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Bernice Akamine

Honolulu, HI

A life long learner, Bernice Akamine chose to raise a family and then return to school. During her studies at the University of Hawaii Akamine rediscovered art; deciding that doing what one loves is most important, she changed her major and was awarded a Bachelor of Fine Arts in glass, 1994, and a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture and glass, 1999. While pursuing her studies at the University, Bernice Akamine also studied traditional Hawaiian art forms, including kapa making. As a kapa maker, Akamine is part of a growing number of Indigenous practitioners throughout Hawaii.

Akamine’s artwork has received numerous awards and is included in collections of the American Museum of Natural History, New York City; Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts; Portland Art and Hallie Ford Museums, Oregon; Australian Museum, Sydney, and Queensland Art Gallery / Museum of Modern Art, Australia; State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Hawai’i as well as other public and private collections.

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