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Mission Statement

The San José Museum of Art is dedicated to fostering the awareness, appreciation, and understanding of twentieth- and twenty-first-century art in diverse audiences of the Bay Area. The Museum achieves its mission through exhibitions, education programs, collections, and publications, all of which are designed to serve, engage, and enrich the individual and the community. In carrying out its mission, the San José Museum of Art will sustain and cultivate the importance and value of the visual arts in our society.


The San José Museum of Art celebrates new ideas, stimulates creativity, and inspires connection with every visit. Welcoming and thought provoking, the Museum delights visitors with it’s surprising and playful perspective on the art and artists of our time.

SJMA is a leading showcase in the Bay Area for modern and contemporary art. The Museum has earned a reputation for its fresh, distinctive exhibitions, which are conceived to engage Museum visitors of various ages and cultural backgrounds. Through its exhibitions and programs, SJMA addresses major trends in international contemporary art, architecture, and design, with an ongoing commitment to also place the work of California artists in national and international context. The Museum strives to make significant contributions to art‑historical scholarship; address prescient issues of interest to the general public; and offer programs that reflect the rich diversity of its communities.


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