The Other Side: 2023 Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition

The Other Side: 2023 Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition


April 19 – May 7, 2023
The Art Gallery, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM), Art Building
Commons Gallery, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM), Art Building


Awards Ceremony
Date: April 23, 2023, Sunday, 1:00–2:00 PM
Location: Art Auditorium

The Other Side: 2023 Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition Opening Reception
Date: April 23, 2023, Sunday, 2:00–4:00 PM
Location: In front of the Art Gallery

Exhibition Walkthrough, in-person and on Zoom
Meeting ID: 641 863 5286
Invite link:
Passcode: Manoa2023

Date: April 25, 2023, Tuesday, 3:00–5:00 pm
Julianna Bolanos
Gwenyth Deitz
Cyan Garma
Camilla Jensen
Nancy Martins
Danielle Tuscher

Date: April 27, 2023, Thursday, 3:00–5:00 pm
Jacob Barter
Ella Cockrell
Hannah Ishikawa
Sarah Jansury
Eduardo Joaquin
Jui-Lien Sanderson

All events are free and open to the public.

Featuring works by:

Studio Art: Jacob Barter, Julianna Bolanos, Ella Cockrell, Gwenyth Deitz, Cyan Garma, Hannah Ishikawa, Sarah Jansury, Camilla Jensen, Eduardo Joaquin, Nancy L. Martins, Jui-Lien Sanderson, Danielle Tuscher

Graphic Design: Christopher Abarca, Kenney Chan III, Taehee Cho, Elisa Han, Rachel Inouye, Gabriella Wilson-Rytting, Connie Wong, Diego Yip

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) exhibition marks the metamorphosis of an art student into a professional artist. For some, the journey is external and represents a deeper connection to community, the environment, or cultural heritage. For others, this initiation is more internal and results in an examination of the self, the unconscious, spirituality, or the vulnerabilities of being human. The vehicles are the materials and tools—clay, computers, paint, pencils, glass, wood, metal, fiber, and typeface. Whether the artist is alone in their studio or engaging in a collaborative project with the design studio, they leave the liminal state of being a student and break through boundaries, both metaphorical and physical, to reach “the other side” in this journey.

The Other Side 2023 Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition represents the highest level of achievement, both artistically and conceptually. The Department of Art and Art History grants BFA degrees to those students who have passed a rigorous portfolio review. Areas of study include Design and Studio Art (with specializations in Ceramics, Digital Media, Drawing and Painting, Glass, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture and Expanded Practices). Collectively, as a community, we commemorate reaching “the other side” of the pandemic, where we can finally come together to celebrate the accomplishments of these talented artists.

—Debra Drexler, Chair, Department of Art and Art History at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Commons Gallery: Bachelor of Fine Arts 2023 Graphic Design

Type Design is a specialization in Graphic Design and is both a process of designing typefaces and an art form. For their capstone project The BFA Graphic Design class of 2023 created their own typefaces, with each designer creating a typeface of twenty-six letters, numerals 0–9, and a variety of punctuation marks and glyphs. The typefaces are unique to the interests and background of each designer and are displayed in this exhibition as type specimen posters. The right poster of each poster pair can be viewed with the Adobe Aero mobile augmented reality application to reveal the visual potential of the letter-forms as virtual objects. Also displayed in the exhibition are laser cut sculptures created from the student’s typefaces. This exhibition hopes to reveal the potential of letterforms to communicate and visually express words into ideas.


Organized by Debra Drexler, Department Chair, Professor, and BFA Capstone Professor, Chae Ho Lee, Professor, and BFA Capstone Professor, Maika Pollack, Director and Chief Curator, John Young Museum of Art and University Galleries, and Sheika Alghezawi, Associate Director, John Young Museum of Art and University Galleries. Thanks to graduate assistants Olivia Ambo, Hala Megahy, and Caroline Holmes. Thanks to the installation team and the student employees and volunteers of the John Young Museum of Art and University Galleries. 


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 and COMMONS GALLERY are located at 2535 McCarthy Mall, Rm 141, Honolulu, HI 96822.

Gallery hours and admission

Wednesday–Sunday, 12–4 p.m.

Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, school breaks, 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