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About Us: Student Art in the Library: Photography

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 Photography

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Valerie O'Connor 
Class of 2018
Eyes in Light and Shadow, April 2016
6 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches

I had two seconds to take this photo before his eye started to hurt from the flashlight.

Nobuhiro Imahashi
Class of 2018
Evergreen, April 2016
Black and White
9 1/2 x 9 inches

Suzanna Stockey
Class of 2019
Nature vs. Nurture, December 2015
Silver Gelatin Print
5 1/2 x 9 inches

"You cannot carry nature with you, but you carry images of nature. When you go out to make a picture you find you are moved by something which is in agreement with an image you already held within yourself." - Frederick Sommer

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Matthew Berger
Class of 2016
Lilies in Spring, April 2016
7 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches

Min Xiang Lee
Class of 2016
Hall at Dusk, April 2016
6 1/4 x 9 1/2 inches

Shilo Benic-Kluge
Class of 2016
Horseshoe Bend, March 2016
7 x 4 1/2 inches

After trying to capture the beauty of Horseshoe Bend in Northern Arizona, I unintentionally captures my foot in the photo, which somewhat gives a new meaning to Horse "shoe" Bend.

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Ellie Tamura
Class of 2016
Calm in Chaos, April 2016
Silver gelatin print
9 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches

Sunhwi Kim
Class of 2019
Lights and Reflections on a Rainy Day, November 2015
6 1/4 x 8 1/2 inches

This photo might not have been taken if the scene had been recognized. If you keep seeing and being at a same place, you will get used to what you see and where.

Class of 2016
Words Attached, October 2013
Silver gelatin print
8 1/2 x 5 7/8 inches 

Even though we are worlds apart I still think of you, hoping my words will reach you.

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Min Xiang Lee
Class of 2016
Silhouette, Never Lost, March 2015
Silver gelatin print
9 3/8 x 7 3/8 inches

A silhouette is nothing but hidden potential.

Kay Matsuyama
Class of 2015
Brothers, May 2015
Silver gelatin print
9 x 6 inches

Some young friends I met during Pongal (The Harvest Festival) in Tamil Nadu, India.

Masakazu Ikeda
Class of 2018
Star Traits, December 2014
Silver gelatin print
9 3/8 x 8 7/8 inches

Taking photographs of start traits was one of my ultimate goals of the project. In order to take such photos, I had to use a special tool to keep the shutter opened.

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Handrio Nurhan
Class of 2015
Looking Through Nothing More, October 2014
Silver gelatin print
9 3/8 x 6 5/8 inches

Katie Kamimoto
Class of 2014
Wander, Never Lost, March 2014
Silver gelatin print
9 1/8 x 6 1/8 inches

Wandering through Central Park on a cold March day.

Nobuko Nagai
Class of 2016
Spotlight, February 2014
Silver gelatin print
9 x 6 inches

We all deserve the spotlight which shows that each of us is special. Look carefully. Everything is shining.

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Shelsea Ray Ramirez
Class of 2016
A touch of Autumn in the Spring, March 2014
Silver gelatin print
9 x 7 3/8 inches

Wing Ng
Class of 2014
a key to an open world, March 2014
Silver gelatin print
9.5 x 7.25 inches

This piece has been created through a manual double exposure during the development process. By dodging and only projecting parts of two different images onto light sensitive photo paper, I was able to create this mystic scene. Film photography is raw and very straightforward unlike digital photography, but with the key of imagination there are endless possibilities. Through my years in SUA I realized this universal principle: When we learn, we're learning the basic building blocks of each subject. These elements amount to nothing unless you utilize them to build something of your own. Your imagination is the key to the world.

William Cox
Class of 2017
Drifter, December 2013
Silver gelatin print
9 x 6 1/8 inches 

Taken at Trestles Beach.


Rhythm Sethi
Class of 2014
Shadows, October 2013
Silver gelatin print
6 6/8 x 9 1/4 inches 

This photograph was a part of the Light, Shadow, and Pattern assignment. While walking through campus, I came across a place and I stood there for a few minutes observing the play of light and shadow and some pattern. The photograph is an attempt to capture the moment I witnessed.