• About the Exhibit
  • The use of paper in kites is not new, but stems from a tradition from many countries of the world. The passion, appreciation and talent of Scott Skinner, Jose Sainz and Nobuhiko Yoshizumi exhibits the beauty and importance of paper in kites as a flying art. In this exhibition of kites, each artist has developed his own style and own expression, taking paper on an interesting contemporary voyage.
  • Greg Kono is a third generation Japanese Ameriacn (Sansei), who grew up on a farm in Sacramento, California. He made his first kites from greenhouse plastic, bamboo or wood dowels, and newspaper; at times he would invest a dollar for a commercial delta kite to fly over the family's twenty-five acres of farmland.
  •  I've always argued that the most exciting aspect of "kites as art" is that the individual almost always shines through. A simple kite form can become magical with unique treatment by a skilled artist. So it is with the kites of Nancy Kiefer, a skilled portrait painter with an almost primitive style. She has artistic tools readily adaptable to the kite-canvas: powerful lines, strong contrast, and an amount detail left to the imagination of the viewer.
  • In the early 1990s, as kite festivals throughout the world became increasingly popular, a parallel movement affected the kite world like a tsunami. Kite pins became the rage and were collected voraciously at kite festivals throughout Asia, Europe, Australia, and the United States. They were an easily transported, inexpensive token that could be traded, sold, or given as gifts to remember of a person, place, or time, be an artist expression, an homage to a kite, or a keepsake from an event.
  • Led by by a handmade paper expert, 8 international artists traveled to Kochi, one of Japan's major papermaking centers. In just under a week, the artists experienced the art of making washi, traditional Japanese handmade paper, and incorporated washi in new contemporary kite works.
  • Some of the best kites in the world come from the attic of a hobbyist. Harold Writer took his boyhood passion to the furthest extent. Study the simple but artistic craftsmanship of an individual who worked after hours to create some of the best flying kites of wood and ripstop.
  • Worldwide, kites can be made with a variety of materials: a simple leaf, paper and wood, silk and bamboo, plastic and fiberglass or almost any combination of the above. Miniature kites are no exception and serve to test their makers' ingenuity and their materials' limits. This exhibit takes you on a tour of the smaller kite - a collection of the world's finest flying miniatures.
  • In celebration of the centennial of flight, this exhibit chronicles the kites and their inventors as they move toward the goal of man powered flight. From early pioneers in Europe and the United States, we celebrate the final achievement of taking to the air with the Wright Brothers and their first flight at Kitty Hawk.