(position detail)

The department has an active search for an Assistant Professor specializing in sculpture. Three finalists have been invited to our campus. Each will present a 45-minute public lecture on their artistic practice, teaching, and comment on the future of sculpture and/or art in general. The department invites participation and feedback regarding how the candidates meet the position qualifications from those who:

1- attend presentations by all short-listed candidates (sign-in sheets will be implemented at presentations).
2- submit written feedback to Department Chair – Gaye Chan (gchan@hawaii.edu) within 8 hours of the last candidate's interview (deadline Tuesday, 4/18 at 11:59pm)

Rachel Debuque portrait

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Rachel Debuque 

Public Lecture - Monday, 4/3 at 430pm (room 101)

Rachel Debuque is a visual artist and designer whose work spans installation, sculpture, video, and performance. Her work investigates the nuances of objects, identity and the role of performance. Her work has been exhibited extensively including at The Cue Foundation (New York, NY), Vox Populi (Philadelphia, PA), and The Katzen Art Center (Washington, DC). Debuque was an artist in residence at The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and a Southern Constellations Fellow at Elsewhere: A Living Museum. Her work has been featured in The Huffington Post, Washington City Paper, Bmore Art, Daily Serving, Maake Magazine, and ART 21 Magazine.

Her multi-disciplinary background is reflected in her collaboration, PLAKOOKEE. In partnership with artist Justin Plakas, PLAKOOKEE creates work that ranges from socially engaged residency projects to installations, video and design.

She is currently an assistant professor at George Mason University’s School of Art and Design. She received her MFA at the University of Georgia with a focus in Sculpture and her BFA degree at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

José Ferreira portrait

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José Ferreira

Public Lecture - Thursday, 4/6 at 430pm (room 101)

Originally from Mozambique, Ferreira studied Fine Art at the Durban University of Technology in South Africa. He was a Research Fellow in Fine Art Digital Media at the University of Sunderland in the United Kingdom, and Assistant Professor of Sculpture at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His exhibitions and curatorial projects have been recognized through numerous grants and awards such as, The Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development in The Netherlands; The London Arts Council in the United Kingdom; The Human Science Research Council in South Africa; Itau Cultural in Brazil; the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, Portugal.

Michael Arcega portrait

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Michael Arcega

Public Lecture - Monday, 4/17 at 430pm (room 101)

Michael Arcega works across media to create art that is informed by language, history, and geography. In his most recent work he has adopted methodologies used in the anthropological study of world cultures that often emphasize "otherness," but Arcega turns the tables, positioning North America as 'the other" whose symbols and rituals must be studied and understood. Though a socio-political critique, Arcega's work also has a playful element, providing familiar entry points to alternative ways of thinking about the people who colonize the landscape. Recently, Arcega has been exploring the cultural residue of the Nacirema people of North America. Applying strategies of the late anthropologist, Horace Miner, Arcega attempts to better understand these people's lives and their daily practices.

Arcega is an Assistant Professor of Art at San Francisco State University. He received an MFA from Stanford University and a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. In 2012, he was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. His work has been exhibited at the Asian Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, the de Young Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Orange County Museum of Art, The Contemporary Museum in Honolulu, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Cue Arts Foundation, and the Asia Society in NY among many others. Arcega's work has been discussed in publications including Art Forum, the New York Times, Art Practical, Art News, X-TRA, SF Chronicle, Art Papers, and Flash Art among others. He has been an Artist in Residence at the 18th Street Art Center, Montalvo Arts Center, Headlands Center for the Arts, the Fountainhead Residency, Artadia Residency at ISCP, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Al Riwak Art Space in Bahrain, and the Recology Artist Residency Program.