The Park West Fine Art Museum and Gallery has announced their second-annual "Made in Hawaii" artist competition, searching for the best local artists in Hawaii. The lucky winner will be offered a year-long contract and the opportunity to showcase their original art at the Waikiki fine art museum and gallery for a special three-month exhibition.
"We were so delighted to see the incredible talent and creativity displayed by last year's Made in Hawaii participants," said Arturo Torrez, Director of Park West Hawaii. "This year, we will welcome another Hawaii artist to our Park West Gallery ohana and showcase their work in our gallery alongside masterpieces by Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, and other giants of art history."
Submissions will open on Monday, September 19 at 9 a.m. HST and close on Sunday, October 9 at 11:59pm HST. Legal residents of Hawaii who are at least 18 years old are invited to participate. Eligible participants can enter the competition by submitting images of three original works of art-whether a drawing, painting, print, collage, or illustration-via email.
The email address for submissions will be revealed the morning of Monday, September 19 on social media and on parkwesthawaii.com. The full contest rules and regulations are available to review on the Park West Hawaii website now.
Once the submission period is over, representatives from Park West Gallery will select the contest's Top 10 semi-finalists. The Oahu public will then have the chance to decide the next round of the competition-all 10 artists will be displayed at Park West Waikiki, and the public will be able to visit the artwork in-person and vote for their favorites. The three artists with the most votes will become the contest's Final 3 artists. The ultimate winner will then be selected by a panel of judges, including Park West executives and local Hawaii dignitaries. A reception at the Waikiki gallery to celebrate the winner and all of the finalists will follow.
The winner of the inaugural 2021 "Made in Hawaii" competition was Oahu artist Chris Sebo. Chosen out of hundreds of submissions, Sebo's vivid and surrealistic artwork is based on Hawaii's scenery where he says art lovers will "find paradise through my eyes."
Park West Gallery Hawaii, located at the famous Waikiki Beach Walk, is open daily from 10am-10pm. For more information, visit http://www.parkwestgallery.com/hawaii or call 808-859-4871.
Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Venue: Park West Fine Art Museum and Gallery Hawaii