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We’ve been busy with new programming at the BoxJelly. We introduced a new talk series called For Your Inspiration with host Jasmine Slovak, and a podcast produced by Central Pacific Time about our upcoming expansion.

So, if you missed a recent FYI talk or just want to listen back to the discussions, you can find everything on our SoundCloud. Furthermore, if you’re looking for the latest Jelly Cast episode, you can find it on our SoundCloud, too! It’s where we’ll keep recordings of on-site talks, all episodes of the Jelly Cast, and other audio tidbits.

Below, listen to conversations with our first FYI speakers, Kevin Sweeney and Ashley Lukens.

The Jelly Cast will be released once a month on the second Monday of the month. The next episode comes out Monday, September 10th via our friends at Central Pacific Time.



For Your Inspiration (FYI) with Kevin Sweeney

Longtime member of BoxJelly Jasmine Slovak has set into motion a new Monday morning talk series called For Your Inspiration (FYI). While the event feels more like a candid conversation over coffee than a presentation, Slovak hopes to create a forum for speaking about staying motivated through setbacks, frustrations, and failures. Kicking off the first FYI was Kevin Sweeney, founder of Imagine, an urban church in Honolulu that is building a more inclusive, progressive Christian community. Sweeney has a master’s in Theology and Intercultural Studies, is a BoxJelly member, and shares a great affinity with industrious, imaginative entrepreneurs.

The topic for this talk was community building. Sweeney spoke from personal experiences about growing an idea beyond his living room, and creating a movement of individuals working towards a common goal.

He believes that “Human beings have been created to  flourish in the context of thriving relationships. There’s no substitute for people who are willing to be with you along the journey.”

One take away was that community is the solution to the problems we can’t solve alone. That scaling that community creates the culture wish to create. But it starts with the individual.

“Those moments when you want to quit are a sign that you’re moving forward and growing.”

When things get uncomfortable in the process of growing your community, Sweeney reassured everyone that “the least likely places you go are the most likely places you’ll grow.” 

The next FYI event will be on Monday, August 27th from 7:30am-8:30am. Coffee and pastries will be provides by Morning Glass. For more information or to RSVP check out our Facebook page. All photos by Tommy Pierucki of PineappleSunrise.


“Frozen , Floating”- Michelle Artist in Residence

During my second and third months at the BoxJelly my plans have materialized and I’m moving full-speed ahead. Supplies are being prepared and the forms are taking shape. BoxJelly’s co-working and exhibit spaces are being scrutinized so the artwork can match the proportions and functionality of the layout.

I initially thought my project would have me working with wool and creating forms with novel approaches, but that plan has been modified for the sake of other explorations.  For some years I have felt the urge to let go of some principles of science illustration, to experiment with looser interpretations of ideas, and I decided to answer that call during this program.  The materials I’m using are familiar to me but some aspects include exciting departures from my previous works.

This new body of work will include 3D and 2D works with metals. I’m sticking with the sculptural knit stitches I know and love, this time using them to depict elements of my experience scuba diving under Antarctic sea ice.  A series of small multiples are being created and will interact with a singular large piece, built to scale, representing a certain feature of the diving environment I want people be able to visualize.

The second component of my project is a series of metalpoint drawings, a medium rarely used in modern times but something I have been exploring for the past two years. These drawings are guided by the self-imposed directive #ifitmakesamarkdrawwithit (examples can be found through that Instagram hashtag) whereby I test various metals to see if they can function as drawing implements.  More small multiples are being made in this manner, demonstrating my experiments and sharing what I saw underwater during these extreme dives. Mark your calendar for the following upcoming events at BoxJelly.  The “Artist in Residence Conversation” will be Friday May 18 at 6pm when I will share some of my background and discuss this new body of work.  Special guest will be my dive buddy Kirsten Carlson, joining me to talk story about our experiences in Antarctica!

