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…

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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