Dr. Jerry Hiura Next Gen Visual Artist Award

"Together in Isolation" by Gabriella Elise Olavarria. 2021 1st Place Winner

"Projected Reality" by Eleanor Vickery. 2021 2nd Place Winner

"Unified" by Zoa Willhoite. 2021 3rd Place Winner

The Dr. Jerry Hiura Next Gen Visual Artist Award honors Dr. Jerry’s passions through a scholarship that celebrates young visionary artists and supports their artistic practice and goals as they pursue higher education.


The San José Museum of Art Dr. Jerry Hiura Next Gen Visual Artist Award was created in honor of former Trustee Dr. Jerry Hiura, known affectionately as “Dr. Jerry,” a gifted individual dedicated to service, community, and the arts. A passionate advocate for multi-cultural arts, he served as chair of San José's Arts Commission and as president of the Arts Council of Silicon Valley. Dr. Jerry’s commitment towards advancing the local arts community in San José also included co-founding the Contemporary Asian Theater Scene (CATS), the Japantown Community Congress of San José (JCCsj) and establishing the Three Japantown Landmarks Public Arts projects and Ikoinoba, quiet resting places, throughout Japantown. As a board member for Chopsticks Alley Art, he furthered the creative dialogue between Japanese and Vietnamese American art and history. Dr. Jerry’s countless contributions were recognized Statewide when he was appointed in 2002 by Governor Gray Davis to the California State Arts Council, where he served as vice-chair.

Dr. Jerry and his wife, fellow Trustee Lucia Cha, joined the Board of Trustees of the San José Museum of Art (SJMA) in 2017. He served on the Executive Committee and was a key partner in SJMA’s engagement initiatives with San José’s Vietnamese community. 

As a dedicated artist himself, Dr. Jerry explored his creative endeavors inexpressive forms. His paintings and drawings utilized a variety of media, including oils, watercolor, and acrylics – and ranged from whimsical topics to portraiture. As an author, poet, and editor, he published The Hawk's Well in 1986, a unique collection of Japanese American art and literature.


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Dr. Jerry Hiura Next Gen Visual Artist Award 

The Dr. Jerry Hiura Next Gen Visual Artist Award is open to high school students in Santa Clara County. 

Application Deadline

May 1, 2022

Award Amount

1st prize: $3,000

2nd and 3rd prizes: $1,000 each



Our world is shaped by the youth of today. With ever-evolving changes to our landscape, technology, and cultures we are constantly adapting to what the future holds. 

Create an artwork that responds to the future you want to live in. You can explore potential challenges we will be facing, solutions to problems you see now, or respond to what you imagine the world will be like.


  • Call for submissions  (January 2022–May 1, 2022)
  • Recipients notified  (May 31, 2022)
  • Award ceremony  (June 4, 2022–Community Day: Maker Day) 


  • Open media, 2D pictorial artwork, in response to the theme above
  • Only one submission per student
  • Students must be any high school aged student, in the Santa Clara County

Application Submission Requirements

  • A completed submission form with:
    • Your name, high school name, teacher sign off
    • Title of work
    • Description of work submitted including actual dimensions
    • An artist’s statement*
    • A high-quality image of your artwork in .jpg or .png format 
    • 1200 x 1800 px, minimum size 
    • Maximum of three views

* The statement should be 200 words or less, describing who you are, what you make, and why you make it. The statement is a stand-in for you, the artist, talking to someone about your work in a way that adds to their understanding and experience of viewing that work. Highlight how your work connects to the theme of “Into the Future.”



Lance Fung

Lance Fung is a lecturer at San José State University and the chief curator for Fung Collaboratives, an organization that conceives and realizes art exhibitions around the world and its non-profit partner FC (Fung Collaboratives) Projects. Fung is currently developing a cultural village as well as Sink, an underwater exhibition about marine conservation in Bali, and a public art exhibition on the San Francisco Bay Trail that encircles the San Francisco Bay. 

Michael Ogilvie

Michael Ogilvie is an inventive cartoonist, and the Public Arts director of San José, and formerly director of Publics Arts for Las Vegas and Clark County. Ogilvie has exhibited his art nationally and internationally and has been published in numerous magazines and newspapers. He has also self-published five graphic novels, including CHUM, in 2013.

Jimin Lee

Professor and department chair at UCSC, Professor Jimin Lee's work explores themes of mobility, displacement, and labor on the personal and social level as seen in traffic, places of transport, or objects that move or are "in transit"— travel in both the daily and in the migratory sense. Professor Lee's work has been exhibited internationally and published in 10 catalogs. 


Sudents in need of materials to enter the Dr. Jerry Hiura Next Gen Visual Artists Award are invited to contact us at Education@sjmusart.org