CONTACT 2019. Acts of Faith.

Now in its sixth year, CONTACT 2019, Acts of Faith, asks artists to consider the various dimensions of spiritual belief, in particular the spiritual landscape of Hawai‘i, the relationship between cultural and religious practice, and the legacy of religion (and colonization) in the Islands. 

In addition to juried work, the exhibition will feature site-specific art installations in the outdoor environs of the Hawaiian Mission Houses’ property as well as inside the Hale Lāʻau (The 1821 Mission House), Ka Hale Kamalani (Chamberlain House, built in 1831), and Ka Hale Paʻi (Printing House, built in 1841).


April 4 – May 4, 2019
Sat, April 6 • 5–8pm • Opening Pā'ina


Hawaiian Mission Houses
553 S King St., Honolulu, HI 96813


The exhibition will feature a library designed in partnership with Hawaii Zine & Book Library, installed at the Hawaiian Mission Houses, featuring artist books. Artists are invited to create and submit artist books exploring the theme, Acts of Faith, and the context of the Hawaiian Mission Houses. 

Submissions should take the form and/or function of a book as inspiration. Work may be handmade (and one-of-a-kind), digitally printed, zines, or an existing book that has been manipulated. To be considered, the books should be:
•    Created with the Acts of Faith theme in mind
•    Created to be handled by visitors to the exhibition

All Hawai‘i-based artists are welcome to submit artwork on Jury Day.


729 Auahi St. Honolulu, 96813
(808) 600-0519

Monday, April 1, 2019
9am – 6pm


For jury day, be sure that your artwork: 

  • Includes a printed copy of the Submittal Form with your contact info (email and phone number) 

  • Includes filled-out label(s) (see Submittal Form

  • Includes a printed copy of your artist statement* about the artwork you submit (limit 100 words) The printed artist statement is read by the jurors.

  • Includes a digital artist statement* emailed to (limit 100 words) The digital artist statement is used in exhibition materials, if the artwork is selected. Note that your artist statement may be edited for length.

*ARTIST STATEMENT: Your statement should relate to the theme of Acts of Faith.

NOTE: This exhibition is juried in a blind selection process, in which two independent jurors/curators select artwork based on artistic merit, relation to the exhibition’s theme, and the artist’s statement. 


ARA LAYLO is a designer, musician, promoter, artist and educator. With eighteen years of experience promoting and curating design, music, and art in Hawai‘i, she brings a deft style as the creative director of NMG Network. Between deadlines, she periodically serves as a design and typography lecturer at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and can often be found volunteering for local non-profit groups who support Hawai‘i’s arts and culture community. She is a participating artist in Honolulu Biennial 2019.

JOSH TENGAN is a Honolulu-born curator, writer and arts project manager. He was the exhibition manager for the previous four iterations of CONTACT. He is the recently appointed Assistant Curator of the 2019 Honolulu Biennial and a professional arts manager with Nā Mea Hawai‘i, managing public art projects and exhibitions in Honolulu for the past four years.  He holds a Curatorial Studies MA with Distinction from Newcastle University (UK).


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CONTACT is an annual exhibition of contemporary art exploring the notion of contact as it relates to the Hawaiian Islands, its people and their experiences. //

PRESENTER — PU'UHONUA SOCIETY creates opportunities for Native Hawaiian and Hawai‘i-based artists and cultural practitioners who serve as translators/mediators/amplifiers of social justice issues in the community. We support such endeavors by developing and organizing contemporary art projects and exhibitions and cultural programs.

PARTNER — NĀ MEA HAWAI‘I is a resource for things Hawaiian – Contemporary art, books about Hawai‘i and the Pacific, and native made material goods and cultural objects – in its new location at Ward Centre. It began as Native Books in 1990 and hosts over 200 classes and workshops annually to support native knowledge exchange.