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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.

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

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

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


ClassWorks 2015
SUA Student Art Show
Founders Hall Art Gallery 1st Fl
May 2 - August 28m 2015
Encounters with Nature -
The Art of Gerry Tuten

Founders Hall Art Gallery 2nd Fl
May 2 - August 28, 2015


The Outsider Inside - Private Visions/Graphic Expressions

The Art of Munio Makuuchi

January 20 - April 17, 2015 

1st Fl, Founders Hall Art Gallery 

Eden Revisited

Sculpted Glass by Kathleen Elliot 

January 20 - April 17, 2015

2nd Fl, Founders Hall Art Gallery

The Art of Mapping: 25 years of Paintings by Spelman Evans Downer

September 11, 2014 - January 2, 2015


Landscapes from the Huntington Library by Dennis McGonagle
May 19-Aug 25, 2014

Class Works 2014

May 19- August 25, 2014





California Fibers

January 13-May 8, 2014






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

 Class Works 2013
 May 20 - December 31, 2013

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






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

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






 ClassWorks 2012
May 22 - Aug 31, 2012

Student Art Exhibition


Cathy Breslaw: Transitions

January 19-May 11, 2012






Arie A. Galles: HEARTLAND Reflected Light Paintings

Sept 8, 2011 - Jan 6, 2012

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

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

Joseph Raffael:
Reflections from the Garden

Ballast: Ceramic Art by Don Ryan

January 18 - April 15, 2011






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

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

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

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


Sea of Ink - Calligraphic Expressions in American
Founders Hall Art Gallery 2nd Fl
June 11 - August 22, 2009
Class Works 2009 - SUA Student Art Exhibition
Founders Hall Art Gallery 1st Fl
May 22 - August 22, 2009
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 of Recollection - Gail Schneider 2008
May 3 - July 15, 2008
CLASSWORKS 2008 - Student Art Exhibition
May 22 - August 30, 2008

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

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

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


Arie A. Galles's Fourteen Stations/Hey Yud Dalet
The Reflected Environment - paintings by Dennis McGonagle
ClassWorks 2006 - Student/Faculty Art Exhibition


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 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 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: info@soka.edu or call 949.480.4081.

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