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Artwork at Hamilton Library

The library is home to many exceptional pieces of art. The artwork is listed by floor below. Click on the accompanying images to get a closer view.

Ground Floor

Acrylic on canvas by Sam Redspoon

Untitled, Lobby, by Government Documents & Maps

Acrylic on canvas by Sam Redspoon. Gift to the Library.

First Floor

Epitaph sculpture by Harold Tovish

Epitaph, Outside Main Entrance

Sculpture of black granite, stainless steel, and chromed bronze, by Harold Tovish, 1970. Commission: Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts

Shinto Lion dog sculpture

Pair of Animal Guardian Figures, Main Entrance

Protective "lion-dog" figures, stone. Brought from Japan in 1924 for the Shinto Wakamiya Inari Shrine formerly on King St., given to the University in 1942.

Makahiki Ho'okupu, mural by Juliette May Fraser

Makahiki Ho'okupu, Main Entrance

Charcoal and sanguine mural on masonite by Juliette May Fraser, 1939. Made for the 1939 San Francisco International Exposition, presented to the Library in 1977 by the Hawaii Visitors Bureau and Chamber of Commerce. Restored 1980 and 2000.

Portrait of Thomas Hale Hamilton

Thomas Hale Hamilton, University of Hawaii President, 1963-1968, Lobby, by Circulation Desk

Oil painting by Eve Incledon. Presented by the Class of 1968.

Defining Moment, mixed media by Ross Togashi

Defining Moment, Lobby

Mixed media in shadow box by Ross Togashi, 2005 Library purchase

Kona Shore oil by D. Howard Hitchcock

Kona Shore, Reception, Room 112

Oil on canvas by D. Howard Hitchcock, 1934. Gift of Leonora N. Bilger.

Rough Waters painting by Wm. Twigg-Smith

Rough Waters, Reception, Room 112

Oil painting by William Twigg-Smith, 1932. Presented by the Class of 1932.

genre painting by George Morland

Caulking the Boat, Reception, Room 112

Oil on canvas by George Morland, 1763-1804. Gift of Mr. & Mrs. James S. Porter.

First Floor Addition

Acrylic, abstract M. Turnbull

Floods of the Yellow Gold of the Gorgeous Indolent, Sinking Sun, Ewa Wall

Acrylic painting by Murray Turnbull, 1983 Gift of Murray Turnbull, 2002

The Fire and Sea Took Oath Together, Lobby

Acrylic painting by Murray Turnbull, 1983 Gift of Murray Turnbull, 2002

Siapo by Mary Pritchard

Samoan Siapo, Lobby

Siapo mamanu with mulberry bark and organic dyes by Mary Pritchard, c. 1965. Gift to the Library from Joan Griffis, 2009.

Portrait of Alice Ball by Jacqueline Chun

Alice Augusta Ball (1892-1916), Lobby

Conté crayon on paper by Jacqueline Moore Chun, 2000. Commissioned gift of Stan Ali.

Second Floor

Cheng's Nana I Ke Kumu

Nana i ke Kumu (Look to the Source), Open Stairwell

Batik triptych by Yvonne Cheng, 1978. Loan: Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts

Flight to the Sun, batik by Kussudiardja

Flight to the Sun, Next to Open Stairwell

Batik painting by Bagong Kussudiardja, 1973. Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Will Lidsker, 1987.

Pigeon, batik by Kussudiardja

The Pigeon, Next to Open Stairwell

Batik painting by Bagong Kussudiardja, 1972. Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Will Lidsker, 1987.

Kalawao Colors, photograph by Jim Kastner

Kalawao Colors, Study Carrels

Color photograph by Jim Kastner, 1989. Library purchase

Kualanui Sunset, photo by Kastner

Kualanui Sunset, Study Carrels

Color photograph by Steven Kastner, 1991. Library purchase

Detail of Kastner's Sunset at Pihea

Sunset at Pihea, Study Carrels

Color photograph by Steven Kastner, 1981. Library purchase

Windward Dawn, photo by Kastner

Windward Dawn, Study Carrels

Color photograph by Steven Kastner, 1983. Library purchase.

