Community Art Auction CALL for Art!

Art drop off 2pm–4pm on 4 days:
Saturday and Sunday, January 21 and 22
Friday and Saturday, January 27 and 28

Artwork registration link here! Opens Google form, no sign-in required.
Join the Auction Call event on Facebook.
Auction exhibition opens First Friday February 3, 5-9pm
Exhibition runs February 4 through March 3
Auction night Saturday, March 4!

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):

The new Works is open! “Resilience(d)” is on view through 12/18

Works/San José is now open at 38 South Second Street!

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

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

Upcoming at Works and beyond:

Works/San José has moved to 38 South Second Street in the new Open SJ arts and nonprofit complex. Some upcoming events there, online, and at MHP as we settle into the space:

Flash Fiction Forum
Wednesday, October 19, 7pm

this longstanding reading series moves to 38 South Second
register to attend online or in person:

“Afterlife 2022” presented by Works at Mexican Heritage Plaza

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

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!

Preview the NEW Works this First Friday!

October 7, 5pm-9pm at 38 South 2nd Street

with Haptic Synapses performance 7-8pm (or more!)

Works is moving! Preview our new space and talk with us about opportunities for artists! Haptic Synapses will help break in the new gallery with tech-driven beats!
Meanwhile, our booth in Street MRKT, two blocks away on South First, will feature family-friendly book creation with Susan Harding.
Steve Cooley of Haptic Synapses at the controls, Danny Kim to his left

An SJ City parking garage is directly behind Works at 25 South Third St, with the first 90 minutes free! Find downtown parking information at

An American Mosaic on view at Mexican Heritage Plaza through September 18

“An American Mosaic” installation view

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

Special final viewing day on September 18, 1-4pm; refreshments with the artists at 3pm (the Plaza is closed on September 17)
Closing Party 3pm-5pm—register here!

Mosaic Festival: August 26, 6-10pm and August 27, 2pm-10pm
Register FREE for the Festival here!

Chile, Mole, Pozole Festival, September 11, 1-5pm
$5 adults, free for children—register here

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

Planter Box Artists on view through September 2—Works’ final exhibition at 365 South Market!

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!

Resurgence: sjsu animation/illustration bfa 2022 on view through June 4

Experimental work in story, visual development, 3D modeling, and animation for the fields of motion pictures, gaming, publications, character design, and more by 56 emerging artists.

exhibition: May 20 through June 4
hours: Fridays 12-6pm, Saturdays and Sundays 12-4pm

Open during SubZero festival, June 3 and 4 from 7pm-10pm

Bleeding Edge: Works at 45

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!

The (Anti) Valentine Show on view February 4 to March 4

Works’ (in)famous (Anti) Valentine Show returns in-person for 2022!

opening night: First Friday, February 4, 5–9pm
join the opening night event on Facebook!

closing night: First Friday, March 4, 5-9pm
join the closing night event on Facebook!

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.

CALL for Art: The (Anti) Valentine Show!

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)

365 South Market Street, downtown San José

For video entries or other questions contact

Exhibition runs from opening night on First Friday February 4 to closing night on First Friday March 4

Hindsight 20/21 video installation

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)

banner art by Susan Harding, Thai Bui, and Ema Harris-Sintamarian

“An American Mosaic” at Mexican Heritage Plaza

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

Dan Fenstermacher
Tulio Flores
Richard Hoffman
Natasha Kramskaya
Jennifer Lay
Johanne Marion
Elizabeth Jiménez Montelongo
Betty Proper
Ally Spray
Kenneth Tan, The Lola x Kenneth Collaboration
Roan Victor

a special collaborative exhibition curated by Joe Miller

Worlds in a Life with Thollem and ACVilla

Worlds in a Life
Sunday, August 29, 7pm
live streaming on YouTube
from Works/San José

Thollem and ACVilla, photo by Emma Rogers

Renowned keyboardist Thollem and videographer ACVilla, together as Silver Ochre, in a live stream performance of “Worlds In A Life” at Works/SanJosé.

Preview and read more about Words in a Life at

Livestream link—view the full performance:

The (Anti) Valentine Show is now online!

See it here in Online Exhibitions!

Works/San José’s occasional (Anti) Valentine Show returns here online for 2021 with 100 works of art!

Artwork for The (Anti) Valentine Show shown here (all details) by Dan Fenstermacher, Cynthia Mar, and Kurt Salinas. Click on the photo to see them all!

