Benefit Auction show opens November 2, Auction on December 8!

Artists CALL for Art:

Please confirm now that you will contribute by sending an email to with your name, email address, phone number, and web page if applicable, so that we can include you in auction press releases and on our website. If you send a photo of the art you are donating we will include that on the website and in early publicity. This auction benefits both Works and regional artists, who can choose to receive up to 50% back from the sale of art.

Download artist donation forms here:
Auction CALL and Instructions PDF
Auction Donation Form

Art drop off dates (see forms above for details):
Four days from noon to 4pm:
Saturday and Sunday, October 20 and 21, and
Friday and Saturday, October 26 and 27
Art can also be shipped to arrive at Works by Friday, October 26

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

Participating Artists so far—have us add your name!
Pilar Agüero-Esparza
Isra Ahmad
Mape Esteve Andrews
Kathryn Arnold
Amy Beans
Helen Bellaver
Linda Benenati
Lydia Rae Black
James A Bonacci
Rebecca Bui
Thai Bui
Chris Bunz
Antonio Castro
Larry Cazes
Cynthia M. Church
Dotti Cichon
Sara V. Cole
Kerry Conboy
Terry Acebo Davis
Jemal Diamond
Marta Donayre
Christopher Elliman
Dan Fenstermacher
Rachel Forrest
Linda Gass
Anna Gelman
Mary Anne Gerhardt
Lucy Ghelfi
Theresa Giammattei Bricker
Doug Glovaski
Erika Gomez Henao
Karen Gutfreund
Karen Haas
Leanne Hamilton
Andre Hart
Matthew Heimgartner
Marilynn Host
Kushlani Jayasinha
Jonathan Kermit
Thuy Le
Katherine Levin-Lau
Trudy Levy
Kristin Lindseth
Kent Manske
Michael Martin
Kimy Martinez
Danessa Mayo
Keith Melot
Julie Meridian
Susan Migliore
Joe Miller
Sylvia Min
Tanya Momi
Clayton Moraga
Kent Norton
Rita Norton
Gianfranco Paolozzi
Al Preciado
George Rivera
Eugene Rodriguez
Bob Rose
Ann Ryals
Tim Ryan
Kurt Salinas
Becca Smidt
Maggie So
Rain Stone
Timothy Tsun
Carla Turturici
Sieglinde Van Damme
Nanette Wylde
Alayne Yellum


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!

Art pickup and member party:
Sunday, August 19, 4:30pm to 7pm, closing party with annual briefing at 5pm
Additional pick-up time: Wednesday, August 22, 4pm to 7pm

Anticipation Now! on view through June 10

Anticipation Now!
SJSU Animation/Illustration BFA 2018opening reception: First Friday, May 4, 7 to 10pm with South First Fridays artwalk
open during SubZero festival on Friday and Saturday June 1 and 2 from 7 to 10pm

Experimental coursework in visual development, story, animation, and modeling in the fields of filmmaking, gaming graphics, character creation, and more. The work of 70 graduates from the 2018 SJSU Animation/Illustration BFA program will be featured. The program is consistently ranked as one of the premier university programs in the nation and graduating students aim to show why in this ambitions exhibition.

On view May 5 through June 10
Fridays 12-6pm, Saturdays and Sundays 12-4pm

See artists’ portfolios here.


Eco Echo on view through April 15


Eco Echo: Unnatural Selection

Opening Reception: Friday March 2, 7pm–10pm
with South First Fridays art walk

Exhibition on view: March 3 through April 15, 2018
Fridays noon–6pm, Saturdays and Sundays noon–4pm

Anne Beck
Barbara Boissevain
Ginger Burrell
Judith Selby Lang
Richard Lang
Kent Manske
Michelle Wilson
Nanette Wylde

Organized by Nanette Wylde, Eco Echo: Unnatural Selection presents an array of artists who respond to aspects of our ecological environment in unexpected and diverse ways. Each artist is grappling with some ecological concern, creating echos which are celebratory, poignant, beautiful, complex, and provide opportunity for audience examination and reflection.


Sunday March 11, 2pm
Informal Artist Talk with Kent Manske
Conversation with Kent Manske around his installation Cell Garden. Points of departure will include biology, interconnectedness, life cycles, health, healing and epistemology. The artist will briefly talk about his experimental approach using screen printing to produce one-of-a-kind prints that evolve, mutate and synthesize from blank states to living, thriving organisms.

