Street Address
Department of Art & Art History - Art Building
1 Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192
Mailing Address
Natalie and James Thompson Gallery - Dept. of Art & Art History
One Washington Square
SAN JOSE, CA 95192
phone: 408-924-4330
e-mail: Gallery@sjsu.edu
web: Gallery.sjsu.edu
Hours
Gallery Hours
Tuesday10 AM - 4 PM & 6 PM - 7:30 AM
Monday - Friday10 AM - 4 PM
Sunday, Saturdayclosed
(and by special appointment)
Admissions
Museum Type(s)
Art
Services
Group Tours
Staff
Jo Farb Hernández, Gallery Director
Cynthia Cao, Gallery Technical Coordinator

Description

San José State University is located in the heart of San José, CA, the tenth largest city in the United States (pop. 1,042,094) and the hub of Silicon Valley. The city, and the surrounding San Francisco Bay Area recognizes and supports design and technology as cornerstones for regional development. As a major contributor to the artistic life of the area, the University frequently partners with the city to bring art programs to the area, such as 01SJ Biennial Global Festival of Digital Art and New Media.

San José State University, Department of Art & Art History’s main facility is located in the Art Building, which lies between the Student Union and Health Center. The closest parking structure is the Tenth Street Parking garage located at the intersection of Tenth Street and San Fernando.

Galleries

With six student galleries in the Department of Art & Art History and a weekly lecture series, the exhibition program at SJSU is one of the most extensive among art and design programs in the United States. SJSU’s Galleries inspire visitors to explore the past, present, and future influences of art and design on our daily lives. We 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 gallery program complements formal course offerings and serves as a cultural and educational focal point for SJSU and the surrounding community. The professionally-curated exhibitions in the Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery create a direct link to academic curricula, and explore varied issues of contemporary and historical arts and design. Thompson Gallery exhibitions have traveled to other museums and galleries nationwide, documented by catalogues that provide in-depth interpretive analyses based on original scholarship.

The Visual Resources Library is located in room 139 of the Art Building. In addition to the main Art Building, several facilities of the Department of Art & Art History are housed in other on campus locations. Ceramics, Glass, Textiles and Papermaking classes are held in the Industrial Studies building located along San Fernando and Eighth Street. The Photography department is located on the fourth floor of Duncan Hall on Seventh Street and San Salvador Street, and will be opening a new facility in the Industrial Studies building. The Foundry (metal working) is located off campus at 1036 South Fifth Street.

All programs are supported and enriched by a diverse schedule of exhibitions in the school galleries as well as weekly public lectures. Exhibitions present invited contemporary and historical art, as well as work by faculty and students

Artifacts Collections

SJSU University Art Collection

Facilities

Natalie and James Thompson Gallery

902.25 square footage 12' height of walls

Auditoriums

Lecture Halls

Performance Areas

Library

Martin Luther King Jr. Library

San Jose State University - Main Campus

Access: General Public, Students, Scholars

Appointment required: No

Publications

Creativity, Change, Commitment: A Celebration of 100 Years of the Department of Art

Jo Farb Hernandez. Creativity, Change, Commitment: A Celebration of 100 Years of the Department of Art. San Jose: Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery, Department of Art and Art History, San Jose State University. 2013. $50 public/$30 SJSU

Singular Spaces: From the Eccentric to the Extraordinary in Spanish Art Environments.

Jo Farb Hernandez. Singular Spaces: From the Eccentric to the Extraordinary in Spanish Art Environments. London: Raw Vision, 2013. $80 public/$60 SJSU

Jon Serl: The Mutability of Being.

Jo Farb Hernandez, Randall Morris, Cara Zimmerman. Jon Serl: The Mutability of Being. San Jose: Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery, San Jose State University. 2013. $45 public/$35 SJSU

Forms of Tradition in Contemporary Spain

Jo Farb Hernandez. Forms of Tradition in Contemporary Spain. Jackson: University of Mississippi Press/SJSU, 2005. $40 hardcover/$20 paperback

Gerald Walburg: Looking, Thinking, Making.

Jo Farb Hernandez. Gerald Walburg: Looking, Thinking, Making. San Jose: Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery, San Jose State University. 2007. $50 public/$30 SJSU

Irvin Tepper: When Cups Speak: Life With the Cup: a 25-Year Survey

Jo Farb Hernandez. et. al. Irvin Tepper: When Cups Speak: Life With the Cup: a 25-Year Survey. San Jose: Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery, San Jose State University. 2002. $40 public/$20 SJSU

Peter Shire: Go Beyond the Ordinary

Jo Farb Hernandez et. al. Peter Shire: Go Beyond the Ordinary. San Jose: Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery, San Jose State University, 2004. $15

Color in Space: A Sam Richardson Retrospective

Patricia Sanders, Cathy Kimball, Jo Farb Hernandez. Color in Space: A Sam Richardson Retrospective. San Jose: San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, 2003. $10

Marc D’Estout: Domestic Objects

Jo Farb Hernandez et al. Marc D’Estout: Domestic Objects. San Jose: Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery, San Jose State University, 2003. $20

Holly Lane: Small Miracles

Jo Farb Hernandez. Holly Lane: Small Miracles. San Jose: Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery, Department of Art and Art History, San Jose State University. 2001. $10

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    Wheelchair Accessible

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    Services

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