Call for Art: The (Anti) Valentine Show online!

Works’ (in)famous (anti) valentine show returns online for 2021, and you are invited to participate!

There’s so much strife 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 for the exhibit opening Valentine’s Day.

Art can be any media but must be represented as digital images. Video and sound files can also be accepted—contact us if questions.

2 images up to 2MB each
Send files to:
include info:
name, title, media, size

Deadline is late night on February 10. Opening night (online) details to come!

Works artist members now with work online!

From now on, see the work of artists members of Works with the link here and into the future in the main menu above!

Members—send us your art and links if you are not there now—here is the CALL! Many more artists to come! This is a new member benefit that will continue in the future.

See “For Mr Floyd, Ms. Taylor…” in the “Online Exhibits” link as well. More online exhibits to come!

CALL: Online Member Art Showcase!

You are invited to show your work and link to your sites in a new online Works Member Art Showcase!

We cannot mount a physical member exhibit as scheduled this year but have come up with a feature for member artists that could have more lasting impact. Like our member exhibitions, this site will be an overview of area artists—but ongoing instead of just a few weeks!

This is a new feature for members of Works, showcasing art and links to websites and sales sites. Note that we’ve reduced member fees at this time by $10 or more for each category to keep membership as accessible as practical at this time.

Works will provide:
• a new page exclusively for member art
• promotion of that page in email and social media
• up to 3 images per member
• up to 3 links per member to your sites—web, social media, sales

Who are members?
• those who joined as members after the last member show
• those who donated art to the last auction
• those who volunteered for 5 or more shifts of any kind in the past year

Not a current member? Join or renew under “membership” at:

Send your photos (under 1.5MB each)
with title, media, year, and physical size to:

To have your work and links up for the First Friday September launch of the site, send your images and links by Saturday, August 29. This program will be ongoing but we will launch on First Friday September!

Join the CALL event on Facebook

Header image of the 2019 member exhibition–we’ll meet again at Works!

Inbetween exhibition online!

Inbetween: sjsu animation/illustration bfa 2020

Inbetween (n/adj): intermediate; an animation process of generating intermediate frames between two images, to give the appearance that the first image evolves smoothly into the second image.

Inbetween was planned as a massive exhibition at Works of experimental animation, character design, and fantastical imagery from May into June. Now view online the work of dozens of graduates in animation, 3D modeling, story, visual development, and group thesis projects.

Visit the exhibition site here!

Presented by SJSU, Shrunken Headman Club, and Works/San José.


Illustration by Flora Rees-Arredondo

Works receives notice to move out of 365 South Market by June 2021

A letter from Joe Miller, president,
and the Board of Directors of Works/San José

Dear members and friends of Works,

We’ve received notice from The Office of Councilmember Raul Peralez that Works must vacate our 365 South Market Street home by June of 2021. At that time the gallery is to be demolished and turned into a “visitor center” and executive office space for Team San José (TSJ). As many of you know, this has been part of an evolving effort by Works’ landlord TSJ to move us out of our home. Their first proposal, less than 2 years ago, was that Works would become cubicle space for potential new TSJ employees. Last year, our liaison with TSJ informed us that the space would be converted to executive offices. In December of 2019, TSJ’s CEO advised us that Works should be looking to relocate very soon. In the past few months TSJ Board members and employees again informed us of the plan for executive offices, and also of a plan for a visitor center. The plan to locate a visitor center there seems counter to the view of their CEO, who had said that our area has little foot traffic and low visibility.

Regardless of those contradictions, the City is now very excited about the visitor center idea, since eliminating Works for office space alone would deactivate the Market Street side of the convention center, where Works is the only storefront activity. In fact, a District 3 representative has requested that Works keep the site activated up until the conversion to the visitor center.

The day after the notice, I reached out to our District 3 contacts, asking if there could be any assistance in moving and building out a new space, since both TSJ and the City had encouraged and approved our recent improvements to the space. Improvements including flooring, electrical, lighting, and streetscaping were done after assurances of continued leases, and were paid for exclusively from donations to Works. After a few weeks we have yet to receive a response or acknowledgement. We understand that the City has a lot on its plate, but Works did not pick the timing of this decision. This huge financial and logistical challenge for Works coincides with immense reductions in City arts funding, due to the collapse of hotel tax revenue. Although Works is highly rated by reviewers for City Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) grants, arts grantees will suffer severe cuts in this and next year, according to the OCA.

