The Jurors

Jurors are selected to represent a balanced
knowledge of contemporary woodworking
and forestry in Hawai‘i. Judging is based on
“Inspiration of Design” and “Excellence of
Implementation.” All awards are selected
by Jurors.

Derek Bencomo Maui
Derek Bencomo has created one of a kind turned and carved wood sculpture in Hawai‘i
for almost three decades. He has been in over 200 exhibitions, published in more than
two dozen national publications, and recently featured on the cover of A Revolution in
Wood: The Bresler Collection, Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
His work is in collections of the Smithsonian Institution, The Fine Art Museums of San
Francisco, Yale University Art Museum, Detroit Institution of Arts and Hawai‘i State Art
Museum. Derek’s work will at the Minneapolis Museum of Art June, 2011. He is currently
working on a two year project of 20 large-scale turned, carved works.

Andy Buck New York State
Andy Buck is an artist/craftsman from upstate New York. A graduate of the Rhode Island
School of Design and Virginia Commonwealth University, he brings together traditional
craftsmanship, investigations in form and richly painted surfaces. For over 20 years,
he has been in over 100 exhibitions by galleries and museums around the country and
abroad, and is included in a number of books and magazines. His work is represented by
Pritam & Eames, East Hampton, NY and Gallery Naga in Boston. Andy is an active lecturer
and has taught at Anderson Ranch, Haystack Mountain School, Penland School, Peter’s
Valley, and Oregon College of Art & Craft. He is currently a Full Professor at Rochester
Institute of Technology teaching woodworking and furniture design for eleven years.

Kaili Chun O‘ahu
Kaili Chun is a visual artist and educator with a rich, expressive body of sculptural work.
Educated at Kamehameha Schools, Princeton University and University of Hawai‘i at
Mānoa, her work demonstrates a variety of cultural aspects that increasingly involve
issues related to indigenous and Native Hawaiian affairs. Mentored by Toshiko Takaezu,
Princeton University, and Wright Bowman, Sr., Native Hawaiian master canoe builder and
wood worker, she has exhibited in Washington, Alaska, Hawai‘i, New York and Germany,
receiving numerous awards. Kaili was included in The Contemporary Museum’s Sixth
Biennial of Hawai‘i Artists, the second time the Museum’s invited an indigenous Hawaiian
to exhibit. Kaili is currently a Lecturer of Art at Kapi‘olani Community College.