Jurors 2003: Shigeru Miyamoto, Allison Wong, Sally French

Shigeru Miyamoto

Shigeru Miyamoto

Juror’s statement: “Making art is a journey through time. Art is the artist’s autobiography, reflecting thought, time, place and process. The artist can be complacent and safe, or stretch his/her boundaries and reach for something new and exciting.

“Being asked to jury the Art Maui show is a great honor. Judging other people’s work is serious business and I do not take it lightly. I approach the jurying process with respect and thoughtfulness. I look for content, quality of craftsmanship and how construction of the piece relates to the overall idea. I am looking forward to seeing the unique quality of art Maui has to offer.”

Juror’s bio: Shigeru Miyamoto has taught ceramics for thirty years and currently lectures beginning, intermediate and advanced ceramics at University of Hawaii at Manoa. He received his MA from San Jose State University in Ceramics/Sculpture. Miyamoto’s work is exhibited internationally and is held in innumerable private and public collections.


Allison Wong

Allison Wong

Juror’s statement: “When I jury an exhibition I am looking for work that I connect with. Although it is a personal choice, I am looking for works that cannot easily be classified as “Hawaii” art. I appreciate work that is technically accomplished and conceptually provoking. Hawaii is filled with great beauty which artists can interpret and draw from; I hope to view works that challenge and push artists to look deeper within themselves. As a juror I feel my job is to select the best work of what is submitted and to work together with the other jurors to make a cohesive and dynamic exhibition.”

Juror’s bio: Allison Wong was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and moved to Honolulu nine years ago. Wong is currently the Curator at The Contemporary Museum at First Hawaiian Center. She received her BA from Mills College, Oakland, California in Art History and spent her junior year in Florence, Italy studying early fifteenth century Renaissance Art. Ms. Wong has participated in many fundraising activities and has been a juror for the Japanese Chamber of Commerce Exhibition 1999 as well as College Art 2000.


Sally French

Sally French

Juror’s statement: “As a juror, I will be looking for work that demonstrates a fresh, honest vitality with unusual solutions that are technically accomplished and conceptually clear. I respond to work that pushes compositional boundaries or uses common materials in uncommon ways. I will be looking for work that reflects Hawaiian water, soil and cultural roots in ways that reach towards new approaches away from the icons of the past.

“Our goal as jurors will be to provide Art Maui with an energized demonstration of the vitality of your art community which may then stimulate a new generation of creativity.”

Juror’s bio: Sally French studied painting at Stephens College, University of Colorado, and Academy of Art in San Francisco. She currently maintains a studio on Kaua‘i where she teaches printmaking workshops and is establishing an artist residency program.

This entry was posted in Art Maui 2003, Juror, Latest news. Bookmark the permalink.