Faculty and Staff

Full Time Faculty

Adam Shiverdecker working with clay and wires.

Adam Shiverdecker (b. 1980, Arcanum, Ohio) is an artist and educator living in Berkeley, California. He has held multiple artist residencies, including The Archie Bray Foundation, Greenwich House Pottery, and the Tyler School of Art. His work has been shown widely, including recent exhibitions at Museum of Craft and Design, Everson Museum of Art, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art. Adam is currently Associate Professor of Spatial Art at San José State University.

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Faculty card of Andrew Blanton playing a percussion instrument

Andrew Blanton is an Associate Professor in the CADRE Media Labs at San Jose State University. His work has been performed and presented around the world in venues such as Google Cultural Lab in Paris, The University of Brasilia, The City University of Hong Kong, STEIM Amsterdam, and The American University Ciaro among many others. His current work focuses on the emergent potential between cross-disciplinary arts and technology in the context of Music Composition, New Media Art, and building sound + visual environments through software development. Andrew has advanced expertise in percussion, 3D environments/graphics programming, creative software development, and developing projects in the confluence of art and science.

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Anthony Raysnford presenting to an audience.

Anthony Raynsford is Associate Professor of Art History at San Jose State University. His research focuses on the ways in which cities have been visually imagined and represented by architects and urban planners in the late 20th century. Publications include, Civic Art in an Age of Cultural Relativism: The Aesthetic Origins of Kevin Lynchs Image of the City (Journal of Urban Design) and “Urban Contrast and Neo- Toryism: On the Social and Political Symbolism of The Architectural Review’s Townscape Campaign” (Planning Perspectives). His current book project, “Cities for an Open Society,” is an intellectual and cultural history of Anglo-American urban design of the postwar period, with an emphasis on urban design as political allegory.

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Faculty photo card of Binh Danh at an art exhibition

Binh Danh (MFA Stanford; BFA San Jose State University) emerged as an artist of national importance with work that investigates his Vietnamese heritage and our collective memory of war. His technique incorporates his invention of the chlorophyll printing process, in which photographic images appear embedded in leaves through the action of photosynthesis. His newer body of work focuses on nineteenth-century photographic processes, applying them in an investigation of battlefield landscapes and contemporary memorials. A recent series of daguerreotypes celebrated the United States National Park system during its anniversary year.

His work is in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The DeYoung Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Center for Creative Photography, the George Eastman Museum, and many others. He received the 2010 Eureka Fellowship from the Fleishhacker Foundation, and in 2012 he was a featured artist at the 18th Biennale of Sydney in Australia. He is represented by Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA and Lisa Sette Gallery in Phoenix, AZ. He lives and works in San Jose, CA and teaches photography at San Jose State University.

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Carla Fisher Schwartz

Carla Fisher Schwartz is a visual artist and educator based in Oakland, CA. Her studio practice investigates the relationship between the mapped image and contemporary notions of exploration, virtuality, and the simulated environment through print media, sculpture and video installation. She is an Assistant Professor of Pictorial Art specializing in Digital and Hybrid Processes in the Department of Art and Art History at San José State University.

Her art has been exhibited at venues including the Chicago Artists Coalition (Chicago, IL), the SUBMISSION Gallery (Chicago, IL), the Cleve Carney Gallery (Glen Ellyn, IL), ACRE Projects (Chicago, IL) and the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum (St. Louis, MO). Recent residencies include Design Inquiry (Vinalhaven, ME), Terrain Residency (Springfield, IL), ACRE Projects (Steuben, WI) and HATCH Projects (Chicago, IL). Schwartz received her MFA in Visual Arts from Washington University in St. Louis, where she was awarded the Bell Cramer Award in Printmaking, and her BA in Studio Art from the University of California, Santa Cruz.


Craig Hobbs giving a speech for SJSU.

G. Craig Hobbs’ video projection mapping workshops involve collaboration with artists, students and communities working across cultures and borders. His recent collaborations with Yannick Jacquet of AntiVJ, VPM3D, Robin Lasser, Migratory Cultures, 2014-2019 and 3rd Space Labs, Social Weavers, 2016-18, Hidden Lily, 2018-19 combine workshop and peer-to-peer learning to develop community-based public artworks addressing issues of globalization and technology through video projection mapping and cultural exchange.

Hobbs produces large-scale public art, installations, and films. His past collaborations include: Natalie Jeremijenko, Usman Haque, Blast Theory, Andrea Polli, Yung-Ta Chang, AntiVJ, Robin Lasser, Thomas Dolby and fabric | ch, among others. Hobbs received his BFA from California Institute of the Arts and his MFA from the Digital Arts and New Media program at University of California, Santa Cruz. He has served as a visiting professor at Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers in Paris, France and as researcher and lecturer at the University of California, Santa Cruz and California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco. Hobbs is currently Associate Professor of Digital Media Art (DMA) and Director of the Paseo Prototyping Challenge and Festival at San José State University in San José, California.

