The Honolulu Biennial marks Hawaii’s first entry into the global biennial circuit, focusing on art from Oceania, the Asian continent, and the Americas.

Honolulu Biennial – Preview exhibition and public programs

The Chain of Fire – Introducing the Honolulu Biennial 2014 

October 30 – November 9, 2014

Honolulu Biennial, presented by the Honolulu Biennial Foundation (HBF), is a new Biennial, founded by Hawai’i-born, internationally-operating curators KJ Baysa and Isabella Ellaheh Hughes.

Officially launching in 2016, the Biennial will present groundbreaking international contemporary art, in addition to emphasizing Hawaii’s notable, but under-recognized contributions by its communities and individuals to global arts and culture on the international stage. In addition, the Biennial will highlight Honolulu as a fresh destination for international and national arts and cultural tourists, fostering a cultural awakening and positioning of Honolulu as central to the Pacific-wide growth of arts, technology, and commerce. Throughout the year, HBF will serve the local community by presenting educational outreach programs for Hawaii’s youth, linking art, technology and science.

How to support

HBF is collaborating with FolioCue, a website that showcases leading contemporary artists, on the Honolulu Biennial FolioCue Fundraiser, that launched on June 23 and runs through July 23 on foliocue.com.

This fundraiser for $8,000 will provide crucial funding to make the The Chain of Fire exhibition in 2014 a reality. The Honolulu Biennial offers four levels to support our new organization, ranging from $50-$500; supporters at the $300 and $500-level will receive a one-of-a-kind, original postcard- size artwork by a leading contemporary artist in the Postcard Project.

The Postcard Project for the Honolulu Biennial Foundation and FolioCue: For donations of $300 and above each donor will receive an original artwork by a leading contemporary artist like Fred Tomaselli, Honolulu’s printmaker Marika Emi, or internationally recognized multimedia artist Sama Alshaibi. For donations of $100 or more, New York-based contemporary artists James Clar, Shingo Francis and Rodney Dickson are offering a private studio tour and conversation with the artist!

Find more information here.

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