Fine Art Collection
Historically many national parks have attracted artists due to their spectacular scenery. Over the years, Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park has accumulated a significant collection of art depicting its natural and cultural resources.
The types of artworks in this collection include watercolors, pen and ink drawings, pastels, oil paintings, photographs, and prints.
Beginning with the Volcano School of painting(1880-1890) to the present day, many notable artists are represented in the fine art collection.
Artworks from the park's collection can be seen displayed at the Kīlauea Visitor Center, Volcano House sm, and the Volcano Art Center.
Conservation treatments of the artworks is often required to ensure their longevity. A painting by D. Howard Hitchcock on the 1877 Volcano House sm fireplace (now the Volcano Art Center) is an example of conservation efforts.
Did You Know?
From 1983 to 1991, lava flows repeatedly invaded communities on Kīlauea's coastal south flank burying eight miles of highway and destroying 181 houses and a visitor center in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park.