Natalie & James Thompson Gallery


The exhibition program at SJSU is one of the most extensive and diverse among art programs in California, providing an essential resource for every single class that the department offers, while also serving as a cultural and educational focal point for the entire University and the communities of Silicon Valley.  The main exhibition space is the professionally-curated Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery, in the Art Building, funded through the Natalie and James Thompson Endowment.

In addition to supporting major expenses for exhibitions, publications, and special projects, the Endowment also funds a weekly Tuesday Night Lecture Series that brings a remarkable group of artists, designers, and scholars to campus.  Further, it provides funding for visiting artists and scholars for lectures, demonstrations, and critiques within individual classes.  In addition to the Thompson Gallery, there are six student galleries and numerous display cases lining the hallways, which showcase the work of our undergraduate, BA, BFA, and MFA students.  Student exhibitions change weekly throughout the academic year.

August 2019

Digital Media Art Faculty Exhibition

August 27, 2019 - September 20, 2019, All Day
Natalie And James Thompson Art Gallery, Art Building #127
The Department of Art and Art History is delighted to present this periodic opportunity to view recent works by current faculty in the area of Digital Media Art (DMA). Although displaying a wide range of media, style, and technique, exhibiting faculty members share an interest in working with digital media and a devotion to teaching. This exhibition is both provocative and stimulating, revealing both a variety of aesthetics, materials, and techniques as well as a...

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October 2019

Aspen Mays: Approaching Infinite Limits

October 01, 2019 - November 01, 2019, All Day
Natalie And James Thompson Art Gallery, Art Building #127
The Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of work by Aspen Mays whose work represents a range of photographic practices. Of the methods used in her work Mays has said “Using analog processes is a way to create a human presence that may be counter to rationalist thinking, or objectivity, or a machine. I want to insert the human back into everything; I’m trying to figure out these...

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MFA+BFA Student Art Galleries

The Department of Art & Art History presents a weekly rotation of student exhibitions in our six student art galleries and ten display cabinets located in the Art Building and Industrial Studies Building. Artist receptions held every Tuesday evening, 6 – 8pm, and are open to the public free of charge.  Support emerging artists and participate in this exciting art community!

September 2019

Jackelin Soloro: All About Her

September 16, 2019 - September 20, 2019, All Day
Belcher Gallery, Art Building #131
Jackelin is largely influenced by her personal experience as a woman. Her works revolve around the topic of femininity and what it means in today’s culture. This body of works is interdisciplinary yet the topic is consistent through. Bringing forth conversations about choice, strength, fertility, and sexuality. This body of works blur the lines of humor and seriousness to show the complexities and layers of being a woman. The intent is to get people thinking...

Jakov Unukainen

September 16, 2019 - September 20, 2019, All Day
Gallery 5, Art Building #107

Roger Yang: Xeno-Nature

September 16, 2019 - September 20, 2019, All Day
Gallery 3, Art Building #112
These multimedia art pieces (acrylic painting, ceramic sculpture & natural objects) are being used to express a form of nature based spiritualism with a concentration in the concept of life, death and the balance between them both physically and in the human nature of choice. Three ancient alien sculptures are accompanied by three scroll paintings each depicting the contemporary world from which each entity comes from. The three sculptures represent life, death and balance arranged...

Sami Knapp: Underpinnings

September 16, 2019 - September 20, 2019, All Day
Herbert Sanders, Industrial Studies Building #236
Underpinnings is a study of heritage, support, and community, or a lack there of. Three separate works fill the gallery. One, a traditional quilt design which represents a supportive environment for a delicate porcelain sculpture. The second, a wall hung embroidery that represents an un-supportive environment. And the third is a hand-made gallery bench where the viewer can contemplate theses issues.

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