Wendy Kawabata headshot and artwork samples


Professor / Associate Chair and Undergraduate Advisor
808.956.8251 / Office Room 142 / wendyak@hawaii.edu
RESEARCH AREAS - Drawing, Painting, Fiber, Installation



"Wendy Kawabata is an artist who has travelled and lived for periods in diverse and far-flung places and is now based in Hawaii. The landscape, the environment, love, and more than a sparkle of dry wit feature prominently and symbiotically.  Her work has a human inquisitiveness that gently nudges at familiar associations but it is humour, tenderness, and an eye for nature that Kawabata foregrounds against the more weighted themes of gender politics, heritage, history and environmental sustainability.” Carissa Farrell

Kawabata is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and is represented by Sanderson Contemporary Gallery in Auckland, New Zealand. She has presented her work in numerous solo and group exhibitions at venues including The Carriageworks, Sydney, Australia, The Corban Estate Arts Centre, Auckland, New Zealand, The Texas State University Art Gallery, San Marcos, TX, the Fed Galleries, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI, and the Center for Book and Paper Arts, Chicago, IL, and has participated in residencies in Iceland and Michigan. Kawabata also curated the group exhibition Material Slip (UHM Commons Gallery and the University of Wyoming Art Museum). She has received recognition from national and international publications including, Art in America, Modern Painters, New Yorker, Artweek, Aucklander, and NO Magazine. Her work is featured in the books 20/20: Twenty Artists, Twenty WritersOne New Zealand Gallery (Sanderson Contemporary, Auckland, NZ), The Artists: 21 Practitioners in New Zealand Contemporary Art (Beatnik Publishing, Auckland, NZ) and PromptPress 1 (PromptPress, Iowa City)

MFA – University of New Mexico (Magna Cum Laude)
BFA – Massachusetts College of Art

ART 113 (Introduction to Drawing)
ART 123 (Introduction to Painting)
ART 213 (Intermediate Drawing)
ART 223 (Intermediate Painting)
ART 313 (Advanced Drawing)
ART 322 ((Advanced Color)
ART 323 (Advanced Painting I)
ART 410 (BFA Seminar)
ART 423 (Advanced Drawing/Painting II)
ART 611-614 (MFA Seminar)