3rd Annual Art at the Capitol, April 1, 2011 – YouTube Video Preview Series

Media Release:

The Hawai‘i State Legislature will open its doors for April’s First Friday event with the 3rd Annual “Art at the Capitol,” an opportunity for the public to view over 460 works of art that are a part of the State’s Art in Public Places Collection (APP), meet legislators and talk with local visual artists. The event will be held on Friday, April 1, 2011 from 5 to 7 p.m., with a short program on the third floor to start at 4:45 p.m.

“Traditional Samoan Tapa-board Painting” by Dixie Chrichton Samasoni, 1974, tapa cloth (located in Sen. J. Kalani English’s Office) – Credit: State Foundation on Culture and the Arts

A video series, called “Art at the Capitol 2011: What’s on your wall?”, recently launched on the Art at the Capitol YouTube and Facebook accounts and will preview some of the pieces of art in the offices of lawmakers. Two new videos featuring a representative and senator talking about an artwork from their office will be posted daily until the day of the event. The YouTube link is http://www.youtube.com/artatthecapitolhi, and the Facebook page can be found by searching “Art at the Capitol” in the Facebook search bar.

“Untitled” by Yvonne Cheng, 1974, batik (located in Sen. Brickwood Galuteria’s Office) - Credit: State Foundation on Culture and the Arts

While election season marks change in the political arena, so holds true for the art work displayed in the Capitol offices. The APP staff has been meeting since December with elected officials and personnel to rotate and select art for the various offices. About 50 new pieces have been added to the Capitol collection.

“The Tree” by Satoru Abe, 1966, etching (located in Sen. Brian Taniguchi’s Office) Credit: State Foundation on Culture and the Arts

This year’s theme is “State of the Art” and will feature renowned local artist Doug Young, who designed the Kapolei Court Complex’s five multistory art glass windows inspired by area ocean wave patterns. The theme is a play on the “State of the State” and a nod to the State Foundation of Culture and the Arts’ (SFCA) success in bringing art, culture and history to our visual surroundings and establishing programs that highlight local artists.

“Lush Landscape” by Mark Maresca, 2004, oil on canvas (located in Rep. Cindy Evan’s Office) - Credit: State Foundation on Culture and the Arts

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