The previous Artist in Residence exhibition  “Mother” by Nanci Amaka is currently still up at The BoxJelly. The closing party will be on Friday June 29th at 6pm. Also join us for the opening reception of my exhibition “Frozen, Floating” on June 14th at 6pm.


Artist-in-Residence Blog


Artist residencies come in many forms, including short/long, formal/informal, near/far.  While I didn’t think I’d explore this form of professional development with a young family, my family (and the village it takes to raise a family) has been incredibly supportive of my endeavors, whether near or far.   During this, my fifth artist residency, one of the first things I’ve learned is that programs don’t need to take you to far corners of the earth for the experience to be enriching.

I was delighted to learn of this BoxJelly program when Amelia Samari was the inaugural resident artist.  The setting, the flexibility, and the amenities were all appealing and I was itching to apply, but I knew I couldn’t until a few other things were sorted out in my calendar.  At that time I was still waiting to see if my friend/dive buddy/collaborator Kirsten Carlson and I would be going Antarctica to participate in a distant art program… Fast-forward to today and we’re back from Antarctica and here I am at BoxJelly, making works inspired by that experience! 


Even though the BoxJelly is very close to my home and I’ve been visiting fishcake for most of its decade of operation, the setting and scenario are proving to be just what I need at this moment.  Many of the people who make up the Box Jelly and fishcake ‘ohana are familiar to me, yet through this experience I am getting to know them in meaningful new ways, deepening the community connections.  The workspace is a venue I saw my predecessors customizing for their needs and now it is similarly accommodating mine.


My art background is inextricably linked to science.  As a college student in the early ‘90s with a full schedule of science coursework, I did drawings as a way to learn the various anatomies of my subjects.  The drawings caught the attention of a professor who hired me as a science illustrator in his research lab, thus beginning my SciArt career. Since then I’ve illustrated lots of life forms in a range of media.  

After becoming a parent I realized the need to find a more family-friendly art medium, and fiber fit the requirements, launching my explorations in 3D.  Wool, wire, and paper are now my primary materials and I am exploring new means of expression through them. Building on the works I exhibited in the 2017 Honolulu Biennial, I’m looking forward to seeing what manifests here.

– Michelle

Learn more about Michelle’s work HERE


Meet the 2018 BoxJelly + fishcake Artists-in-Residence!

Spring 2018 Artist-in-Residence Michelle Schwengel-Regala

Our Spring 2018 AiR is science illustrator and fine artist Michelle Schwengel-Regala, of Mililani, Hawaii. Michelle creates diverse projects including technical science renderings, information graphics, sculptures, and community art initiatives. The common thread is that her art tells stories about science. She presented her work at the 2017 Honolulu Biennial, Hawai‘i Handweavers’ Hui, and CONTACT. Michelle’s past residencies include the Artist-in-Resident program at the Bishop Museum, Artist­-at­-Sea Program with Schmidt Ocean Institute, and National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists & Writers Program. 


Read more about Michelle and her work HERE



Summer 2018 Artist-in-Residence Jane Chang Mi

Our Summer 2018 AiR is Jane Chang Mi, an ocean engineer and artist based out of Honolulu and Los Angeles. Her works consider land politics and post-colonial ecologies. Exploring the narratives associated with environment through her interdisciplinary research-based work, she aims to express our contemporary relationship to nature. Jane has exhibited both nationally and internationally, most recently at Emily Carr University in Vancouver, Canada, Honolulu Biennial, and Beaconsfield Contemporary Art in London. She was a visiting artist at the National Gallery in Amman, Jordan, sponsored by START House and Art Dubai, and a scientist on the Arctic Circle Program departing Spitsbergen, Norway. Jane currently teaches at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA.


Read more about Jane and her work HERE



Aloha & Mahalo, Nanci!

A huge  “Congratulations” to our Summer 2017 Resident, Nanci Amaka! Her opening of MOTHER on January 11th was an incredible success, and we were blown away by her beautiful, poignant images and words. We will miss your warm spirit and gracious energy, Nanci! Best of luck with your future endeavors!


