JACQUELINE THURSTON

 

Professor Emerita

School of Art and Design and Global Studies

San Jose State University

 

 

 
 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

My Curriculum Vitae covers a period of more than forty years. To make the information contained in it more meaningful, I have written a brief summary of my academic and creative career highlights as an introduction to the Curriculum Vitae.

 

CREATIVE WORK

Although my undergraduate and graduate degrees are in painting, my first exhibition was a show of drawings at the Triangle Gallery in 1963 in San Francisco. This exhibition was followed by the publication of a book that I co-authored titled Optical Illusions in the Visual Arts. The book was published in 1965, translated into Japanese, and is still in print. The research for this book led to my interest in photography as a fine art, a pursuit that continues to dominate my creative life. I am twice the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Photography Grant. My photographs from the 1970s, 1980s, and the 1990s are in major international and national public collections including the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, the Library of Congress, Carnegie Museum of Art, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. My interest in forging a bond between images and writing was expressed in two portfolios published by the Susan Spiritus Gallery. These portfolios, Circus Series Thurston, 1980, and Dioramas, 1986, combined my photographic prints with my written reflections on the content of the images. In the 1980s, my interest in poetry as a medium for creating sound images led to a series of collaborations and performances at the Center for Computer Research in Acoustics and Music, a multi-disciplinary center at Stanford University. In 1990, I was given a major solo exhibition that featured Cycle of Songs, three-dimensional objects that paired my poetry with my photographic prints. After decades of engagement in photography as a fine art, I spent several years making a suite of drawings to celebrate the life of one of my twin brothers. In 2005, the Triangle Gallery, the site of my first professional exhibition, mounted Passages, an exhibition of these drawings. In 2006, while living in Egypt as a Fulbright Scholar, I began work on Sacred Deities of Ancient Egypt. This project, an artist’s presentation of interpretive photographic images of the gods and goddesses set in text that illuminates their mythology and iconography, has been the primary focus of my recent creative work. I have set aside opportunities to teach, lecture, and exhibit in order to complete this book. In addition, to my work on Sacred Deities of Ancient Egypt, in 2016 I completed an artist’s book titled Shadowland, which was purchased by Mark Dimunation for the Library of Congress. A second book, A Hymn to Hands, will be released in the fall of 2017. Shadowland and A Hymn to Hands are limited editions consisting of six books, which integrate my Cibachrome photographs with my prose and poetry.

 

TEACHING

My university teaching career reflects my early passion for teaching courses in the visual arts. As a senior undergraduate painting major, I was selected by the faculty to teach drawing and design in Carnegie-Mellon University’s Pre-College Program. My first full-time teaching position was at Stanford University where I taught drawing following the completion of my master’s degree. In 1965, I began teaching full-time at San Jose State University where I taught for over forty years. Initially, I taught design and drawing. Later, I taught primarily graduate seminars for students involved in all disciplines in the visual arts. I introduced a new seminar, Image as Icon, a class in which students explored the potential of memories, dreams, and other autobiographical sources as sources for works of art. Later in my teaching career, my interest in the nature of metaphor and the psychological dimensions of the creative process created the opportunity to teach graduate seminars for depth psychology students at Sonoma State University for two semesters. My interest in the nature of the creative process also laid the foundation for a number of presentations to major psychoanalytic organizations including the C. G. Jung Institute of San Francisco and the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies of Creativity and Art of the Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute. The presentations I made to university students in Egypt while I was a Fulbright Scholar led to my two-year participation as a faculty member in Soliya Connect, an international web-based program designed to provide a forum to discuss increase understanding among university students in the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East. After retirement from the Department of Art, I returned to participate in this program as a member of the faculty of the Global Studies Department.

 

CURRICULUM VITAE

MAJOR AWARDS

2006    Fulbright Scholar to Egypt.

1977    National Endowment for the Arts Photography Fellowship.

1976    National Endowment for the Arts Photography Fellowship.

 

EDUCATION

1962    Stanford University, M.A., Painting.

1961    Carnegie-Mellon University, B.F.A., Painting.

 

 

TEACHING POSITIONS

2007 to 2008    Faculty: Soliya Connect. (Soliya is an international web-based dialogue program for university students designed to facilitate greater understanding of cultural and political differences.

2007 to 2008    Professor Emerita: Global Studies, San Jose State University.

2005 to 2007    Visiting Professor: Depth Psychology Program, Sonoma State  University.

1965 to 2006     Professor Emerita: School of Art and Design, San Jose State University.

1962 to 1963    Instructor: Stanford University.

