UH Hilo Summer Art Institute Discussion at Donkey Mill Art Center

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Donkey Mill Art Center will collaborate with University of Hawai‘i at Hilo on a panel discussion and potluck addressing technology’s place in the arts.

“Hand | Digital: The Interface of Technology and Traditional Media” panel discussion and community potluck will be hosted at Donkey Mill Art Center on Thursday, July 13, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

This collaboration is part of a larger effort by Donkey Mill Art Center to expand resources and information for the benefit of our Hawai‘i community.

The panel will consist of UH Hilo’s Summer Art Institute faculty moderated by Department Chair Michael Marshall.


The evening will start with a potluck-style dinner where the public is invited to contribute by sharing a dish, followed by lively discussion.

Marshall was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and attended the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois (BFA 1975) and Yale University, New Haven, Conn. (MFA 1977).

Professor Marshall has taught full-time at the UH Hilo since 1984 and currently serves as chair of the art department. His numerous grant and project awards include The Laila Twigg-Smith Art Fund of the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation grant which supported the HH Hilo art department’s Visiting Art Program, and founding of the University of Hawaiʻi Summer Art Institute – Hilo program in 2013 and Hawaiʻi State Foundation for Culture and the Arts Purchase Awards (2000, 2005, 2012).

Professor Marshall has been extensively published in both print and film, and currently serves as executive director of the East Hawai‘i Cultural Center.


Panelists include Monika Mann, Fidalis Buehler, Wendy Yothers, and Paul Catanese.

Mann, a Big Island resident for the past 21 years, teaches and practices her unique blend of ceramics, mixed-media sculpture, photography and painting. Originally from Germany, she was involved in photography and filmmaking in Berlin between 1980 and 1986. Relocating to Los Angeles in 1988, Monika worked as a calligrapher, tile designer and painting instructor at several ceramic design studios. Her group and solo exhibitions of porcelain sculpture include Burbank Creative Arts Center and Barnsdall Art Center in Los Angeles. Mann has won numerous awards at various art exhibitions in Hawai‘i. She has been instructing ceramics at Hawaiʻi Community College since 2003.

Visiting faculty from the mainland are Buehler, the associate professor of the art department at Brigham Young University; Yothers, chairman of the jewelry design department at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York; and Paul Catanese, associate chair and associate professor of art and art history at Columbia College in Chicago.

“We are excited to host this timely discussion on the interplay of technology and traditional art media,” Donkey Mill Core Program Director Kristin Shiga said. “Here at the mill, we are always looking for opportunities to collaborate with other arts organizations locally, nationally and internationally, and are grateful to Michael Marshall of UH Hilo and East Hawai’i Cultural Center for sharing his stellar lineup of Summer Art Institute faculty with us.”


Donkey Mill Art Center is the home of Holualoa Foundation for Arts and Culture, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit art education organization. Its mission is to provide a stimulating environment that helps individuals discover, develop and expand their artistic abilities. For more information, visit www.donkeymillartcenter.org or call (808) 322-3362.

Donkey Mill Art Center is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The center is located at 78-6670 Māmaloahoa Highway in Holualoa.

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