Saturday, April 7, 2pm
Informal Artist Talk with Ginger Burrell
“Subversive Comfort: Artists’ Books as a Tool for Raising Social Consciousness”
Artist Ginger Burrell will discuss the use of the book format by artists to explore political and social concerns. What is it about artists’ books that provide a unique opportunity and approachability not usually found in other artistic media? How can the selection of content, materials, images, scale and design engage a viewer and communicate an artist’s message? Explore examples of artists’ books that attempt to raise social consciousness, including three works by the artist included in the Echo Echos exhibition.

Sunday April 8, 4:30pm
Panel moderated by Barbara Boissevain “Big Dirty Secrets: Three Photographers Engaging in Environmental Advocacy in the San Francisco Bay”
Photographers Judith Selby Lang, Richard Lang and Barbara Boissevain will discuss their ongoing photography projects that address environmental issues in the San Francisco Bay Area. The panelists will share how the devices they use in their work aim to provoke discourse on local issues and encourage environmental stewardship. They will also discuss the relationship between contemporary photography and environmental and social advocacy, including the “Apocalyptic Sublime”.

Saturday, April 14, 4:30–6:30pm
“Constellations in Paper” workshop with Anne Beck and Michelle Wilson

In this workshop, learn the basic of embroidery on paper. Bring a design of your own or use one provided to sew a design onto a sheet of decorative paper. Embroidery on paper can be a little different that the traditional form on fabric, but still can create a wondrous and exquisite design.

At the end of this workshop, this embroidered paper can stand alone, or participants will have the option of turning it into a cover for a handmade book!

No embroidery or bookbinding experience necessary, all materials provided. A personalized workshop with limited spaces—reserve yours now!

$20 fee, registration includes all materials.

The (Anti) Valentine Show on view through February 18

The (Anti) Valentine Show
exhibition: February 2 through 18, 2018
opens with the South First Fridays art walk from 7–11pm
artists reception: Saturday, February 3, 6–9pm
exhibit hours start 2/3: Fridays 12–6pm, Saturdays and Sundays 12–4pm
closing and art pick-up party: Sunday, February 18, 4–6pm

The (Anti) Valentine Show returns with a vengeance! 140 local artists, from the most established to new and emerging, have responded to the call for art (un)inspired by romance. From anti-love, to anti-hypocricy, anti-commercialization, anti-objectivization, and more, The (Anti) Valentine Show promises to reflect the heart-felt to heart-wrenching angst of our time and place.

CALL for Art: The (Anti) Valentine Show

The (Anti)Valentine Show returns! Works presents an open call to artists (un)inspired by romance. In this non-juried exhibit, we anticipate artistic viewpoints to range from just a tiny bit less than love to all-out war; from the painfully real to outrageous fantasy. One work only from each artist. Painting, drawing, photography, video, sculpture, mixed media, etc. There are no fees to enter this exhibit.

Deliver art:
Saturday or Sunday, January 20 or 21, noon to 4pm
Works, 365 South Market Street, downtown San José
Shipped artwork must arrive by Friday, January 19

Download the AGREEMENT FORM here!

We have never had to limit submissions in the past, but Works reserves the right to omit submissions for space or safety concerns.

Exhibition: February 2–18, 2018
Opening night: First Friday, February 2, 7-10pm
Closing party: Sunday, February 18, 4–6pm

Benefit Art Auction on view now; closes December 2

In our 40th anniversary Auction, we present an amazing array of past, present, and even future area artists. Build your collection by supporting your community art center in the South Bay’s most eclectic and accessible art auction!

exhibition: November 4-December 2, 2017
hours: Fridays 12-6pm, Saturdays and Sundays 12-4pm
Exhibition admission is free!
Auction closing night Gala:
Saturday, December 2, 6pm opening with bids closing live at 7pm!

bidder registration: $20 general, $10 members of Works
Join the Auction event on Facebook!
Registered bidders and Auction artists only on closing night. Registration and silent bidding is open throughout the exhibition. Proxy bidding is available for closing night.
Register to bid and attend the closing event here!

Scroll down for Auction Art previews!

