Sally French, Double Dog Dare Studio, Kauai
I’m interested in the psyche of change, anxiety’s edge between pause and flow, the netherworld, where imbalance compels the old to fold into the new.
Featured Artist Sally French works out of Double Dog Dare Studio in Kauai, where she hosts artists from all over the world in short-term ‘fellowships.’ Her driving philosophy, ‘you’re only as good as you dare to be bad,’ inspired the studio’s name and is evident in her daring, sometimes unconventional work. Through her teachings and collaboration with visiting artists, she herself is inspired by her students’ work and utilization of the tools in her studio.
In the business of art, she believes each challenge is not based on what the limitations are, and aesthetic takes priority over commodity (which is ironically developed through ‘aesthetic as commodity’). She has served as President of the Kaua’i Society of Artists, which promotes visual arts through exhibitions and workshops in Kaua’i.
2018 Juror Information
Victor Kobayashi, Professor Emeritus
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Victor Kobayashi has practiced art since childhood, and as an adult, working in various areas, from weather forecasting in the US Air Force to teaching comparative education at the University of Michigan and at the University of Hawaii, where he also served as a dean of summer Session and as the founding dean of Outreach College. He was Principal Humanities Scholar for the Hawaii International Festival during its early years; he has published books and articles on various topics, including imagination and aesthetic education, and made presentations to various groups, including at Kyoto and Tokyo University, University of Stockholm, and most recently in Nigeria. His ceramic pieces are in collections of the Honolulu Museum of Art and the Hawaii State Museum. He currently works in mosaic and collages. He has also served as a juror for many exhibitions in Hawaii, recently for the annual Statewide Hawaii scholastic Exhibition for student works representing Hawaii to be honored at the national level. In 2011 he received the Koa Award for his contributions to art from Kapiolani Community College.
Michael Schnack, Co-Owner
Cedar Street Galleries
Lisa Yoshihara, Transit Arts Program Administrator
Hawaii Authority for Rapid Transportation
Lisa Yoshihara is currently the Transit Arts Program Administrator, Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation. She was the director of the University of Hawai‘i Art Gallery and assistant professor of Art in the Department of Art & Art History, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa where she taught Exhibit Design and Gallery Management. Her exhibition projects received national recognition from the American Association of Museums. For over 20 years Yoshihara was curator of the Art in Public Places program at the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and she was the founding director of the Hawai‘i State Art Museum.
Tuesday – Saturday 10:00am to 4:30pm
Sunday 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Closed on Monday
New this year!
In conjunction with the Exhibition’s 40th Anniversary and Neiman Marcus’ 20th Anniversary in Hawaii, Neiman Marcus will showcase all award winners with Featured Artist Sally French’s work in their Ala Moana location! The special showcase will run from Saturday, August 18th to Monday, September 3rd.