Japanese Arts & Artifacts

Martha Gault Art Gallery proudly presents “Japanese Arts & Artifacts” on view Monday through Thursday, 11:00 am – 5:pm, from September 27 through October 28. Art Gallery Director Theresa Antonellis invited Professor Yukako Ishimaru, Japanese Instructor in Modern Languages & Cultures to work with students to interpret Japanese art and artifacts held in the Art Department Permanent Collection. Ishimaru’s students of Intercultural Communication from Saga University in Japan researched collection records to write interpretive gallery descriptions. The Saga students wrote detailed interpretations including the artwork’s history, its cultural significance, artists’ biographies, and a personal reflection. In some cases, certain unidentified artworks were identified and credited.
Professor Ishimaru is an alumna of Saga University, which became a partner university with Slippery Rock University in 2012. Since then, SRU and Saga University have been exchanging students and developing collaborations. During spring 2021, Ishimaru’s 39 students Saga Intercultural Communication class wrote descriptions of these arts and artifacts. SRU students from the Japanese program then edited and proofread them. In addition, 12 students from the Cultural Immersion Program, (also organized by Professor Ishimaru) participated in this project.
The acquisition of these artworks dates to 1965, when Professor Martha Gault traveled to Japan with her husband, John, to purchase artworks and artifacts that would become the basis of the Art Department Permanent Collection. Gault was the first Art Department Chairperson, and was a professor at Slippery Rock University in from 1946 until retirement in 1969. Martha Gault’s estate endowed the Martha Gault Art Gallery in 1977.

Hours are Mondays through Thursdays from 11 am to 5 pm. The Art Gallery is in 102 Maltby Building and is all-accessible by entrance on College Drive near Rhoads Hall.