People throughout our arts community often say that Works is a survivor, and it has been. However, with this new move, Works will have had to find, fund, and build out a completely new site on the of average of every 6 years of its 43-year history. No other local arts organization has survived that frequency and number of upheavals. We are optimistic that we will be able to survive this move, but we’ll need a lot of help—the expense and work will be formidable.

Nine years ago, I and a great group of Board members and volunteers moved Works out of a financially disastrous location set up by the City’s then Redevelopment Agency. We had the help of Sam Liccardo and his then District 3 office in escaping that situation and securing our current home. Since moving to 365 South Market, where we took over a nearly empty space used for storage, we’ve been able to build great relationships and a good reserve. However, we still need the City to respond and not literally pull the rug (which we had installed just before all of this) out from under us.

Please send a polite note to the following individuals, asking that if they must evict Works and demolish the investments we’ve made, to please also provide support for the move to, and buildout of, a new Works/San José community art space. Please write to:

Councilmember Raul Peralez:

Mayor Sam Liccardo:

Team San José does not have a representative who can reply at this time. We have spoken with the COO who confirmed a one year lease extension to June 2021.

Works will return.

Works/San José is closed at this time due to the COVID 19 outbreak. We will assess when we can open following City and County guidelines.

Works remains active on social media:
Works on Facebook
Works’ Facebook Group (join to see and post what’s going on in our art community)
Works on Instagram
Works on Twitter

We miss you! Please stay healthy and take care!

Foresight:2020 on view through March 8

where is the future?

opening reception: Friday, January 31, 7pm–10pm

exhibition runs February 1–March 8, 2020

First Friday artwalks: February 7 and March 6, 7–11pm

What do artists imagine now that we’re in this futuristic-sounding year? Are there new imagined futures? Retro-futures? Hopes or laments for the present day and beyond? “Space: 1999,” “2001: a space odyssey,” and “Bladerunner” set in 2019, are among many visually influential TV and films that put 2020 far into fantastic futures. Local artists responded in a wide range of media to these and other temporal quandaries with 200 works of art.

Workshop in this exhibition: starting a creative business
get details and tickets on Eventbrite
join the event on Facebook

CALL for Artists: “Foresight: 2020”

January 2020 Open CALL for Artists:
What will the future be or what should the future have been?

Wall artwork must fit within a 20×20 inch area—no exceptions.

Fill out art registration form here!

Hand deliver art on one of 4 drop-off days:
Saturday and Sunday, January 11 and 12, noon–4pm
Saturday and Sunday, January 18 and 19, noon–4pm
Join the drop-off event on Facebook!

Shipped artwork must arrive by Friday, January 17.

Up to 3 pieces may be submitted, no fees, no jury, open to all artists! All work will be accepted if space permits. Smaller sculpture, video (1080p) and digital stills (1080×1080 pixels) for screens can also be shown. Work can be for sale or not. Art registration link will be posted in mid December.

“Space: 1999,” “2001: a space odyssey,” “Bladerunner” set in 2019, are among many visually influential TV and films that put 2020 far into fantastic futures. What do artists imagine now that we’re in this futuristic-sounding year? Are there new imagined futures? Retro-futures? Hopes or laments for the present day and beyond?

“Foresight: 2020” will open with a reception on January 31 and will be on view to March 8.

Closing and art pick-up party will be Sunday, March 8, 4–7pm
Late pick-up time will be Tuesday, March 10, 4–7pm

Benefit Art Auction open now through Auction night December 7

Start or grow your collection with 100 regional artists in Silicon Valley’s most eclectic and affordable art auction! As well as the annual fundraiser to support community art, the Auction is a survey of regional artists and has helped art enthusiasts at all levels start or grow collections. Register to bid here! opening reception: First Friday, … Continue reading “Benefit Art Auction open now through Auction night December 7”


Start or grow your collection with 100 regional artists in Silicon Valley’s most eclectic and affordable art auction! As well as the annual fundraiser to support community art, the Auction is a survey of regional artists and has helped art enthusiasts at all levels start or grow collections.
Register to bid here!

opening reception: First Friday, November 1, 6pm–10pm
Silent bidding and ‘buy it now’ opens

exhibition: November 2–December 7
Last exhibit hours: Friday, December 6, noon–11pm, Saturday, December 7, noon–4pm

Open late with First Friday art walk, December 6, 7pm–11pm
This Friday and Saturday are the final preview days! You can also join us on the First Friday art walk with free snacks till 10pm.

