaii State Art Museum); “State of Art” opening at HiSAM, 2nd floor.
$4 valet parking on Richards St. on First Friday (6-9 p.m.), or self-parking at Alii Place on Alakea St. or street parking

WHEN:
Portfolio 2018 Exhibit: Friday, August 3 (6-9 p.m.) – on display until Oct 27

Press kit w. high-res images and artist & curator bios: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/l9jqiwall92wy3q/AAAFufIhIl2Bbp4nC5arCQbwa?dl=0

For media inquiries about this event, contact joana@sheiladonnelly.com or call (808) 949-4131.

Interviews available with Rooks and artists. Cheng, Chun, Seward, and Rooks will attend Friday's event.

The Hawaii State Art Museum
The Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts invites you to visit the Hawaii State Art Museum (HiSAM). HiSAM is located on the 2nd floor of the No. 1 Capitol District Building, 250 South Hotel Street, in downtown Honolulu, Hawaii. Admission is always free. HiSAM is a venue for the Art in Public Places Program of the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. Most of the collection is on display in public buildings, including libraries, schools, and state offices. Artworks in the collection are primarily contemporary works by artists with a connection to Hawaii.

The Friends of the Hawaii State Art Museum (FHiSAM)
FHiSAM is a non-profit organization established to work with the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (HSFCA) and its staff to support the work of the museum.

For more information, contact friendsofhisam@gmail.com, https://www.friendsofhisam.org or Facebook @hisamfriends.

Friends of HiSAM:
Susan Engebretson, Karin Koga, Joyce Okano, Kathy Whitmire, David Ball of Punahou School, Dean Fujitani of Kahala Hotel & Resort, Nancy N. Grekin of Grekin Law, Yvonne Hunter of Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina, Stuart Ing of Tiffany & Co., Diane Ito of Keller Williams Realty, Nadine Kam of MediaIQ, James Koshiba of Koshiba Price & Gruebner, Corianne Lau of Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing, Larry McCarthy of Black Sand Publishing, Maile Meyer of Na Mea Hawaii, H. Brian Moore of Pacific Guardian Life Insurance Co. Ltd., Beau Rowland of Zeal Education Group, Dale Ruff of Louis Vuitton, Jay Suemori, Joana Yasui of Sheila Donnelly & Associates, Denise Yamaguchi of Hawaii Food and Wine Festival, and Pamela Young of KHON.

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