University Art Collection

University Art Collection

As a public institution of higher learning, San Jose State University nurtures performance and research in art and promotes an appreciation for creative expression.  Collecting and installing art in the university environment speaks to the role and value of art in our society.  New constructions, major building renovations, and joint University-City projects have provided opportunities to integrate works of art into these facilities.

The Natalie and James Thompson Gallery manages the art collection held by the University, which is generally reserved for exhibition only in Dean’s Offices or above.  As such, most of the work acquired by the Art Collection Committee has never been exhibited publicly.  We are thrilled to begin digitizing our collection to build an online gallery.  Please check back here frequently as we expand the number of artworks online.

The IMAGE project

IMAGE provides access to California State University collections of images for teaching and research. The collection includes images for the art history survey and historical images from a wide variety of fields, including political and cultural history, anthropology, biology, medicine and technology. Plans are to add image collections which concentrate on specific subject areas. Access to the collection is currently available through the WorldImages Database.

WorldImages Database

Faculty, staff and students of the California State University System have created this searchable database which contains more than 50,000 images from throughout the world. Images are free when used for non-profit educational purposes, with appropriate credit given to the copyright holders who retain all rights to the images.

CIELO images (art and architecture images for 1st year courses) have been incorporated into the WorldImages Database as permitted by the owner. Owners who would like their images included can contact the SJSU Gallery Office: Gallery [at]

The internationally recognized WorldImages database provides access to the California State University IMAGE Project. It has just been selected by the Library of Congress for inclusion in its historic collection of Internet materials. It contains approximately 100,000 images, is global in coverage and includes all areas of visual imagery.

Please click here to access WorldImages database.

The database was made possible through the support and hard work of Dr. Kathleen Cohen.  She received the 2008 Nancy DeLaurier Award for the development of the WorldImages database for the California State University.