Auction night: Saturday, December 7
Party starts 6pm, live auction close begins 7pm
Your bidder registration is admission to the party! Register online or in person.
Join the Auction Night event on Facebook!

Auction Artists (previews of art below):
Download a PDF list of art by artist last name here (notes on 40 artists included)
Hadi Aghaee
Mape Andrews
Edmund Attanasio
Julie Barrett
Amy Beans
Helen Bellaver
Linda Benenati
Lydia Rae Black
James A. Bonacci
Sean Boyles
Rebecca Bui
Thai Bui
Chris V. Bunz
Randy Canote
Jennifer Carrier
Valentina Carrillo
Antonio Castro
José Castro
Cynthia Church
Dotti Cichon
Sara Cole
Joshua Curry
Robin Danks
Andrea Dawn
Jemal Diamond
Kathryn Dunlevie
Midori Endo
Carolann Espino
Vera Fainshtein
Tulio Flores
Rachel Forrest
Michelle Frey
Ayelet Gal-On
Bea Garth
Anna Gelman
Lucy Ghelfi
Theresa Giammattei
Doug Glovaski
Bill Gould
Anthony Guarino
Karen Haas
J.P. Hamilton
Omar Harb
Susan Harding
Andre Hart
Terry Hart
Matthew Heimgartner
Alfred Hernandez
Marina Hutchins
Erika Ismerio
Rupy Kaloti
Rachel Karklin
Jonathan Kermit
Nadia Khater
Diane Kreiter
Terry Kreiter
Amanda Kritzberg
Thuy Le
Isaac S. Lewin
Bette Linderman
Kristen Lindseth
Oleg Lobykin
Anna Maiko
Kent Manske
Cynthia Mar
Johanne Marion
Mark Martinez
Ken Matsumoto
Tony May
Renae McCollum
Keith Melot
Theresa Merchant
Carolyn Meredith
Julie Meridian
Stephanie Metz
Susan Migliore
Bruce Miles
Joe Miller
Clayton Moraga
Lourdes Morante Mieses
Andy Nguyen
Cid Nguyen
Michael Norton
Rita Norton
James Ong
Kelly Otsuka
Gianfranco Paolozzi
Elizabeth Parashis
Kermit Patton
Maria Pazos
Katie Peck
Lili Petkovic
Suzy Radonsky Kohout
Robertino Ragazza
George Rivera
Joe Bastida Rodriguez
Jef Roeselers
Judy Rookstool
Bob Rose
Ann Ryals
Tim Ryan
Kurt Salinas
Arturo Sanchez
Gary Singh
Jean Skamra
Becca Smidt
Maggie So
Jackelin Solorio
Rain Stone
Shana Sundstrom
William Howard Surgener
Gary Tolomei
Jack Toolin
Timothy Tsun
Monica Valdez
Emily Van Engel
Eric Vasquez
Fe Villanueva
Stephen C. Wagner
Wanda Waldera
Gege Xu
Alayne Yellum
Emilie Yeung
Hyewon Yoon

Art previews (in progress, more to come):

Benefit Auction Call for Art!

Download the full CALL FOR ART here!

Join the CALL event on Facebook!

Register your art here! The registration form is online this year!

Works is your community art and performance center and this is our one fundraiser and a regional survey of art. This year there will be a month-long exhibition and up to 50% return of sale amounts–benefiting artists as well as Works!

DELIVERY OF ART on 4 days:
Saturday and Sunday, October 19 and 20, 12-4pm
Friday, October 25, 2-6pm
and a last day on Saturday, October 26, 12-4pm

Opening Reception: First Friday, November 1 from 6pm to 10pm
Exhibition: November 2–December 7, Fridays 12–6pm, Saturdays and Sundays 12–4pm
Auction Night: Saturday, December 7, party starts 6pm, bidding starts at 7pm!

Patterns of Disintegration on view through October 13

Patterns of Disintegration

opening reception: First Friday, September 6, 7–10pm
with South First Fridays art walk and StreetMRKT art fair on South First

exhibition on view: September 7 through October 13, 2019
hours: Fridays noon–6pm, Saturdays and Sundays noon–4pm

artists talk: Thursday, September 26, 6pm
learn about the work of the artists and the curatorial process
free admission with free snacks as well!

closing reception: First Friday, October 4, 7–10pm
with South First Fridays art walk and StreetMRKT art fair on South First
join the event on Facebook!

featuring work by:
Abiam Alvarez
Mape Andrews
Mike Battey
Jackie Baxton
Marcia Boyajian
Emily Van Engel

Patterns of Disintegration explores the natural decay and material break-down that intersects with our daily life. The show is co-curated by Monica Valdez and Emily Van Engel and includes six emerging artists living in San José and the surrounding area.