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Faculty card image of Rajorshi Ghosh, listing his title and degree.

Ghosh is a US based artist, researcher and educator interested in novel intersections of visual language and critical making. His work is primarily research driven that has sought to expand the vocabulary of human experience and perception with striking aesthetic outcomes. Ghosh’s site-specific video installations, films and photographs have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions at museums and galleries around the world. His work is part of many private and public collections, both, within the US and abroad, and has been reviewed in major international publications including the Artforum International, Los Angeles Times, Blouin Artinfo New York, Architectural Digest and The Indian Express among others. Ghosh received his master’s degree in Design and Media Arts from the University of California Los Angeles for which he was awarded the Inlaks Scholarship. He has previously taught at UCLA and Ohio University before moving back to California as an Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at San Jose State University.

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Rhonda Holberton giving a speech from podium. Her fauclty card reads she is an associate professor, the area program coordinator for DMA, and the associate chair for the department.

Rhonda Holberton holds a MFA from Stanford University and a BFA from California College of the Arts. Her multimedia installations make use of digital and interactive technologies integrated into traditional methods of art production. In 2014 Holberton was a CAMAC Artist in Residence at Marnay-sur-Seine, France, and she was awarded a Fondation Ténot Fellowship, Paris. Her work is included in the collection of SFMoMA and the McEvoy Foundation and has been exhibited at CULT | Aimee Friberg Exhibitions, FIFI Projects Mexico City; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; The Contemporary Jewish Museum, SF; Berkeley Art Center; San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art; and the San Francisco Arts Commission. Holberton taught experimental media at Stanford University from 2015-2017 and is is currently Assistant Professor of Digital Media at San Jose State University. She lives and works in Oakland.

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Robin Lasser with a big smile

Robin Lasser is a Professor of Art and former Coordinator of the Photography Program at San José State University. Lasser is also the project lead for the Seven Days-Sister City-Artist Exchange. She lives in Oakland, California with her husband Jim Gold and son Alex Lasser-Gold. Lasser produces photographs, video, sound, site-specific installations, and public art, which explore environmental, health, cultural and social issues, especially as they pertain to women. Lasser often works in collaboration with other artists, students, public agencies, and international coalitions to produce art and promote public dialogue. The creative team of Robin Lasser + Adrienne Pao have developed and managed the Dress Tents project since 2004.

Robin Lasser’s recent national and international showings include Exit Art and Parsons School of Design in New York City; Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan; Los Angeles County Museum of Art in Los Angeles; De Young Museum in San Francisco; Dom Metenkova Museum of Photography in Yekaterinburg, Russia; Recoleta Cultural Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Caixa Cultural Center in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil; Nuit Blanche Festival, Toronto, Canada; Pingyao International Photo Festival in China; and the ZER01 International Biennial in San José, California. Robin Lasser’s Dress Tents and public art were featured in art, fashion, architecture, and pop culture magazines around the world including Happy (Russia 2011), COLOR(International 2011), Vision (China 2011), Top (Brazil 2009), Dazed and Confused (London 2008), Amica(Bulgaria 2007), Marie Claire (Taiwan 2007) CRAFT (United States 2007), Flaunt (International 2006), Playboy (South America 2006), and many others.

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Sarah Mills smiling

Dr. Sarah Mills is an assistant professor of art history, specializing in modern design and contemporary art. She teaches courses across departments of Design and Art and Art History in the BA/BFA and MA/MFA programs. 

Her teaching interests include craft theory, modern design history, speculative design, textiles and technology, conceptual art and participatory practices. Her primary research focuses on global textile design, particularly the theory and practice of modern (machine) weaving. Her current book project asks how plastic, a kind of artificial material intelligence, transformed the practice of weaving in the United States and to what extent these changes altered the status and perception of textile design. Dr. Mills also writes on the field of electronic textiles, “expanded textiles” or fiber design in contemporary art, and intersections between technology and materiality. Her work has been supported most recently by a fellowship at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in Sydney (2022), a Chester Dale fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2018 - 2019) and awards from the Decorative Arts Trust, the Classical American Homes Preservation Trust, and the Graduate Center, City University of New York, where Dr. Mills completed her M.Phil and PhD. Sarah has lived abroad in Minsk, Berlin, Konstanz, Corrientes, and Cape Town, which she considers critical to her worldview.  

