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Call to artists! Triennial Schaefer Portrait Challenge dates announced

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Maui Arts & Cultural Center is proud to announce the dates for application and jurying for its signature triennial exhibition, Schaefer Portrait Challenge 2018 (SPC18). The jurors for the Challenge will be: Charles Cohan of O‘ahu; Carol Bennett of Kaua‘i; and Jennifer Owen of Maui. Exhibition dates for the Schaefer Portrait Challenge will be January 16 – March 18, 2018 at Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Schaefer International Gallery.

Artists interested in participating in SPC 2018 are encouraged to access the “Call to Artists” prospectus and application, which are available on the MACC’s website at mauiarts.org/SPC2018. Printed copies are available in paper form at Maui Arts & Cultural Center, or by mail on request. Contact Neida Bangerter, Gallery Director: neida@mauiarts.org or 808-243-4288.

ENTRY DATES: Jury decisions in 2017
There will be jurying dates for artists’ submission for the Challenge at four locations across the islands in August and September, 2017; artists may bring their work to any of the four jurying locations.

O‘AHU: Saturday, August 19, 9 am – noon
Honolulu Museum of Art School, 1111 Victoria Street, Honolulu

HAWAI‘I ISLAND: Friday, September 1, 9 am – noon
Wailoa Arts Center, 200 Piopio Street, Hilo

KAUA‘I: Saturday, September 16, 9 am – noon
Kaua‘i Community College, 3-1901 Kaumuali‘i Highway, Lihu‘e

MAUI: Saturday, September 23, 9 am – noon
Maui Arts & Cultural Center, One Cameron Way, Kahului

The Schaefer Portrait Challenge is a statewide juried exhibition that has been held triennially since 2003, encouraging Hawai‘i artists to present the people of their island communities through explorations in portraiture. This prestigious exhibition features the carefully selected entries of artists whose work best captures Hawai‘i’s extraordinary portrait subjects, and carries two substantial cash prizes:
• The Jurors Choice Award for $15,000 is sponsored by Jack and Carolyn Schaefer Gray, selected by the jurors, and presented at an opening reception on January 14, 2018.
• The Marian Freeman People’s Choice Award for $5,000, sponsored by Gage Schubert, will be based upon the popular vote of gallery visitors throughout the duration of the exhibition at MACC and awarded at another reception on March 9, 2018.

The Schaefer Portrait Challenge is open to artists 18 years of age and older who are residents of the state of Hawai‘i. All works entered must be original one-of-a-kind and newly-created specifically for this exhibition. A broad range of interpretation and style from representational to experimental work is encouraged. Self-portraits are also accepted. All works entered must be original, one-of-a-kind, and newly created specifically for this exhibition between September 2015 and September 2017. The work may not have been previously shown in any other exhibit, gallery, venue, website, or social media. Accepted media are drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and mixed media. Accepted printmaking processes include relief, intaglio, lithograph, and screen print, pulled from limited editions of 20 or less. Photography and computer generated imagery is allowed only when used as a component in a mixed-media work (2 or more combined mediums) based on the acceptable media listed above. With their submissions, artists must submit a statement about themselves and their portrait subject.

The jurors for Schaefer Portrait Challenge look for portraits that communicate both visually and conceptually. Beyond technical proficiency, the artist must reveal their subject’s inner spirit or essence, and convey that essence to the viewer. Jurying for SPC 2018 will consist of two rounds. A preliminary jurying will take place at four locations on the islands of O‘ahu, Kaua‘i, Hawai‘i Island and Maui, where the jurors will review submissions. Semifinalists will be selected at each location based on direct observation of the work by the jury. Final jurying will take place on Maui, based on review of digital images of the semifinalists’ work from all four jury locations.

About Schaefer Portrait Challenge
Schaefer Portrait Challenge (SPC) is a triennial statewide juried art exhibition, and a signature exhibition of Schaefer International Gallery at Maui Arts & Cultural Center (The MACC), featuring artists from throughout Hawai‘i and portraits of subjects who have distinguished themselves in the eyes of the artist; portrait subjects have included people well known throughout the state, people who are known in their immediate communities, and self-portraits. The MACC works closely with local arts organizations on each island to reach out to that community’s artists and ensure a community-based effort.

Schaefer Portrait Challenge origins date back to 1999, when a group of visual arts professionals from across the state gatherers at The MACC to develop and shape an exhibition that would help revive interest in portraiture and honor Hawai’i culture and people. The exhibit became a reality after several years of discussions and planning, and was made possible with the commitment of two donors who stepped forward to fully underwrite the awards.

The exhibition features two awards: the $15,000 Jurors’ Choice Award, made possible with the generous support of Jack and Carolyn Schaefer Gray, and the $5,000 Marian Freeman People’s Choice Award, made possible with the generous support of Gage Schubert. The winner of the Jurors’ Choice Award will be announced at the Artists’ Opening Reception; the winner of the $5,000 Marian Freeman People’s Choice Award is selected by visitors to the gallery in January and February who cast ballots for their favorite piece in the exhibit; the winner will be announced at a separate Reception in March.

Schaefer Portrait Challenges have been held in 2003, 2006, 2009, 2012, and 2015. The 2018 exhibit will be on public display between January 16 and March 18, 2018 at Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Schaefer International Gallery. Admission to the Schaefer Portrait Challenge (as with all exhibits at Maui Arts & Cultural Center) is FREE and open to the public Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, as well as before performances and during intermissions in the Castle Theater.

Additional support for Schaefer International Gallery is provided by the County of Maui.

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