As we approach the end of 2018 and the beginning of the San José Museum of Art’s 50th Anniversary, I want you to know how grateful I am for your participation at the Museum.
Thanks to the generosity of patrons like you, SJMA served over 105,000 individuals this year through inclusive public programs; exhibitions that promote the work of groundbreaking, independent thinkers; and award-winning arts education in our local schools—all in the pursuit to become a borderless museum, essential to creative life through our diverse communities.
I hope you will join our 50th Anniversary celebrations and special programming in 2019. The support of SJMA’s Annual Fund is key to everything we do at the Museum, including these new projects:
Visionary Women Artists
In Spring and Summer 2019, upon the centennial of women’s suffrage in the United States, SJMA will launch its anniversary celebration with a suite of solo exhibitions that champion the achievements of four women artists: Jay DeFeo, Catherine Wagner, Pae White, and Rina Banerjee.
Image:The world as burnt fruit - When empires feuded for populations and plantations, buried in colonial and ancient currency a Gharial appeared from an inky melon - hot with blossom sprang forth to swallow the world not yet whole as burnt fruit (detail), 2009. Fans, feather, cowry shells, resin alligator, skull, globe, glass vials, light bulbs, gourds, steel wire and Japanese mosquito nets, 90×253×90 inches. Collection Kiran Nadar Museum of Art. Rina Banerjee: Make Me a Summary of the World on view at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. On view at SJMA May 18–Oct 6, 2019
50x50: Face to Face
In Fall 2019, SJMA will publish 50x50: Face to Face, a digital publication that provides 24/7 user-friendly access to the lives and artistic practice of fifty artists in the Museum’s permanent collection.
Image: Louise Nevelson, Sky Cathedral (detail), 1957–58; Painted wood; 57×149×16 inches; Gift of Beverly and Peter Lipman.
Sowing Creativity: Art + Engineering
SJMA is the largest provider of in-school arts education in Santa Clara County and is currently expanding its integrated visual arts residency program, Sowing Creativity. A new ten-week course, Art + Engineering, introduces engineering concepts through design thinking for low-income fifth graders.