Jurors 2007: Dr. Tom Klobe, Reiko Mochinaga Brandon, Marcia Morse

Tom Klobe

Tom Klobe

Juror’s statement: “Art communicates on two levels, the visual and the conceptual. It is the interaction of these two aspects that makes a work of art stand apart from others. Both are essential to art’s significance, to its ability to capture the intangible quality that gives an art form its inner vitality and sense of timelessness.”

Juror’s bio: Director emeritus of the University of Hawaii Art Gallery, Tom Klobe has organized many international exhibitions including the acclaimed “Crossings” exhibitions with Japan, France and Korea. In 1999 he was named a “Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” from the Republic of France in recognition for his contributions to arts and culture in the world. In 2005 he was designated a “Living Treasure of Hawaii.” He has been guest curator, consultant, and designer for many museums and galleries including the Honolulu Academy of Arts, Mission Houses Museum, John Young Museum, Hawaii State Art Museum, and the Maui Arts and Cultural Center.


Reiko Brandon

Reiko Brandon

Juror’s statement: “I believe good art should be able to stand for itself without any explanation. Rather than merely entertain with a concept or ride a current trend, art should convey the artist’s own vision and inner spirit that are crystallized in good workmanship and good design. To me, being a visual artist is an incredibly self-oriented, private, lonely profession. It takes guts, patience, hard work, and honesty. As an artist you must communicate from your own heart with utmost sincerity and conviction. My positive “yes” vote will go to those works and their creators.”

Juror’s bio: Reiko Mochinaga Brandon received a BA in history from Rikkyo University in Tokyo, did graduate study as a Fulbright grantee at the East West Center and received an MFA in fiber art from the University of Hawaii. She has been active as an artist for the past three decades exhibiting in Hawai’i, the US, Europe and Japan. Her works have been shown at the Guggenheim Museum in Soho, Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, the British Crafts Center, London, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum, Honolulu Academy of Art, and the Contemporary Arts Museum in Honolulu. From 1986 to 2003 she held the position of Curator of Textiles at the Honolulu Academy Arts. She organized numerous exhibitions during her tenure and authored seven publications on Asian and Hawaiian textile arts. She has received the University of Hawaii Distinguished Alumni Award, the American College Theater Festival Award (for stage set and costume design), and a number of purchase awards from the State Foundation on Culture and Arts.


Marcia Morse

Marcia Morse

Juror’s statement: “It is an honor to be invited to help in the selection of work for Art Maui, one of the premier juried exhibitions in the state of Hawai’i, and I welcome the opportunity to see more of the creative excellence of Maui’s artists. I hope to see work that invites me to take a second or third look: work possessing a sense of technical mastery that honors the materials and processes of artmaking, combined with thought-provoking concepts and ideas.”

Juror’s bio: Marcia Morse was raised in Hawai’i before leaving for further education on the U.S. mainland. After completing her undergraduate work at Harvard University, she spent two-and-a-half years living in Quito, Ecuador, where she began her study of printmaking. She completed graduate work in Printmaking at Stanford University in 1974 before returning to Hawai’i. She has worked at Honolulu Community College since 1984, where she is tenured as a Professor of Art. She is co-founder of the Honolulu Printmaking Workshop, now merged with Honolulu Printmakers. Marcia has participated in numerous solo, small group, juried and invitational exhibitions since 1965. She is represented in several private and corporate collections in the U.S., Japan and Europe, and is the recipient of several purchase awards from the Hawai’i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. She is also the recipient of a major individual fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts for her work in hand-papermaking. Marcia has also worked as an art critic and independent arts writer since 1978. She served as art critic for the Honolulu Star Bulletin for eleven years, and currently writes for Honolulu Weekly as well as Artweek and Art in America.

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