Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the gallery is closed until further notice.

Summer 2020 — Canceled

Lauren Mendelsohn Bass

Sugar Coated takes us on a journey through the world of superficial reality—where artificially alluring and nostalgically innocent context masks darker thoughts, ideas and actions.

Playing with Your Food by Lauren Mendelsohn Bass
Mendelsohn “Playing With Your Food” Oil on Canvas 36x48

Upcoming Exhibitions


Celebrating the Genius of Ed Moses

  • Exhibition dates: January 14 – May 7, 2021
  • Opening Reception: Thursday, January 14, 2021, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

ClassWorks 2020 & 2021 Soka Student Art and Photography Exhibition, First Floor

Through the Eyes of a Pioneer Woman: Nellie Gail Moulton, Second Floor

  • Opening Reception: Thursday, May 20, 2021, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

    Arie Galles: A Retrospective Exhibition

    • September 16, 2021 - January 7, 2022

    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. 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.

    Does the proposed exhibition relate to SUA’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 and title
    • proposed dates of exhibition
    • detailed budget

    These are some budget details you should consider:

    • Will the artist hang works? Do hangers need to be hired?
    • What is the shipping or transportation cost to the gallery? 
    • The gallery does not usually pay for the cost of making prints, canvas/paint/materials for creating art, or mounting/framing.

    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 your responsibility to provide shipping and insurance from the gallery to the next destination.

    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 three to four months. Artists should be available to oversee their exhibit installation and attend the opening reception, which will be hosted by SUA on a Thursday evening. 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.

    Proposals should be emailed or mailed to:

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

    Past Exhibitions

    Spring 2020
    Evolution by Farr Ligvani

    Summer 2019
    ClassWorks 2019: Soka Student Art Exhibition | May 31—August 31, 2019

    Spring 2019
    Chaos Theory by Sheryl Daane-Chesnut & Carol Pquetj | January 17—May 5, 2019
    Earth, Air, Fire & Water | May 17–August 31, 2019

    Fall 2018
    California Fibers: A Matter of Time | September 17, 2018–January 7, 2019

    Summer 2018
    ClassWorks 2018: Soka Student Art Exhibition | May 21—August 31, 2018
    Breaking Rules of the Past, A Retrospective by Mutlu Ertac | May 21–August 31, 2018

    Spring 2018
    Votive: Art of Frank Galuszka | January 25–May 7, 2018
    100 Women and More by Red (Tracey Sagalow) | January 25–May 7, 2018

    Fall 2017
    Sleeping in the Forest: dreamscapes of nature and society by Sebastián Chillemi & Pablo Salvadó | September 14–January 7, 2018

    Summer 2017
    ClassWorks 2017: Student Art Exhibition | May 21–August 31, 2017

    Spring 2017
    Distant Visions: Digital images by Jay Gale | February 15–May 12, 2017 
    Self-Motivated: Selected Paintings and Drawings by Soka Art Students | February 15–May 12, 2017

    Contact Us

    Email us at arts@soka.edu.

    Manager of Community Relations
    Image of Michelle Martin.