Part of our mission is to support artists both on Hawaiʻi Island and across the pae ʻāīna of Hawaiʻi. We offer open artist calls for a variety of shows throughout the year. All artist calls are hosted on the Call for Entry platform and are managed by the non-profit Hawaiʻi Island Art Alliance. Scroll down for more information on calls that are open now and other upcoming artist opportunities.
Plein Aire Perspectives 2024
Entries Due: December 15, 2023, 5pm HST
This juried art exhibition invites artists to capture their environment through the style of plein air painting.
Open all Hawaiʻi residents. Works must be done outdoors and largely on location.
This year’s juror is Robert Weiss, an avid plein air painter and artist for over 45 years. Weiss says he will “be looking at the drawing, composition, design, and color, but most of all I’ll be looking for work that communicates a sense of place, of time, and light. The paintings do not have to be completed entirely outdoors, but it should be evident the work was begun and largely painted on location.”
Full Bleed: Art at the Edges
Entries Due: January 5, 2024, 5pm HST
This juried exhibition seeks to highlight artists and artwork styles at the fringes of the canon. We encourage artists to push the folds of each genre.
The inspiration for this exhibit is to create the space for emerging artists to exhibit alongside established artists, to support budding artistic careers and to build relationships with artists across generations and genres.
Juror, Estria Miyashiro is an internationally recognized mural artist and the Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Estria Foundation (TEF), a non-profit organization. His programs mesh Hawaiian culture, meditation and muralism to transform spaces, deepen people’s spiritual and physical connections to place, and strengthen their visual storytelling of critical cultural stories, perspectives, values and struggles.
Estria began painting in Hawaii in 1984 and has painted nearly 1,000 murals worldwide. He was an influential leader of the "Golden Age" of Writing (1980s) in San Francisco.
Anime, Manga and Urban Art
Artwork by juror, Mizin Shin (신미진),
The Paths We Cross:
Perspectives from the Korean Diaspora
Entries Due: February 14, 2024
A co-presentation of University of Hawaii - Hilo Art and English Department faculty, that will bring together contemporary visualizations of the complex history of transpacific migration, multiple homelands, colonization, resistance, hybrid culture, and ethnic identity.
This international juried Call-For Entry is seeking:
artworks that visualize the essence of the Korean Diaspora, and
audio files that expressively capture the extraordinary migration stories of this culture.
The Call for Entry is open to artists of Korean heritage, age 18 years and older, and of any nationality.
Hawaiʻi Surrealist Exhibit 2024
Entries Due: September 6, 2024
In honor of the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Surrealist Manifesto, Wailoa Center will be producing a surrealist exhibit in October 2024.
We encourage artists to get a inspired for this call by researching Surrealism. Explore, get inspired, create.
Save the Date!
Stay ahead of the submission deadlines! Per your requests, here is a list of submission deadlines for juried shows throughout the year. Click on image to download your own copy.
All submissions are done via CAFE at www.callforentry.org
To find a specific call click on one of the links above or click on "Find Calls" tab on CAFE and search for call title.