Tuesday Night Lecture Series

Every Tuesday evening the Department of Art & Art History has 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.  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. 

The Lecture Series has a very broad audience base with students from each genre area within the Department regularly required to attend specially-targeted lectures and programs to fulfill their academic requirements. In addition to their specific use as complements to Art and Design class curricula, these programs have been used as the basis for programs for students throughout the University, including Master’s Projects for Library Science grad students, film interviews for Broadcast Journalism students, and writing opportunities for print Journalism students for the Spartan Daily and other publications. 

In addition, these Lectures are often scheduled in conjunction with or to complement programs at other area art galleries and museums.  In the past ten years, we have collaborated with a variety of local and regional arts organizations including Works Gallery/San José; the San José Institute of Contemporary Art; the Tech Museum of Innovation in San José; MACLA Center for Latino Arts, San José; the Zero One Global Festival of Art on the Edge; San Francisco Bay Area gallery exhibitions; Montalvo Arts Center, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles; the San Francisco Chapter of the American Institute for Architects, the Industrial Designer Society of America; AIGA-the professional association for design, and more. 

All lecture presentations take place on Tuesday evenings from 5 - 6pm in the Art Lecture Hall (Art Building Room 133) unless otherwise indicated.  These events are open to the public free of charge. 

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