2014 Pacific States Biennial National Printmaking Exhibition open to the public through Dec. 1

Established at UH Hilo, the exhibition is one of the most prestigious juried printmaking shows in the country and attracts entries from nearly every state in the U.S.

Open to the public through Dec. 1 at the UH Hilo Campus Center Gallery. 

By Susan Enright.

Seascape with woman and sea creatures.
Yuji Hiratsuka, Permian Utopia, itaglio, 2014. This work won both a Juror’s Award and a Recognition Award from the Hawai‘i State Foundation for Culture and the Arts.

2014-PSBN-logo with graphic sun and sea.

The Pacific States Biennial National Printmaking Exhibition is currently on view at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. The exhibition started on Oct. 15 and is open to the public through Dec. 1, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the UH Hilo Campus Center Gallery, room 301. Call ahead to be sure the venue is open for viewing, 808-932-7365.

Established as a regional exhibition in 1982 by the late Wayne Miyamoto, who was a professor of art at UH Hilo, the prestigious event now features printmakers from around the nation.

“It is incredible that this exhibition has developed into what it is today,” says Assistant Professor 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 and attracts entries from nearly every state in the U.S. The scope of the exhibition continues to serve the mission of UH Hilo to enhance the cultural environment of the island of Hawaiʻi.”

Goebel and Cole
Jonathon Goebel and Willie Cole.

The juror for the 2014 exhibit was renowned artist Willie Cole (read his Juror’s Statement in PDF). Based in New Jersey, Cole is a celebrated contemporary African-American sculptor and conceptual and visual artist. His work is found in numerous private and public collections and museums around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Cole selected 50 works from the pool of 484 entries representing 41 states across the country. The selection process was finalized in Oct. 2014 during Cole’s 10-day visit to UH Hilo. The works of artists hailing from 24 states were selected. The prints represent a wide range of styles and techniques and include the traditional gamut of printmaking as well as techniques encompassing a variety of digital approaches.

Juror’s Awards

During Juror Willie Cole’s visit to UH Hilo, he reviewed the installed works and selected five Juror’s Awards:

Squiggly lines in red, blue and black.
Arlene Farenci, Gesture in Dark Red and Light Blue, monotype, 2014.


Modern graphic design in orange, purple, black, blue and green
David Graves, Punkin Voodoo, reduction woodcut, 2013.


Entrance way to large building, with arches and glass doors.
DeeAnn Prosia, Entrance to the City, printmaking-line etching, 2012.


Smudgy disjointed visual of aerial of city street.
Clifton Riley, the rising 55, lithography, intaglio, relief, 2013


Recognition Awards

The Hawai‘i State Foundation for Culture and the Arts made six Recognition Awards. Historically, the foundation purchases their recognition awards upon conclusion of the exhibition. These awards went to artists:

  • Keegan Adams, “Type 1 Ritual”
  • David DuBose, “Red Dog, Blue Dog”
  • Amber Heaton, “Blood Flows Like Time”
  • Yuji Hiratsuka, “Permian Utopia” (image at top of post)
  • Daniel Ogletree, “I am a Hard Worker”
  • Kamran Samimi, “Erosion”
Smudgy, smokey looking graphic of torsos, row of feathers below. Black and cream colors.
Keegan Adams, Type 1 Ritual, stone lithography and monotype, 2012


Distorted graphic of TV, chair, with an eye and a dog in a window opening. Blues, reds, yellows. Shadows.
David DuBose, Red Dog, Blue Dog, hybrid print digital lithography, 2012


Geometric lines.
Amber Heaton, Blood Flows Like Time, etching, 2012


Mechanism with clock, hand, drips, levers, keys, time sheet, pill bottle.
Daniel Ogletree, I Am A Hard Worker, lithography, screenprint, 2014


Dark geometric spiraling into triangles.
Kamran Samimi, Erosion, woodblock relief print, 2014


Applied learning and the making of an exhibition

Rosella Vaughn
Rosella Vaughn

The exhibition provides an exceptional applied learning resource for students involved in all production aspects of the show.

Assistant Professor Goebel worked directly with UH Hilo student Rosella Vaughn to curate the exhibition.

“Many folks don’t realize just how much goes into producing a large-scale, juried national exhibit,” says Goebel. “Once the prospectus was drafted, a well-known artist-juror selected, and the call for entries was posted online, the show was marketed on a national scale. Then we waited for the digital submissions to roll in.”

Student intern Vaughn was responsible for many aspects of the show’s production. As artworks arrived — 50 pieces — they needed to be checked off the list, inspected, unpacked, and stored flat until framing. Each piece was then measured for framing and matting — a non-stop, two-week process, which was headed by Vaughn. Once the pieces were ready for presentation, they were transported to the third floor gallery of the UH Hilo Campus Center for installation.

“The show was then laid out based on which pieces worked visually together,” explains Goebel. “Once the layout was complete, each piece was hung exactly the same height, a three-person process. Once works were in place, each frame and glass was cleaned and labels affixed below for identification. Rosella was instrumental throughout this entire process.”

Update 11/13: The exhibit will run through Dec. 1, not Dec. 15 as stated in a previous version of this post.


About the writer of this story: 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.