Hawai`i State Art Museum

The Hawai‘i State Art Museum (HiSAM) is dedicated to presenting the largest and finest collection of work by Hawai‘i artists. The museum honors and inspires artistic excellence and promotes education and cultural enrichment. HiSAM marks a milestone for the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA) and the fulfillment of a 35-year dream for a principal venue where the public can view a large selection from the SFCA’s Art in Public Places Collection.

The Hawai‘i State Art Museum’s inaugural exhibition, Enriched By Diversity: The Art of Hawai‘i, includes 360 works by 284 artists that celebrate a rich artistic and cultural legacy. In a wide variety of materials, styles, and techniques, the exhibition illustrates the varied influences that fuel the creativity of Hawai‘i artists. Predominately comprised of works dating from the 1960s to the present, the exhibition showcases artists and their contributions toward understanding the people of Hawai‘i and their aspirations.

The Art in Public Places Program was created to enhance the environmental quality of public buildings and spaces throughout the state; cultivate the public’s awareness of visual arts; contribute to the development and recognition of a professional artistic community; and acquire, interpret, preserve, and display works of art expressive of the multicultural heritage of Hawaii’s people and the creative interests of artists.

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Photo source: http://hawaii.gov/sfca/artmuseum.php?article_id=25

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