Jurors 2006: Prof. Charles Cohan, Carol Khewhok, Marilyn Nicholson

Charles Cohan

Charles Cohan

Juror’s statement: “The prime responsibility of jurying this exhibition is to select the strongest of individual works towards the installation of the most interesting and provocative representation of art being made on Maui. I am not looking for art which ‘illustrates’ Maui, but rather work which collectively gives sense and meaning to the particular artistic experience that living on Maui provides. Beyond immediate visual impact, I will consider works that merge technical virtuosity with conceptual depth and personal conviction. The work must elicit an innovative, unique, and articulate voice in the expression of a distinctive and independent vision.”

Juror’s bio: Charles Cohan received a BFA from California College of Arts and Crafts and an MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. He has held professorships at Florida State University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and is currently Associate Professor of Art and Printmaking Program Chair at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He works as a master printer and printshop coordinator for the Pilchuck Glass School in Washington and is director of Arm and Roller Press in Honolulu. He has served as president of the American Print Alliance and as a board member of the Southern Graphics Council. Current research and teaching projects have taken him to South Africa, Cuba, Italy, and New Zealand. Recent grants and awards include a U.S. Department of State Fellowship for research in Cuba, and the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship. Solo exhibitions in 2005 included installations at the 1708 Gallery in Richmond, VA, the Biennial of Hawaii Artists at The Contemporary Museum of Honolulu and the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, and the Curators Office at the Scope Art Expo in Miami.


Carol Khewhok

Carol Khewhok

Juror’s statement: “The best part of being a juror is having the opportunity to see new work as well as discovering new talent. As a juror you have the  luxury of time to really look at  the works without interruptions and distractions.  I look for work that is original and technically well done.”

Juror’s bio: Carol Khewhok received a BFA in Painting and Printmaking from the Philadelphia College of Arts in 1974. She received an MA in Asian Studies from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1983. She pursued post-graduate study in contemporary Southeast Asian art history as a Fulbright Scholar in Singapore from 1983-1984. She was a lecturer in Painting, Drawing, Art History and Printmaking at the La Salle College of Fine Arts in Singapore, and from 1984-1986 served as Head of the Fine Arts Department at that institution. She also was the art critic for The Straits Times, Singapore’s primary English language newspaper, from 1983-86. Khewhok lived and worked in Bangkok, Thailand, in 1986 as an arts writer for The Nation, an English language Bangkok newspaper, and assistant to the Public Relations Director of the Oriental Hotel. She returned to Honolulu in 1987, and from 1987-1992 was public relations director for the Honolulu Academy of Arts. She is presently the curator of the Academy Art Center, a post she has held since March 1992.


Marilyn Nicholson

Marilyn Nicholson

Juror’s statement: “For a piece of artwork to interest me, it must elicit an emotional response. This may be overt, as in delight or nostalgia, or much more subtle and undefined. On the more nebulous end, I like artwork that makes me question what the intent is behind the work. I may not fully know what is beneath the surface, but I want a sense that there is some undercurrent, some larger story. Pieces that lend themselves to multiple interpretations and provoke an internal dialogue are part of this emotion-evoking sense that makes a piece stand out. Of course I also look for technical expertise in the medium and the sense of both assurance and risk that comes with a mastery of material, technique and composition.”

Juror’s bio: Marilyn Nicholson has been Executive Director of the Volcano Art Center since 1992. A Studio Arts graduate of UH-Manoa, she began her not-for-profit career in 1972, with the Hawai’i Geographic Society. She was Assistant Director of the Arts and Crafts School of the Bishop Museum for three years before becoming its Education Coordinator. She worked for the Hawai’i State Foundation of Culture and the Arts for four years, assisting rural and under served areas throughout the state with grant requests and technical assistance. She served for seven years as Executive Director of the Sedona Arts Center in Sedona, Arizona, where she was also founding member of the Sedona Gallery Association, and was a commissioner on the City of Sedona Arts & Cultural Commission. She has served on a number of grants panels, art selection committees, and nonprofit boards over the years. In her spare time, she loves to work on her loom and explore the rainforest.

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