For Students

The Koa Gallery couldn't operate wihout the help of students. We'd love your help! You gain valuable experience and insight inot what goes into running a gallery while enjoying a creative environment and the company of others.


As a volunteer, we'd love your help in the following ways. Please call to enquire how you can get involved at 734-9374.

Installation. Please join us in setting up and installing Exhibitions at the Koa Gallery. We will be moving and painting walls to prepare the space, moving art work, preparing pieces for hanging, hammering nails, etc.

Exhibition Openings. Please join us in setting up and working at the opening of an exhibition. We will be preparing food, making punch, setting out tables and chairs, and clean up.


Job openings are evaluated every semester. We encourage students to commit to working with us for at least 4 four sequential semesters, and occasionally students’ schedules or other circumstances make one or more spots available. We require you to work at least twice a week for a total of about 7-9 hours each week. Please call the gallery to inquire if there are job openings at 734-9374.

Gallery qualifications include:

Computer friendly -- working knowledge of Word, Excel, Photoshop, Illustrator. Mac based, and Dreamweaver or HTML a plus.
People friendly – comfortable answering the phone, greeting gallery visitors.
Art friendly – apply artistic skills to photography, design, and gallery installation.
Reliable – show up for work as scheduled.
Attentive to detail.
Willingness to do lifting, carrying, hanging, holding.

Gallery work may include:

Setting up the Gallery for openings.
Answering the phone.
Running campus errands.
Sweeping gallery floor and cleaning windows.
Designing posters.
Taking Photographs of the art.
Downloading images from the camera and adjusting them in Photoshop.
Assist with gallery maillings.
Assist with creating labels for the gallery.
Assist with emailing press releases.
Assist with moving, loading and unloading art.
Updating the website with current data.

The John Young Scholarship


Portfolio Advisory Session:
Friday, March 22nd, 10am - 1pm in Koa 200
A free session on how to put together a portfolio will be available.

Portfolio Due Date:
Tuesday, April 9th, 12pm - 4pm in Kalia 214

John Young was one of the most influential modern artist in Hawaii. He was a self-taught artist who was influenced by Max Ernst , Delacroix,the Lascaux, France cave paintings, Chinese brush paintings, and Jackson Pollock.

Young was known for his landscapes, children, figures and horses. His facination with Chinese Horse paintings resulted in the powerful paintings of horses he became famous for. Young worked in oil, pastel, watercolor, ink, pencil, prints and mixed media.

Over the 60 years he was a working artist, Young exhibited in such prestigious institutions as the Metropolitan Museaum of Art, the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., and the San Francisco Museum of Art. His work is in the public collections of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

The John Young Foundation annually awards 2 KCC students the John Young Scholarship. The scholarship seeks to honor the legacy of local artist John Young by supporting young and talented aspiring artists with a tuition scholarship of $2000 ($1000 per semester) for the school year. Applications are made available every February and are usually due in mid April. We encourage you to apply.

John Young Scholarship 2013 Information

John Young Scholarship 2013 Application Form