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Exhibit featuring art SummerAi Hilo students opens

The University of Hawaii Summer Art Institute — Hilo and Art Department program presents “Past, Present, Future: SummerAi Hilo” at the Wailoa Center in Hilo through July 25.

The show includes works from the current SummerAi Hilo session with selections from the UH-Hilo Visiting Artist residency program and Artist Print Edition projects.

SummerAi Hilo was conceptualized during fall 2011 by the UHH art department in response to an invitation from the Hawaii Community Foundation to apply for Artist-In-Residence grant support through the Laila Twigg-Smith Art Fund.

The Laila Art Fund was established to continue the legacy of Laila Twigg-Smith, a well-known Hawaii art collector and patron of artists and museums whose work included the founding The Contemporary Museum in Makiki Heights, Oahu. Twigg-Smith was admired and esteemed as an ambassador for Hawai‘i and its art; her ambition was always to inspire creativity, to be a catalyst, to galvanize action, to effect change and make a difference.

The summer art program is also significantly funded through the Howard and Yoneko Droste bequest - an estate gift (August 2010) made by longtime Hilo faculty members who taught at the campus for a total of 45 years. The Droste bequest supports the Art and English departments and enables UH Hilo to enhance offerings in these disciplines.

The 2013 summer studio program beginning and advanced level credit courses, taught with support from a team of visiting studio artists: Khalid Kodi (MA) painting; Jenifer Wofford (CA) drawing; Wendy Yothers (NY) small sculpture and Humanities scholar David Goldberg, UH Manoa who is conducting a seminar on the history and influence of Hip-Hop culture for the group of local, national, and international students who have gathered to participate in this inaugural session.

The Wailoa Center exhibition will feature Kodi, Wofford, and Yothers with selected student examples in addition to works from the UHH collection by Lee Chesney, Sam Coronado, Oliver Jackson, Karen Kunc, Roy Nydorf, Albert Paley, and Carlos Villa.

Wailoa Art & Cultural Center is a Division of State Parks, Department of Land and Natural Resources. It is free and opened to the public Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Wednesday from 12-4:30 p.m. The center is closed on Saturdays, Sundays and State Holidays. For more information, call 933-0416, fax (808) 933-0417, or email


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