On view April 6–21, 2018 at Honolulu Museum of Art School  
and in Waikīkī, Kaka‘ako, Kalihi, and Chinatown (O‘ahu, Hawai‘i) 

CONTACT ZONE is the fifth installment of CONTACT, an annual exhibition of contemporary art made in Hawai‘i. On view at the Honolulu Museum of Art School, April 6–21, 2018, CONTACT ZONE will expand its reach to include additional exhibition venues in Waikīkī, Kaka‘ako, Kalihi, and Chinatown. The exhibition and its accompanying public programming are FREE to the public.

“CONTACT ZONE offers a comprehensive survey of contemporary art in Hawai‘i, with a critical focus on what it means to live, coexist, and be from and transplant to Hawai‘i,” says Josh Tengan, exhibition manager of CONTACT.

Curated and juried by Keola Naka‘ahiki Rapozo (designer at FITTED Hawai‘i) and Michael Rooks (Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta), CONTACT ZONE features artwork that explores the notion of ‘Contact Zones,’ or spaces of cultural exchange and mitigation in Hawai‘i. Over the years, the partially juried format of the show has supported and offered emerging local artists an exhibition pathway.

An exciting addition to CONTACT are a number of site-specific art installations in Waikīkī, which is itself a significant ‘Contact Zone’ on O‘ahu. Installations include a sand sculpture by artists Jill Harris and Thomas Koet at Sheraton Waikiki (lobby), artwork by PARADISE COVE and Jan Becket in the window display and store at Saks Fifth Avenue, and a new photography series by Taiji Terasaki at T Galleria by DFS, Hawai‘i. See a full list of exhibition sites. Download a map of Waikīkī installations.


CONTACT ZONE is made possible by funding from the Atherton Family Foundation, The Charles Engelhard Foundation, DAWSON, Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, and Nā Mea Hawai‘i.


CONTACT ZONE receives support from Best Printing, Bishop Museum, Bevy, City and County of Honolulu, Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts, FLUX, Hawaii Theatre, Honolulu Beerworks, Pacific Edge Magazine, Royal Hawaiian Center, Saks Fifth Avenue, Shaka Tea, Sheraton Waikiki, The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club, T Galleria by DFS Hawai‘i, and Waiola.

» Honolulu Museum of Art School Gallery
   April 6–21, 2018 • 10am–7pm, daily                                 

» Waikīkī Opening Reception
   Friday, April 6, 2018 • 5pm–7pm
   Lei Stand @ Royal Hawaiian Center

» Honolulu Opening Reception
   Saturday, April 7, 2018 • 6pm–9pm
   Honolulu Museum of Art School Gallery (Linekona)