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  •  Assistant Professor, Karen Fraser lectures on Contemporary Japanese Photography

    Friday, Feb. 27, 2015

    Karen Fraser, Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Art History, will give a public lecture on Japanese photography on Thursday, March 5, at 5pm in the Student Union Theater at San Jose State University. This lecture is part of the Kazuki Fukuda-Abe Endowed Lecture Series in Contemporary Japanese Arts at SJSU. Parking is available in the Seventh Street Garage. Daily parking permits can be purchases at kiosks on marked floors.


    What is "Japanese" Photography?
    Contemporary scholarship addressing the concepts of transnationalism and global modernism emphasizes the interplay between the global and the local in the creation of modern and contemporary artistic forms. How might these terms relate to the ubiquitous medium of photography, and how can we begin to define a notion such as "Japanese photography" within these contexts? This lecture will contemplate characteristics relevant to defining a distinctively "Japanese" approach to photography at three key moments in Japanese photographic history, represented via the work of 19th century commercial photographers Kusababe Kimbei and Ogawa Kazumasa, the early 20th century Pictionalist Fukuhara Shinzō, and postwar artist Tōmatsu Shōei.

    For more information visit the SJSU Art History and Visual Culture webpage or the SJSU Events Calendar.

  •  Kathy Aoki speaks on "Printeresting"

    Friday, Feb. 27, 2015

    Kathy Aoki speaks about her Solo Exhibition Prize in The Janet Turner Print Museum's 2014 Pushing Boundaries/Expanding Horizons. Her work explores and pushes up against traditional boundaries that define both the print and the printmaker as well as feminity and feminism.

    Read more on Printeresting

    Visit The Janet Turner Print Museum website

  •  Curated Exhibition by Assistant Professor, Takeshi Moro "IHC American Indian Project"

    Friday, Feb. 27, 2015

    Assistant Professor, Takeshi Moro with the inspiration of Manuel Monzon, a social worker with the Santa Clara County Public Health Department, brought to life the stories of 10 Silicon Valley residents living with HIV/AIDS through photography. Starting as a roundtable discussion on campus, Monzon brought up the idea of storytelling to educate the public on the real diversity and vitality of the lives of people living with the disease to eliminate the stigma attached and to keep people from being discouraged to get the help they need.

    With the encouragement of Journalist Sally Lehrman, senior fellow at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, the idea took form and Moro’s photography class accepted the challenge. The Picture: Positivity project developed strong and profoundly connected relationships between the students and the people they photographed. The positive change that was brought about from this project has sure signified the importance of knowledge to encourage hope in the lives of many living with HIV/AIDS and even more acceptance by those who did not understand before.

    Read more about this in the 2013-14 President's Report

  •  Art Historians, Morris and Pappas presenting at this year's CAA 103rd Annual Conference in New York

    Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015

    Associate Professors Andrea Pappas and Kate Morris will be presenting at this year's CAA 103rd Annual Conference in New York.  Pappas is on the Education Committee Learning to Teach and Teaching to Learn: Developing a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning for Art History and will be presenting on February 11th on her paper on "What Difference Does It Make?" 

    Read more: SoTL: What Difference Does It Make?

    Morris is the Chair of Indigenous Contemporary Art and will be presenting her paper on February 12th on "Stepping Out: Kent Monkman's Performative Landscape."

    Read more: Indigenous Contemporary Art: Stepping Out: Kent Monkman's Performative Landscape

  •  Sam Hernandez: Sculptures and Paintings

    Friday, Jan. 16, 2015

    The Alex Bult Gallery celebrates the new year with a solo exhibition by artist Sam Hernandez entitled "Sculptures & Paintings." 14 years of work make up the show at the Bult Gallery. A grouping of works made of various woods and Thonet chairs (a kind of bentwood furniture) along side a series of paintings will be on display.

