Gallery ‘Iolani exhibit honors professor’s art

A self-portrait of Snowden Hodges – Courtesy of Snowden Hodges

A new exhibit at WCC’s art gallery honors the drawing, painting and Atelier Hawai‘i programs established and taught by retired art professor Snowden Hodges.

The exhibit, “A Legacy of Teaching,” includes the work of 27 former students that Hodges invited to participate, including former Atelier Hawai‘i student Sean Yoro, also known as “HULA,” who is on the 2018 Forbes Magazine list of 30 Under 30 in the Art and Style category.

Yoro, 28, is best known for painting half-submerged portraits of women’s faces on icebergs in remote places such as Iceland and the Arctic Circle to bring attention to global climate change. Since 2015, he’s worked with companies such as North Face and Instagram painting murals.

In 2002, Hodges created Atelier Hawai‘i, an intensive, immersive program in classical realism that teaches students the time-honored techniques of drawing and painting.

Until 2012, when Hodges retired from teaching after more than 30 years, the program was hugely successful, receiving critical acclaim and drawing students from Hawai‘i, the Pacific, Europe and the U.S. mainland.

Hodges currently resides in Honolulu and is a University of Hawai‘i Professor Emeritus of Art.  His work is shown by The Fine Art Associates and the Cedar Street Gallery in Honolulu and the Harris Gallery in Houston.

“A Legacy of Teaching” runs through March 2.

For more information about the exhibition and/or studies in gallery design and management at WCC, contact Gallery ‘Iolani director Toni Martin at 236-9155 or visit

The gallery is open 1–5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays and Sundays. It is closed Saturdays and federal and state holidays.


by Ka ‘Ohana, News Staff