Jul 23, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Art and Art History

Office: Art Building 116

Telephone: 408-924-4320

Email: art@sjsu.edu

Website: www.sjsu.edu/art

Art History and Visual Culture

Associate Professors
Anthony Raynsford

Assistant Professors
Sarah Mills

Fine Art Studio Program


Virginia San Fratello, Interim Chair
Robin J. Lasser
Shannon G. Wright

Associate Professors

Andrew Blanton
Binh T. Danh
​Rajorshi Ghosh
G. Craig Hobbs
Valerie Mendoza
Adam C. Shiverdecker

Assistant Professors

Rhonda M. Holberton
Shaun P. O’Dell
Chelsea Thompto


Visual art and art history play a central role in our increasingly visual and interactive culture. Without the barriers of language, the visual arts are able to foster the kind of cross-cultural understanding required of global citizens. Founded in 1913, the Department of Art and Art History is committed to researching, teaching and practicing conceptual creativity and creative problem solving in media which encompass equally the most contemporary technologies and the most ancient forms of artistic practice. We are dedicated to the understanding and analysis of visual communication, to complex critical thinking and writing, and to the interpretation of local and global culture, past and present. Our BA, BFA, MA, and MFA degrees, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), offer students the opportunity to study with award-winning faculty in a “best-in-the-West” combination of facilities for making, exhibiting, and researching art across many media. All programs are supported and enriched by a diverse schedule of exhibitions in the Natalie and James Thompson Gallery, eight student galleries, and weekly public lectures.


    Undergraduate Major(s)

    Undergraduate Minor(s)


    Spartan Accelerated Graduate Education (SAGE) Scholars

    Spartan Accelerated Graduate Education (SAGE) Programs  programs are combined bachelor’s and master’s programs at SJSU (per University Policy F19-1). Sometimes they may also satisfy the requirements for a credential. Students in these programs pursue a bachelor’s and master’s degree simultaneously. These program allow students to earn graduate credit while in their junior and/or senior year, reducing the number of semesters required for completion of a master’s degree.


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