For more information about Nanci, click HERE


MOTHER will be up at the BoxJelly until April 27, 2018. With her mother as muse, Honolulu-based artist Nanci Amaka explores the anxieties surrounding concepts of love, loss, embodiment, and letting go with a new series of work. Amaka’s artistic process involved re-enacting memories and metaphysical childhood visions of her mother, an intimate performance of dealing with her death and release of her lifelong search for answers.  







Join us for Nanci Amaka’s AiR Opening Night


A Solo Exhibition by Nanci Amaka

Thursday, January 11, 2018 from 6-8PM

Honolulu-based artist Nanci Amaka, BoxJelly + fishcake’s latest Artist-in-Residence, explores the anxieties surrounding concepts of love, loss, embodiment, and letting go with a new series of work.

Amaka’s primary inspiration was her mother, mysteriously killed when she was a young girl. Through video, photography and sculptural media, she explores anxieties she endured from the loss of her mother as an adult, as well as lessons learned. Amaka’s artistic process involved re-enacting memories and metaphysical childhood visions of her mother, an intimate performance of dealing with her death and release of her lifelong search for answers.



Nanci Amaka is the current Box Jelly + Fishcake Artist-in-Residence, based in Honolulu, Hawaii. Nanci’s work explores ideas surrounding trauma, identity, memory and the liminal space between experience and language. Working from the theory that traumatic events challenge perceptions of power, autonomy, and identity. Her performances are poetic narratives of memory retrieval & inspection that investigate limits of vulnerability & social empathy, by creating charged contemplative experiences. Nanci received a BA in Visual Critical Studies from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an MFA from California College of the Arts. Nanci was born in Nigeria and spent her formative years in a rural rainforest village in south eastern Nigeria. 




Artist-in-Conversation with Nanci Amaka & Andrew Binkley


Artist-in-Conversation Event with Nanci Amaka + Andrew Binkley @ BoxJelly

Monday, December 18 2017

6-8PM at BoxJelly


Box Jelly + Fishcake present the second “Artists in Conversation” talk, all about artists talking to each other about what they love doing!  


Please join us, our current artist-in-residence, Honolulu-based conceptual artist Nanci Amaka, and multi-disciplinary Oʻahu based-artist Andrew Binkley. They will talk about Nanci’s latest body of work entitled, “Mother” created during her residency. (Some of the videos from Nanci’s upcoming exhibition were created in collaboration with Andrew.) Together as art collective Stargaze, they engage in artmarking which “intersect the principles of omnipresent agency with transcendental capacity.”


Nanci and Box Jelly + Fishcake staff will be on hand after the presentation to answer questions about artists interested in applying for the next round of Box Jelly + Fishcake Artist-in-Residence Program, for Spring, Summer and Fall 2018.


Box Jelly and Fishcake deepens its commitment to supporting emerging artists and diversifying the platforms through which the public is invited to engage and gain greater insight to the seminal program that offers a supportive community of like-minded art professionals to foster artists’ creativity and career development.


Nanci Amaka:

Nanci Amaka is the current Box Jelly + Fishcake Artist-in-Residence, based in Honolulu, Hawaii. Nanci’s work explores ideas surrounding trauma, identity, memory and the liminal space between experience and language. Working from the theory that traumatic events challenge perceptions of power, autonomy, and identity. Her performances are poetic narratives of memory retrieval & inspection that investigate limits of vulnerability & social empathy, by creating charged contemplative experiences. Nanci received a BA in Visual Critical Studies from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an MFA from California College of the Arts. Nanci was born in Nigeria and spent her formative years in a rural rainforest village in south eastern Nigeria. She is now based in Honolulu.


