Profile of the San Jose Museum of Art

San Jose Museum of Art
San Jose Museum of Art in San Jose, California. Image courtesy San Jose Museum of Art.


The San Jose Museum of Art in San Jose, California was established in 1969.

The Museum has a permanent collection of approximately 2,500 Modern and contemporary works of art.


The San Jose Museum of Art was founded in 1969 by a small local community who transformed a disused library into an art gallery. The gallery eventually became the San Jose Museum of Art.

Since its founding was based on a grassroots, community spirit and not of an elite patronage, the Museum still retains that spirit by being inclusive and visionary in its programming and exhibitions.

In 1991, a new wing was added to the landmark 19th-century building that had been threatened with demolition in the 1960s.

Museum's Mission:

The San Jose Museum of Art in San Jose,'s mission, per their website:

"he San Jose Museum of Art reflects the diverse cultures and innovative spirit of Silicon Valley. Through its exhibitions, programs, scholarship, and collections, SJMA connects the present and the past, the art of the West Coast and the world. The Museum fosters awareness of artists’ broad contributions to society and engages audiences with the art of our time and the vitality of the creative process."


The  San Jose Museum of Art is located in downtown San Jose at 110 South Market Street in California.

The Museum is easily accessed by public transportation. Please refer to the Museum's website for directions and further information.

Conservation Department:

The San Jose Museum of Art has a permanent collection, and thus requires art conservation as a method to study, clean, and restore works of art so that they can be conserved for future generations.

To learn more about the field of art conservation, please see Fine Art's interviews with conservators.

Famed Artworks in Collection:

The San Jose Museum of Art's collection includes paintings, sculpture, installations, new media, photography, drawings, prints, and artist's books.

Major areas of collection include American Scene prints, Mid-20th century Bay Area abstraction, "Davis School", representational painting, and socially engaged art.

The Museum holds significant new-media works such as Jennifer Steinkamp's digital animation "Fly to Mars 1" (2004) and Catherine Wagner's "Pomegranate Wall" (2000), Ben Rubin and Mark Hansen's "The Listening Post" (2002-2006), a commissioned work by Leo Villareal (2011), and Doug Hall's installation "Chrysopylae" (2012).

Noteworthy Facts:

Employment Information:

The  San Jose Museum of Art posts job listings in the various departments such as administrative, curatorial, collections, exhibitions, marketing, sales, and security. 

How to Apply for a Job:

Job applicants are invited to submit their resumes, cover letters and the Museum's application form via online for the position in which they are applying to.

Museum's Contact Info:

    San Jose Museum of Art, 110 South Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113. Tel: 408.271.6840.

    San Jose Museum of Art's website

    Museum Hours:

    • Monday closed
    • Tuesday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
    • Wednesday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
    • Thursday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
    • Friday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
    • Saturday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
    • Sunday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
    • Closed holidays