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The John Young Museum is a part of the gallery system of the Department of Art and Art History

The late artist John Young envisioned a museum on the campus of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) that would further art education and benefit the students and the community. Toward the fulfillment of a museum, his bequest to the university included a collection of artworks from Asia, Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands, Africa, and Mesoamerica. Many of those works were presented at the John Young Museum of Art when it opened to the public in Krauss Hall in 1999.

Following recent renovations, the John Young Museum of Art is now a 2,000+ square foot complex that includes galleries, workshops, a small research library, an office, and an outdoor courtyard. John Young Museum of Art is administered by the College of Arts & Humanities and directly aligned with the Department of Art & Art History.  The museum is a venue for Asian-Pacific artist-in-residences, art history exhibitions, and student-centered programming that promote, support, and sustain museum education initiatives for UHM and the local community. EXPLORE



John Chin Young 容澤泉 (1909–1997) was born in Honolulu to immigrant parents from China. He displayed an interest in the arts from an early age and was largely self-taught, except for calligraphy lessons he received in Chinese language school as a child. His signature gestural paintings were influenced by this background, reinterpreted through the lens of Abstract Expressionism. Young’s work has been exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Art, and is in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, de Young Museum, Honolulu Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Portland Art Museum, and Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

Young was also an avid traveler and collector who saw these activities as extensions of his artistic practice. Well-recognized for his philanthropy, he long dreamed of initiating a museum that would further art education and benefit the community. The John Young Museum of Art is the culmination of this vision.