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

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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