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Art Maui 2012

January 12, 2012
The Maui Weekly

The 34th Art Maui Exhibition is scheduled to open to the public on Sunday, March 25, at Schaefer International Gallery at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC).

Since its inception in 1979, Art Maui has grown to become one of the most prestigious juried art exhibitions in the State of Hawai'i. The exhibit features works by local artists in a wide range of media, including sculpture, painting, video, jewelry, photography, ceramics, quilting, woodworking and more.

The annual Art Maui Symposium, slated for Saturday, Jan. 14, will kick off the exhibition at 2 p.m. This year, the topic will be "Art of the Juror." The format will include a forum with a panel of experts including Allison Wong, Thomas Klobe, Lauren Harris and Dick Nelson.

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This past year, the Art Maui Board of Directors selected George Berezovsky’s piece, “Rhapsody,” as the Art Maui 2012 publicity image.

Receiving Day for all artist submissions will be held on Thursday, March 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Online registration will be accessible beginning on Sunday, Jan. 15, at Registering online will save time on receiving day.

Jurying will take place on March 16 and 17 by Thomas Klobe, one of the original founders of Art Maui. Klobe, also one of three jurors for the 2007 exhibition, is known for his exhibition curating and design skills. He is professor emeritus and founding director of the University of Hawai'i (UH) Art Gallery. During his 29-year tenure at UH, he organized and designed over 200 exhibitions.

"Art communicates on two levels--the visual and the conceptual," Klobe said in a written statement. "It is the interaction of these two aspects that makes a work of art stand apart from others. Both are essential to art's significance, to its ability to capture the intangible quality that gives an art form its inner vitality and sense of timelessness."

A listing of selected works will be posted online by 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 17.

Non-selected works will be available for pick-up between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Schaefer International Gallery on Sunday, March 18. New late fees will apply (see the prospectus at for details).

On Friday, March 23, the Hawai'i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts will be the first to view Art Maui 2012. The group will be given the opportunity to choose works for inclusion in the State of Hawai'i's permanent collection. That evening, the annual Art Maui Purchase Pledge Preview Dinner will be held at the gallery. Participating patrons will be treated to an evening of fine dining and will be invited to select works in advance of the exhibition's opening.

On Saturday, March 24, the annual Art Maui Artist's Reception will be held on the grounds of the MACC. All artists submitting to the exhibition are invited to attend this preview event, where they will get a first glimpse of the show.

Art Maui 2012 will run through April 20.

Art Maui has also announced reinstatement of the Annual High School Senior Art Scholarship Awards Program. Eligible high school seniors can submit their portfolios on March 15 for the juror to review. Three $2,500 awards will be awarded.

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