Call to Artists

 Volcano Art Center invites sculptors to submit designs for the second installment in its Ni‘aulani Sculpture Garden in Volcano Village.

INTERPLAY – Art: Science

Sculptural works inspired by Nature, informed by Science, expressed as Art 

Speaking about the theme of this exhibit, a local artist commented:  “Sculptors are uniquely suited to this particular task. For the most part, we use media formed by the forces of nature – stone, metal, wood, clay, glass, we are very grounded in our materials and tools, and have to be part engineer, as  well as intuitive artist, to do what we do.”

 The Niaulani Sculpture Garden is located in a phenomenally unique geographic setting within the rainforest atop Kilauea Volcano and bordered by lush native Hawaiian forest.  The site features meandering paths through the sculpture sites, endemic plants, and a covered 10’ X 10’ performance deck for music, dance and special community gatherings.  The garden is adjacent to a remnant old growth native forest, dominated by  tall `ohi`a trees towering over a diverse understory and ground cover.  Weekly guided hikes through this forest, as well as the sculpture garden, are enjoyed by locals and tourists alike.

Our intent is to provide high quality sculptural work that stimulates contemplation and dialogue, and is of aesthetic as well as educational value to people of all ages, cultural backgrounds and economic situations.  We believe that exposure to the arts fosters an enhanced sensitivity to and understanding of the natural environment, ourselves and each other. We are committed to supporting artists by providing a venue for exhibiting outdoor sculpture that inspires them with fresh ideas, encourages experimentation with various media and promotes new ways of working.



* This call for entry is for new works by artists working in all sculpture media.  Works may be traditional or experimental in form and must express the interplay of Nature to Science.

– This call or entry is open to all professional and university level applicants..

* Artists may submit up to three (3) original designs (in concept, composition and execution), in one or more of the following ways:

– drawings rendered to show at least two viewing angles, with accompanying text describing media, concept and other pertinent details

– photographs of a marquette showing different viewing points, with accompanying text describing the media, concept, etc.

– photographs showing several angles of a finished sculpture, with accompanying text describing media, concept, etc…

* There is a $5 entry fee to cover processing. In addition, Volcano Art Center membership ($50/yr. for artists) is requested.

* All asking prices (or NFS) are allowed. Artists will receive 70% and Volcano Art Center 30% of the sale.



The natural forces of rain, wind, fire, atmosphere, light, gravity, magnetism, volcanic activity, earthquakes, time, astronomical events, growth patterns fractal, spiral sequences Fibonacci, the mystery of bird songs, the life of plants has long inspired both art and science.

Selection will be based on the merit of artistic creativity; expression and , craftsmanship; strength of the concept in relation the theme Art : Science, and a Certification of Durability guarantee by the sculptor that will assert that materials and fabrication has been designed to hold-up under a year (12 months) of continuous exposure to elements in the Volcanic rain-forest.

Current configuration of the Niaulani Sculpture Garden will support a presentation of approximately twelve (12) works for this exhibition.



Michael Marshall, was born in St. Louis, Missouri and attended the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL, BFA 1975; Yale University, New Haven, CT, MFA 1977. Professor Marshall has taught full-time at the University of Hawaii Hilo since 1984. Professor Marshall currently serves as Chair of the Art/ Performing Art Departments, University of Hawai’i at Hilo; East Hawaii Cultural Council. Executive Director.




October 15, 2017            Entry postmark deadline

November 15, 2017        Notification of selection results

March 1, 2018 –              Delivery of selected work due at the Volcano Art Center

March 15, 2018               On-site installation of all sculptures

March 24, 2018               Exhibit opening and artist’s reception in the Sculpture Garden

March 30, 2019               Pick up of work by the artist or designated person


The Volcano Art Center will provide:

– Materials needed for installation (such as concrete, hardware, etc.)

– Installation assistance, as requested by artist

* including construction of sculpture foundation or base

* the securing of sculptures to the base (as instructed by artist)

– Engraved outdoor label either on the base or close to the piece

– Maintenance of the grounds

– Promotional materials about the exhibit, the artists and their work to be distributed to visitors and


– Press releases and publicity about the exhibit to magazines, newspapers and radio stations

– Printing of the exhibit announcement and invitation to the opening reception, which will be hosted

by Volcano Art Center


Artist responsibilities include:

– Certification of Durability to assure that materials used to create the work are durable enough to withstand a long-term presentation in an outdoor venue.that is subject to heavy rainfall, corrosive elements in the atmosphere from Volcanic emissions and occasional earthquakes.

– Artists will need to provide the following written information: (VAC reserves the right to edit the

text as needed.)

* Background narrative or commentary about the piece

* Title of piece, media, dimensions and asking price

* Short artist’s biography (for the brochure and for use in newsprint media articles)

* Artist’s statement

– Artist must agree to have the piece(s) secured to a foundation

(Attachment hardware will be placed according to artists directions, if provided.)

– If artist is not present at the installation, he/she must provide any detailed instructions or sign

waiver of responsibility.

– Artist will need to sign a waiver of liability.

