Centenary Art Show 2021

National Baha’i Center
3264 Allan Place, Honolulu, Nu`uanu Valley
Fall 2021

The Centenary Art Show 2021 is to be an offering of creativity to commemorate the centenary of the Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Baha.  

This year is…

a year for profound reflection on the Life of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and the Strength of the Covenant of which He was the Centre, as the community prepares to commemorate the centenary of His Ascension. “The observance of this anniversary will undoubtedly prompt individuals and communities alike to contemplate the significance of that infinitely poignant moment when He Who was the Mystery of God departed from this world. His passing took from the Bahá’ís of that era a Figure Who was the object of their ardent love and loyalty; to the faithful of this age, He remains without parallel: a perfect embodiment in word and deed of all that His Father taught, the One through Whom the Covenant of Bahá’u’lláh was “proclaimed, championed and vindicated”. We are conscious that the coming year will also mark a century since His Will and Testament—that “momentous”, “historic”, “immortal” Document – “called into being, outlined the features and set in motion the processes” of the Administrative Order, “the very pattern of that divine civilization which the almighty Law of Bahá’u’lláh is designed to establish upon earth”. This “unique” and “divinely-conceived” Order, this “mighty administrative structure”, had been fashioned by its Architect to perpetuate the Covenant and channel the spiritual powers of the Cause.”  –  Universal House of Justice, 25 November 2020.

This show is open to all!  All artists are invited to submit up to four art pieces to this special Centenary Art Show 2021


Sunday, July 25, 2021, to Wednesday, August 25, 2021: Submissions accepted

Wednesday, August 25, 2021: All art must be at the National Bahá’i Center, ready to hang, labeled with ID tag. 

Wednesday, September 1, 2021: Art Show installed

Friday, September 3, 2021: Opening Reception, National Bahá’i Center, 3264 Allan Place, Honolulu, 6-9 pm. Artists are encouraged to attend the opening reception.

Fridays and weekends in the fall: Music, poetry, storytelling, and drama will be shared in a series of programs at the National Bahá’i Center, 3264 Allan Place 

For questions or information, please call Mollie Sperry @ 808-393-3181, Frank Hernandez @ 808-351-9201 or JoLinda Susilo @ 808-636-4691

ART MEDIUM: Acrylic, batik, ceramic, collage. Digital, drawing, jewelry, metal, oil, pastel, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textile, watercolor, fiber, woodworks, and multimedia 

INSPIRATIONAL TEXT: We invite you to share either a Baha’i quotation or story that inspired your art.

 “I rejoice to hear that thou takest pains with thine art, for in this wonderful new age, art is worship. The more thou strivest to perfect it, the closer wilt thou come to God. What bestowal could be greater than this, that one’s art should be even as the act of worshipping the Lord? That is to say, when thy fingers grasp the paint brush, it is as if thou wert at prayer in the Temple.” (Extract from an untranslated Tablet by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá)


  1. Please fill out the digital form below with  the following information: (Name, Contact Information, title of piece, medium, inspirational text, photo of artwork) 
  2. Print and attach to your artwork the completed ID tag.  All art must be received at the National Center no later than Wednesday, August 25, 2021  
  3. Ship artwork: All shipped artwork should be sent to:  Frank Hernandez c/o Hawai`i National Bahá’i Center 3264 Allan Place Honolulu, Hawai`i, 96817 
  4. All artworks must be packaged in sturdy, shippable boxes with paid return shipping labels, or a check made to Frank Hernandez for the amount of return shipping. 
  5. Artwork may also be delivered in person to the National Bahá’i Center.
  6. You will be notified when your artwork has been received.  

Printable Submission form and ID tags

Please download and print the ID tags to be attached to your art work.


After you fill in the form below please click on the “choose file” button below to upload pictures of your submissions.  Please label all photos with the title of your submission.