Auction Artists:
Terry Acebo-Davis
Pilar Agüero-Esparza
Ray Ashley
Efren Ave
Brande Barrett
Amy Beans
Shannon Belardi
Linda Benenati
Lydia Rae Black
James A Bonacci
Aleisha Bonin
Rebecca Bui
Thai Bui
Josh Bulman
Chris Bunz
Eamon Burke and Marcus Burke
Cynthia Cao
Antonio Castro
Jason Challas
D Cichon
Ed Clapp
Sara Cole
Kerry Conboy
Steve Cooley
Doug Crafts
Neha Dadhich
Terry Acebo Davis
Binh Danh
Jemal Diamond
Amy DiPlacido
Marta Donayre
Kathryn Dunlevie
Christopher Elliman
Midori Endo
Tulio Flores
Force 129
Rachel Forrest
Lucy Ghelfi
Doug Glovaski
Staci Gonzales
Bill Gould
Karen Haas
Andre Hart
Sea Heikes
Matthew Heimgartner
Erika Gomez Henao
Parthenia M Hicks
Jonathan Kermit
Maryam Khakipour
Sonya Kleshik
Katherine Levin-Lau
Bette Linderman
Kristin Lindseth-Rivera
Oleg Lobykin
Miguel Machuca
Dezza Belle Maddumba
Michael Martin
Kimy Martinez
Ken Matsumoto
Emily May
Tony May
Renae McCollum
Theresa Merchant
Julie Meridian
Stephanie Metz
Joe Miller
Sylvia Min
Jesse N. Molina
Clayton Moraga
Angelica Muro
Nanzi Muro
Terayuth Ngamvilaipun
Quynh Nguyen
Thuy Nguyen
Janet Norris
M. Kent Norton
Rita Norton
James Ong
Gianfranco Paolozzi
Liliana Petkovic
Darrell Phelps
A. Tom Pipinou
Al Preciado
Manuel Ramirez
Valerie Raps
George Rivera
Lordy Rodriguez
Bob Rose
Steven Rubalcaba
Ann Ryals
Tim Ryan
Diana Salas
Kurt Salinas
Masha Schultz
Robert Schultze
Allen Shain
Gary Singh
Jean Skamra
Becca Smidt
Maggie So
Shana Sundstrom
Rachel Tirosh
Gary Tolomei
Sara Tomasello
Jack Toolin
Travina Torres
Hoang Bao Ngan Tran
Timothy Tsun
Sieglinde Van Damme
Cristina Velazquez
Wanda Waldera
Michelle Waters
Geri Wittig
Flo Oy Wong
Nanette Wylde
Gege Xu
Alayne Vellum
Hyewon Yoon
Carl Yoshihara








Artists: CALL for 40th anniversary Auction art!


Ready your art for the 2017 Benefit Auction! This year the exhibition, an exciting overview of regional artists, runs a full month! Support Works and represent our community in this 40th anniversary event.

Download the CALL for Art and Exhibition Agreement here:
CALL and Agreement Form

Art delivery on four days from noon to 4pm:
Saturday and Sunday, October 21 and 22, and
Friday and Saturday, October 27 and 28
Art can also be shipped to arrive at Works by Friday, October 27
Works, 365 South Market Street, San José, CA 95113

Opening Reception and start of silent bidding:
6pm to 10pm, First Friday, November 3

Exhibition hours: Fridays 12-6pm, Saturdays and Sundays 12-4pm

Auction Closing: Saturday, December 2
Party starts at 6pm and bid closing starts live at 7pm sharp!

Proceeds support exhibition, performance, education events, and more, at Works/San José, your nonprofit, all-volunteer community art and performance center.

"Making It Works" on view through October 15

Making It Works
40 years of artists building community

opening reception: Friday, September 1, 7-10pm
Join the opening event on Facebook!
exhibition continues through October 15

Works celebrates 40 years of cutting-edge community art and performance with an exhibit of art from (about) 40 of the scores of artists who have helped to build and shape Works since its inception. In addition to painting, photography, sculpture, and video from these influential artists, there will be photos, announcements, and other artifacts of the six locations and four decades of art and community at, and fostered by, Works/San José.

Taking Liberties: the 40th anniversary member exhibition, on view through August 20

Taking Liberties
the 40th anniversary member exhibition

Works’ 2017 member exhibition is an arts community celebration of 40 years of democratic, community access art. This non-juried exhibit of 88 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. Members of Works/San José range from widely exhibited and collected artists to emerging artists and even some newcomers exhibiting for the first time. Celebrate the diversity of our visual arts community on view together at Works.

Opening Reception: First Friday, August 4, 7-10pm
Visit our Street MRKT booth, also on opening night, on South First Street to make your own wearable art button!

