By Gavin Arucan | Staff Writer

The Koa Gallery is located on the first floor of the Koa building. (Photo by Gavin Arucan)

On Thursday, October 13, KCC’s Koa Gallery opened its newest art display, the 2016 Faculty Biennial. The gallery showcases the various works of eleven of KCC’s talented art professors. The exhibition, free to the public, will run until November 10 at the Koa Art Gallery located on the first floor of the Koa building

The pieces on display cover a wide range of art mediums including paintings, ceramics, jewelry, and photography. The artists convey stories about themselves or the world around them through their different styles and techniques.

For example, Calvin Collin, who teaches Introduction to Visual Arts, reflects his African-American ethnicity as well as his upbringing around white adoptive parents through his painting “Blood Orange.” Photography professor Kapulani Landgraf’s three-dimensional piece projects her concern with how tourism is affecting Oʻahu’s oceans.


“Blood Orange” by Visual Arts professor, Calvin Collins. (Photo by Gavin Arucan)

Gallery director David Behlke, who also has a few watercolor pieces on display, thinks that it’s very important for students to visit the exhibition and exercise their creativity through art.

“Creativity is the thrill of living,” said Behlke. “You make your own self discoveries, and that’s what college is all about.”

Behlke, who is responsible for placing art collections around campus, is pleased with the love for art that KCC students and faculty have, noting that most art courses at KCC are full. The Faculty Biennial not only shows off the talent of KCC’s art professors, it’s a dedication to the professor’s will for their students to succeed.

“Art is part of higher education,” said Behlke. “Any good art teacher wants to increases your self awareness.”

The Koa Art Gallery is open on Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The gallery may be contacted by email at or through its website.

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