Founded in 1857, San Jose State University is the oldest public university in California. Its Department of Art and Art History offers one of the largest, most diverse, academically accessible, and most highly selective public programs in art and design in the western U.S. It is the only CSU campus offering full BA, BFA, MA, and MFA studies to some 500+ graduates and undergraduate students per semester.
Located in San Jose, the most populous city in northern California and the population and psychological center of Silicon Valley, the Department of Art and Art History reflects the entrepreneurial and inventive nature of the region through the development of new programs, innovative collaborations with area corporations, and academic leadership in the fields of art, design, art history, and arts education.


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November 12, 2019 – February 21, 2020, All Day
Natalie And James Thompson Art Gallery, Art Building #127
In a time of increasing divisiveness, separation, polarization, and fortified walls, artists can serve critical roles in building indirect associations, nurturing connections, and reminding us of the importance of considering a multitude of perspectives. BoundarySpan is a group exhibition at the Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery displaying works by artists Michael Arcega, Jimin Lee, Paula Levine, Sherwin Rio, and Desiree Rios. Human fabricated, artificial borders have been formed politically time and again to divide…

Art 13: 3D Design Concept Class Exhibition

December 09, 2019 – December 13, 2019, All Day
Art Building – Gallery 3

Jimin Lee & Paula Levine: BoundarySpan

January 28, 2020, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Art Building – Room 133
Korean-born, California-based pictorial artist Jimin Lee focuses on themes of mobility, displacement, and labor on personal and social levels as seen in traffic, places of transport, or objects that move or are “in transit” — travel in both the daily and in the migratory sense. Canadian-American media artist Paula Levine weaves personal and political narratives and uses locative, mobile technologies and wireless networks to collapse distances and bridge the space between disparate locations –sites of…

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