“Textiles as Cultural Expressions” will be the theme for this major international arts event being coordinated by Tom Klobe, Director Emeritus of the University of Hawaii Art Gallery; and Reiko Brandon, renowned fiber artist and former Curator of Textiles at the Honolulu Academy of Arts.
The international symposium will also highlight Hawaii’s own museum and private collections and knowledgeable curators.
In addition to presentations of scholarly papers and panel discussions, textile collection tours and exhibitions will highlight the diversity of Hawaii’s diverse cultures. The symposium will also feature a two-day International Textile Marketplace at the Sheraton Waikiki. Special site tours to museums and private collections will be organized around themes that include art conservation, ethnic textiles, and garments in paradise. Special exhibitions of contemporary textile and fiber art are being planned in a variety of community venues, including the University of Hawaii Art Gallery, Academy Art Center, and The Contemporary Museum at First Hawaiian Center.