Hawaii Academy kicks off 58th Artists of Hawaii exhibit By Shane Nelson / May 18, 2009 Share 1 -- Featuring works ranging from paintings to multimedia installations, the Honolulu Academy of Arts' 58th Artists of Hawaii exhibition opened its doors May 14. The state's oldest juried-art exhibition, the show is an eagerly anticipated favorite among both Hawaii residents and visitors, and recurrently features work by the Islands' most talented artists. "Always full of surprises, this show is a mirror of the depth and range of artistic creativity in Hawaii," said academy Director Stephen Little. "Many of our best artists first came to public attention with this exhibition, which is a microcosm of both Hawaii and the world. The arts are flourishing in Hawaii, and I commend those artists who have been accepted." This year the academy selected contemporary art curator Laura Hoptman, of the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, as 2009's juror. Hoptman narrowed more than 950 submissions by 299 artists to the exhibition's final 87 works completed by 64 artists ranging in age from 16 to 82. "I was pleasantly surprised at the depth and breadth of the work I reviewed for the competition," Hoptman said. "That said, there is definitely something unique in work by artists from Hawaii. The state's deep history of visual culture and craft seems to touch every work, giving it a particular flavor as well as a rich context." For more information about Artists of Hawaii and the Honolulu Academy of Arts, visit www.honoluluacademy.org.