Exhibition continues through August 20.

Closing and Art Pick-up Party with Annual Member (and Friends) Meeting, Sunday, August 20, 4-7pm
Join the Member Event on Facebook!
Additional art pick-up Wednesday, August 23, 4-7pm


CALL FOR ART: the 40th anniversary member exhibition!

You are invited to participate in the 2017 40th anniversary members’ exhibition entitled Taking Liberties at Works!

Not a current member? join or renew when you bring your art or join now online!

ART DELIVERY on three days:
Sunday, July 23, 2-6pm, Friday, July 28, 2-6pm, Saturday, July 29, 12-4pm
deliver to Works/San José: 365 South Market Street
Market Street edge of SJ Convention Center building, downtown San José

Each member of Works is invited to place one work of art into the exhibition, your piece must be ready-to-hang (framed/mounted, etc. with all hanging hardware). We must limit wall pieces to 24 inches in width; and sculptural pieces to 24 inches in width and depth—space is tight, so please consider a smaller work! Include instructions for any special display needs. Please also provide a resume and artist statement. Your work may be for sale if you wish. The exhibition entry form and exhibition agreement can be completed when you deliver your work or can be downloaded here:



opening reception:
First Friday, August 4, 7pm to 10pm

August 5 through 20
Volunteer to help staff the exhibit! Find out more on delivery days.

“One of a Kind: prints and more by Ray Ashley” on view through July 23

One of a Kind: prints and more by Ray Ashley

opening night: First Friday, July 7, 2017, 7-10pm
exhibition: July 8–23

This special July exhibition features the art of Ray Ashley, a patron saint of local artists and arts organizations, who was an artist himself. Works will show selections of Ray’s work coinciding with the first exhibit devoted to his vast collection of art at the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara. One of Works’ most generous supporters, Ray passed away late in 2016. Works will provide the opportunity to collect Ray’s work just as he collected the work of so many regional artists. Tables of silk screen and mono prints by Ray are available for visitors to select prints for any donation. The exhibit includes intaglio prints and watercolor paintings in an exhibit that hints at Ray’s intense experimentation and form iterations.

System OVERLORD on view through June 25

“System OVERLORD” brings together designers and artists from the Bay Area to around the globe who are pushing the limits of print and new media. Their visual communication explores unique techniques that reimagine form, color, space, and content. Curated by Bay Area designer Andy Tran, the exhibition will graphically navigate through highs and lows of human experience and emotion.

System OVERLORD designers:
Jimbo Barbu
Thomas Blankschøn
Mars Maiers
Network Osaka
Andy Tran

Join the opening night event on Facebook
No-host bar and free refreshments at the opening.

Join us at our SubZERO street booth during opening night to design your own wearable art for free!

SF Design Week open house with curator Andy Tran, free exhibit souvenirs and snacks throughout the day!
Saturday, June 17, noon-4pm. Admission FREE!
Please register at Eventbrite so we know how much food to get!

Exhibition continues through June 25.
System OVERLORD is presented for SF Design Week by Works/San José and AIGA SF.

Grindhouse open through May 27

Grindhouse: SJSU Animation/Illustration BFA 2017

68 graduating students present a huge range of experimental work in visual development, story, animation, and modeling in the fields of filmmaking, gaming graphics, and character creation. From fierce aliens to the kids next door, Grindhouse features hundreds of fanciful images and videos. The title “Grindhouse” recalls B-movie theaters of the past as well as free coffee while it lasts on exhibition days!

opening reception: First Friday May 5, 7-10pm
No-host bar and free refreshments at the opening reception.
The gallery remains open until 11pm on South First Fridays.
Join the opening event on Facebook!

Exhibition continues through May 27 with special exhibit hours:
Thurs-Fri 12-6pm, Sat-Sun 12-4pm.

Alternative Facts on view through April 23

Works presents an open community exhibition of artists at all levels of experience and in all manner of media as a broad survey of responses to the title phrase, which has entered our lexicon from political speech to the Urban Dictionary.

Opening Reception: First Friday, April 7, 7-10pm
Join the Opening event on Facebook!

Exhibition dates: April 8 to 23, 2017
Hours: Fridays 12-6pm, Saturdays Sundays 12-4pm

Closing and Art Pick-up Party: Sunday, April 23, 4-6pm

The phrase “alternative facts” was originally used by Kellyanne Conway, United States Counselor to the President, during a Meet the Press interview on January 22 of this year. She used the phrase to defended White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s false statement dramatically inflating the number of people in attendance at Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th President of the United States.

