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Schaefer Portrait Challenge 2015 Opens at The MACC Tuesday

January 11, 2015, 9:45 AM HST
* Updated January 11, 9:47 AM
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Image courtesy of The MACC,

Image courtesy of The MACC,

By Maui Now Staff

Schaefer Portrait Challenge, a signature exhibit for the Maui Arts & Cultural Center, will open on Tuesday, Jan. 13. Admission is free.

This much-anticipated statewide juried competition offers two substantial cash awards—the Jurors Choice Award sponsored by Jack and Carolyn Schaefer Gray and the Marian Freeman People’s Choice Award sponsored by Gage Schubert.

Cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award when you visit the gallery.

Held as a triennial since 2003, the challenge continues to encourage Hawai‘i’s artists to depict the people and stories of our island communities through explorations in portraiture.


Jurors Esther Shimazu, Keith Tallett and Sidney Yee traveled around the state to view entries and make their final expert selection of two- and three-dimensional work.


Related public events for this  exhibit:

Techniques in Portraiture Four Thursdays, Feb. 5 & 12 March 5 & 12,  4–6 p.m. Instructional classes for high school students, grades 9–12, taught by artists in Schaefer Portrait Challenge. Free. Advance registration is required: email [email protected].

Observe and Play Family Day Saturday, Feb. 7, 10 a.m.–noon. Bring your family to Schaefer Gallery to see the exhibit, meet the artists, and make a tiny portrait to take home. Free.


People’s Choice Award Reception  Sunday, March 15, 5 p.m. Find out which artist will receive the $5,000  Marian Freeman People’s Choice Award based on votes cast by gallery visitors.

The Schaefer Portrait Challenge closes on March 22, 2015.

The gallery, located at The MACC, One Cameron Way in Kahului, is open Tuesday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and before Castle Theater shows and during intermission.

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