Tuesday Night Lecture Series

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Every Tuesday evening the Department of Art & Art History in partnership with the Natalie and James Thompson Gallery hosts an “Open House” that includes a weekly free public lecture or presentation from 5 - 6pm, followed by receptions in the six Student Galleries located throughout the Art Building and in the Industrial Studies Building.

Upcoming Events: Speakers and Schedule 

Students from within the School, the College, and the University--as well as members of the community including private collectors, alumni, and the general public--make use of these free cultural events to hear a noteworthy regional, national, or international artist, designer, or art historian lecture, view art in a non-intimidating atmosphere, and experience a sense of community sometimes difficult to find on this urban, commuting campus. 


In-person presentations will be held in the Art Building Lecture Hall, Room #133, from 5-6pm.

Registration for all events is open to the public free of charge.

Lift Off – Professionally curated and produced 'off-site' Graduate Exhibition (MFA & MA)

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At the beginning of their final year at San José State, MFA students in art practice join with MA students in art history to negotiate that strange territory between theoria (thinking), poiesis (making), and praxis (doing). Both groups of students find their own voices through one another’s practices.

The essays within these catalogs reflect this temporally determined pairing: the graduate students in art history write about the work of the fine arts students. The visual artists and art historians come together and produce text, image, and object on their own terms; without assignment. Every year in the Spring, the results of this collaborative endeavor result in the publication of the Lift Off catalogue.

Lift Off Official Site


Upcoming Exhibitions and Gallery Events

Visit our News page and the Natalie & James Thompson Gallery website to find out more about faculty, student, and alumni events.

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Professor Binh Danh's will have a piece on display SFMOMA's exhibition Sea Change from September 2, 2023 – February 19, 2024.