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Kenneth Wayne Bushnell Edit Profile

artist , educator

Kenneth Wayne Bushnell, American artist, educator. Chairman department personnel committee University Hawaii, 1986, department curriculum committee, 1987; member Manoa Writing Board; juror in field. Lieutenant United States Naval Reserve, 1956-1960. Member American Association of University Professors, College Art Association, Honolulu Printmakers Association (president of the board 1961), American Abstract Artists.

Background

Bushnell, Kenneth Wayne was born on October 16, 1933 in Los Angeles, California, United States. Son of George Lilburn and Luella Mae (Bivens) Bushnell.

Education

He earned a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1958, and then moved to Hawaii, where he received an MFA from the University of Hawaiʻi in 1961.

Career

He taught painting at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa from 1961 to 1981, and was appointed chairman of the Art Department in 1991. Bushnell is now a professor emeritus, living in Honolulu. Bushnell is best known for his geometric abstract paintings, although his work also includes sculpture, light sculptures, wall reliefs, films, multimedia theater and environmental designs.

His acrylic painting on cotton from 1982, Double Square Series No. 6 is in the collection of the Honolulu Museum of Art. It is typical of his geometric abstract paintings.

For more than 25 years, Bushnell has been working on the Euclidean Dream Cycle which is built upon equilateral triangles and arcs of its altitude.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Shows include Museum Modern Art, New York, 1962, Baltimore Museum Art, 1962, Gima's Gallery, Honolulu, 1963, 66, 69, 72, 75, Pennsylvania Academy Fine Arts, 1963, United Federation Graphic Arts, Philadelphia, 1964, Contemporary Arts Ctr, Honolulu, 1965, 77, 86, Honolulu Academy Arts Museum, 1968, 73, Ariel Gallery, Milan, 1976, New York Horticultural Society Gallery, New York City, 1980, Wallnut Gallery, Philadelphia, 1980, 81, Galerie Meissner Editions, Hamburg, West Germany, 1984, Taller Fort Gallery, Cadaques, Spain, 1984, 90, 91, Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia, 1985, 88, Maronier Gallery, Kyoto, Japan, 1986, Wacoal Ginza Gallery, Tokyo, 1986, Richards Gallery, Boston, 1986, The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, 1992, others. Exhibited in group shows at Contemporary Arts Center, 1977, 78, Honolulu International Center, Honolulu Academy Arts, 1963-1975, 78, 79, 82, 84, 86, 89, 91, 93, 95, 96, Honolulu Hale, 1979, Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, 1990, Queen Emma Gallery, Honolulu, 1990, Galerie Karin Fesel, Dusseldorf, West Germany, 1990, Sande Webster Gallery, 1992, Galerie Carlos Lozano, Cadaques, Spain, 1995, 97, others. Represented in permanent collections Portland Museum, Contemporary Art Center, The Honolulu Academy Arts Museum, Bibliotheque Nationale, Corcoran Museum, Library of Congress, numerous others.

Membership

Chairman department personnel committee University Hawaii, 1986, department curriculum committee, 1987. Member Manoa Writing Board. Juror in field. Lieutenant United States Naval Reserve, 1956-1960.

Member American Association of University Professors, College Art Association, Honolulu Printmakers Association (president of the board 1961), American Abstract Artists.

Connections

Married Reneé Hazel Laufer, March 15, 1956 (divorced 1973). Children: Blake, Dale. Married Helen O. Gilbert, April 5, 1977.

father:
George Lilburn Bushnell

mother:
Luella Mae (Bivens) Bushnell

spouses:
Reneé Hazel Laufer

Helen O. Gilbert

children:
Blake Bushnell

Dale Bushnell