UH at Hilo Art Advisory Committee Website

Artist Albert Paley to create sculpture at Kāwili entrance to UH Hilo - 2011
Paley, Artist in Residence, UH Hilo, October 11 - 15, 2010

Art on Campus

Kiʻi Aliʻi by Raymond Leonard Krovitch, November 2005      

Our Purpose

The UH Hilo Art Advisory Committee (AAC) serves as the liaison to the Project Manager for Art in Public Places, a program under the auspices of the Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. In 2000, the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA) adopted the Art in Public Places Program, a plan developed to "reinforce the mission of the SFCA to develop, improve and expand culture and the arts programs in the State of Hawaiʻi to enhance the quality of life of Hawaiʻi's citizens, to promote educational enrichment, to contribute towards the economic development of the State of Hawaiʻi, and to strengthen the strong sense of place and cultural identity of Hawaiʻi's people."

Our Members

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Art Advisory Committee is comprised of members from the UH at Hilo's faculty, administration, and student body, the Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, the Art in Public Places Program, and the local community. The committee meets on an as needed basis to provide recommendations to the State Foundation on culture and the Arts as to the location, definition of medium, theme, and artist who will create a particular piece of art to be located on the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo campus.

  • Ms. Mary Begier, HSFCA Hawaiʻi Island Commissioner
  • Dr. Marcia Sakai, UH Hilo Vice Chancellor of Administrative Affairs and Chair of the AAC
  • Mr. Jonathan Johnson, Art in Public Places Project Manager
  • Ms. Gladys Sonomura, Visual Arts Consultant
  • Mr. Jerry Chang, UH Hilo Director of University Relations
  • Dr. Michael Shintaku, UH Hilo Chair of Faculty Congress and UH Hilo Professor of Plant Pathology
  • Dr. Michael Marshall, UH Hilo Professor of Art
  • Student Body President or Designee, to be determined

State Foundation on Culture and the Arts

The purpose of the Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA) is "to promote, perpetuate, preserve and encourage culture and the arts, history and the humanities as central to the quality of life of the people of Hawaiʻi.

Funding for the Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture and the Arts is provided by the State of Hawaiʻi and the National Endowment for the Arts. The HSFCA is administratively attached to the Department of Accounting and General Services.

Art in Public Places Program

The Art in Public Places Program was created to strengthen the Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture and the Arts capability to "stimulate, guide and promote culture and the arts, history and the humanities" through the field of the visual arts. The APP Program seeks to: enhance the environmental quality of state public buildings and spaces throughout the state for the enjoyment and enrichment of the public; cultivate the public's awareness, understanding and appreciation of visual arts in all media, styles and techniques; contribute toward the development and recognition of a professional artistic community; and acquire, interpret, preserve and display works of art expressive of the character of the Hawaiian Islands, the multicultural heritage of its people, and the various creative interests of its artists.

History

The Art in Public Places Program was established in 1967 with the enactment of the Art in State Buildings Law, which designated one percent of the construction costs of new buildings for the acquisition of works of art, either by commission or purchase. With this new legislation, Hawaiʻi became the first state in the nation to have a percent for art law that established a separate, reliable source of revenue to administer the APP Program. However, the law stated that funds were subject to being returned to the state's general operating fund if not used by a deadline date.

In 1989, the State Legislature of Hawaiʻi created the Works of Art Special Fund that expanded upon the provisions of the Art in State Buildings Law to include having works of art available for all state public places. Added to the source of revenues was one percent of the renovation costs to state capital improvement projects. As a special fund, the moneys generated by state construction and renovation costs are restricted to the Art in Public Places Program and now no longer are subject to being returned to the state's general operating fund. This provision allowed for long-term planning and completion of significant art projects that were not previously possible.

The statutory authority for the Works of Art Special Fund is found in chapter 103-8.5, Hawaiʻi Revised Statutes. (Script is from the APP webpage)

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