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Shannon Wright smiling with teeth

Shannon Wright is a sculptor and installation artist based in San José, California. Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Wright grew up chiefly in Sydney, Australia, and then spent her artistically-formative years among the iron trestle bridges and turn-of-the-last-century hydroelectric power plants and foundries of Richmond, Virginia. Wright earned her BFA in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University and her MFA in Time Arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is a Professor of Spatial Art, and Coordinator of the Spatial Art program, at San Jose State University. 

In the past decade, Wright has been creating her own spurious "ruins" and monuments in reaction to a society whose mercantile logic never ceases to disorient her. Wright puts forth fictional products that might appear to have been government-issued or sold by Home Depot, and subsequently allowed to fall into a state of neglect. Wright has a longstanding fascination with modular systems and articulated connections

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Shaun O'Dell, smiling in cold weather

Shaun O’Dell received a BA from the New College of California, San Francisco, in 2002 and an MFA from Stanford University in 2004. His work explores the intertwining realities of the human and natural orders.His work has been exhibited widely in the US and internationally.

O’Dell is represented in New York by Susan Inglett Gallery, in Houston by Inman Gallery, and in San Francisco by Gallery 16 and on Long Island by Halsey/McKay. He has won numerous awards and honors including the Tournesol Award (2009, Headlands Center for the Arts), Diebenkorn Teaching Fellowship (2006, SF Art Institute), Artadia Award (2005, San Francisco) and The Fleishhacker Foundation Award in 2002 . His work is included in a number of permanent collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, NY, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Bronx Museum of Arts, the de Young Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Berkeley Art Museum and the DESTE Foundation of Contemporary Art, O'Dell lives and works in San Francisco.

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Valerie Mendoza wearing personal protective equipment.

Valerie Mendoza is a lens-based installation artist, writer and educator. Her work mines the intersections between history, memory, media, cultural institutions, and language. Using photographs, video, audio, objects, various forms of information, and personal narrative, her work creates a cross-disciplinary dialogue between disparate sources.

Research for her video series, Consumption, took her to Spain, France and Belgium in the early 2000’s. She worked as part of an archeological team focused on Neanderthal belongings and remains in 2002 for her video/installation division. From 2005 to 2006, she worked at the border of the U.S. and Mexico shooting footage for her video/installation Different, naturally. In fall of 2010, she began a new body of work addressing the national housing crisis. As one of 8 artists in residence at Camac Centre D’Art, Marnay Art Centre, France in December, 2010, she began work on her photo-based installation Monument: 91 Images of One Vacant Property for Sale. A preliminary version of her companion installation entitled Our Agentswas completed in 2016. Over summer 2016, she spent four weeks in Portugal during a Caminho português de Santiago, taking over 2000 photographs studying perceptions of land use both similar to, and different from those in the U.S. In fall of 2017 she was one of 5 artists in residence at DE LICEIRAS 18, Porto, Portugal, where she extended her research addressing the issue of housing on an international level. A solo exhibition, O Custo de Vida(The Cost of Living) was featured in November 2018 at Galeria do Sol in Porto, Portugal.

Mendoza’s work has been exhibited in France, Ireland, Mexico, Portugal, and venues throughout the United States. Her practice is based in the San Francisco Bay Area where she is an Associate Professor at San José State University.

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Faculty card of Virginia San Fratello looking at a robot. The card lists her title as both a Professor and Chair of the Art Department.

Virginia San Fratello is an artist, designer, and educator. She is the interim Chair of the Department of Art & Art History at San José State University. San Fratello recently won the International Interior Design Educator of the Year Award and is also a winner of the Metropolis Magazine Next Gen Design Competition. Her creative practice, Rael San Fratello, was named an Emerging Voice by The Architectural League of New York. In 2021 she was awarded the Beazley Design of the Year for her Pink Teeter Totter installation at the border between the United States and Mexico.

 San Fratello is the co-author of Printing Architecture: Innovative Recipes for 3D Printing (Princeton Architectural Press 2018), a book that reexamines the building process from the bottom up and offers illuminating case studies for 3D printing with materials like chardonnay grape skins, salt, and sawdust. She is also a partner in Emerging Objects, a creatively driven, 3D Printing MAKE-tank specializing in innovations in 3D printing architecture, building components, environments, and products, and a co-founder of Forust.

Her work has been published widely, including in the New York Times, Wired, MARK, Colossal, Metropolis Magazine, PRAXIS, Interior Design, Domus, the Architects Newspaper, and the  Public Art Review. Her work is included in the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, SFMOMA, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya Museum in Mumbai, LACMA, and the Design Museum in London.

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