“The artists embrace different ways in which things change and fall apart,” notes Valdez. “Through sculpture, photography or painting, the artists reiterate broken-down components to produce artwork that then becomes a vehicle to discuss those changes.”

“The notion of disintegration is part of a healthy life cycle, but is often overlooked,” said Van Engel. “Regeneration or decay can bring about uncomfortable feelings, such as laziness, uncleanliness or shame, but when we look at the multitude of ways that break-down occurs in our daily life, it can inform how we operate in the world.”


Indivisible: Works member exhibition, on view through August 18


Indivisible: Works member exhibition 2019

Works’ 2019 member exhibition celebrates 42 years of democratic, community access art. This non-juried exhibit of artists who have donated to support the community concept of Works will reveal the broad range of messages, experiences, methods, and styles of our multifaceted community. Artist members of Works/San José range from widely exhibited and collected artists to emerging artists and even a few newcomers exhibiting for the first time. Celebrate Works’ ideal of liberty and justice for all our visual arts community!

Opening Reception:
Friday, July 26 from 7pm to 10pm
Join the opening event on Facebook

July 27 through August 18, 2019
South First Friday art walk:
Friday, August 2, 7 to 11pm with our free button making booth at the street fair!
Join the First Friday event on Facebook

Indivisible exhibition views:


artists and all members:
Art pickup and annual member party:
Sunday, August 18, 4:30pm to 7pm
with annual briefing on ‘the state of Works’ at 5pm. Enjoy free food and get ny questions answered. All members, artists, and friends of Works are welcome.
Join the Member Party on Facebook!

Additional art pick-up day: Tuesday, August 20, from 4pm to 7pm
do not leave work past this time!

special Indivisible event: The Now Of US

filmmaker ACVilla, keyboard artist Tholem, with special guest Erin Salazar
a look at murals and culture across the continent!
Saturday, July 27, 7pm
just $8 general, $5 members of Works
Full description and tickets here!
Join the presentation event on Facebook

Keyframes on view through June 9

Keyframes: sjsu animation/illustration bfa 2019

Opening night reception: Friday, May 17, 7–10pm
Closing party nights with SubZERO street fair: Friday and Saturday, June 7 and 8, 7-10pm
Join the closing nights event on Facebook.

In animation, the word keyframe refers to the defining drawing of a sequence. A sequence of keyframes defines the movement and story the viewer will see, and the position of the keyframes on the film, video, or animation defines the timing of the movement. While the term originates from the days of traditionally drawn animation, “keyframe” is a universal term used in stop motion, 2D animation, visual effects, and 3D animation. Sixty-three animators, modelers, storyboard artists, and visual development artists show defining moments from their student careers that will help guide their first steps into the professional entertainment industry, making these, essentially, their own keyframes.


Shifting Tides on view through May 5

Shifting Tides
convergence in cloth

Fiber Art from the Seven Pacific Regions of Studio Art Quilt Associates. Shifting Tides is presented as a world premier traveling exhibition in collaboration with Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA).

opening reception: Saturday, April 20, 1pm–3pm
presented to coincide with San José Museum of Quilts & Textiles opening at 3pm

closing party and South First Friday art walk: Friday, May 3, 7pm–11pm

special hours for this exhibition:
Wednesday–Friday noon–6pm, Saturday–Sunday noon–4pm

Shifting Tides: convergence in cloth explores the current state of the Pacific Ocean through the eyes of those living in an arc along the western shores of North America to the archipelago of Hawai’i.

The Pacific Ocean is a source of life and livelihood. Yet the threats are growing, challenging perceptions of limitless bounty. Overfishing and global warming endanger not just oceanic life, but the human communities that depend on it. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is larger than Texas. The ocean knows no jurisdictional boundary: solutions demand a convergent effort of communities and governments.

Forty-six SAQA artists from California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawai’i and British Columbia use fabric to express their anguish and hope for the Pacific region. Exhibition Juror, Ann Johnston, offers a representative range of mainland and island habitats and issues, as well as an array of design approaches and construction techniques. Some works focus solely on one area of wildlife or human activity, while others integrate issues. Some artists reached for scientific research, while others drew on a personal memory of place or crisis. All deepen our understanding of fabric as an art form.

