San Jose Museum of Art

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San Jose Museum of Art
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Location110 South Market Street,
San Jose, California 95113
United States United States
DirectorSusan Sayre Batton
Civic Art Gallery
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Located in San Jose, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area
Located in San Jose, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area
LocationSan Jose, California
Coordinates37°20′01″N 121°53′21″W / 37.33361°N 121.88917°W / 37.33361; -121.88917
ArchitectWilloughby J. Edbrooke
Architectural styleRichardsonian Romanesque
NRHP reference #73000453
Added to NRHPJanuary 29, 1973; 46 years ago (1973-01-29)

The San Jose Museum of Art (SJMA) is an art museum in downtown San Jose, California, United States. Founded in 1969, the museum hosts a large permanent collection of West Coast artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. It is located at Circle of Palms Plaza, beside Plaza de César Chávez[1][2]


The "New Wing" section of the museum

The museum's historic wing was originally designed by architect Willoughby J. Edbrooke and built as the San Jose post office in 1892, then served as the city's library from 1937 to 1969. The building was then converted by The Fine Arts Gallery Association, reopening as the Civic Art Gallery. In 1972 the building was named a California Historical Landmark (#854),[3] and in 1973 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The "New Wing," comprising the majority of the current exhibition space, opened in 1991.[2][4]


Night view of the museum and the Circle of Palms

Past exhibitions include Beta Space: Diana Thater; Jose Clemente: Figure Studies; City Limits, City Life; What's Your Angle? and Mark My Word.[5]

William Wegman exhibited October 2015 through February 2016 in Artists Including Me: William Wegman.[6][7]

In 2017 the museum presented This is Not a Selfie, a series of photographic self-portraits from the Audrey and Sydney Irmas Collection spanning from the 19th century to the present. Also on view were Diana Al-Hadid's Liquid City and works of Louise Nevelson gifted by Beverly and Peter Lipman.


The permanent collection focuses on contemporary art by US West Coast artists, with a growing emphasis on art of the Pacific Rim. The collection includes more than 2,000 works in a variety of media, including sculpture, paintings, prints, digital media, photographs, and drawings by artists such as Frederick Spratt, Robert Arneson, Milton Avery, Gregory Barsamian, Joan Brown, Deborah Butterfield, Jim Campbell, Enrique Chagoya, Dale Chihuly, Ron Davis, Jay DeFeo, Roy DeForest, Tony Delap, Richard Diebenkorn, Jim Dine, Rupert Garcia, Philip Guston, Oliver Jackson, Il Lee, Hung Liu, Michael C. McMillen, Manuel Neri, Long Nguyen, Manuel Ocampo, Nathan Oliveira, Deborah Oropallo, Alan Rath, Raymond Saunders, Richard Shaw, Wayne Thiebaud, Bill Viola, and William T. Wiley.


In 2007 the San Jose Museum of Art received the prestigious MUSE award from the Media & Technology Committee of the American Alliance of Museums, for its Artist of the Week podcast, in the category Extended Experience.

In 2009 the museum received another MUSE award, in Public Relations and Development, for its video, Road Trip, informally known as the Giant Artichoke video. The work features a platform-shod traveler on a road trip to Castroville, California, who visits a quirky landmark and sends a postcard to SJMA. Created for the exhibition of the same name and inspired by the common experience of a summer road trip, this project aimed to promote the exhibition, sow the seeds for a participatory experience both outside and inside the museum, and build connections between the museum's online audience and on-site visitors.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Plaza de Cesar Chavez",
  2. ^ a b "San Jose Museum of Art",, Retrieved December 17, 2015
  3. ^ "Santa Clara", Office of Historic Preservation, Retrieved December 17, 2015
  4. ^ "San Jose Museum of Art",, Retrieved December 17, 2015
  5. ^ "Past Exhibitions",, Retrieved December 17, 2015
  6. ^ "Creative Minds: The World of William Wegman", YouTube, Retrieved December 17, 2016
  7. ^ "Artists Including Me",, Retrieved December 17, 2015

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Coordinates: 37°20′01″N 121°53′25″W / 37.333488°N 121.890364°W / 37.333488; -121.890364