Lanikai Dawn, color photograph by John Haak

Lanikai Dawn, Study Carrels

Color photograph by John Haak Gift

Second Floor Addition

Untitled acrylic on canvas by John Wisnosky

Untitled, Bridge Gallery

Acrylic on canvas by John Wisnosky. Gift to the Library

Untitled acrylic on canvas by John Wisnosky

Untitled, Bridge Gallery

Acrylic on canvas by John Wisnosky, 1984 Gift to the University from Wayne Morioka, 2008

Anuenue #2, weaving by Reiko Brandon

Anuenue #2, Central Lobby

Weaving by Reiko Brandon, 1977. Loan: Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts

Third Floor Addition

Acrylic abstract landscape M. Turnbull

"The West was Getting out of Gold" -- Robert Frost, Lobby

Acrylic painting by Murray Turnbull, 1982-1989 Gift of Murray Turnbull, 2002

Acrylic abstract landscape M. Turnbull

"A Lonesome Place Against the Sky" -- Edwin Markham, Lobby

Acrylic painting by Murray Turnbull, 1982 Gift of Murray Turnbull, 2002

Fourth Floor

Detail of Carp and Willow Branch

Carp and Willow Branch, Asia Collection Lobby

Japanese brush painting on silk. Gift.

Seated Amida Buddha, 15th century sculpture

Seated Amida Buddha, Asia Collection Reading Room

15th century. Japan. Lacquered wood, gold over black. Stand (in four parts) of red and gold lacquer. Loan: Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts

Replica Chinese soldier statue

Chinese Soldier, Asia Collection Reading Room

Replica of terra cotta funerary figure from the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang Di, Sian Shi, Shaanxi Sheng, completed 247-208 BC. Gift of Mr. Tanahashi, 1987.

The Bickford-Gallian Collection of Chinese Ceramics, Asia Collection Reading Room

Zhou to Song dynasty pieces (circa 1050 B. C. - 1400 A. D.) Gift of Donald D. Bickford and Earl Gallian, 1986.

Fourth Floor Addition

Acrylic, abstract brown M. Turnbull

It is a Brittle Morning that Yields the Truth, Lobby

Acrylic painting by Murray Turnbull, 1973 Gift of Murray Turnbull, 2002

Acrylic, blue abstract M. Turnbull

"The Polar Night...." -- Edith Stillwell, Lobby

Acrylic painting by Murray Turnbull, 1973 Gift of Murray Turnbull, 2002

Fifth Floor

Model of canoe

Eleven Model Canoes, Special Collections Reading Room & Hall

Chain of Craters: Mapping the Territory, mixed media by R Togashi

Chain of Craters Road: Mapping a Family History, Hall

Mixed media by Ross Togashi, 2003 Loan: Ross Togashi

Documents: Evidence Found in a Library, mixed media by R Togashi

Documents: Evidence Found in a Library, Hall

Silver gelatin prints and mixed media by Ross Togashi, 2004 Library purchase

Portable fresco, painting #1178 by Jean Charlot

Kahuna with Sacred Stone, Hall

Portable fresco demonstration for Helen Gilbert art class, Painting #1178, by Jean Charlot, 1969. Gift to the University Art Department, transferred to the Library, 2014.

Mestiza with Orange Fan oil by Jean Charlot

Mestiza with Orange Fan, Jean Charlot Collection

Oil Painting by Jean Charlot, 1976. Loan: Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts

Palauan Village at Night by Gibbons

Palauan Village at Night, Special Collections Reading Room

Watercolor on paper by Rechucher Charlie Gibbons, 1982. Gift of Dr. Vivian B. Halverson, 1998.

First Child Ceremony by Gibbons

First Child Ceremony, Special Collections Reading Room

Ink and watercolor on paper by Rechucher Charlie Gibbons, 1982. Gift of Dr. Vivian B. Halverson, 1998.

Agee's House, watercolor by Hilbeary

Agee's House, Special Collections Reading Room

Watercolor by R. Hilbeary, 1984.

Ukall story board by Omengebar

The Unfaithful Wife of the Shark Fisherman, Special Collections Reading Room

Ukall wood story board from Belau by Saharias Omengebar, 1980. Long-term loan from Dr. Donald H. Rubinstein.

Marquesan ceremonial war club

Marquesan Ceremonial War Club, Special Collections Reading Room

Gift to the University.

Portrait of Janet Bell

Janet Bell, Hawaiian Curator 1936-1970, Special Collections Reading Room

Oil painting from a photograph. Anonymous gift, September 1990.

Photograph of Renee Heyum

Renee Heyum, Pacific Curator, Special Collections Reading Room

Black and white photograph.

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