Mālama Wao Akua Art Contest Prospectus 2013
East Maui Watershed Partnership (EMWP) and Viewpoints Gallery are proud to present Mālama Wao Akua 2013 (MWA’13), an artistic celebration of Maui’s native flora and fauna. This juried exhibition is open to Maui residents of all ages, both amateur and professional. Since 2004, MWA has fostered relationships between the people of Maui and our precious native ecosystems. According to Hawaiian tradition, the roots and fruits that provide for the next generations come from “Wao Akua”, the realm of the gods, the upper forested regions of our watersheds.
A portion of all entry fees and art sales will be donated to EMWP for the protection of our native Hawaiian rainforests.
If you are a resident of Maui, you can participate. All works must be original one of a kind and not previously shown in any other exhibition, gallery or website. Artworks in any medium and combinations of media are welcome.
Entry Fee: $15 adults; $5 keiki 18 and under. Multiple entries are ok.
Stuff that’s OK to enter
Artwork in all media are welcome.
The main subject of your piece MUST be a landscape featuring native species or native species of Maui Nui.
NATIVE = got here BEFORE humans.
Subjects can also be about people working to protect Maui’s native species and native habitats, from reef to ridge.
Native coral reef species and waterscapes are eligible too (remember, a watershed includes the area between two ridges, reaching from summit to sea, including the coral reef!) No open ocean species please.
How can I tell if my subject is a native to Maui?
Contact EMWP if you have questions about the theme or eligibility of your art.
Stuff that’s NOT OK to enter
Polynesian introductions, invasive species, open ocean species, landscapes of introduced plants and other non-native species are NOT eligible subjects.
Contact Viewpoints Gallery at (808)572-5979 if your artwork needs special consideration due to size or configuration.
how to submit
Bring in your entry form with your artwork to Viewpoints Gallery on Sunday September 22nd, 2013 from 5pm-8pm or on Monday September 23rd, 2013 from 9am-1pm. Entry forms are available online and must be filled out in advance. All art must be ready for hanging or installation, including attaching wire for framed pieces. Matted work without frames will not be accepted. Gallery wrapped canvas qualifies as being framed. Jurying will occur after 3pm of the same day. Pick up for non-selected pieces is on Tues. September 24th, 10am-6pm.
Entry fee per artwork is $15 for adults, $5 for keiki. All adult entries that are selected for the show are required to be for sale. Keiki entires may or may not be for sale.
There are four divisions:
High School (Grades 9-12)
Middle (Grades 6-8)
Elementary (Grades K-5)
MWA’13 puts the spotlight on our watersheds and the terrestrial and aquatic native species within, from mauka to makai, including the coral reef (but not the deep ocean). Subjects should portray any native Maui species or landscape, and may also include issues surrounding watershed conservation efforts. Subjects must NOT INCLUDE ANY INVASIVE SPECIES/LANDSCAPES. Hawaiian cultural components or human subjects are acceptable so long as they complement the native flora and fauna theme. A broad range of interpretation and styles is encouraged.
MWA’13 encourages artists to learn about Mālama Wao Akua – honoring and protecting the forested upper regions of our island’s watersheds. Selected artwork should be successful in sharing this knowledge with others in a meaningful and provocative way.
Artwork will also be selected based upon a number of criteria, including originality of concept, creativity, technique, professionalism, and presentation.
A blend of art and science
TO BE ANNOUNCED
Number of Pieces Selected
The show has been a great success and we wish to expand with it! Because of that we are increasing the available room at the Gallery, its growing!
About 60+ pieces will be selected for display. The number selected depends on the space available at Viewpoints Gallery and the amount of artwork entered for the show.
For the keiki, at least one artist will be selected for display from each division: High School, Middle School, and Elementary School.
All selected adult entries are required to be for sale. Keiki entries are not required to be for sale.
If your piece is sold, 45% will go to the artist and 55% to Viewpoints Gallery including a 10% donation to support EMWP.
You can donate your 45% portion of the profits as a tax-deductible gift to the East Maui Watershed Partnership. Please call us if you would like to make a donation: 573-6999.
Juror’s Choice awarded to one artist in each of the categories of 2d, 3d, and Photography
One artist from each school division will be selected for special recognition
SPECIAL AWARDS: (Selected from the entire exhibition):
Rarest Find: Awarded to the artist using the most unique species or habitat as their subject
People’s Choice: Awarded by votes from gallery visitors
Art of Conservation: Awarded to the artist that best captures the essence, theme or message of conservation
Art hikes, volunteer, plein air events
We would love to help you find the inspiration you need! East Maui Watershed Partnership has arranged art hikes, volunteer days, and plein air events all over Maui, with multiple conservation organizations.
Call us and we will help you find something right for you!
EMWP leads art hikes into Waikamoi Preserve, a native Hawaiian cloud forest. Walk, examine, sketch, take photographs, feel the mana of the forest! Art hikes will take place at Waikamoi Preserve and may require carpooling in 4-wheel drive vehicles.
Call EMWP at 573-6999 for dates and details.
Entries must be suitably framed or prepared for presentation and installation (a stretched canvas with a wrapped edge is considered framed). No wet work will be accepted.
For hanging entries, a couple of eye-hooks screwed onto the back of the frame with picture wire strung in-between should suffice.
For sculpture work, the gallery will provide a pedestal, unless you prefer to show it on one of your own. Also, if you do not want people touching the artwork, please provide a glass or Plexiglas case to house the artwork.