Evocation Made Real on view through April 7


opening reception: First Friday, March 1, 7–11pm
Join the opening event on Facebook!

exhibition: March 2 through April 7, 2019

exhibition closing party: First Friday, April 5, 2019, 7–11pm

An immersive installation by Bill Gould with paintings by Gloria Huet and Judy Rookstool reveal conscious and unconscious collections of memories and reminiscences from parts of their lives to demonstrate the lasting power of stored images and experiences. Each artist evokes elements of reminiscence to focus on the importance of the past to their everyday actions and interactions. The combination of the artists’ recollections is designed to create responses to those memories and to generate recollections of the viewer.

Unity In Diversity on view to February 17


Unity In Diversity
A community exhibition based on the global Unity In Diversity flag designed in San José by Javier Yep.

opening reception: Friday, January 25, 7–10pm
Join the opening night event on Facebook

exhibition: January 26 through February 17, 2019
Fridays 12-6pm, Saturdays and Sundays 12-4pm

South First Friday art walk and second-chance reception: Friday, February 1, 7–11pm

Art Pick-up and closing party: Sunday, February 17, 4–7pm

Opening the year with unifying positivity (we can and do hope), Works presents a community exhibition based on, and in response to, the flag of Unity In Diversity designed in San José by Javier Yep, a first-generation immigrant. Although he designed this conceptual symbol, Yep believes the ultimate flag of unity in diversity should be the one of the United States, which has welcomed him here. Designer Yep’s highly reductive symbolism is juxtaposed to the highly varied and textured work of our full community of artists and designers, who responded with portraiture, self-portraiture, biographical, and auto-biographical work in a multitude of physical and digital media.


Unity In Diversity is supported by an X-Factor grant from SV Creates, and by a mini grant from Knight Foundation’s “Speak Up San José” initiative.



Call for Art: Unity in Diversity

An exhibition of individuality and community.


Call for art: portraiture, self-portraiture, biographical, and auto-biographical subject matter. Open to all media and styles—representational to abstract.

Size and media: all artwork must be square or presented as a square with a dimension of 10″x10″ preferred and a maximum of 12″x12″. Smaller squares are also acceptable. Up to 3 artworks per artist will be accepted (space permitting).

Digital artwork will also be shown: send digital images at 2160 x 2160 pixels to by the end of the final drop off time. Digital series of more than 3 images will be considered depending on space and relevance to the topic—send samples for consideration.

Art drop off on three days:
Sunday, January 13, 12-4pm
Friday, January 18, 12-6pm
Saturday, January 19, 12-4pm
Shipped art must arrive by Friday, January 18.

Exhibition Agreement Form PDF download

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Unity in Diversity
opening reception: Friday, January 25, 7-10pm
exhibition: January 26–February 17, 2019
A community exhibition based on the global Unity in Diversity flag designed in San José by Javier Yep.

This program is funded, in part, by a Cultural Affairs grant from the City of San José; by a grant from Applied Materials; by Silicon Valley Creates, in partnership with the County of Santa Clara and the California arts council; and by a mini grant from Knight Foundation to support “Speak Up San José” gatherings and conversations.

Benefit Auction exhibit on view now, Auction on December 8!

auction view 1

In our 41st anniversary Benefit Auction, we present an amazing array of long-standing and emerging area artists. Silent bidding opens on more than 110 artworks at our First Friday opening night reception and continues to the final Auction night gala on Saturday, December 8. See a huge range of local artists and build your collection by supporting your community art center in the South Bay’s most eclectic, affordable, and accessible art auction! Free admission throughout the exhibition and free snacks on opening night.

Opening Reception:
First Friday, November 2, 6pm-10pm
Silent bidding opens on opening night!

