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Call to Maui Artists

Time to put the finishing touches on your submissions for the Schaefer Portrait Challenge!

August 11, 2014
Maui Weekly

Maui artists are reminded that it is time to put the finishing touches on their submissions (or start something quick!) for the statewide triennial art exhibition, the Schaefer Portrait Challenge. Entries for this exhibit will go through the first jurying process starting at the end of this month, island by island. Jurying for Maui artists will begin on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 9 a.m. at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (The MACC).

The Schaefer Portrait Challenge is the signature exhibit of The MACC's Schaefer International Gallery, and takes place every three years. The challenge was initiated in 1999, when a group of visual arts professionals from across the state gathered at The MACC to develop an exhibition that would help revive an interest in portraiture, and honor Hawai'i's culture and people.

Schaefer Portrait Challenges have been held in 2003, 2006, 2009 and 2012; the 2015 exhibition will open to the public in Schaefer Gallery, with free admission, from Jan. 13 to March 22, 2015.

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Catherine Yamada is the subject of “Grandma’s Story” by Jonathan Clark.

The Schaefer Portrait Challenge features artists from throughout Hawai'i whose work best captures their subjects: people who have distinguished themselves in their community, or in the eye of the artist. Portrait subjects have included people well known in all of Hawai'i and people who are known in their immediate communities... even self-portraits.

The jurors for the challenge, Esther Shimazu, Keith Tallett and Sidney Yee, will look for portraits that communicate both visually and conceptually. Beyond technical proficiency, the artist must reveal their subject's inner spirit or essence, and convey that essence to the viewer.

The jurors will travel to O'ahu, Kaua'i, Hawai'i Island and Maui to review all submissions for the preliminary round; semi-finalists are selected on each island. Final jurying takes place on Maui, based on review of the results from the four jurying locations.

Besides the honor of being selected for the exhibition, the challenge features two cash awards that artists may win, made possible by the ongoing commitment of two generous donors: the $15,000 Jurors' Choice Award supported by Jack and Carolyn Schaefer Gray, and the $5,000 Marian Freeman People's Choice Award supported by Gage Schubert.

The Schaefer Portrait Challenge is open to artists 18 years of age and older who are residents of the State of Hawai'i. All works entered must be original one-of-a-kind and newly created specifically for this exhibition. Two-dimensional media accepted includes oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor and mixed media. Accepted sculptures include work in bronze, ceramic, plaster, wood and mixed media.

Artists interested in participating are encouraged to view and print the "Call to Artists" prospectus and application available at (on the "Exhibits" tab, or use this link: Printed copies are available; email



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