Natalie and James Thompson Gallery: Photography Faculty Exhibition

Monday, April 15, 2024 10 am to 4 pm

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  • Tuesday, April 16, 2024 10 am to 4 pm
  • Wednesday, April 17, 2024 10 am to 4 pm
  • Thursday, April 18, 2024 10 am to 4 pm
  • Friday, April 19, 2024 10 am to 4 pm
  • Monday, April 22, 2024 10 am to 4 pm
  • Tuesday, April 23, 2024 10 am to 4 pm
  • Wednesday, April 24, 2024 10 am to 4 pm
  • Thursday, April 25, 2024 10 am to 4 pm
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Natalie and James Thompson Gallery: Photography Faculty Exhibition

The Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery is pleased to present this periodic opportunity to view recent works by current faculty in the Photography area: Jesus Aguilar, Kelcey Bauer, Binh Danh, Rick English, Jonathan Fung, Richard Haley, Victoria Heilweil, Erin de Jauregui, Robin Lasser, Kathleen McDonald, Valerie Mendoza and Alana Rios.

Featured are a divergent group of artists who, although displaying a wide range of media, style, and technique, share an interest in working with spatial arts media and a devotion to teaching. All of these artists have individually received noteworthy acclaim for their works. As a group, they combine significant successes in regional, national, and international exhibitions, public art commissions, and museum collections, as well as numerous grants and awards. We are delighted to have this opportunity to feature their thoughtfulness, craftsmanship, and vision in this special display.

This exhibition is dedicated to the memory of Reed Estabrook, SJSU Professor of Photography from 1984-2012.Reed Estabrook was born May 31, 1944, in Dedham, Mass. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (BFA) and School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA), he spent his entire professional career as a professor of photography, holding positions at the University of Illinois, University of Northern Iowa, Kansas City Art Institute, and San Jose State University, where he developed the "new" photography degree program and remained for the next 30 years. He served as coordinator, created the unique dual-track curriculum still featured, and led the institution’s transition to a digitally based core far ahead of other institutions nationwide. He loved his students and was a mentor who touched and inspired many lives. Students commented on his passion, guidance, ability to instill confidence and approach to living creatively with a deep curiosity. His primary medium was photography, but he incorporated many other media into his image-making. His work has been shown in the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the J Paul Getty Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and numerous museums and galleries throughout the United States. His son, August Estabrook, has set up his memorial wall. Please contribute your memory of Reed:

In conjunction with the opening of this exhibition, each exhibiting artist will speak about their work, its context, and its development, which will be held from 5 - 6 pm on March 19, 2024 in Art 133. This presentation and the following opening reception, held immediately afterward from 6 – 7:30 pm, are free and open to the public.


Artist Presentation:  5 - 6pm in Art 133

Opening Reception: 6 - 7:30pm in The Thompson Gallery

Exhibition Dates: March 19 - May 10, 2024

Gallery Hours

Tuesday 3-7 pm

Wednesday 10 am-4pm

Thursday 10 am-1pm

and by appointment





Event Details

  • Varsha Lakshmi Thirumalai
  • Azucena Nieto-Vera
  • Anahi Galvan

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