University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Art Department

Summer Art Institute - UH Hilo Art Department

University of Hawaii at Hilo

Summer Art Institute Hilo 2015

SummerAi-Hilo is an intense, six week studio art program offered in the summer session at UH Hilo. Enrollment is open to a limited number of students, teachers, and artists. Courses can be taken for academic credit. Apply Now

Program Overview

Historically, the Art Department at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo has attracted students who appreciate the opportunity to pursue higher education grounded within an intimately scaled program. For artists, UH Hilo’s location in a lush, tropical landscape shaped by the formidable forces of nature provides inspiration in every direction.

The program offers participants many opportunities to interact with world-class visiting artists and faculty, view special exhibits, attend artist lectures, and participate in focused art workshops. This year’s six week program will focus on drawing from a representational/digital/conceptual perspective . Individuals seeking art experiences, but not a degree, may take the course as an unclassified student without enrolling in a degree program.

SummerAi – 2015 will provide 3 credits of Beginning or Advanced level instruction in drawing over six week-ends of intensive studio engagement beginning June 27-28 through August 1-2, 2015. 8-8 Instructional Lab and Group Review sessions are designed to accommodate individuals who must juggle the demands of a regular work week schedule, and summer student visitors who would appreciate an opportunity to explore and to be inspired by the Big Island.

8-8 Instructional Lab:

Saturday: June 27th, July 4th (rescheduled for a date TBA), 11th, 18th, 25th and August 1st

Group Review with the cohort of SAiH faculty, associates and visiting artists.
Sunday: June 28th, July 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th and August 2nd from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Open Studio Hours

Monday – Friday 8:00 am to Midnight

Program Dates: June 27 through August 2, 2015

Registration Deadlines

Tuition Rates

For the six week 3 credit course (A lab fee $100 also applies):


Dormitory housing (if needed) is available through the UH Hilo Summer Housing Program.

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SAiH Scholarships

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Art Department is offering scholarships for its Summer Art Institute Hilo program. These competitive awards will provide a half tuition waiver for Hawaiʻi residents who wish to attend SAiH. Scholarships will be awarded based the quality of applications. Applications must include:

  1. Completed application form
  2. Three JPEG images of your current two dimensional artwork. Images should be 1000 pixels on the longest side.
  3. A copy of your undergraduate transcript(s)

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Contact Information

For more information, contact:

Art Department, Chair
University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo
200 W. Kawili St.
Hilo, HI 96720-4091

Phone: (808) 932-7237
Fax: (808) 974-7712