Andrew Binkley:

Andrew Binkley is an American artist based in Oʻahu, Hawaii. Andrew’s work uncovers and examines notions of time and stages of transformation towards awakening and letting go. He studied art at the Kansas City Art Institute, and Buddhism at a monastery in Thailand. His art practice acts as a reflection on the relationship of arising and passing away, as well as one’s own relationship with impermanence, by inviting a shift into acceptance and appreciation. Andrew exhibited internationally with The Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (Taiwan), the Downtown Film Festival (Los Angeles), the Queens Museum of Art (New York), Shanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art (China), and the Honolulu Biennial (Honolulu).


Artist-in-Residence Program FAQs

Artist-in-Residence Laurie Sumiye (left)

You’ve Got Questions About the BoxJelly/fishcake Artist-in-Residence Program. We’ve Got Your Answers


How do I apply for the BoxJelly+fishcake Artist-in-Residence program?

To apply for the Artist-in-Residence Program, jump over here and submit an application by December 31st 2017!


What are the dates for next season’s Artist-in-Residence Program?

We are currently accepting applications for all terms through midnight on December 31, 2017 for the following terms:

Spring (February 1 – April 30, 2018)

Summer (May 1 – Aug 30, 2018)

Fall (September 1 – November 30, 2018)


Who will be deciding on the submissions?BoxJelly Artist-in-Residence Amelia Samari

All applications will be evaluated by a panel of creatives from BoxJelly and fishcake.


Is there a fee to apply?



Is there an artist’s stipend?

Nope, sorry; however,  you do get a terrific space.


How big is the space?

About ~150 sq ft or so.


What do you mean by “clean studio space”?

It does not refer how neat you are! The larger space is shared with designers and peeps who work on computers, so this means no painting, wet media, or materials that give off toxic fumes.


What is the age requirement to be a resident?BoxJelly Artist-in-Residence Nanci Amaka

Residents must be 18 years or older.


What hours can we work on our projects?

Residents have 24/7 access to the space.


Is there a minimum weekly time commitment at BoxJelly? Am I allowed to travel while in Hawaii?

In order to make the best of this opportunity, we recommend that residents work from BoxJelly at least four days per workweek. Residents are expected to manage their time and workflow to ensure they are able to meet program milestones, but travel is absolutely encouraged!


Art by BoxJelly Artist-in-Residence Laurie Sumiye

Do I need to be a U.S. citizen to apply?

We accept applications from many countries around the world, and are working at broadening our program all the time. If you are outside the United States and are interested in a residency, please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate you.


Does the residency program provide residents with visas?

The Artist-in-Residence program does not provide residents with visas, so residents must arrange their own visas and should enter the United States as visitors. We can, however, provide residents with an invitation letter describing the nature of the relationship that the Artist-in-Residence has with us and explain the reason for the visit. We’ve found that these letters can be useful for residents when entering the U.S., but are in no way intended to replace a visa.


Do you provide residents with transportation to Hawaii?

No. Residents must make their own transportation arrangements to and from O’ahu, Hawaii.


Where should I stay during my residency, and how should I get there?

We do have one shared studio apartment that is available for our residents to rent; otherwise, our residents coordinate their own travel arrangements and accommodations. Please arrange your housing and travel well in advance, or budget accordingly to stay in temporary accommodations (hotel or hostel) upon your arrival. You might consider visiting or to find temporary housing or sublets.


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Give us a call M-F 8am – 8pm (808)769-6921 or email us! For additional details, please see our Call for Artist-in-Residence Applications



Deadline Extended for Artist-in-Residence 2018 Applications


Apply now for our 2018 BoxJelly+Fishcake Artist-in-Residence (AiR) Program, an opportunity to create new work for a solo exhibition in Honolulu, Hawaii in the heart of Kaka’ako. 




We’re looking for artists who work in contemporary art practices and forms with big ideas and the ambition to execute them.

Spring Term starts February 1 – April 30, 2018.

Summer Term starts May 1 – Aug 30, 2018.

Fall Term starts September 1 – November 30, 2018.

