The John De Vincenzi Papers document De Vincenzi's activities as the chair of the Gallery Advisory Committee to the San José
Fine Arts Commission. The committee advocated for, planned, and managed the development of the San José Civic Gallery--now
known as the San José Museum of Art--in downtown San José, California. The bulk of the documents in the collection reflect
the committee's activities and interactions with the public, the City Council, the Triton Museum, and the San José City Council
Art Department, between 1965 and 1973. Some documents from 1963 and 1991 are also included.
John De Vincenzi was born in San José in 1921. He married Lonnie Santina in 1943 and they had two children. Vincenzi also
served in World War II. He received a Bachelor's degree from San José State College in 1949, an MA degree from Stanford in
1950, and in 1950 he became an art instructor at San José State College. He was promoted to full Professor in 1969; a position
he held until his retirement in 1991. During his career, he achieved high honors as an artist. He was the first artist in
residence at Santa Clara's Triton Museum, and was knighted by the Republic of Italy.
De Vincenzi became chair of the Gallery Advisory Committee to the San José Fine Arts Commission in November, 1965. Under
De Vincenzi's leadership, the advisory committee carried out the planning process for the proposed conversion of a San José
public library building into a city art gallery. The City Council approved the committee report in February of 1969 and the
San José Civic Gallery opened on September 19, 1971. De Vincenzi remained active on the advisory committee until September
of 1972. He was instrumental in the formation of the Civic Gallery Association, and also helped assemble the gallery's first
permanent collection--a group of 40 works donated by local artists.
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