1960 to 1961     Instructor Pre-College Program: Carnegie Mellon University.

 

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Cabinet des Estampes, Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France.

Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA.

Los Angeles County Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA.

Eastman Museum, Rochester, N.Y.

Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA.

Cantor Museum, Stanford University, Stanford, CA.

Center for Creative Photography, Arizona University, Tucson, AZ.

University of New Mexico Museum of Art, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.

San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA.

Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA.

Albright-Knox Museum, Buffalo, N.Y.

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, WA.

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2018 to 2019    Formation. Guild of Bookworkers, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, (catalogue).

2017    Environmental Exposure. Curator: Michael Metzger. Cantor Museum, Stanford, University, Stanford, CA.

2017    Artist’s Books: From the Collection of Cynthia Sears, Bainbridge Museum of Art, Bainbridge, WA.

2016    Artists in Residence: San Jose’s 20th Century Vanguard. San Jose Museum of Art. San Jose, CA.

2010    Agenda 2010 Third Edition. Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt.

2009    The Artists of Zyzzyva. Mina Dresden Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2008    Third International Book Biennale. Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt.

2008    Time Will Tell. Triangle Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2005    Vital Signs (solo exhibition of photographs). San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA.

2005    Passages (solo exhibition of drawings). Triangle Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2004    Thirty-Fifth Anniversary Exhibition: Recent Acquisitions. (catalogue). Curator: Susan Landauer. San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA.

2002    The Fifth Vital Sign. Curator: Kathleen Howe. University of New Mexico Museum of Art, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

2002    Jacqueline Thurston Photographs. (solo exhibition of photographs). Susan Spiritus Gallery, Newport Beach, CA.

1999    Out of the Box, Photography Portfolios from the Collection. Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA.

1999    Cycle of Songs (solo exhibition of photographs and performance of Song of the Shaman). Curator: Theres Rohan. Villa Montalvo, Saratoga, CA.

1998    Song of the Sea (performance poet). Center for Computer Research in Acoustics and Music, Campbell Recital Hall, Braun Music Center, Stanford University, Stanford, CA.

1997    Radiance of Her Light (performance poet). The Ensemble for New Music, Campbell Recital Hall, Braun Music Center, Stanford University, Stanford, CA.

1997    Song of the Shaman (performance poet). Center for Computer Research in Acoustics and Music, Campbell Recital Hall, Braun Music Center, Stanford University, Stanford, CA.

1997    Gifts from the Smith-Walker Foundation. Orange County Museum of Art, Laguna Beach, CA.

1995    Susan Spiritus Gallery (solo exhibition of photograps). Newport Beach, CA.

1994    One Hand Clapping (photographs from the Keoshian Collection). Curator: Signe Mayfield. Palo Alto Cultural Center, Palo Alto, CA.

1986    Dioramas Portfolio (solo exhibition and portfolio published in celebration of the gallery’s tenth anniversary). Susan Spiritus Gallery, Newport Harbor, CA.

1986    San Jose Biennial. San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA.

1984    Landscapes, Figures, Objects: The Implied Performance (photographs from the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art). Curator: Deborah Irmas. California State University, Northridge, Northridge, CA.

1984    La Photographie Creative (catalogue). Curator: Jean-Claude Lemagny. Pavillon   des Arts, Paris, France.

1982    Photographes Etrangers Contemporain. Curator: Jean-Claude Lemagny, Cabinet des Estampes, Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France.

1982    A Show of Hands (selections from the Keoshian collection). San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA.

1981    Kitano Photo Gallery (solo exhibition of photographs). Kobe, Japan.

1980    Individual Visions (solo exhibition and catalogue). Curator: Van Deren Coke. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA.

1980   New Photography Acquisitions. Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Harbor, CA.

1980    Circus Series Thurston (solo exhibition of photographs). Smith Andersen Gallery, Palo Alto, CA.

1980    San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (two-artist exhibition). San Jose, CA.

1979    Attitudes: Photography in the 1970’s. Curator: Fred Parker. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA.

1979    Susan Spiritus Gallery (solo exhibition of photographs). Newport Beach, CA.

1979    The Graham Nash Collection (catalogue). de Saisset Gallery, University of Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA.

1978    Jacqueline Thurston and Geoff Winningham (catalogue and lecture). Baxter Art Gallery, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA.

1976    American Photographers: Past Into Present (photographs from the Walter Monson Collection). (catalogue). Museum of Art, Seattle, WA.

