Stacy L. Kamehiro

Stacy L. Kamehiro

Associate Professor
Visual cultures of the Oceania; (inter)nationalism; culture contact; colonial cultures; gender studies; museums, collecting, and exhibition.
Email: 
kamehiro@ucsc.edu
Phone: 
Office: 831-459-2085
Research Interests: 

Stacy Kamehiro's research focuses on colonial Hawaiian visual culture.  She has published on textiles, architecture and race images in nineteenth-century American trade card lithography, and scientific images produced during Pacific voyaging expeditions. Her book, The Arts of Kingship (University of Hawai'i Press, 2009), offers a sustained and detailed account of Hawaiian public art and architecture during the reign of David Kalakaua, the nativist and cosmopolitan ruler of the Hawaiian Kingdom from 1874 to 1891. Kamehiro's current work examines the politics of art organizations in Hawai'i following the overthrow of the monarchy as well as nineteenth-century Hawaiian material culture collecting and exhibition practices in local and international contexts.

Office: 
Porter College, Room 210
Office Hours: 
I will not be holding office hours during my sabbatical. Please contact the department chair, graduate advisor, or undergraduate advisor if you need assistance.
Mailing Address: 

History of Art and Visual Culture Department

Porter Faculty Services

University of California

1156 High Street

Santa Cruz, CA 95064

Selected Publications: 

Books

The Arts of Kingship: Hawaiian Art and National Culture of the Kalakaua Era. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2009.

Articles

"Hawai'i at the World Fairs, 1867-1893," World History Connected (University of Illinois Press), Vol. 8, No. 3, 2011. (Special Issue, Hawai'i in World History, ed.Christine Skwiot.)

“Documents, Specimens, Portraits: Dumoutier’s Oceanic Casts.”  In Fiona Pardington: The Pressure of Sunlight Falling, ed. Kriselle Baker and Elizabeth Rankin. Dunedin, New Zealand: Otago University Press, 2011.

"About the Artist: Jewel Castro," The Contemporary Pacific, Vol. 20, no. 2, 2008.

“Hawaiian Quilts: Chiefly Self-Representations in 19th Century Hawai‘i.” In Pragmatic Creativity and Cultural Hybridity: Textiles in and of the Pacific, ed. Phyllis Herda, Ping-Ann Addo, and Heather Young-Leslie. Special volume of The Journal of the Pacific Arts Association, new series, Vols. 3-5, 2007.

“Iolani Palace: Spaces of Kingship in Late Nineteenth Century Hawai‘i,” Pacific Studies, Vol. 29, Nos. 3-4, 2006.

“Representations of the Chinese in Nineteenth Century American Trade Cards,” Journal of Asian Culture, Vol. 17, 1995.

Exhibitions

Co-curator (with Dr. Ping-Ann Addo), “Cloth and Culture in Oceania: Bark Cloth from Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, and the Marquesas Islands.” UCSC Women’s Center.

Co-director, “Katherine Ng, Book Arts,” Peppers Art Gallery, University of Redlands, Redlands, California

Co-director, “El Nopal: Photomechanical Reproductions by Mexico City and L.A. Artists” (included the work of Daniel J. Martinez, Rubén Ortiz-Torres, John Valadez, Pia Elizondo, John Baldessari, Laureana Toledo, Carlos Somonte, Daniela Rossell, and Francesco Siqueiros), Peppers Art Gallery, University of Redlands, Redlands, California

Co-director, “Image and Text in Asian Art,” Peppers Art Gallery, University of Redlands, Redlands, California

Co-director, “ARTillery art collective” (a Los Angeles-based women’s art collective), Peppers Art Gallery, University of Redlands, Redlands, California

Co-director, “Art As Mediation,” Peppers Art Gallery, University of Redlands, Redlands, California

Selected Presentations: 

"Material Manifestations of Hawaiian Modernity: The Collection and Display of Cultural and Natural History in the Nineteenth Century," 8th International Conference on Easter Island and the Pacific, 2012.

“Hawai’i and the World Fairs, 1867-1893,” College Art Association 98th Annual Conference, 2010.

“Native Hawaiian Collecting and Collections, 1850-1900,” for Session: “Pacific Pasts, Agency, Archives, and Artifacts.” Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania, 2009.

“The Kilohana Art League: Americanizing Hawaiian Art and Culture, 1894-1913,” College Art Association 96th Annual Conference, 2008.

“(Re)Collecting History: The Hawaiian National Museum.” College Art Association 94th Annual Conference, 2006.

“Representations” Panel. Approaches to an Interdisciplinary Pacific Studies Conference, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2004.

“Art Patronage from an Indigenous Hawaiian Perspective: King Kalākaua’s ‘Iolani Palace.” College Art Association 90th Annual Conference, 2002.

“The Aesthetics and Functions of Hawaiian Quilts.” Annual Colloquium on the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Native Americas, Pre- and Post-Columbian, 1989.

Teaching Interests: 

Undergraduate Courses

HAVC 70: Introduction to the Visual Cultures of Oceania

HAVC 80: Introduction to the Visual Cultures of Africa, Oceania, and the Native Americas: Colonial Histories and Legacies

HAVC 170: The Art of the Body in Oceania

HAVC 172: Textile Traditions of Oceania

HAVC 190W: Art and Culture Contact in Oceania

HAVC 190X: Art and Identity in Oceania

Graduate Seminars

HAVC 270: Colonial Cultures of Collecting and Display

HAVC 203: Visual Cultures of Travel and Tourism in Oceania

Honors and Awards: 

Selected Honors and Awards

Award for Universal Design in Instruction.  Disability Resource Center and Campus Diversity Office, UCSC, 2011.

UCSC Arts Division, Excellence in Mentoring Award, 2009-10.

Book, The Arts of Kingship: Hawaiian Art and National Culture of the Kalakaua Era, nominated for the Hawai’i Book Publishers Association – 2010 Ka Palapala Po‘okela Awards in the categories of “Excellence in Hawaiian Culture” and “Excellence in Nonfiction.”

President’s Research Fellowship in the Humanities. University of California, Office of the President, 2008-09.

Fellow, Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania, 2008.

Arts Research Institute, Major Project Grants, UCSC, 2004-05, 2005-06, and 2010-11.

Porter College Research Fellowships, UCSC, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2009-10, 2011-12.

Associate Fellow, International Quilt Study Center, College of Education and Human Sciences.  University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 2004-present.

Education and Training: 
Ph.D., Art History, University of California, Los Angeles
M.A., Art History, University of California, Los Angeles
B.A., Visual Arts, University of California, San Diego