2022 Pacific States Biennial National North American printmaking exhibition open to the public Oct. 30-Dec. 1

Hosted by and held at the UH Hilo campus, the exhibition is one of the most prestigious juried printmaking shows in the country.

A swirling of colorful birds, branches and leaves.
Detail, David DuBose, That Time I Almost Knew You, 2020.

By Susan Enright

Gold and blue graphic design with PSBN 2022 in black.The 2022 Pacific States Biennial National North American print exhibition is currently on view at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo. The free exhibit, hosted by the Department of Art, started on Oct. 30 and will run through Dec. 31, 2022, Monday through Friday (except holidays), 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., on the third floor of the Campus Center.

The university community and general public are invited to explore the original contemporary intaglio, relief, lithograph, and silkscreen prints created by 49 North American artists representing Hammonds Plain NS, Canada, New Hampshire, New York, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, New Mexico, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, California, and Hawai‘i.

Jon Goebel pictured
Jon Goebel

“It is incredible that this exhibition has developed into what it is today,” says Associate Professor of Art Jonathon Goebel, master printer and director of UH Hilo’s printmaking program. “The exhibition is one of the most prestigious juried printmaking shows in the country. The scope of the exhibition continues to serve the mission of UH Hilo to enhance the cultural environment of the island of Hawaiʻi.”

The juried printmaking exhibition was established at UH Hilo in 1982 by the late Wayne Miyamoto, a professor of art at UH Hilo. Now known as the Pacific States Biennial North American, the juried printmaking exhibition is open to all artists 18 years or older presently residing anywhere on the North American continent, its islands, and outlying U.S. territories. This premier Hawai‘i biennial exhibition is hosted in conjunction with the Campus Center Gallery with support from the Student Activities Council.

Below are selected pieces of the exhibited works, click images to enlarge.

This year’s exhibition juror is Yuji Hiratsuka, the senior professor of printmaking at Oregon State University. Hiratsuka and Wuon-Gean Ho, a British Chinese printmaking specialist, will be artists-in-residence at UH Hilo Nov. 5th through 12th, 2022. Details about the upcoming printmaking workshop and public presentations, hosted in conjunction with the exhibit and the UH Hilo Artist Print Edition project, are forthcoming.

By Susan Enright, a public information specialist for the Office of the Chancellor and editor of UH Hilo Stories.