During the pandemic, most campus events went dark, including the Environmental + Interior Design Program’s annual art exhibition. However, as COVID restrictions lifted last year, Dr. Junghwa Suh decided to resurrect the program and named it Celebration of the Arts. This year, the associate professor of Arts and Design tacked on “Gala” at the end of the title to reflect what she hopes will be even bigger and better than last year’s celebration.
“This is to showcase the talent on campus,” Suh says. “Our art program is actually flourishing, and we’re seeing higher enrollment.”
Faculty and staff members, students and anyone with an artistic flair are invited to submit their pièces de résistance, from ceramics and drawings to paintings and poetry. The Chaminade Celebration of the Arts at the Sullivan Family Library held a soft opening on April 10 with a celebration gala held on April 19. The installation can be viewed until the end of the month.
Supported by The Marianist Sponsorship Ministries Foundation, the Chaminade Celebration of the Arts Gala will be a culmination of “The Marianists & the Arts” workshop series, which began in 2021. The year-long project was undertaken to engage Chaminade faculty, staff and undergraduate and graduate student leaders in the historical stories of the transformative educational approach—witty, quirky and visionary—of the first Marianists in Hawaii in the establishment of Chaminade.
“The first year of the granted project focused on building ‘A Sense of Spirit; A Sense of Place’ with the study of six of the early Marianists in Hawaii,” explains Sr. Malia Wong, D.Min, Program Director for Chaminade’s BDK-Fujitani Interfaith Program. “The second year of the project focused on using the Hawaiian translation (‘olelo Hawai’i) of the Characteristics of Marianist Education to inspire others to reflect on these guiding principles in their lives, in their language, and hopefully as wisdom values to nobly live by. This is one way of perpetuating the legacy of Chaminade against the unique and diverse cultural richness of the environment embraced in the graciousness of the spirit of Hawaii.”
Suh has already commissioned works from students and adjunct faculty, guaranteeing that there will be a good representation of the various art mediums. “There is so much creativity on campus,” says the Discipline Coordinator for Arts and Design. “The Gala Night will feature food, a talent show and live music. It will truly be a celebratory event.”
Suh and Wong are excited about the inclusion of more three-dimensional art, more commonly referred to as 3D art. The term refers to any art that is created in three dimensions, rather than two-dimensional, like a drawing. This type of three-dimensional art can be made in many different ways, including sculptures, paintings and even photographs. 3D art can be used to create beautiful and intricate pieces that are sure to amaze and impress viewers.
“We also emphasize the therapeutic and healing aspects of art,” Suh says. “I believe there should be a balance between the humanities and the sciences, and art is the perfect medium to achieve that equilibrium.”