Gallery Staff

General Information & Inquiries

(408) 924 – 4330 


Art Gallery Office, San José State University

Art Building Room 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 joined San Jose State University as Gallery Director and Collections Manager in 2020. Since that time, she has launched a number of initiatives, including California Ecologies, a collaborative and multidisciplinary multi-year curatorial program that focuses on exploring California’s past and present and brings a diverse group of artists, writers, researchers and professionals together in dialogue about the future of our state. Sauzade earned her Phd in Art History from Stony Brook University, where she specialized in public art and commemoration.


Ashley Elieff, Gallery Coordinator and Instructional Art Technician

Ashley Elieff is a seamstress, historical enthusiast, and antique collector.  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 also volunteers at verious Bay Area museums.