Colorful painting of four figures and a block with a horse head
Roberta Loach, "Equestrian's Pride", 1967, oil on canvas

Where We Are: Selections from the San José State University Art Collection

The Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery is pleased to reopen to the public with an exhibition of works drawn entirely from San José State University’s extensive art collection. Inspired by the relationship between the University and the Bay Area art scene, the exhibition includes work by faculty, students, visiting artists and notable regional artists representing the major art historical movements and genres of modern art. Featuring work by Helen Gerardia, Jun Kaneko, Roberta Loach, Dennis Nolan, George Rouault, Paul Staiger and others.

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Wafaa Bilal: Canto III, Installation view in New Art city
Wafaa Bilal: Canto III, Installation view in New Art city

Wafaa Bilal: Canto III

The Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery is pleased to present the work of Iraqi born artist Wafaa Bilal in a virtual exhibition that will open on April 6, 2021 through April 1, 2022 in New Art City. Wafaa Bilal is known internationally for his on-line performative and interactive works provoking dialogue about international and interpersonal politics. Bilal’s work explores tensions between the cultural spaces he occupies —his home in the comfort zone of the U.S. and his consciousness in the conflict zone in Iraq. Produced as part of Bilal’s virtual artist residency at the Thompson Gallery, this exhibition presents project documentation, prototypes, and designs for a 2U cube satellite constructed in partnership with the Digital Media Arts Program at SJSU, which will be launched into orbit in 2022.

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Wish You Were Here Design Contest collage

Wish You Were Here Design Contest

Wish You Were Here grew out of a series of brainstorming sessions with the Natalie & James Thompson Gallery and faculty from Art & Design departments at San Jose State University about ways to meaningfully connect the themes from the San Jose Story Map with the visual arts while sheltering in place.

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Pandemic Pandemonium

The Pandemic Pandemonium invited students to release their artistic, creative, and intellectual geniuses to express, create, analyze, and visualize how the pandemic has affected our lives, our art, and our world. The initiative is a movement designed to reflect and take visible action about the role of artists and thinkers across disciplines in our society as we grapple with this monumental moment.

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Cal Oliver, "Of Illumination and Obfuscation", 2020. Copper, Brass, Acrylic. 3/4" x 2 1/2" x 5". Image courtesy of the artist.

Class Exhibitions

View culminating class exhibitions from across all disciplines in the Department of Art & Art History. Pictured: Cal Oliver, "Of Illumination and Obfuscation", 2020. Copper, Brass, Acrylic. 3/4" x 2 1/2" x 5". Image courtesy of the artist.

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