Exhibit explores “Art and Anarchy”

The art exhibit is sponsored by the UH Hilo art and philosophy departments in collaboration with the Volcano Art Center where the show is being held Sept. 11 through Oct. 1.

Painting of Dick Cheney, Statue of Liberty, fire, sign "ALL HAIL HALLIBURTON," guns, casket.
The Plight, Death, and The Devil, Oil on Canvas, Ezra Rose, 2019. 36” x 50”

By Susan Enright.

Several artists with ties to the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo are participating in an art exhibition exploring the theme “Art and Anarchy.” The show is being held in conjunction with the 2021 Pacific Association for the Continental Tradition philosophy conference, which was hosted by UH Hilo at Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, Sept. 9-11, 2021.

The art exhibit, sponsored by the UH Hilo art department and philosophy department, in collaboration with the Volcano Art Center where the show is being held, opened on Sept. 11, 2021, and will run through Oct.1, 2021, both online and in person.

Faculty showing their work at the exhibit are Professor of Art Michael Marshall; Associate Professor of Art Jon Goebel, chair of the UH Hilo art department; and art lecturer Kevin Diminyatz.

Monica Mann, a ceramics instructor at Hawai‘i Community College and former visiting artist at UH Hilo, is also in the show.

Also participating is current art student Jennifer Ko, and two alumni: Tobias Brill (1994), who lectures at Hawai‘i Community College, and Ezra Rose (2020).

Bob Douglas, a local artist, photographer, and sometimes part-time student at UH Hilo who volunteered his photography skills to the Office of the Chancellor and UH Hilo Stories for several years, has two pieces in the show.

Airplane dropping flowers
Drop Flowers Not Bombs, Mixed media including: print, photograph, oil, canvas, flowers, Jen Ko, 2021. 17” x 11”

The show was organized by UH Hilo Assistant Professor of Philosophy Tim Freeman, an artist who creates pit-fired vessels and proposed the exhibition; Diminyatz, who curated the installation; and Emily Catey Weiss, curator at the Volcano Art Center.

Timothy Freeman
Tim Freeman

Writing about the exhibit’s theme of anarchy, Freeman explains, “Although anarchism is still popularly associated with a descent into chaos and violence, as a political philosophy it was never about bringing about disorder and chaos, but rather the liberation of humanity from oppressive order. What the anarchist philosophers were advocating was a new kind of order, different from the authoritarian order that enforced such great inequities in society.”

“The main goal of anarchism as a political philosophy was the maximation of both liberty and equality,” he adds.

Pit-fired ceramic piece, brown with crackled top.
The Sacred Earth, Pit-Fired Ceramic, clay, volcanic materials, Tim Freeman, 2021. 11 ¾” x 10” x 10”

See the full Exhibition Catalogue with Tim Freeman’s introduction, artist bios, and reproductions of the works on display.

The show may be viewed in person Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus (19-4074 Old Volcano Rd.) The exhibit is also featured online at www.volcanoartcenter.org. Works may be purchased on the center’s online shop.


Susan Enright is 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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