Jan 11 - Mar 19, 2022


Exhibit Detail

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 featured the carefully selected entries of artists whose work best captures Hawai‘i’s extraordinary portrait subjects.

The jurors for SPC2022 were:
Carl Jennings, associate professor, arts and humanities, Kapiolani Community College, O'ahu
Codie King, director at Wailoa Center, Hawai'i Island
Jan Sato, art teacher at Baldwin High School, Maui

The Challenge carried two substantial cash awards:
The Jurors' Choice Award for $15,000, sponsored by Carolyn Schaefer, was selected by the jurors.
The Gene & Ruth Freedman People’s Choice Award for $5,000, sponsored by the Eugene and Ruth Freedman Family Foundation, was based on the popular vote of gallery visitors.

The recipient of the 2022 Jurors' Choice Award is Kaua‘i-based artist Sally French for her self-portrait entitled The Gilded Fly (photo left). 


The recipient of the 2022 Gene & Ruth Freedman People's Choice Award is Maui-based artist Kirk Kurokawa for his portrait entitled Uncle Masa (photo left).

CLICK HERE to see a walking tour of Schaefer Portrait Challenge 2022.

CLICK HERE to check out our video which profiles a brief history of the Challenge that also includes words of encouragement for SPC2022 artists. 


Here are those artists for SPC 2022.  There were 47 artists (from Maui, the Big Island, Lāna`i, O‘ahu, and Kaua‘i) and 48 artworks selected for the exhibit. 

Ilana Acevedo
Arnold Bornios
Alika Bustillos
Mike Carroll
Janis Casco Blayer
Jodie Chock
Sachelle Dae
Scott Doying
Lora Finelli
Ingrid Frégeau
Sally French
Roberta Griffith
Ichiko Haberlin
Shay Hachiya
Edd Tokarz Harnas
Jeremiah Heller
Barclay Hill
Jeremy Hoffeld
Jon Hunt
Thomas James
Eduardo Joaquin
Robb Jones
Elizabeth Keller
Diane Kim
Sook Kim
Gloria Kniazky
Kirk Kurokawa
Rebecca Lewis
Lynn Liverton
Lisa Louie
Boots Lupenui
Ethel Mann
Camilo Martinez
Deborah Masterson
Penny Nichols
Tomoko Ouchi
Jennifer Owen
Daniel Palmer
Suzy Papanikolas
Maxwell Ross
Daniel Sheinfeld Rodriguez
Nancy Skrimstad
Jimmy Tablante
Tomy Takemura
George Woollard
Natasha Young

This exhibition was organized and presented by Maui Arts & Cultural Center and sponsored by the Eugene and Ruth Freedman Family Foundation, and the continued support of Carolyn Schaefer. Additional funding was provided by County of Maui, Office of Economic Development.

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