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.

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...

Date/Time Event

November 2019


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. Human fabricated, artificial borders have been formed politically time and again to divide and subjugate populations for the benefit of those in power. By imaginatively eradicating, altering, and inverting these boundaries contemporary artists seek to challenge colonialism, subvert capitalist market segmentation,...

Date/Time Event

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!

October 2019

Joey Toro & William McConnell–Gestalt:JFK Pleasures Himself While Watching Jackie and Marilyn Thunderdome

October 14, 2019 - October 18, 2019, All Day
Other Campus Location
This exhibition explores the gestalt principle of proximity and how multiple pieces of performance art can together create something beautiful and complete. The work questions what it means to assemble and create something new. The viewer becomes part of the gestalt as they gaze into they eyes of our former president and witness the brawl between Marilyn and Jackie.

Leily Khatibi: WWW. Interconnecting with the Wood Wide Web

October 15, 2019 - October 24, 2019, All Day
Art Building – Gallery 3
The Wood Wide Web is a real thing. It’s an underground mycorrhizal fungi that interrelates plants. My work is a design fiction/speculation of how humans can build a deeper connection with nature by using technology. I’ll be executing two simultaneous exhibitions and a series of workshops, using analog and digital methods of art production, throughout the mentioned dates. My intention is to harness the powers of collaborative imagination by envisioning – collectively – a sustainable...

Date/Time Event