Welcome to Soka University's Founders Hall Art Gallery

SUA's beautiful two-story, 8,000 square foot Founders Hall Art Gallery is open M-F from 9AM - 5PM. Admission is free.  Enjoy a 360-degree view of first floor Founders Hall Art Gallery.

Founders Hall Gallery

Upcoming Shows and Exhibits

Please see our calendar for upcoming shows and exhibitions. Directions.  

Exhibition Proposals

If you are an artist interested in exhibiting in the gallery, see our guidelines for proposals for future exhibitions.


The Art Gallery may also be rented for receptions and special events.


  • Dreaming of Peace for the love of it - painting and photography by Penny McManigal, Artist for Peace and Transformation - 2005
  • ClassWorks 2005 - student/faculty art exhibition
  • Nicolai - His Expressionist World - 2005
  • Voices of Chinese Diaspora - An Exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Art - 2005
  • Contours of Modernity - An Exhibition of Contemporary Indian Art - 2005
  • ClassWorks 2004 - student/faculty art exhibition
  • Honduran Quilts - 2004
  • Uncharted Terrain: Contemporary Approaches to Landscape Art - 2004
  • Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World - 2004
  • Peace's New Century 2004
  • Liquid Art - 2003
  • Images of Courage - photography by Danny Sze - 2003
  • Weaving the Earth in Harmony - Native American Art from the Collection of Bowers Museum of Cultural Art and photography by Eugene Lally - 2003
  • Bridges to Freedom - 2002
  • Emmett Amos - Wood Sculpture - 2001
  • Linus Pauling and the 21st Century -  2001
  • Gandhi, King, Ikeda: A Legacy of Building Peace - 2001

Guidelines For Submitting Exhibition Proposals

The Soka University Art Gallery Committee reviews all exhibition proposals on the basis of theme, quality, size (number of works vs. space available and suitability to large wall spaces), media, uniqueness to SUA (have we done a similar exhibition in the recent past?) and proposed budget.

Theme considerations include:  Does the proposed exhibition relate to Soka University's mission to foster a steady stream of global citizens committed to living a contributive life? Does the art relate to SUA's core values of peace, human rights and the sanctity of life?  Does it relate to topics SUA students are studying or will be studying?  Does it offer a unique insight into another country or culture? 

Exhibitions are usually booked two to three years in advance. Proposals should include web links or digital or print images of works for committee review, background of artist, description including size and number of works, theme, title, proposed dates of exhibition, and a detailed budget. Budget considerations: Will artist hang works?  Do hangers need to be hired?  Shipping or transportation cost to Gallery?  If shipping is involved, the Gallery will pay the cost of shipping and shipping insurance to the Gallery for an approved exhibition, but it will be the artist's responsibility to provide shipping and insurance from the Gallery to the next destination. The Gallery does not usually pay for the cost of making prints, canvas/paint/materials for creating art or mounting/framing.  Art should arrive in a ready-to-hang condition.  The Gallery only accepts art that can be hung on walls.  Art submitted for consideration MUST be available at the time of exhibition.
Founders Hall Art Gallery exhibitions usually run 3-4 months.  Artists should be available to attend an Opening Reception, which will be hosted by SUA. If transportation is needed, it should be included in the budget.  The Gallery will also pay for one night's hotel stay and will provide meal tickets for artists coming from out of town for an Opening Reception.

Artists should be aware that the Gallery is also used for receptions and special events throughout the year that may include food in the Gallery.   

Proposals should be emailed or mailed to:

Michelle Martin, Gallery Liaison
Soka University Art Gallery Committee
1 University Drive
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

For additional questions contact: arts@soka.edu or call 949.480.4237.

Founders Hall Art Gallery
Soka University
1 University Drive
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656