Visit the Gallery ‘Iolani Website for information on current and upcoming exhibits.
Gallery ‘Iolani was established in the basement of ‘Iolani Building in 1985 by devoted art faculty and students with no resources to coordinate a gallery program. In 1991, a permanent gallery curator was hired for the Humanities Department. Gallery ‘Iolani now celebrates 26 years of exhibitions at Windward Community College and is recognized as one of the finest exhibition sites in the state of Hawai‘i, showing work from local, national and international venues.
The Gallery also serves as a teaching facility for students studying in the Gallery Design and Management class to prepare them for employment in Gallery ‘Iolani as well as other galleries and museums. Coordinating with members of the Gallery Advisory Board and UHM Museum Studies Program the gallery occasionally hosts exhibits to mentor emerging young artists in the community.
Gallery exhibitions also supplement art courses by showing real art in addition to lectures, textbooks or video and other presentations about art. Instructors from many disciplines also often utilize an exhibit to supplement courses. Producing a variety of exhibits with diverse appeal welcomes all groups of people, cultures and ages, which is important to the community since many art galleries often serve only a small elite segment of the population without regard for the interests of the whole community. Thus, Gallery ‘Iolani offers a spectrum of enticing events, designed to make the Gallery a gathering place as a pocket of culture and education within the community and campus.