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.
One of the most comprehensive annual exhibitions of contemporary art made in Hawai‘i
Founded in 2014, the idea for CONTACT can be traced back to the 2012 ‘Ike Le‘a symposium, which stressed the need to revitalize Hawai‘i’s contemporary art scene and to raise our collective awareness of Maoli (Native Hawaiian) artists. Today, CONTACT fills a void in Hawai‘i’s art scene by creating opportunities for Native Hawaiian and local artists, while also making contemporary art of Hawai‘i more accessible to a wider audience.
Through the show’s annual themes and its breadth of Hawai‘i-based artists, CONTACT contributes to the development of an emergent art scene in Hawai‘i, encourages critical thinking and analysis about contemporary culture in the Islands, and serves as a much-needed education tool for teachers and students. CONTACT continually works with O‘ahu teachers to bring hundreds of learning minds from various schools to encourage art-focused experiences for our keiki and university students.