Once again, the halls of the Maui Arts & Cultural Center are lined with work from some of the island’s most celebrated artists, open for the public to view for almost the entire month of March.
The Schaefer International Gallery is currently home to Art Maui 2019, which marks the 41st year the famed event has showcased some of the best local artists. This year, jurors selected dozens of artists ranging from Pamela Hayes to Jeanne Young, whose works featured a plethora mediums spanning from oil paintings to stone to encaustic mixed media.
Founded in 1979, Art Maui is a nonprofit organization, overseen by an all-volunteer board of directors, that seeks to promote, encourage, and recognize excellence in visual arts across Maui County. The nonprofit serves this mission by organizing Art Maui, an annual exhibition that usually showcases roughly 100 new works that are selected by jurors. All Maui County resident artists are eligible to enter the prestigious annual exhibit. In addition to the exhibit that’s been held at the MACC since 1995, the nonprofit also puts on educational events.
This year’s juror is Lisa A. Yoshihara, the transit arts program manager at the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation. Prior to joining HART, Yoshihara was curator of the art in public spaces program at the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. She was also the founding director of the Hawai‘i State Art Museum.
The public is welcome to view the exhibited works until March 30. Art Maui is sustained by patrons purchasing artists’ work, the Hawai'i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, exhibit entry fees, donors and hundreds of volunteers. This year, Art Maui is also sponsoring four $2000-awards as part of its Annual High School Scholarship Awards Program.