Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery

Thompson Gallery - Design Exhibit

Natalie and James Thompson Gallery


SJSU Art Galleries inspire visitors to explore the past, present, and future influences of art and design on our daily lives. We challenge conventional assumptions through scholarly research and public programs; champion diversity through the presentation of an expansive range of object-based and process-oriented genres; and facilitate an ongoing dialogue that diminishes the distance between studying and creating works of art and design. The Natalie and James Thompson Gallery, in particular, creates a bridge between the campus and the regional, national and international worlds of professional art practice.

The gallery program complements formal course offerings and serves as a cultural and educational focal point for SJSU and the surrounding community. The professionally-curated exhibitions in the Natalie and James Thompson Gallery create a direct link to academic curricula, and explore varied issues of contemporary and traditional arts. Thompson Gallery exhibitions have traveled to other museums and galleries nationwide, documented by catalogs that provide in-depth interpretive analyses based on original scholarship.

Founded in 1857, SJSU is the oldest public university in California. Its Department of Art and Art History offers one of the largest, most diverse, academically accessible, and most highly selective public programs in art and design in the western U.S. It is the only CSU campus offering full BA, BFA, MA, and MFA studies to some 500+ graduates and undergraduate students per semester.

Located in San Jose, the most populous city in northern California and the metropolitan center of Silicon Valley, the Department of Art and Art History reflects the entrepreneurial and inventive nature of the region through the development of new programs, innovative collaborations with area corporations, and academic leadership in the fields of art, art history, and arts education.



Gallery Hours (during academic year)

Monday - Friday, 10:00am - 4:00pm

Tuesday evenings, 6pm-7:30pm

And by appointment

FREE admission!


Visitor Information 

Art Building 127

Department of Art & Art History

(near 10th/San Carlos Street)

San Jose State University

One Washington Square

San Jose, CA 95129 


Contact Information

Phone: (408) 924 - 4330


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