Honolulu New Painting Invitational

Lawrence Seward, oil on panel, 40"x36", 2020


Honolulu New Painting Invitational 

August 27 – October 22, 2023

The Art Gallery, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM), Art Building

This sprawling survey of painters in our 4,200 square foot main art gallery is an exhibition embodying the diversity and energy of contemporary painting in Honolulu today. The show affirms our commitment to living art and to the ever-changing and resilient metropolitan Honolulu art community. We can see themes of ecological crisis, sublime natural beauty, urban blight, colonial history, stymied supply chains, and the cultural complexities and contradictions that characterize contemporary Honolulu. John Koga, one of Hawai’i’s most established contemporary artists, writes, “Having had the pleasure of being immersed in Honolulu’s culinary, music, fashion, dance, and visual arts community, I have met passionate creatives in their respective fields. This painting exhibition showcases some of Hawai‘i’s best artists and mentors to our next generation.” Says Debra Drexler, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Art Department painting professor and acting Gallery Director, “The work does not come to easy closure, but is guided by experimentation and risk.” The vitality of new art is a constant and powerful force in cities, redefining urban spaces while changing with time. Although we live on an island, what we can see is only limited by the scope of our inner vision.

- Maika Pollack, Honolulu, HI, August, 2023

This exhibition is curated by Debra Drexler, John Koga, and Maika Pollack.



Jamie Allen, Herman Pi’ikea Clark, Peter Cole, Solomon Enos, Ka-Ning Fong, Kathleen C. Grennan, Jeff Gress, Kamea Hadar, Tommy Hite, Christina May Ho, Kathleen Jacobs, Matthew James, Eduardo Joaquin, Alina Kawai, Amber Khan, Sanit Khewhok, Kalani Largusa, Roland Longstreet, Katherine Love, Kenny Lui, Nanea Lum, Martin Machado, Laura Margulies, Emily McIlroy, Janetta Napp, Stephen Niles, Hadley Nunes, Kana Ogawa, Roxy & Matt Ortiz, Saumolia Puapuaga, Kamran Samimi, Travis Sasaki, Lawrence Seward, Kelly Sueda, Marc Thomas, Tiffany Torre, and Tom Walker



Thanks to the staff of the University Galleries and John Young Museum of Art: Debra Drexler, Acting Director, Sheika Alghezawi, Assistant Director, David Kiyabu, Gallery Exhibition Coordinator, Mia Zheng, Curatorial Graduate Assistant, Hala Megahy, Installation Graduate Assistant, Kai Higuchi, Olivia Ambo, Roland Longstreet, Hudson Bell, Junco Sato Pollack, and the staff of the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.


The Art Gallery is supported by the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Department of Art & Art History and College of Arts, Languages & Letters, BoxJelly, the Halekulani Hotel– Hospitality Sponsor for the Arts at UH Mānoa, the Cooke Foundation, the Beverly Willis Foundation, the Michael J. Marks Foundation, and anonymous donors.

THE ART GALLERY is located at 2535 McCarthy Mall, Rm 141, Honolulu, HI 96822.

Gallery hours and admission

Tuesday–Friday, & Sunday, 12–4 p.m.

Closed Saturdays, Mondays, spring break (March 17-22), and state holidays.

Free admission. Donations are appreciated.

Parking fees may apply during weekdays. Parking is free on Sundays

For more information please contact Sheika Alghezawi at 808.956.8364 and gallery@hawaii.edu