Hawaii Nei 2021 seeks entries

Submissions for Hawaii Nei 2021, a juried art exhibition celebrating the native flora and fauna of Hawaii Island, are due Oct. 15.

Amateur and professional artists of all ages are invited to submit works of art highlighting the Big Island’s native plants, animals and habitats. Artwork will be displayed at Wailoa Center from Nov. 5 to Dec. 16.


All Hawaii Island residents are eligible to participate. All submissions must be original, created in the past two years, and have not been previously shown in any other exhibition, gallery, contest or website. Artwork in any medium or combination of media is welcome.

All artwork must be registered by Oct. 15 at www.hawaiineiartcontest.org. An entry fee and photo of the artwork is required for registration (species screening and initial jury will be based on this photo). Youth artwork may be entered free of charge.

Accepted artwork drop-off dates, times and locations are at 10 a.m. Oct. 29 at Donkey Mill Art Center in Holualoa and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 30 at Wailoa Center in Hilo.

There are five age divisions for entry: adult, lower elementary school (grades PK-3), upper elementary school (grades 3-5), middle school (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12). Students do not need to be affiliated with a school to enter. Class or group entries also are available for adults and youth (i.e., school class).

For adult entries, there will be separate divisions for amateur and professional artists. Artists are asked to use their discretion to choose a division. For this exhibition, a professional artist is defined as an artist who exhibits and sells work on a regular basis.


Prizes will be awarded for all divisions including youth. A cash prize will be awarded for adult Jurors’ Choice.

For more information, email hawaii.nei.art@gmail.com or visit www.hawaiineiartcontest.org.

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