Worth Of Water

December 17th, 2023 – January 2026

at the Niaulani Sculpture Garden (19-4074 Old Volcano Rd.) in Volcano Village

The Volcano Art Center (VAC) proudly announces a new exhibition of  sculptural works titled the Worth Of Water at the Niaulani Sculpture Garden, located at VAC’s Niaulani Campus (19-4074 Old Volcano Rd.) in Volcano Village.  The outdoor exhibition opens on Sunday, December 17th and will be on display through January of 2026. Artists with works selected for this juried exhibition include Rachel Lyra Hospodar, Owen Fritts, Renata Jaworska, Ingrid Fregeau, and Henri Bianchini.

The Niaulani Sculpture Garden provides a space for Hawai`i’s talented sculptors to share their works. The dynamic interplay of sunlight, mist, and rain that is Volcano’s variable weather, against a backdrop of old-growth ‘ohi‘a – koa rainforest, provides the ideal setting for outdoor sculpture. Inspired by the unique nature of Kīlauea, artists’ creations are enhanced not only with with a sense of place, but also by the thoughtful design of landscape architect David Tamura within the Sculpture Garden.

The Worth of Water outdoor exhibition works of art were selected by mixed-media sculptors Elizabeth Miller and Jonathan Sudler. The five sculptures juried for the exhibition explore water in all its forms; including its sound, shape and interaction with other environmental elements. Living Treasure of Hawaiʻi, Mary Kawena Pukui spoke of water and its cultural significance during an interview with Kepā Maly in 1975 and explained, “The Hawaiian word for water is wai. The Hawaiian word for wealth is waiwai; wai is doubled, or said twice. When you have wai you have life, the ability to sustain yourself upon the land. Water is believed to be from the god Kāne i ka wai ola, Kāne the giver of the water of life”

VAC hopes to honor the life giving waters of the Hawaiian rain forest with this collection of outdoor sculptures.  The public is invited to attend the opening reception on December 17th from 2-4 pm. Light pupu and refreshments will be served and an opening blessing performed by Kumu Keala Ching.


Gathering Bowls, Celebrating Aloha

January 6 – February 11, 2024

at VAC Gallery in Hawaiʻi National Park

Volcano Art Center is proud to present the exhibition Gathering Bowls, Celebrating Aloha from January 6th – February 11th, 2024 at VAC Gallery in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. The exhibit features 15 talented artists from Big Island Woodturners and West Hawai’i Woodturners Clubs.  The exhibit promises 50 original bowls, helping VAC celebrate its 50th year! Don’t miss where east meets west and the best wood turning the island offers.  Open daily from 9am – 5pm with a special opening reception on Saturday, January 6th from 2-4pm. The public is welcome is come meet the artists during the reception. Please call (808) 967-7565.


Dietrich Varez

February 17 – May 26, 2024

The Volcano Art Center announces a very special exhibit opening on Saturday, February 17th, honoring  the life, art and legacy of the artist and author Dietrich Varez.
The exhibition titled Dietrich Varez Legacy: The Expanded Collection features unpublished works of the artist which have recently been made available through the Varez Family Estate and a generous donation from the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities, through support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The exhibit opens daily from 9am -5pm at VAC Gallery in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park and will be on display through April 14th, 2024.
For more information please call (808) 967-7565 or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org.

Diana Miller

June 1 – July 7, 2024

at VAC Gallery in Hawaiʻi National Park

John Dawson

August 31 – October 13, 2024

at VAC Gallery in Hawaiʻi National Park

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