John Morita's "Levai," a digital work from 35 color slide, is one of the nearly 100 works by selected and invited artists showing at the 30th annual "Commitment to Excellence" exhibition.
30 years of excellence
Three heavy-hitting jurors selected some 80 pieces of art from a pool of 456 entries for the 30th annual "Commitment to Excellence" art exhibition, sponsored by the Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce.
Lisa Yoshihara, director of the University of Hawaii Art Gallery, said she was "very pleased" with this year's submissions.
"What's really nice is that among (the selections) are emerging artists ... and new directions from established artists. It's a nice range and a strong show."
She said the show includes a full range of media, including digital art, drawings, paintings, fiber art and photography.
Yoshihara was joined by Grant Kagimoto, owner of Cane Haul Road, and James Jenson, curator at The Contemporary Museum.
"Big Red" by Brenda Cablayan is a traditional acrylic.
"Commitment to Excellence" each year honors a local master artist for a lifetime of artistic excellence; this year, the honor goes to Harry Tsuchidana, whose works have been shown in galleries around the world. Tsuchidana's body of work on display includes seven new paintings he created specially for the exhibit.
The show also traditionally includes invited artists. Satoru Abe, Charles E. Higa, Ron Kent, John Koga, Cora Yee and Doug Young are among the 22 invited this year.
Prizes, including a $1,000 "Award of Excellence," will be awarded tomorrow for the piece deemed the show's most outstanding work.
"Commitment to Excellence" opens Tuesday and continues through Aug. 28 at the Academy Art Center, located at 1111 Victoria St. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free.
Thomas McCluskey's "The Elegance of Nature," an ultra art acrylic.
"Windward Wind," by Carol Sakihara, is a copper and brass sculpture.
Barbara Okamoto employed koa, clay and dirt in her piece, "Study for Once a Forest."