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About Us: Student Art in the Library: Paintings

General information about the Ikeda Library

Student Art in the Library

Every summer, artwork created by SUA students is exhibited in the Founders Hall Art Gallery. Ikeda Library wanted to continue the celebration of our talented students’ art by showcasing these pieces in the library year round, and this year, the program became a reality!

As this year’s exhibit at Founders Hall was closing, some exceptional paintings and photographs were selected from the exhibition collection to be the first displayed as part of the library’s art program. We contacted the students for their permission and to get the “stories” behind their artwork. If they gave us a title and description, we added the information to the art labels displayed next to the pieces.

These outstanding works of art now hang on the walls of Ikeda Library and serve to make the library a more interesting, inspiring, and inviting place. Come enjoy the art close up: visit Ikeda Library today!  The pictures are on display on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the library.

We wish to thank the SUA artists who allowed us to exhibit their paintings or photographs at the library. Also, our deepest gratitude goes to Soka faculty members Arie Galles, Professor of Painting and Drawing, and Mark Kirchner, Photography Instructor, for their support.

This project was inspired by the University of Tennessee Libraries' Student Art in the Library.

Collection of Paintings

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Emma Grant-Dreher
Class of 2019
Untitled, December 2015
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 24 inches

A study on contrasting shapes and colors that would look
uncomfortable or unconventional next to each other.

Emma Grant-Dreher
Class of 2019
Untitled, December 2015
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 24 inches

A painting of two women made to look like reflections of each other.

Natsuko Umezaki
Class of 2017
Mother and Daughter, December 2013
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 24 inches 

I would love to present this artwork to my mother who, to me, is like a sunflower in my life. She is always bright and encouraging, so in return I want to be like a sunflower for my mother.

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Hiroko Miyama
Class of 2014
Untitled, April 2014
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 24 inches

Kiyoko Nakano
Class of 2014
Clark Little's rainbow sunset wave, April 2014
Acrylic on canvas
24 x 30 inches 

Originally a photograph by one of my favorite photographers, Clark Little. He is known for his photographs of shore break waves shot from the inside, looking out into the horizon. I chose this specific photograph of his because I truly loved the colors of the sky being reflected into the waves and creating the rainbow water.  

Lirica Nishimoto
Class of 2014
Connections, May 2014
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 24 inches

(Returned to the artist)

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Hiroko Miyama
Class of 2014
Memories, May 2014
Acrylic on canvas
24 x 30 inches

Kiyoko Nakano
Class of 2014
Whale Shark Silhouette, May 2014
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 24 inches 

As an ocean lover, I have adopted scuba diving as one of my favorite sports and learning opportunities. I have great passion for marine conservation as well as marine animals and especially enjoy swimming with sharks and manta rays. Whale sharks are my dream sharks to swim with, for their beauty and tranquility. I have yet to experience swimming with these sharks so I decided to paint the silhouette rather than the spots and stripes, which I would like to first observe with my own eyes.

Melodie Koike
Class of 2014
Tampopo, April 2014
Acrylic on canvas
24 x 30 inches 

Based on the tampopo (dandelion) photo found on: http://detrobles.tumblr.com/#me

(Returned to the artist)

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Taylor Karnilaw
Class of 2017
playful in color, November 2013
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 24 inches 

All throughout my life I have lived with a menagerie of animals, which I really love. This piece is my expression of the bright, playful dispositions of puppies with color. 

(Returned to the artist)

Bhamini Jain
Class of 2017
Je t'aime Vansha, November 2013
Acrylic on canvas
24 x 30 inches

This painting was created as a birthday gift to the artist's sister Vansha. The painting has an abstract view of Vansha's face with an abstract range of colors. It signifies her colorful and quirky nature—both how the artist perceives it and how the individual is. We are all quirky and colorful in our own individual ways and that furthermore reflects our perspectives. The thing is to recognize the colors and the vibrance and embrace them.

Natsuko Umezaki
Class of 2017
Sakura Blossom, November 2013
Acrylic on canvas
24 x 30 inches

Sakura (cherry blossoms) are one of my favorite flowers because the light pink/white petals that only bloom a few weeks a year are so beautiful. Happiness wells up in my heart just seeing pictures of them. I hope people who view this painting will feel the same way.