In collaboration with From the Bow Seat and PangeaSeed, we hosted the first Sea Change Student Art Contest for this year's 2nd annual World Oceans Day Hawaii festival.

We invited students aged 17- 25 who are currently enrolled in college, university or art institutes in the United States to submit pieces in one of these four categories: Painting & Drawing, Photography, Sculpture, and Mixed Media.

The works by 1st, 2nd, and 3rd placed artists in each of the four categories will be on display June 5-21, 2015 at the Honolulu Museum of Art School.

Congratulations to our Winners!


  1. Clara Lu
  2. Jayne Yan
  3. Daniel Nicoletta


  1. Masha Sardari
  2. Haley Bell
  3. Blake Thompson

Mixed Media:

  1. Amanda Bialk
  2. Nicholas Selby
  3. Kristi Auyong


  1. Caroline Del Giudice
  2. Hilary Palmer
  3. Pimwalee Kachinthorn

Local artist Shannon McCarthy is creating a VERY large-scale sculpture made from marine debris collected on the shores of Oahu.

The finished sculpture will be unveiled at the opening of the Sea Change Student Art Exhibition at the Honolulu  Museum of Art School on June 5, 6-9pm.

About Shannon:

Born in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1984, Shannon moved to Hawaii in 2011 after graduating from The Academy of Art in San Francisco with a Fine Art Sculpture degree in 2009. Her interest in art and environmental issues dates back to her childhood painting and illustrating, and always being driven to explore nature.

Shannon also creates sculpture in ceramic, various stones, steel, copper, and mixed media assortments. She finds the variety of medium in sculpture important and unique to each piece of art, the medium being the overall essence that the form will carry.

This interest in the essence of a material and the story it possesses led her to her current works of mosaic and sculpture created from marine debris plastic. Shannon’s work is influenced by her deep love of nature, especially that of Hawaii, and the need to preserve the beauty as well as biodiversity. Here she combines environmental activism and art.

See more of her work here.

We are honored to have received the opportunity to create an on-site ocean-inspired mural at the Honolulu Museum of Art, transforming the Doris Duke Theater into an underwater wonderland. The mural will remain on display throughout the summer.

Following the success of last year’s installations by artists Olek and Kozyndan, the Theater and World Oceans Day Hawai‘i have partnered to create the first-ever mural within the Doris Duke Theater!

The completed mural will be unveiled on June 6, during the opening night of World Oceans Day Hawaii 2015.

About Ekundayo:

Honolulu-born Ekundayo (1983) is a New Contemporary visual artist whose work has gained an international following with its stunning quality and surreal imagery. Through Graffiti, Ekundayo recognized at an early age the transformative and healing effects of creating art.

After studying Illustration at Art Center College of Art and Design in Pasadena CA (2007) Ekundayo has shown with galleries in the U.S. and internationally. His work is undeniably captivating blend of various techniques blurring the line between representation and abstraction, entrancing viewers with masterful interpretations of raw emotion.

See more of his work here.