Message from the Director

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    Hung Liu and Mildred Howard. Photo by Drew Altizer.

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    Juan Omar Rodriguez, assistant curator.

As our world has transformed, the mission of San José Museum of Art has evolved, and is now:

The San José Museum of Art nurtures empathy and connection by engaging communities with socially relevant contemporary art.

Over the last year, we created a Visioning Task Force comprised of members of the staff and Board of Trustees in pursuit of our new strategic plan to take SJMA into the future. These internal stakeholders also listened to sessions with external stakeholders drawn from our arts and culture partners, funders, artists, and civic leaders.

We kicked off the season with the 2022 Gala + Auction honoring artist Mildred Howard and patrons Brook Hartzell + Tad Freese. Together in celebration of the transformative power of art, the support of our steadfast donors helped raise critical funds for art education and exhibitions and programs with community relevance. We are so grateful to you, our members.

Kelly Akashi: Formations opened September 2, and we invite you to see this ambitious exhibition engaging new audiences and inspiring conversations with students. Presenting a decade of work, the exhibition is on view through May 21, 2023, and then travels nationally.

In September, we welcomed our newest member of the curatorial team, assistant curator Juan Omar Rodriguez. He joins us from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where he worked with SJMA’s former curator Jodi Throckmorton. He also held curatorial positions at the ICA Boston and Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and independently organized projects including the recent Vernacular Glamour at Cambridge Art Center. We welcome Juan Omar to San José and look forward to collaborative projects ahead with our educators and curatorial team.

Join us for First Friday, November 4 for the openings of A Point Stretched: Views on Time, organized by Nidhi Gandhi, curatorial and program associate, and Sky Hopinka: Seeing and Seen, organized by Lauren Schell Dickens, Rachel Nelson, and Gina Dent as part of Visualizing Abolition, an art initiative of the Institute of the Arts and Sciences at University of California, Santa Cruz and SJMA.

Transformation begins here: join us to experience the emerging vision of SJMA.

S. Sayre Batton  |  Oshman Executive Director