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Welcome to Soka University's Founders Hall Art Gallery

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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.

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

If you are an artist interested in exhibiting in the gallery, please see our scroll to the bottom of this page to see our guidelines for proposals for future exhibitions.

The Art Gallery is also available at certain times for receptions and special events.



California Fibers

January 13-May 8, 2014







Yu Ji painting

Moments Unchained: Paintings and Drawings by Yu Ji
September 9 - October 31, 2013

lotus painting

 Class Works 2013
 May 20 - December 31, 2013


Osuna Pancho villa

Mexico At The Hour of Combat: Sabino Osuna's Photographs of the Mexican Revolution
May 20 - August 23, 2013






Silver Print Pony

Silver Prints - Photography by Tim Volk
February 4 - May 10, 2013

Layered Cadences

Layered Cadences: Four Artists
November 29, 2012 - January 25, 2013



Golden States of Grace - Prayers of the Disinherited
Photography by Rick Nahmias
September 17 - November 16, 2012














 The Laguna Wilderness: Images and Impressions
 Photography by Ron Chilcote






student art

 ClassWorks 2012
May 22 - Aug 31, 2012

Student Art Exhibition


Traveling Vines

Cathy Breslaw: Transitions

January 19-May 11, 2012






Class Works 2011 Hands

Arie A. Galles: HEARTLAND Reflected Light Paintings

Sept 8, 2011 - Jan 6, 2012

Opening Reception: Sept 17, 2011 5:30 - 8:30 pm

student art ClassWorks 2011 SUA Student Art Show
Founders Hall Art Gallery 1st Fl
May 22 - August 31, 2011
Joseph Raffael art

Joseph Raffael:
Reflections from the Garden

Ballast: Ceramic Art by Don Ryan

January 18 - April 15, 2011

Rust Bucket






Quiso pero no pudo

Specters of Culture: Argentine
Post-Dictatorship Art by Sebastian
Chillemi and Pablo Salvado
Sept 16, 2010 - Jan 7, 2011

Nature Prevails

Lip Service

Obstacleism by Farr Ligvani
Founders Hall Art Gallery 2nd Fl
June 15 - August 5, 2010

Lip Service ClassWorks 2010
SUA Student Art Show
Founders Hall Art Gallery 1st Fl
May 22 - August 31, 2010
Lip Service Reflections of an Armchair Arteologist
Photographic Retrospective
by Mark Chamberlain
Founders Hall Art Gallery
Jan 21 - May 14, 2010

Rita Blitt Passionate Gestures of Rita Blitt
Founders Hall Art Gallery
September 1, 2009 - January 8, 2010


sea of ink Sea of Ink - Calligraphic Expressions in American
Founders Hall Art Gallery 2nd Fl
June 11 - August 22, 2009
classworks 2009 Class Works 2009 - SUA Student Art Exhibition
Founders Hall Art Gallery 1st Fl
May 22 - August 22, 2009
Soka Education Soka Education Exhibition
Founders Hall Art Gallery"
May 2 - June 8, 2009

Manzanar Pilgrimage - Photographs from the National Manzanar Historic Site 1983-2008 by Mark Kirchner
Feb. 1 - May 15, 2009


Voices of Silence  Voices of Hope - Rhea Carmi Art Exhibition
September 15 - December 31, 2008
traces Traces of Recollection - Gail Schneider 2008
May 3 - July 15, 2008
ClassWorks 2008 CLASSWORKS 2008 - Student Art Exhibition
May 22 - August 30, 2008


Richard Artschwager - Large Concepts in Small Formats
January 18 - April 18, 2008
Jewels of China

Jewel of China - Photography by Danny Sze
Debut of 96 extraordinary images from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong
February 16 - March 28, 2007

natasha Natasha Shoro Mixed Media Art Exhibition
September 11, 2007 - December 31, 2007


Classworks 2007 - Student/Faculty Art Exhibition
May 3 - August 30, 2007


Galles Exhibit 2006 Arie A. Galles's Fourteen Stations/Hey Yud Dalet
Twilight of the 21st Century The Reflected Environment - paintings by Dennis McGonagle
Class Works 2006 ClassWorks 2006 - Student/Faculty Art Exhibition
  • 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
  • Gandhi, King, Ikeda - 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


Guidelines for submitting an exhibition proposal:

The Soka University Art Gallery Committee reviews all exhibition proposals on the basis of theme, quality, size (number of works vs. space available), 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 one to two 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 estimated budget.  (Budget considerations: Will artist hang works?  Do hangers need to be hired?  Shipping or transportation costs?  Special needs?).

Founders Hall Art Gallery exhibitions usually run 3-4 months.  SUA will host an opening reception for selected artists.  Artists should be aware that the Gallery is also used for receptions and special events throughout the year.   

Proposals should be emailed or mailed to:

Arch Asawa, Chairman
Soka University Art Gallery Committee
1 University Drive
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

For additional questions contact: or call 949.480.4081.

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

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