– Artist is responsible for transporting or arranging for shipment of sculptural work to the

sculpture garden at the Niaulani Campus of Volcano Art Center on or before the due date,

March 1, 2018,

– Artist is also responsible for removing unsold work at the end of the exhibit (March 30, 2019)

– Since the Volcano Art Center is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization with an obligation to provide

educational components with our exhibits, the selected sculptors will be asked to give a short

presentation or workshop and/or participate in a walking tour of the exhibit during the exhibit year.

– It will be requested of selected artists who are not current members of the Volcano Art Center to

join at the $50/yr. artist fee.

– Submit the above requested materials to:



Works that have been previously exhibited and/or are widely known in East Hawaii will not be considered for this call for entry.

Works selected for presentation that fail to live up to the Certification of Durability and atrophy in a way that endangers public safety will be removed before close of the exhibition.

VAC reserves the right to omit sculptures from the exhibit that differ significantly from the proposed images submitted on the entry form upon which the curator’s selections were made.



Direct questions and requests for more information to:

Sculpture Garden Coordinator/Administrator: Julie Williams –  – (808) 339-1699

Ho’omakaukau No Hawai’i Nei 2018
Celebrating the 10th anniversary!


Welina me ke aloha!

Get ready for Hawai’i Nei, this year marks the 10th anniversary! Mahalo nui loa to all the artists who have participated the years, bringing recognition to our native species and creative inspiration to this highly anticipated show.

On behalf of the Hawai’i Nei Planning Committee, we’re excited to announce the 2018 Featured Category, “Endangered Species of Hawai’i Island.”  Hawaii is often viewed as “Endangered Species Capital of the World.”  The island make up less than two percent of the United States land mass, but contains 44% of the nation’s endangered and threatened species!

For this year’s exhibition, we ask artists to help educate and highlight Hawai’i Island’s endangered species in hopes of bringing more attention and awareness to the public.  As always, the Featured Category is meant to help inspire artists.  Artwork is not limited to the Featured Category, however the piece must depict a native species to Hawai’i Island.  Need help find out if a species is endangered?  Check out our resources at or send us an email.

All artwork must be registered online by October 12th at  All adult entries will be processed through a new registration platform called CaFE (, allowing artists to have more time for a higher quality presentation.  An online profile must be created to submit artwork.  A photo of the artwork is required for registration (species screening and initial jury will be based on this photo).  A kōkua day will be offered on Sept. 26th to help with registration process.  Initial online screening and jurying will take place Oct. 13th.

Accepted artwork drop-off dates, times and locations are:

  • West Hawai’i: Oct. 20, 11am – 1pm at Donkey Mill Center Hōlualoa;
  • East Hawai’i: Oct. 27, 10am – 3pm at Wailoa Center in Hilo.

*West Hawai’i participants are required to have their items boxed and ready for transport to Hilo.

The 2018 exhibition will take place from Nov. 2nd to Dec 13th, with the opening reception commencing on Friday, Nov. 2nd.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, May 19th

Several species field trips and workshops are planned as a prelude to the fall exhibition.  The first event will be held on Saturday, May 19th at Donkey Mill Art Center in Hōlualoa.  Explore the world of block printing with two different easy to carve, easy to print media that is sure to be ahit with you and your Meiji.   Visit to register.

Saturday May 26th

Join Three Mountain Alliance’s Na Kia’i Kūmokuhāli’i program in rebuilt our native upland forests!  Plant trees, learn about restoration of Keauhou, Ka’ū, and enjoy a potluck lunch with other forest minded folks.  A fun and rewarding day for all ages!  Nestled between some of the largest, most pristine native rainforests in Hawai’i, Keauhou is a crucial place in the vilify of native wetland forests and the plants and animals that call it home.  Keauhou is a transition point between the wet forests of PUna and the arid deserts of Ka’ū.  This unique land is home to many native plants and animals found only here in Hawai’i , and some only on Hawai’i Island.  Visit to register.  Space is limited.  First come, first served!


Hawai’i Nei is a collaboration among the Three Mountain Alliance (TMA), the Hawai’i Island Art Alliance (HIAA), the Department of Land and Natural Resources Wailoa Center State Park and the Natural Area Reserves System (NARS).

In light of the recent volcanic activity in Puna, we are sending our deepest thoughts of aloha and condolences to the ‘Ohana who have been affected.  We hope our strong communities will continue to unite and help support one another through this challenging and dynamic time.  

The 30th Annual Trash Show
Hawai’i Artists Recycle


Statement of Juror Ira Ono:

“Once again, artists are in the vanguard of public awareness. I believe they were among the first to experiment with recycling on a personal level. (Art supplies can be expensive!) With this in mind, I invite Big Island artists and outsider artists to enter up to 3 pieces for this juried exhibit. I will select works best representing the concept of art from trash. Originality, creativity and craftsmanship count. Large, three dimensional pieces are encouraged”

INTAKE: September 29

All entries must be the original works of artists living on the Big Island not previously shown in a juried exhibit. A maximum of 3 works per artist may be entered at $5.00 per entry.



With this exhibition we hope to educate and increase the understanding of the island’s socioeconomic landscape and eco-system, to encourage artists and viewers to re-think the shop and drop mentality, and to stimulate our brains and hearts to find ways in which we may lower on carbon foot print for our islands.
Remember- you’re not a hoarder, you’re a
Trash Artist!