Japanese Arts and Artifacts

Martha Gault Art Gallery proudly presents “Japanese Arts & Artifacts” on view Monday through Thursday, 11:00 am – 5:pm, until October 28. Please join us for the closing reception, Tuesday, October 26 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Light refreshments will be served.
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.
Professor Yukako Ishimaru, Japanese Instructor in Modern Languages & Cultures, worked with students of Intercultural Communication from Saga University in Japan 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, based on the Art Department’s Permanent Collections records. 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.


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.