The Department of Art and Art History is delighted to present this periodic opportunity to view recent works by current faculty in the Pictorial Arts area: Irene Carvajal, Donald Feasél, Erik Friedman, Emanuela Harris-Sintamarian, Shaun O'Dell, Matthew Weston Taylor, Michelle Wilson and Lucia Znamirowski. Featured are a divergent group of artists who, although displaying a wide range of media, style, and technique, share an interest in working with pictorial arts media and a devotion to teaching. This exhibition is both provocative and stimulating, revealing a variety of aesthetics and creative solutions to formalistic issues of shape, scale, and composition. Opening April 19, 2022.

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collage with black and white images of soil and rocks
Futurefarmers, Field Formations, 2021, Collage. Image courtesy of the artists.

Futurefarmers: Bones, Tones, and Phones

Produced as part of a month-long residency at San José State University, the creation of new work presented in Bones, Tones, and Phones will engage geologists, ceramicists, sound artists, printmakers and the SJSU marching band in a series of explorations and actions focused on soil. Founded in 1995 in San Francisco, Futurefarmers consists of artists, designers, architects, anthropologists, writers and farmers with a common interest in creating frameworks for exchange that catalyze moments of "not knowing". Their work engages large spans of time, geography and a superposition of narratives that sometimes contradict. It is within this tension of contradictions where the work is manifest. Artists in residence: February 2022 Artist exhibition walk-through: March 1, 5-6pm Opening reception: March 1, 6-7:30pm

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Collage of several images

New Kinships: Community Dialogues and Interdisciplinary Connections

New Kinships: Community Dialogues and Interdisciplinary Connections presents two distinct, yet interrelated projects: Wish You Were Here, which features multidisciplinary contributions of visual and text based work focused on placemaking, and Community Table, which utilizes printmaking and design to consider food insecurity in San José.

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Colorful painting of four figures and a block with a horse head
Roberta Loach, "Equestrian's Pride", 1967, oil on canvas

Where We Are: Selections from the San José State University Art Collection

The Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery is pleased to reopen to the public with an exhibition of works drawn entirely from San José State University’s extensive art collection. Inspired by the relationship between the University and the Bay Area art scene, the exhibition includes work by faculty, students, visiting artists and notable regional artists representing the major art historical movements and genres of modern art. Featuring work by Helen Gerardia, Jun Kaneko, Roberta Loach, Dennis Nolan, George Rouault, Paul Staiger and others.

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Wafaa Bilal: Canto III, Installation view in New Art city
Wafaa Bilal: Canto III, Installation view in New Art city

Wafaa Bilal: Canto III

The Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery is pleased to present the work of Iraqi born artist Wafaa Bilal in a virtual exhibition that will open on April 6, 2021 through April 1, 2022 in New Art City. Wafaa Bilal is known internationally for his on-line performative and interactive works provoking dialogue about international and interpersonal politics. Bilal’s work explores tensions between the cultural spaces he occupies —his home in the comfort zone of the U.S. and his consciousness in the conflict zone in Iraq. Produced as part of Bilal’s virtual artist residency at the Thompson Gallery, this exhibition presents project documentation, prototypes, and designs for a 2U cube satellite constructed in partnership with the Digital Media Arts Program at SJSU, which will be launched into orbit in 2022.

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