1976    Photographs: Jacqueline Thurston (catalogue). Susan Spiritus Gallery, Newport Beach, CA.

1975    California, Photography 2 (catalogue). Jack Glenn Gallery, Newport Beach, CA.

1975    Two Photographers. Curator: Therese Heyman. Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA.

1972    Contemporary Photographers VII. International Museum of Photography, George Eastman House, Rochester, N.Y.

1972    Observations/Translations: Four Photographer. Curator: Therese Heyman. Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA.

1972    Critic’s Choice. Curator: Thomas Albright. Focus Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

1972    Emulsion ’73. Juror: Jerry McMillan. Civic Art Center, Walnut Creek, CA.J

1963    Triangle Gallery (exhibition of drawings). San Francisco, CA.

 

INTERVIEWs, PUBLICATIONS, AND PROFESSIONAL LISTINGS

2007    Works & Conversations, “A Conversation with Jacqueline Thurston” (feature nterview).

1997    Who’s Who in International Art.

1996    The Gallery at Villa Montalvo: Selected Exhibitions from 1996 through 2000. Curator: Theres Rohan. Catalogue.

1989    Cameraworks: “The Voice of the Image.” (essay by Jacqueline Thurston selected for publication in a commemorative edition published in celebration of the one hundred fiftieth anniversary of photography).

1983    Macmillan Biographical Encyclopedia of Photographic Artists and Innovators.

1978    Latent Image, A quarterly of Contemporary Fine Art Photography. Vol.1, No 1. (portfolio of five photographs selected from the “Medical Series,” p. 40.

1966    Optical Illusions and the Visual Arts, Ron Carraher & Jacqueline Thurston, Van Nostrand Reinhold. (Japanese foreign language edition, second printing 1971).

              

LECTURES

 

2017    Photo Alliance: PHOTO BOOKS TODAY | SYMPOSIUM II, presentation of Shadowland, San Francisco Art Institute, CA.

2012   Soliya Connect at SJSU. Arab Spring Today. West Valley College, Saratoga, CA.

2011    Soliya Connect at SJSU. Middle Eastern Celebration Week. San Jose City College, San Jose, CA.

2010    Sacred Deities from Ancient Egypt (lecture in honor of the King Tut Exhibition). C. Jung Institute, San Francisco, CA.

2008    Sacred Deities from Ancient Egypt. Art and Psyche International Conference. C.G. Jung Institute, San Francisco, CA.

2007    Sacred Images from Ancient Egypt. Visiting Scholars Lecture Series. Sonoma State University, Sonoma, CA.

2006    Metaphor and the Creative Process. U.S. Embassy and Consulate, Alexandria, Egypt.

2006    The Sacred Feminine and Masculine in Ancient Egypt. Dream Institute, Berkeley, CA.

2005    An Afternoon with Jacqueline Thurston. San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA.

2004    The Shadow and Spirit Within the Image. Visiting Scholars Lecture Series, Graduate Program in Depth Psychology. Sonoma State University, Sonoma, CA.

2004    On the Nature of Transformation. Visiting Scholars Lecture Series, Graduate Program in Depth Psychology. Sonoma State University, Sonoma, CA.

2004    Seasons of Nature. Dream Institute of Northern California, Berkeley, CA.

2004    And Now the Open Moment (presentation and workshop). Dream Institute of Northern California, Berkeley, CA.

2003    The Shadow and Spirit Within the Image. IFPE (International Federation for Psychoanalytic Education) Fourteenth Annual Interdisciplinary Conference, Pasadena, CA.

2002    Images of the Afterlife: Reflections on the Terra Cotta Warriors. Creativity and Madness Conference: Psychological Studies of Art and Artists, The American Institute of Medical Education, China Conference, Xian, China.

2002    Georgia O’Keefe: Insights Into Her Imagery. Creativity and Madness Conference: Psychological Studies of Art and Artists, The American Institute of Medical Education, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

2000    The Spirit and Shadow within the Object, Reflections of the Creative Process: O’Keefe. Creativity and Madness Conference: Psychological Studies of Art and Artists, The American Institute of Medical Education, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

1999    Reflections on the Nature of the Creative Process. The San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA.

1996    The Nature of the Creative Process:  An Artist’s Perspective. The Southern California Psychoanalytic Society and the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies of Creativity and Art of the Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute, Beverly Hills, CA.

1994    Totemic Figures in Dreams and Art, San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute Research Group, San Francisco, CA.

1992    Hidden Connections: Dream and Memory as Creative Sources for Working Artists, Art and Psychoanalysis Colloquia, San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute, San Francisco, CA.

1989    Artist’s Images, Memories, and Dreams. Public Programs, C.G. Jung Institute, San Francisco, CA.

1978    What the Image Reveals. Stanford University, Stanford, CA.