Gallery Staff


General Information & Inquiries

(408) 924 – 4330 


Art Gallery Office, San José State University

Art Building 129

One Washington Square

San Jose, CA 95192-0089



Art Gallery Staff

portrait of Alena Sauzade

Alena Sauzade, Gallery Director and Collections Manager

Alena Sauzade comes to SJSU from the City of Pleasanton, where she served as the Visual Arts and Gallery curator at the city’s Harrington Art Gallery. She earned her Phd in Art History from Stony Brook University, where she specialized in public art and commemoration and wrote a dissertation on memorials to the victims of the 9/11 attacks. She's currently working remotely from a pillow and blanket fort built by her two and four year old daughters.

 portrait of Cynthia Cao

Cynthia Cao, Gallery Coordinator and Instructional Art Technician

Cynthia Cao is a printmaker, exhibition designer, and arts educator.  As the Gallery Coordinator, she manages the Student Art Gallery program and is the primary Art Technician for the Natalie and James Thompson Gallery. She is one of the Creative License Ambassadors with the San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs for 2021.


2020-21 Student Assistants

Kurt Bettencourt, Gallery Attendant

Haeseo Choi, Gallery Attendant

Elaine Li, Gallery Attendant & Office Assistant

Hector Perez-Aguilar, Gallery Attendant & Office Assistant

Felix Quintana, Gallery Photographer