Each 3-month residency includes:

  • A “clean” studio space suitable for artists working in digital arts, video, photography, illustration, fiber arts and textile design. We cannot accommodate painting, woodworking or ceramics.
  • A solo exhibition at The BoxJelly, the premier co-working space for urban creatives in Hawaii! We will provide press, marketing and hosting costs of the opening reception. All sales from the exhibition go directly to the artist.
  • BoxJelly Dedicated Studio membership (a $1500 value).
  • An opportunity to earn a spot on Fishcake’s roster of local and international artists and designers.  Fishcake sells artists’ work in two retail locations, and through their interior design studio, Fishcake Works.

The residency does not include exhibition costs, artist stipend, transportation or housing. We cannot offer a visa for international applicants. For visiting artists, we may be able to offer temporary lodging, pending availability.

Step 1: Apply Here

Step 2: Email materials below to laurie (at)

Submissions must include:

  • Project proposal: 1-2 pages in length, outlining a plan to create a body of work to enhance BoxJelly’s space. Include a detailed list of techniques and materials, outlining project logistics, supply and labor needs, and budget
  • Artist’s CV
  • Digital zip file containing 5-10 samples of your most recent work with an inventory sheet
  • Artist Statement
  • Other Supportive Material (optional)

For additional information, please see our Artist-in-Residence Program FAQs or join us at our Artist-in-Conversation event on December 18th to learn more about our program from current resident Nanci Amaka.




Life Inspired Art

I began to sincerely make work about vulnerable elements of my own life after a studio visit with a close friend of mine, Zina.  At that time, Zina had been making work about her father and his friends’ lives in Iraq when they were in their youth. Utilizing old photographs and narratives from her father, the paintings were vibrant, and intriguing. Most of all, they radiated an endearment that was palpable. Standing in Zina’s studio that evening, we began to naturally talk about our lives and the inherent inspiration we garner from our experiences as women who’ve had to flee our home countries for relative safety in the USA. In the middle of this conversation, as she is wont to do, Zina turned to me and gave me the very heartfelt criticism that I should begin to make work that was primarily about significant moments in my life.

For a very long time, I made work that was inspired a bit by my experiences but was mainly about the lives of people and refugees I interviewed. Although these works were in line with topics I was interested in: memory, trauma, identity, and sensory-to-language translation; they did not speak directly about my own experiences. Instead, offering others a space to speak about their own experiences, acted as a sort of buffer to having to address my own history or translate my experiences. In Zina’s studio that evening in Oakland, her statement acted as a mirror to my thoughts. I had been thinking about the exact same thing, but hesitating from fear of vulnerability. Sometimes, all you need to make a decision, is a loved one holding a mirror up to you. In my case, the conversation with Zina was exactly the push I needed.

Today, I am working on series of works about momentous experiences that shaped my life.  For my residency at Box Jelly and Fishcake, the main concept is ‘Motherhood’. The root of this is in the early loss of my mother to an act of violence.  The sprout of this is my recent pregnancy. In the first month of my residency at Box Jelly and Fishcake, I had planned already to make work about my mother: my memories of her, the pain of losing her to violence, and letting go of the power it’s held over me. Then I learned I was pregnant, and suddenly it became more imperative to do this work now.

The Artist’s Mother

Looking back, what made Zina’s paintings of her father and his childhood friends endearing wasn’t just the colors, or line-work of the paintings. It was also the emotional connection of Zina to the subjects, their memories, and a deep longing for a home loved and lost to time and circumstance. The pieces I am making about my mother will neither recreate her, nor come close to fully defining who she was. By exploring the fragments of her that I still have with me: memories of her singing to me, lifting me to her hips, moving around my grandmother’s yard. Memories of running up to her, burying myself in her skirts, hugging her legs. As well as elusive memories of the moments surrounding her death. I hope to build an exhibit that, as a whole, will give a sense of what she meant to me and the implications of a life lived under the shadow of loss.