A little over five months ago, the Mill formally requested a visit by members of the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts’ Acquisition Award Selection Committee (AASC) to view the current exhibition Phase Change: Porcelain in Flux. Charged with recommending works for the State’s Art in Public Places Collection, committee members select works based on the following criteria: quality, style and nature, significance and importance to the visual arts of Hawai‘i, permanence, portability and price.

The Mill is excited to announce that the AASC has recommended nine artworks for the Art in Public Places Collection from four artists featured in the Phase Change exhibition: Jisoo Bogg’s Multiplication 2 and 3, Stephen Freedman’s Marriage Ewer #2, Shawn Spangler’s Oil Ewer and Salt Cellar, and a series of five porcelain bowls by Suzanne Wolfe. Following a forthcoming vote of the State Foundation’s Board of Commissioners, works will officially become a part of the Art in Public Places Collection!

Don’t miss out on viewing these award-winning artworks in Phase Change: Porcelain in Flux which is on view until October 14.

P.S. If you are on Oʻahu, you can see works by Jake Boggs, Amber Aguirre and kapa works by Bernice Akamine, Roen Hufford and Dalani Tanahy acquired from the Mill’s 2021 exhibition, Nā Kapa Kuʻina, in Accession: new Additions to the Art in Public Places Collection at Capitol Modern, the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum, which is on view until January 31, 2024.

In 1967, Hawaiʻi became the first state in the nation to adopt a percent-for-art law with the enactment of the Art in State Buildings Law, which designates one percent of construction costs of new buildings for the acquisition of works of art, either by commission or purchase. The purpose of the law is to “beautify and humanize our state buildings and increase public access to the arts.” Works of art are displayed in over 640 sites statewide including schools, libraries, hospitals, airports, state office buildings, the State Capitol and at Capitol Modern, the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum. Explore the collection here.