Isaacs Art Center

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Isaacs Art Center
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Exterior view of the Isaacs Art Center
Established2004
Location65-1268 Kawaihae Road Kamuela, HI 96743
DirectorMollie M. Hustace
Websiteisaacsartcenter.hpa.edu
Waimea Elementary School
Isaacs Art Center is located in Hawaii
Isaacs Art Center
Coordinates20°01′21″N 155°40′24″W / 20.0223981°N 155.6732488°W / 20.0223981; -155.6732488Coordinates: 20°01′21″N 155°40′24″W / 20.0223981°N 155.6732488°W / 20.0223981; -155.6732488
Built1915
Architectural styleHawaiian plantation
RestoredJune 2002 - March 2004
NRHP reference No.05000541
Added to NRHPJune 8, 2005[1]
Hawaii Preparatory Academy

The Isaacs Art Center is an art museum and retail gallery in Waimea on the Island of Hawaii. It is operated by and for the benefit of the Hawaii Preparatory Academy; all proceeds benefit the school's scholarship fund.[2]

In addition to its retail holdings, the center houses an expansive permanent collection of Hawaiian, Pan-Pacific, and Asian art, including the world's largest intact collection of works by Madge Tennent. Among the many major artists represented are Jean Charlot, D. Howard Hitchcock, Herb Kawainui Kane, Huc-Mazelet Luquiens, Ben Norris, Louis Pohl, Horatio Nelson Poole, Lloyd Sexton, Jr., Jules Tavernier, and Lionel Walden.[3]

Building history[edit]

Schoolhouse[edit]

The 5,580-square-foot (518 m2) building was constructed in 1915 as the Waimea Elementary School. At its completion, the structure was the first public school in the historic ranching community of Waimea and among the earliest schoolhouses built in the Hawaiian plantation style. Locally, its size reflects the gradual increase in population that Waimea experienced in the early 20th century; nationally, a civic trend toward standardized American education.[4]

The original architect and contractor responsible for the schoolhouse remain unknown. In 1916, it welcomed its first students, most of them the children of Parker Ranch employees.

Military hospital[edit]

Between 1942 and 1946, the Waimea Elementary School served as a makeshift field hospital for United States Marine Corps troops stationed in or around Waimea. At the war's peak, the region was host to approximately 30,000 G.I.s operating out of Camp Tarawa; many would later contribute to major campaigns on Iwo Jima and Okinawa, two decisive installments in the Pacific theatre.

Restoration and conversion[edit]

It was restored between 2002 and 2004, with George Isaacs being the major donor.[3] In 2003, the Historic Hawaii Foundation accorded a Historic Preservation Honor Award to the completed restoration;[5] the building itself was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005. The museum opened in 2004.[6]

Collection[edit]

The Isaacs Art Center's installations intermix its own permanent art collection with loans from private collectors and works for sale. The art on display consists primarily of paintings by early and mid-twentieth century Hawaii artists.

With the 2005 bestowal of the Tennent Art Foundation's assets, the center became one of the finest public collections of Hawaiian art in the state.[7] This addition to the center's permanent holdings includes approximately 30 oil paintings and 40 works on paper by Madge Tennent.[8] Other Hawaii artists represented in the center's collection include Jean Charlot, D. Howard Hitchcock, Herb Kawainui Kane, Huc-Mazelet Luquiens, Ben Norris, Louis Pohl, Horatio Nelson Poole, Lloyd Sexton, Jules Tavernier, and Lionel Walden.[3]

Selections from the permanent collection of paintings[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Waimea Elementary School". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Welcome to Isaacs Art Center Museum and Gallery". Isaacs Art Center. Retrieved January 28, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Big Island, Dining • Art • Shopping: 78–79. August 2010. {{cite journal}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ Tom Quilan (January 2003). "Registration Form: Waimea Elementary School". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  5. ^ "2000-03 Preservation Honor Award Winners". Historic Hawaii Foundation. Retrieved 16 June 2016.
  6. ^ "About Isaacs Art Center". Isaacs Art Center. Archived from the original on February 23, 2015. Retrieved January 28, 2015.
  7. ^ "Art and Community Renew a Historic Schoolhouse in Waimea". Historic Hawaii Foundation. Retrieved 30 October 2020.
  8. ^ Sandulli, Justin M. (2016). Troubled Paradise: Madge Tennent at a Hawaiian Crossroads (Thesis). Durham, NC: Duke University. pp. 95–96.

8. Hustace, James J. Painters and Etchers of Hawaii-A Biographical Collection-1780-2018, Library of Congress (C)

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