Mission / Vision


The mission of the SJSU Art Galleries is to provide an extensive and diverse exhibition program that serves as a cultural and educational focal point for the University and the San José community. 
SJSU’s University Galleries inspire visitors to explore the past, present, and future influences of art and design on our daily lives; challenge conventional assumptions through scholarly research and public programs; champion diversity through the presentation of an expansive range of object-based and process-oriented genres; and facilitate an ongoing dialogue that diminishes the distance between studying and creating works of art and design.
The area within this purview includes student galleries, earmarked for display of current student work, and the professionally-curated Natalie and James Thompson Art gallery. It also includes organization and support of our Tuesday Night Lecture Series and of the University’s Art Collection.
Upcoming & Current Events


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…

Nicholas Douglass: Faces

January 23, 2020 – January 30, 2020, All Day
Art Building – Gallery 3
‘Faces’ is a compilation of two years of photography work that began at home and quickly developed into a fully functional freelance studio. Beginning with myself and branching out into a wide array of student models, the subjects have always been portraits. Using LEDs, various backdrops and a beginner kit camera my journey as a self taught photographer accelerated after pursuing a minor in photography. As a design major, I am inspired by the human…

Student Art Exhibition: Claudia Sanborn

January 23, 2020 – January 30, 2020, All Day
Gallery 5, Art Building #107
This exhibition follows the narrative of a character who moves from a place of sadness/hopelessness into a state of exploration. Through his exploration he comes to find beauty and light in a forest. The pieces within the exhibition are all screen printed; vibrant hues of pink and green create a contrast between the character and his newfound environment. The lush forest environment symbolizes a hope for a better future/life, that of which would not have…

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