Mission Statement

The Founding and Objectives of Kyoto City University of Arts Art Gallery

In 1991, a center for the arts was opened on the Katsura campus of Kyoto City University of Arts. In addition to displays of work from the school’s collection in the showroom, the center encompasses two galleries (one small, one large), a hall, and an atelier to present a variety of exhibitions related to new research and other topics. While providing an opportunity for visitors to view works of art, the center also functions as an experimental venue for students to make public the results of their daily activities. In the spring of 2010, after Kyoto Horikawa Senior High School of Music relocated to a new building, a new gallery was built on the south side of the school’s lot called the Horikawa Oike Gallery. There, along with the Kyoto City Dohda Senior High School of Arts, the Kyoto City University of Arts Art Gallery was opened on April 2, 2010. With the relocation of the university campus to the area east of Kyoto Station in October 2023, Gallery also gained new space on the new campus.

Kyoto City University of Arts Art Gallery was created to perform the following three functions:

1. To make results of education and research people to the general public.
The university, founded 140 years ago, has produced and cultivated a variety of results which have in turn been made accessible both on and off campus. Through the realization of a new venue in the center of Kyoto, it has now become possible to provide the public with more information at a more convenient location. Here, along with exhibitions, workshops, lectures, and courses based on research by current students, faculty members, and alumni which are aimed at the public, we look forward to attaining positive results through a variety of collaborative projects involving industrial, educational, and research facilities in central Kyoto.
2. To create a place for interaction between personnel involved in the creation of art and culture.
The exhibitions, workshops, and courses planned at the gallery are not intended merely as public presentations of various results, but also to create a place where a wide range of people can interact through collaborative projects involving on-campus groups, alumni associations, local residents, and industrial, educational, and research facilities.
3. To function as a satellite for cooperative activities based on artistic resources.
Aside from these collaborations between the university, residents, the City of Kyoto, and industrial facilities, the basis for the gallery is the collection and exchange of information. Thus, it is important to important collect, cultivate, and exchange information related to the people, things, money, and places that are among Kyoto’s artistic resources. Taking advantage of its position as a satellite, the gallery focuses on collecting, cultivating, and exchanging (receiving and transmitting) information.
  • Photo by Takeru Koroda, courtesy of Kyoto City University of Arts



Kenji Tsuruta
Director of Kyoto City University of Arts Art Gallery
Professor of Department of Crafts, Urushi Lacquering
Natsuki Kurimoto
Mizuho Fujita, Ph.D.
Chief Curator / Program DirectorMizuho Fujita, Ph.D.
Mitsuhiro Kishimoto
CuratorMitsuhiro Kishimoto
Manami Ito
StaffManami Ito
Yasuhiro Kiyota
StaffTsuyoshi Yamada