Second Chance Reception:
First Friday, December 7, 6pm-10pm

Auction Night:
Saturday, December 8, party starts 6pm, Auction 7pm
All artwork lots will close live!
Bidder registration and Auction Night tickets:
$20 general, $10 members of Works
Register at Works or online here to bid

Download complete list with starting bids: Auction artwork and starting bids by artist

Participating Artists: Scroll down for art previews!
Lori Adam
Pilar Agüero-Esparza
Isra Ahmad
Kathryn Arnold
Helen Bellaver
Linda Benenati
Chris Bennett
Lydia Rae Black
James A Bonacci
Rebecca Bui
Thai Bui
Chris Bunz
Antonio Castro
Larry Cazes
Greg Cheung
Cynthia M. Church
Dotti Cichon
Sara V. Cole
Kerry Conboy
Neha Dadhich
Trieu Dao
Joseph Demaree
Jemal Diamond
John Donnelly
Susan Drews Watkins
Kathryn Dunlevie
Christopher Elliman
Marcus Espinoza
Mape Esteve Andrews
Dan Fenstermacher
Rachel Forrest
Steven Fowkes
Allen Friedlander
Linda Gass
Anna Gelman
Mary Anne Gerhardt
Lucy Ghelfi
Theresa Giammattei Bricker
Doug Glovaski
Erika Gomez Henao
Anthony Guarimo
Karen Gutfreund
Karen Haas
Leanne Hamilton
Susan Harding
Andre Hart
Matthew Heimgartner
Jonathan Kermit
Anna Koster
Diane Kreiter
Terry Kreiter
Thuy Le
G Levy
Michael Levy
Bette Linderman
Kristin Lindseth
Oleg Lobykin
Kent Manske
Kaoru Mansour
Michael Martin
Kimy Martinez
Mark Martinez
Annie Mathew
Tony May
Danessa Mayo
Keith Melot
Julie Meridian
Stephanie Metz
Susan Migliore
Joe Miller
Sylvia Min
Tanya Momi
James William Moore
Clayton Moraga
Lourdes Morante-Mieses
Angelica Muro
Cid Nguyen
Kent Norton
Rita Norton
Gianfranco Paolozzi
Kermit Patton
Carlos Perez
James H. Pollard
Al Preciado
George Rivera
Judy Rookstool
Bob Rose
Ann Ryals
Tim Ryan
Kurt Salinas
Allen Shain
Brian Singer
Jean Skamra
Becca Smidt
Maggie So
Rain Stone
Shana Sundstrom
Donna Thompson
Ivan Tsai
Timothy Tsun
Ruth Tunstall Grant
Sieglinde Van Damme
Palak Verma
Hien Vinh
Michelle Wilson
Nanette Wylde
Alayne Yellum
Hyewon Yoon

art previews in progress:

Imprint on view through October 14

Imprint: Time, Memory, Identity, and Place

opening reception:
Friday, September 7, 7-10pm
with South First Fridays art walk and street fair

exhibition runs:
September 8 through October 14
Fridays 12–6pm, Saturdays and Sundays 12–4pm

Mary Ayling, Connie Begg, Carmina Eliason, Sylvia Min, and Lisa Solomon

Art that establishes identities through displacement and movement in place and time. Curated by Sylvia Min, Imprint includes work incorporating stitches in fabric, photographic prints, paintings, sculptures, installations, and residues of performance.

Imprint is Works’ entry in “New Terrains: Mobility & Migration,” a south bay initiative with San José Museum of Art.


Cyanotype Workshop
Saturday, September 22, 10am–12pm
Artist Connie Begg will engage participants in cyanotype creation and experimentation. all and materials provided—your curiosity is all that is required! $20 fee includes instruction and all cyanotype materials. See full details at registration pages:
Tickets on Eventbrite!
Event page on Facebook!

Reading by Carmina Eliason
First Friday, October 5, 6:30pm
Reading of Corridos: Stars as Distant Countries
In this free reading, Carmina explores her bi-cultural heritage, memories, family history, and folk tales. Reading time 15 minutes. Attend the reading and stay for the re-opening and South First Fridays art walk!

Re-opening and art walk
First Friday, October 5, 7pm–11pm

Free refreshments at a relaxed re-opening.


Infinite Memes: Works member exhibition through August 19

Infinite Memes: Works member exhibition 2018

Works’ 2018 member exhibition is our community celebration of 41 years of democratic, community access art. This non-juried exhibit of artists who have donated to support the community building concept of Works will reveal the broad range of messages, experiences, methods, and styles of our multifaceted community. These members of Works/San José range from widely exhibited and collected artists to emerging artists and even a few newcomers exhibiting for the first time. Celebrate the diversity of our visual arts community on view together at Works.

Opening Reception:
Friday, July 27 from 7pm to 10pm
July 28 through August 19
South First Friday art walk:
Friday, August 3, 7 to 11pm with our free button making booth at the street fair!