Located on The Soraya’s Loge Level, this flexible gallery space features rotating exhibitions in varying mediums.
Exhibits are open to ticket holders one hour prior to The Soraya’s presented performances, during intermission, and by appointment.
Exhibitions are funded in part by the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication, Instructionally Related Activities Committee and The Soraya.
For more information or to make an appointment for viewing, please contact us at SorayaEvents@csun.edu.
September 30 – December 16
Throughout history, countless freedom fighters in the realms of civil and human rights have risen to great accomplishments despite facing adversity or being born into troubling circumstances. These individuals have demonstrated remarkable resilience and determination in their pursuit of justice and social reforms, leaving an indelible impact on society.
Born into a world that often denied vast members of the public basic rights and freedoms, these brave individuals refused to accept the status quo. They challenged oppressive systems and fought discrimination, inequality and injustice.
Their accomplishments serve as a reminder that no matter the obstacles we face, we have the capacity to effect change and make a difference.
Their stories are a testament to the power of the human spirit and that is what inspired me to paint them. By following in their footsteps, we continue to advance the cause of freedom and equality, creating a better world for future generations. — Nancy Cartwright
About the Artist
As an Emmy Award-winning voice actor, world-renowned as the voice of Bart Simpson and dozens of other animated characters, Nancy Cartwright has entertained audiences for decades with her incredible range and versatility.
In addition to being one of the top female voice actors in the industry, Cartwright has emerged as a fine artist, both as a sculptor and a painter.
She has created dozens of reverse-style paintings on Lucite, a technique that dates back thousands of years. Her love of animation motivated her to duplicate this age-old technique that was popularized in 1937, with Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Much of Cartwright’s artwork is animated in nature and inspired by Picasso and Warhol. Her use of vibrant color in creating colorful pop art, spans a variety of collections ranging from spotlighting societal issues, to her love of animated characters, to a myriad of historical freedom fighters. Her work has been featured in numerous galleries and exhibitions, and one of her many sculptures, a bronze creation of Bart Simpson, is prominently featured in front of News Corp in Midtown Manhattan. Another version is on display at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
With a wide array of subject matter and forms, Cartwright says there is always one theme she seeks to imbue into her work, that is simply to do her part to help brighten the world, “If I can inspire or educate someone by what I create, then I feel that I have done my job as an artist.”
Art Gallery Hours
The Soraya Art Gallery is open one hour prior to each of The Soraya’s presented performances, during intermission, and by appointment.
Rent the Art Gallery
The Soraya’s Art Gallery is an ideal space to host your next event. The enclosed 600-square-foot space can hold up to approximately 100 people when expanded to include the additional foyer space. Host your next meeting or reception in The Soraya’s Art gallery.
Treelogy, the Exhibit
Co-curated by Addy Gonzalez of 11:11 Projects and Miles Lewis of Valley Art Workshop
February 23, 2023 – March 18, 2023
What can art say for nature?
Images can help us to focus, build affection, and to reimagine things that maybe never even captured our attention.
Fire and flora have old secrets, infinitely subtle inspiration, and fresh perspectives to provide. As we mourn what we’ve lost, dedicate ourselves to what we can steward, and reform our laws, society, and our minds, art and culture are the oxygen for new growth.
It’s in this spirit that Treelogy was conceptualized. Three original musical compositions were commissioned by The Soraya. They are dedicated to three of California’s most iconic tree species: the giant sequoia, coastal redwood, and Joshua tree which were all hard hit during the wildfires of 2020. Fires consumed much of the state’s beloved natural space, and disrupted environments that took thousands of years to develop.
Treelogy, the exhibit, co-curated by Addy Gonzalez of 11:11 Projects and Miles Lewis of Valley Art Workshop, explores the shared experience of fire and the trees’ function as ecological cornerstones. The featured artworks address fire’s various roles as creator, destroyer, and regenerator. Viewers are invited to revisit the images and understandings of this phenomenon as we all strive for a more complete and symbiotic relationship between humans, landscapes, and fire.
The Treelogy exhibit features an oil-on-canvas triptych by alumnus Miles Lewis (above), depicting the three subjects of the program: Sequoia, Joshua Trees, and Redwoods. Transitioning from Overwhelm, to Heartbreak, to Integration, the paintings function as a functional meditation before and after the concert.
For more information on the exhibit, please visit 1111projects.art/treelogy.
Hope and Dignity for Farmworkers
November 9 – December 17
People raise the question: Is this a strike or is it a civil rights fight? In California, in Texas, or in the South, anytime you strike, it becomes a civil rights movement. It becomes a civil rights fight.
– César Chávez’s speech, Calvary Episcopal Church in Manhattan, May 1968
The photo exhibition “Hope and Dignity for Farmworkers” attempts to capture the duality of the struggle faced by farmworkers: hope for a better economic future for themselves and their families by creating a strong union, and dignity in their quest for being recognized as human beings and citizens. A union and a civil rights struggle, as described by César Chávez during his speech of May 1968 in New York—only a month after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in Memphis, where he supported sanitation workers who marched with signs that said, “I Am a Man.”
The exhibition focuses on the early years of the farmworkers’ struggle, marked by the grape strike, the boycott, the first march/pilgrimage from Delano to Sacramento, the early efforts to organize workers in Texas, and César Chávez’s fasting calling for nonviolence and sacrifice. It highlights portraits of some of the founders that came from the National Farm Workers Association (NFWA, 1962) and the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee (AWOC, 1960). Both organizations merged in the fall of 1966 into the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee (UFWOC) and became the United Farm Workers of America (UFW, 1972) we all know today.
Four of these early founders—César Chávez, Dolores Huerta, Gilbert Padilla, and Julio Hernández—started as organizers or officers for the Community Service Organization and then decided to use their skills to organize one group of workers among the most vulnerable in California and the nation—farmworkers. One of these founders—Larry Itliong—came with a history of union organizing among Filipino farmworkers since 1956, together with Ben Gines, and Philip Vera Cruz.
The energy and enthusiasm these and other organizers and supporters infused into the union and La Causa is reflected in images of marching, picketing, organizing, negotiating, and union meetings. Other images reflect the dignity of the work performed in many cases by entire families, including children, and the indignity of their labor conditions and the housing they were forced to live in.
Photographer Emmon Clarke (1933) served seven months as a photographer for the union newspaper, El Malcriado, starting in October 1966. John Kouns (1929-2019) documented the Civil Rights struggle in the South and the Farmworker Movement.
Curators: Dr. Kent Kirkton and Joseph Silva. CSUN Tom and Ethel Bradley Center.
The Soraya: A Photographic Exhibition
By Luis Luque, Luque Photography
January 19 – March 31, 2019
Luis Luque is a Los Angeles-based photographer who earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Photography from California State University, Northridge in 2016. He started working professionally in 2010 as Luque Photography. From his background as a wedding photographer to his dynamic images of performances, Luque is a versatile artist with a sensitivity for his subjects. Using his photography skills as a way to make people feel valuable, Luque has been working as a performance photographer with The Soraya since 2015. He has also photographed performances at Dodger Stadium and the Music Center, as well as at private events. For additional information about the artist, visit luquephotography.com
The art gallery opening reception for the above exhibition will be on Saturday, January 19, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM. It is free and open to the public.