UH Hilo art students, faculty, and alum selected to show works at Honolulu printmakers exhibition

“Exhibiting is one of the important aspects of being a student artist and the Honolulu printmakers exhibition is a great opportunity for our students to show their work alongside professional artists,” says UH Hilo master printer Assoc. Prof. Jon Goebel.

By Susan Enright

Print of woman covered in wiggly material showing only her hands, legs, face and hair. Brown colors, black hair.
“Consume「食い切る」.” Tiana Honda. Reductive Single Plate Intaglio Etching and Aquatint.

The talents of several artists connected to the printmaking program at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo are part of the Honolulu Printmaker’s 92nd Annual Juried Exhibition currently underway Jan.15 through Feb 14 at the Honolulu Museum of Art School Main Gallery. Juror for the show is Yoonmi Nam of the University of Kansas.

Jon Geobel stands next to printing press in his studio, holding up a print of the moth and pendulum.
Jon Goebel in UH Hilo printshop holding up one of his prints. Archived photo by K. Nelson, 2015. Click to enlarge.

Jon Goebel, UH Hilo associate professor of art and master printer who has mentored each of these selected artists, says this long running show represents a wide spread of printmakers from throughout the state of Hawai‘i. Goebel has two prints in the exhibit.

“Our UH Hilo students and alum have participated in the exhibition for many years and I am proud to see my students participating in this show each year,” he says. “What is also a good testament to the quality of our students work is that they are consistently winning awards in this exhibition. It’s really encouraging for the lower-division students to see our upper division students exhibiting their work outside of the university campus and this really pushes them to try harder, knowing that there is opportunity out there.”

He adds, “Exhibiting is one of the important aspects of being a student artist and the Honolulu printmakers exhibition is a great opportunity for our students to show their work alongside professional artists.”

Selected artists and their works

Tiana Honda (Bachelor of Arts in Art, 2019)

Tiana Honda

Honda’s print “Minu Ga Hana 「見ぬが花」” (below) won the Award of Excellence in Memory of Dodie Warren and the Kelly Sueda Fine Art Award for Excellence.

Print of woman's face partially submerged under water with plants and flowers coming out of the top of her head and partially submerged hand.
“Minu Ga Hana 「見ぬが花」.” Tiana Honda. Intaglio, Etching, Aquatint, Digital, Chine-colle.
Female figure covered in wiggly material, she is upright with only face, hair, and hands showing. Brown colors with black hair.
“EXUDE 「滲み出る」.” Tiana Honda. Reductive single plate intaglio etching and aquatint.

(See top of post for Honda’s third selected print for exhibit.)


Kawelina Cruz (art major, expected graduation spring 2020)

Print of woman with hands turned up to sky, botanical background, soft colors of blues and yellows.
“Release.” Kawelina Cruz. Intaglio and screen print.


Jessica Loeffler (art major, expected graduation spring 2020)

Jessica Loeffler

Loeffler is a current recipient of the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Scholarship; her work is featured in a solo exhibition in the dean’s office, University Classroom Building room 304, and will be on display throughout the spring semester.

Print of diver with helmet diving suit, Dark gray browns.
“Depths of Dark.” Jessica Loeffler. Intaglio.


Associate Professor of Art Jon Goebel 

Jon Goebel

Print of geometrics, radiating circles and what looks like gears. Brown and amber coloring.
“Shifting Ground.” Jon Goebel. Etching and aquatint.
Print of yellow bird holding a piece of silver and turquoise jewelry, an orange lily with two blooms, and two hands breaking open an egg with flowers emerging forth. Background deep teal.
“Seed.” Jon Goebel. Drypoint and aquatint.


Story by Susan Enright, a public information specialist for the Office of the Chancellor and editor of UH Hilo Stories. She received her bachelor of arts in English and certificate in women’s studies from UH Hilo.

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