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The Hawaiʻi Arts Alliance is proud to announce the 2020 and 2021 recipients of the Preis Honors, Duane Preble and Tom Klobe. The dual year awards were presented virtually via Zoom on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 7:00 pm.


Duane Preble

2020 Preis Honors Awardee

Born  in 1936 in National City, California, Duane Preble

Duane Preble is an American artist and art educator.   He is the son of Bennett and Mary Salome (Williams) Preble and married Sarah Ann Hamilton on March 13, 1961. They have two children, Jeffrey Hamilton and Malia.


Duane completed his B.A. at the University of California at Los Angeles in 1959. He completed his Masters of Fine Arts Thesis entitled “A series of recorded images and sounds taken from everyday life and organized on the basis of creative indeterminacy to be super-imposed in rhythmical sequence” in 1963. He joined as a Lecturer at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu from 1963-1964, and then accepted a teaching position in the UH Mānoa Art Department from 1964-1991. Duane held a Visiting Professor position at the University of Colorado for 1979-80. He retired from the University Art Department in 1991 and in 1993 he accepted an advisory position to the Board of the Honolulu Waldorf School.


Duane also held positions in community organizations in Honolulu.  As a Member and Chair of the City Commission on Culture & the Arts ( 1971-1973); as a Board Member for the Civic Forum for Public Education (1998-2000); as President of the Board for Keiki o ka ʻĀina Family Learning Centers (2004-2006); as a Board member of Mālama o Mānoa (2003-2006); and as a Board member for the Friends of Libraries of Hawaii since 1997. In addition to these positions, Duane was a Trustee for the Honolulu Academy Arts since 1973. He was Chair of the Arts Department at the University of Hawaiʻi (1985-1987) and on the Board of Directors for the Hawaii Alliance Arts Education from 1988-1995.


As an artist, Duane is listed as a notable artist and art educator by Marquis Who's Who. He has authored numerous books including 12 editions of Preble’s Artforms. Other titles include Design with Nature, Man Creates Art Creates Man, We Create Art Creates Us, and Writing On-line Research Guide for Arts Forms. Duane’s passions outside of teaching and creating art are hiking, bicycling, swimming, and music (jug band).


Tom Klobe

2021 Preis Honors Awardee

Tom Klobe grew up on a small farm in an all-white community near Young America, Minnesota. His parents taught him to believe in the American ideals of freedom and democracy, in the 

rights and privileges of being an individual, and, most importantly, that "all men are created equal." His parents taught him to question authority and to "Always do the right thing, no matter how difficult it is."

When he moved to Hawaii in 1959, a year after finishing high school, he felt he could freely live the American ideals his parents had instilled in him. Freed from the American norm, and realizing that democracy thrives on pluralism and diversity, he could truly be an individual. Foremost, he saw and understood the necessity of equality for all people, and knew that he had to work to ensure that all would have the same opportunities. Though his aptitudes and interests were in art, and he would strive to find ways to mesh his career with his philosophical thought. In the early 1960s, Tom joined the Peace Corps and was posted to Iran which was a life-changing experience.

Philosophically, the people of Alang, Golestān, Iran have been the most important influence on Tom. He learned the importance of the little things in life from them and that every moment must be cherished. It is the people that he works with in community projects, those in the classroom, and those who come to see an exhibition who must be considered first. In a sense the Peace Corps experience became a model for his life.

As a Peace Corps Volunteer, he learned the persuasive qualities of quiet leadership that grounded his 29-year career as Director of the University of Hawaii Art Gallery. Tom was the founding director of the University of Hawai’i Art Gallery and emeritus professor in the UH Mānoa Art Department. Each exhibition Tom designed was like a Peace Corps tour of duty for him; a project that allowed him to learn about the world, himself, and others. Each has allowed him to experience the exultation of discovery that he first experienced as a Peace Corps Volunteer.


Tom organized and designed over 200 exhibitions, five of which received the prestigious Print Casebooks: Best in Exhibition Design Awards. He authored or edited over 35 publications. Tom 

authored two books -- Exhibitions: Concept, Planning and Design, published by the American Association of Museums Press in 2012 and A Young American in Iran, published by Peace Corps Writers in 2014. Exhibitions provides extensive advice on the art of exhibition development, while exploring how significant ideas are communicated to museum visitors through exhibit design. 


In 1999 Tom was honored by the Republic of France as a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres for contributions to the arts in France and Hawaii. He was the recipient of the University of Hawaii Robert W. Clopton Award for Distinguished Community Service in 2003 and named a Living Treasure of Hawaii in 2005. Tom is currently working on a book about the Cappella Palatina, the royal chapel of the Norman Palace in Palermo, Sicily, which he began in the 1970s.

A donation in honor of Duane Preble and Tom Klobe may be made to benefit the Hawaiʻi Arts Alliance's arts programs.

Checks may always be mailed to us at:

Hawai‘i Arts Alliance, PO Box 3948, Honolulu, HI 96812

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