    Read more: Sam Hernandez Sculptures and Paintings

    Where: Alex Bult Gallery
    1114 31st Street
    Suite B
    (916) 476-5540

    When: Jan 8 - Feb 7, 2015
    Tuesday - Saturday

    Cost: Free

    For more information:

  •  Tobias Wofford Leads Student Curated Exhibition

    Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014

    Assistant Professor Tobias Wofford was featured in the November 6, 2014 fyi Faculty and Staff Newsletter as the organizer of a student curated exhibition. In the Spring of 2014 Tobias taught a Special Topics course in Exhibiting Contemporary Art.  The fourteen Art History students enrolled gained hands-on experience by curating a professional-level exhibition of contemporary art.  By using the collection of a prominent Bay Area collector Charles J. Betlach II, the result is an art exhibit titled "Interrupting Entropy: Selections from the Betlach Collection," which will be on view until February 27, 2015 in the 3rd floor gallery of Santa Clara University's Harrington Learning Commons Library. This group also put together a catalog that was published in conjunction with the exhibition Interrupting Entropy: Selections From the Betlach Collection. 

    Congratulations to the editors Marina MacLatchie Gina Marioni, Gina Pasquali and Tobias Wofford, the designer of the catalog Sierra-Ashley Caragan and to the contributers Gregory Ackerman, Hannah Baker, Ashley Hemstreet, Marina MacLatchie, Gina Marioni, Kimberley Martinez, Samantha Nelson, Nicole Ouellette, Gina Parise, Gina Pasquali, Kathleen Peairs, Madeline Reo, Celia Schaefer, Ryan Tsao and Tobias Wofford.

    For more information read more on the Betlach Collection.

  •  Studio Art Major Placed 10th in Ironman World Championship

    Monday, Oct. 13, 2014

    Our very own Alex Rossetti, a Studio Art Major competed in the Iron Man World Championship in Kona, HI this pass weekend and placed 10th in the Men's 18-24 aged division and was the first American of that group to finish. Rossetti completed the race in just under 10 hours. The Iron Man competition consists of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and 26.2 mile run. This was Rossetti's 2nd Iron Man and Kona debut.  Overall, Rossetti placed 391st, 80 of those ahead were professionals. Rossetti is also a member of the Triathalon Club at Santa Clara University.  Congratulations Alex Rossetti on your amazing accomplishment!

  •  Tobias Wofford highlighted as Noteworthy Professor

    Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014

    15 noteworthy professors in San Francisco were highlighted in The Art Career Project in their October 6, 2014 newsletter, two were from Santa Clara University.  One of them is our very own art historian Tobias Wofford.  Tobias has been teaching African-American Art for a little more than two years in the Department of Art and Art History.  He has already made an big impact in the department and in the eyes of students. The other noteworthy professor is Karyn Lee Connell, Ballet and Dance Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance.  Read more about the 15 Noteworthy Professors in San Francisco.

  •  Grand Prize Solo Exhibition goes to Kathy Aoki

    Tuesday, Sep. 9, 2014

    Anne Collins Goodyear, co-director of the Bowdoin Museum and former associate curator of prints and drawings at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery and the juror for the 10th Annual National Print Competition, "Pushing Boundaries/Expanding Horizon" selected our very own SCU studio art faculty Kathy Aoki as an artist deserving a solo exhibition. Kathy's work will be on display at The Janet Turner Print Museum at California State Univeristy in Chico, CA from January 26 - February 21, 2015.


    Artist Presentation: Thursday, January 29 @ 5:30pm
    Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall
    Reception follows at The Turner

    For more information go to Exhibition Schedule 2014-15 Now at the Turner

  •  Takeshi Moro Mentioned in Finnish Newspaper

    Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

    Takeshi Moro (Assistant Professor in Photography) was mentioned in the Finnish newspaper Aamulehti.  He has been selected to be one of the artist-in-residents at Serlachius Residency for 2015.

    Last spring Mänttä established Serlachius residency is selected first guests . Guest working period starts in January 2015. Serlachius museums and Mäntän Art Festival, a common residency were a total of 50 applications. Applications for less than half of which came from foreign artists, of whom the residency was eight. Among them are Mänttä reception of asylum seekers center of life in the past described the photographic artist Takeshi Moro. This time, he will be the composer Nathan Kelly to take Mänttä karaoke project. In the first year in residence will visit more than 20 artists, artist pair, group or researchers. Most of the guests are artists.

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