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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Upcoming & Current Events

Rosa Menkman: Shadow Knowledge

March 03, 2020 – May 15, 2020, All Day
Natalie And James Thompson Art Gallery, Art Building #127
The Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery is pleased to present the work of digital media artist Rosa Menkman in a solo exhibition that will open on March 3, on display through May 20, 2020. Born in 1983 in Arnhem, Netherlands, artist and researcher Rosa Menkman has worked extensively on pushing the boundaries of technology through the exploration of glitches, compressions, encoding, and other feedback artifacts that are accidentally produced in analogue and digital media….

POSTPONED: Joseph Becker – Looking at Looking

April 07, 2020, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Art Building – Room 133
IMPORTANT UPDATE, 3/10/20: All public lecture and events in March have been postponed. Please visit SJSU President Papazian’s blog to learn more about how SJSU is responding to the COVID-19 outbreak. Joseph Becker is a curator, writer, and educator in San Francisco. He is the Associate Curator of Architecture and Design at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, where he has contributed to over twenty exhibitions. Becker will speak about his curatorial practice and…

FreshPressed Printmaker’s Guild Exhibition

April 13, 2020 – April 16, 2020, 12:00 am
Gallery 5, Art Building #107

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