16th Annual Juried Woodworking Exhibition November 21-23, 2008

Hawaii Convention Center
Room 323 A, B, C
1801 Kalakaua Avenue

The Jurors

Michael Fortune
Designer/maker, teacher and mentor Michael C. Fortune is one of Canada’s most respected and creative contemporary furniture masters. Since his career began 33 years ago, Fortune has become acclaimed for his innovative, but resolved, designs for one-of-a-kind objects in wood, commissioned residential furnishings and items in limited editions. His work has brought him an international clientele and reputation. He is acknowledged for both his technical and design expertise, giving lectures and workshops across Canada and the United States. His work has appeared in numerous exhibitions worldwide. He has taught at many schools and craft centers including; Sheridan College School of Crafts and Design, Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, the Rochester Institute of Technology NY, Worcester Center for Crafts in Massachusetts, Anderson Arts Center, Colorado, Savannah College of Art and Design and the Marc Adams School in Indiana where the fellowship program for advanced students has been named in his honor. In 1996 he accepted an invitation to become the first Chair of the new Wood Products Design program in Nelson, British Columbia. Fortune has volunteered his time and expertise to Woodlinks, a joint Canadian/ U.S. not-for-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing vocational training in secondary schools throughout North America. He was an active trustee of the Furniture Society based in North Carolina, an organization that encourages innovative studio furniture making across North AmericaMichael Fortune received the 2007 Award of Distinction from the Furniture Society. There have been fourteen recipients and Michael is the first Canadian to receive this prestigious award.

Carol Khewhok
Carol Khewhok is currently the Curator for the Academy Art Center, Honolulu Academy of Arts (HAA). She has held several positions over her 21-year career at HAA and demonstrated varied talents such as public relations, writing and producing for television. Art has been a constant throughout Khewhok’s career, with particular emphasis and expertise in Indonesian and Asian art and language. This expertise will serve Khewhok well as she pursues a new career direction with her position at the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art (Shangri- La).
Khewhok received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of the Arts, Philadelphia and Master of Arts from University of Hawaii at Manoa. Khewhok was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 1983, which funded research and writing on the history of contemporary art in ASEAN region while living in Singapore.

Stephen Meder
Stephen Meder is an Associate Professor at the School of Architecture, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Director of the Center for Smart Building and Community Design, and has been a talented and well-respected furnituremaker, designer, and principle with Meder-Hill Designs. Meder holds a joint University of Hawai‘i appointment. He serves as the Center’s director at the Sea Grant College Program and is also on the faculty of the School of Architecture where is teaches, conducts research and serves as director of the School’s Environmental Systems Laboratory. Meder’s research on sustainable development, particularly solar design and high performance buildings has been widely recognized. He has received numerous awards for his innovative designs and work. Meder co-authored the University of Hawai‘i Charter of Sustainability and has been very active in working to establish programs to reduce water and energy demand on campus and to assist in establishing the University of Hawai‘i as a model for a sustainable future. Meder helped design and is currently the director of the Center for Smart Building and Community Design, a partnership between the Sea Grant College Program and the School of Architecture. He is also recognized for his work with underserved communities in Wai‘anae and Kalihi.


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