Digital Media Arts Faculty

Digital Media Arts Faculty

January 27 – March 20, 2015


Accidental Mysteries: Extraordinary Vernacular Photographs

November 4 – December 12, 2014

Foster, a critic, collector, and designer, has collected a broad range of found photographs that, while made casually as personal souvenirs, may be remarkably artistic as well. Usually made by amateur photographers whose training may have amounted to little more than point-and-click, these images can turn out to be unaffected, accidental masterpieces. Examined in new settings, outside family albums, and from points of view other than those of the people who created them, these images can take on new meanings that differ dramatically from those they were originally intended to convey. Foster’s presentation will introduce the exhibition of this same name opening later this evening. 



Hardcover Book Documenting the Past 100 Years

Now Available for Purchase

It is as important to mark rites of passage for institutions as for individuals. In each case, stopping to observe a transitional moment has particular importance amidst the crush of what has become the new “normal” of our busy daily lives: it motivates us to celebrate growth, honor milestones, or commemorate passings. And, by so doing, it inspires us to take stock, to note the challenges and the successes, the drawbacks and the rewards. It reminds us to take a breath and look back from where we have come, appreciate where we are now, and look forward to what lies ahead.

Featuring 160 color reproductions and black-and-white photographs, the new book Creativity, Change, Commitment: A Celebration of 100 Years of The Department of Art provides a broad history of the Department of Art, and includes images by or narratives about dozens of alumni, as well as faculty, staff, and programs. This splendidly designed 280-page hard cover was produced in conjunction with an exhibition at the Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery at SJSU. Catalog contributors include Jo Farb Hernández, director/curator of the Thompson Gallery, as well as texts written by three distinguished art history alumni. Together they have created the most comprehensive history of the Department that has yet been formulated.

Retail price: $30 SJSU faculty, students, staff, alumni; $50 general public; $8 S+H; discounts for bulk orders, libraries, or nonprofit organizations upon request.  

Checks only to: Thompson Art Gallery, Department of Art and Art History, San José State University, One Washington Square, San Jose, CA 95192-0089. For further information contact Jo Farb Hernández at