Opening night: Friday, May 19, 6-9pm Exhibition: May 20-June 2 Hours: Saturday, Sunday 12-4pm; Friday 12-6pm First Friday closing night: June 2, 5-9pm
65 new animation/illustration graduates from San José State University present work in story, visual development, character design, 3d modeling, and animation. This annual exhibition is shown for the first time in Works’ new 38 South 2nd Street home.
Death, Destruction, and Whimsy Artists: Chris Bunz, Cynthia Yadira Gonzalez, Hana Lock, and Lydia Rae Black, guest curator.
Opening reception on First Friday, April 7, 5pm-9pm exhibition: April 8 through May 6, 2023 hours: Fridays 12-6pm, Saturdays and Sundays 12-4pm Closing party: Saturday, May 6, 4-6pm with artist talks and refreshments
Beauty and trauma collide in this meditation on the failures of society to understand the artist as a complete person. Four artists from extremely different backgrounds have arrived at the same conclusion—the role of the artist is filtering noise, and art is a reaction and symptom of current conditions. Avoiding the onerous expectation of providing entertainment, artists rail against the soulless manufacturing of hopeful work in a social climate that can only be described as hostile to emotional health. The exhibition will present the paradox of creating for nobody but yourself, but wanting to set it in front of an audience anyway.
Although acknowledging the absurdity of art making and being completely aware of the futility of it all, the exhibition continues through May 6.
Works/San José and School of Arts & Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza presents Tierra y Raíces/Earth and Roots, a community exhibition at la Plaza gallery, 1700 Alum Rock Ave at King Road.
Opening preview night: Friday March 10 6pm-8pm School of Arts & Culture gallery Mexican Heritage Plaza, 1700 Alum Rock Ave at King Road
Exhibit hours, see School of Arts & Culture office for gallery access: Wednesday-Friday 4pm-8pm Saturday-Sunday 12pm-4pm Parking lots on both Alum Rock and King and multiple bus lines gallery CLOSED on these dates for private MHP events: 3/22, 3/23, 3/26
Closing night celebration with performance by MovingGround: Friday, March 31, 6pm-9pm Register here for the closing event! (opens to Eventbrite) Our closing party features a special performance by MovingGround collaborators at 6:30pm. This will be an interactive, site-specific experience that encapsulates our senses of sight, sound, movement and touch as we connect with the land and trees, celebrating our shared ancestry of earth and roots.
artists: Pilar Agüero-Esparza Carmen Arjona Ariza Antonio Castro Robert @Chaver22 Alisha Coelho Jemal Diamond Vera Fainshtein Rachel Ivanov Elizabeth Jimínez Montelongo Thuy Le Leeonnista The Artist León Rayos Magos Julie Meridian James Mertke Joe Miller Francisco Ramirez Judy Rookstool Yuting Wang
Build your collection while supporting your community art center: 172 artworks are in the south bay’s most accessible auction! Exhibition and preview free! no registration fees to ‘buy it now’ during the exhibition.
opening night: first Friday February 3, 5pm–9pm exhibition: February 4–March 4 hours: Fridays 12–6pm, Saturdays and Sundays 12–4pm
Open on First Friday March 3 from 12pm–9pm with South First Friday art walk from 5pm-9pm (including Content Magazine pick-up party starting 6:30). Final free preview hours are 12pm–4pm Saturday, March 4. Join the First Friday event on Facebook!
Auction closing night: Saturday, March 4, 5pm lots begin closing 6pm
At Works’ new home: 38 South 2nd Street, downtown San José. 90 minutes free parking in the City garage next to Works—enter at 25 South 3rd Street. Santa Clara Street Light Rail station is just a few steps from Works.
This is a benefit auction for Works/San José community art center, but artists can split the proceeds with Works and retain up to 50% of the sale price. Be part of the return of the Community Art Auction!
A small look at the Auction art arriving (full exhibit preview to come):
Works/San José is now open at 38 South Second Street!
Resilience(d) an exhibition concerning adversity
on view: November 12–December 18 gallery hours: Friday noon–6pm, Saturday Sunday noon–4pm Works is closed on Friday, November 25 for Thanksgiving holiday reception: on South First Friday December 2, 5pm–9pm closing party: Sunday, December 18, 4pm–6pm
artists: jhina alvarado thai bui marie cameron sara cole, guest curator theresa giammattei yolanda guerra irene berrones kolb victoria may natasha tahaei
Resilience(d) was originally scheduled for March of 2020 at the previous home of Works and part of Works’ guest curator program. The exhibit had a scheduled opening the week Covid-19 hit the United States. The exhibition was an endeavor born from the collective experiences and ideas of original guest curators Rosanna Alvarez and Sara Cole, based on earlier conversations between Sara and Joe Miller. After long pauses over the next two years due to the pandemic, the concept expanded and was reconfigured into the exhibition as it stands now.
Resilience(d) exhibition credits: concept and artist selection: Rosanna Alvarez and Sara Cole with special thanks to Joe Miller for original concept exhibition design: Sara Cole and Joe Miller exhibit installation: Sara Cole, Johanne Marion, Joe Miller, and Clayton Moraga
Afterlife October 24 to 29, open 5-9pm nightly with artists reception and preview, Sunday, October 23, 4-6pm coincides with Avenida de Altares festival on October 29, 5:30-10:30pm Join us at the festival—FREE tickets here! School of Arts & Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza 1700 Alum Rock Ave at King Rd
Resilience regular hours begin at 38 South Second Street on Saturday, November 12, noon-4pm, continuing through December 18 our first full exhibition at 38 South Second Street! more details to come!
Works/San José presents “An American Mosaic” in partnership with Mosaic America at the School of Arts & Culture gallery at Mexican Heritage Plaza. This is the second annual exhibition curated and mounted by Works to coincide with the Mosaic Festival at the Plaza.
Mexican Heritage Plaza, 1700 Alum Rock Ave at King Road, San José Open August 13 through September 11, Saturdays and Sundays 1-4pm Also open for the festivals below—see links to register for those events
the artists: Hadi Aghaee Jessica Eastburn Susan Harding Matty Heimgartner Rupy Kaloti Miguel Machuca Rayos Magos Jorge Mieses Lourdes Morante-Mieses Eddie Ramirez Elba Raquel Jada Wong Ruthie K. Yamada
This exhibition is a celebration of our planter box mini-muralists on the Market Street side of the SJ Convention Center. Come celebrate these artists and Works’ addition to the vibrant public art landscape of San José.
Opens with the South First Fridays art walk 6-10pm August 5 Continues Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 12-4pm Closes with the South First Fridays art walk 5-9pm September 2
the artists: Betty Proper / Valentina Carillo Sean Boyles Antonio Castro Jemal Diamond Force129 / Fernando Amaro Jr Theresa Giammattei Andre Hart Matty Heimgartner Isaac Lewin Rayos Magos Julie Meridian Elizabeth Jiménez Montelongo Suzy Radonsky Francisco Ramirez Steven Rubalcaba Kurt Salinas Michael J. Vaughn Roan Victor
Exhibition continues to First Friday September when we close Works on South Market Street. See previews of our new downtown home coming soon at 38 South Second Street in this exhibit as well. Watch for updates on the new space!
Exhibition open April 23 with closing night First Friday May 6, 5-9pm
closing night May 6, 5-9pm:
See us on closing night event for the expanded Bleeding Edge exhibition previewed last First Friday. This exhibit looks back at Works’ first 45 years and features a look ahead at Works’ new home under construction for a move this Summer!
On display is artwork by Tony May from the original 1977 location of Works, and hundreds of exhibition and event announcements by designer Joe Miller. See hundreds of images and video of the artists and events they represent, and new art commissioned for Works donors by Force129.
Original artworks by the late great Ray Ashley and others will be available for any donation. Come and talk with us about how you can participate in the new Works/San José!
With so much tension in the world, and so much need for love, we put out an open call for artists to submit up to 2 pieces: one Valentine-ish work and one anti-Valentine-ish work. 115 works of art arrived with a wide range of statements and in a wide range of media: painting, photography, sculpture, and video. Come celebrate our shared love of local art!
The exhibition continues Saturdays and Sundays 2-4pm with closing night on First Friday March 4.
Masks are required to enter and are available free at the gallery.
Artists: art pick up is 2-4pm Saturday and Sunday, March 5 and 6.
Works’ (in)famous (Anti) Valentine Show returns in-person at Works for 2022, and you are invited to participate!
There’s so much tension in the world, and so much need for love, that we’re asking you to submit up to 2 pieces: 1 valentine-ish work and 1 anti-valentine-ish work (or pick just one of those) for the exhibit opening at Works on the First Friday February art walk.
Art can be in most any media: paintings, photography, sculpture, video, and digital images as well that we can present on screens. There are no entry or other fees to participate.
Maximum size of 24×24 inches, but please think small so we can fit everyone in!
Three art drop-off days from 2pm-4pm: Saturday, January 22 Sunday, January 23 and Saturday, January 29 (final deadline)
Works/San José closed temporarily due to Covid 19 after the close of the exhibition “Foresight 2020” at the start of that year. Works reopens for exhibitions with “Hindsight 20/21” a video installation that highlights a dozen projects by artists completed since then that reflect the time and their and our experiences.
opening night: First Friday, December 3, 5-9pm exhibition: Saturdays and Sundays, 2-4pm through December 12 Works/San José, 365 South Market Street (right where you left us!) free as always, masks required (and available at the gallery)
Works/San José and Mosaic America present An American Mosaic: one view of the immense world of San José art.
Works returns with our first live gallery exhibition of 2021 and our first collaboration with Mosaic America and School of Arts & Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza!
Exhibit Hours on most Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays: September 10–11, 12-4pm Sunday, September 12, 12-4pm, in Chili Mole Pozole Festival September 17–19, 12-4pm Friday, October 1, 12-4pm Saturday, October 2, 12-6pm, in Silicon Valley Mosaic Festival Free tickets to the Mosaic Festival here! Sunday, October 3, 12-4pm
School of Arts & Culture Gallery at Mexican Heritage Plaza 1700 Alum Rock Ave at King Road, San José
artists: Fco1980 Dan Fenstermacher Tulio Flores Force129 Richard Hoffman Natasha Kramskaya Jennifer Lay Johanne Marion Elizabeth Jiménez Montelongo Betty Proper Ally Spray Kenneth Tan, The Lola x Kenneth Collaboration Roan Victor Yxaya
a special collaborative exhibition curated by Joe Miller