Chafismo continues through March 12

Chafismo: An Introduction to New Forms of Art Post-Rasquachismo

opening reception: First Friday, February 3, 2017, 7-10pm
opening reception performance by DJ Telepathic Juan tocando DIY Pop y Mexican Kitsch
free refreshments and no-host bar

exhibition: February 4 through March 12, 2017
curated by Angelica Muro and Hector Dionicio Mendoza

talk with the curators: Saturday, March 11, 5pm
Dr. Amalia Mesa-Bains will moderate a discussion with Angelica Muro and Hector Dionisio Mendoza, curators of the exhibition. Doors open 4:30. Free admission and free light refreshments. See the talk event on Facebook!

Featuring work by Sita Bhaumik, Felix d’Eon, Karla Diaz, Monique Islam, Prole Arts Collective (Nosfe and Rarotonga), Isaías D. Rodríguez, and Arnoldo Vargas, this exhibition re-examines social based-phantom culture by sampling and appropriating sources that are linked to both high and low culture through use of materials that convey social-economic and political class, race, gender, and sexuality. Chafismo highlights work that moves towards the current dialogue surrounding the complexity within ChicanX practices. This often means artists giving a critical voice to prevailing theoretical paradigms that frame arte y cultura as long relegated issues that should be expanding our understanding of positionality, value, and worth. By questioning established standard tenets as idle, a new approach and visual language can emerge to probe the conventionality of what is considered broken, irreverent, or complacent.

Works opens 2017 with January readings and exhibition February First Friday

January Events:
Discount Art Sale at each January event!

Well-RED monthly poetry reading
Tuesday, January 10, 2017, doors open 6pm, reading starts 7pm
Featured Poets: Joyce E Young and Dane Corvine
open mic follows
admission: $2 donation; no one turned away

Flash Fiction Forum
Wednesday, January 11, 2017, doors open 6:30pm, reading starts 7pm
a wide range of featured flash fiction readings
see how to participate at
admission: $2 donation; no one turned away

Next Exhibition:
Chafismo: An Introduction to New Forms of Art Post-Rasquachismo
Opening Reception: First Friday, February 3, 2017, 7-10pm
Exhibition: February 4 through March 12, 2017

Works opens its 40th anniversary year with an exhibition curated by Angelica Muro and Hector Dionisio Mendoza. Chafismo re-examines social based-phantom culture by sampling and appropriating sources that are linked to both high and low culture through use of materials that convey social-economic and political class, race, gender, and sexuality. This often means giving a new function to something that would conventionally be considered broken, irreverent, or complacent.

Benefit Auction is December 10; exhibit open all week 2-6pm

Works’ Benefit Art Auction is the most eclectic and accessible in the area and will feature 100 works from local and regional artists. Support your community art center and make a bid for freedom of expression!

opening reception: First Friday, December 2, 6-10pm
exhibition: open every day, December 3 through 10, 2-6pm
auction night: Saturday, December 10, refreshments start 6pm, auction at 7pm

Exhibit and Auction entry is FREE. Bidder registration is just $20, $10 members of Works.
“Buy it now” available throughout the exhibit for 110% of retail.
Benefit Auction artists (more previews of art being added):

Fernando “force129” Amaro Jr.
Robert Appleton
Erica Atreya
Amy Beans
Shannon Belardi
Linda Bennati
Lydia Rae Black
James A Bonacci
Steve Borelli
Kelley Bryant
Christine Bunz
Michael Buscemi
Cynthia Cao
Chris Carrillo
Valentina Carrillo
Antonio Castro
Jay Cee
D. Cichon
Sara Cole
Binh Danh
Terry Acebo Davis
Sachin Deshpande
Danielle Dufayet
Kathryn Dunlevie
Jarid Duran
Christopher Elliman
Rachel Forrest
Doug Glovaski
Bill Gould
Kevin Guerrero
Karen Haas
Reeva Harrison
Andre Hart
Marilynn Host
Gloria Huet
Deborah Kennedy
Sandra Khoury
Irena Kononova
Anna Koster
Betty Franks Krause
Charlotte Kruk
Katherine Levin-Lau
Diane Levinson
Michael Levy
Bette Linderman
Kristin Lindseth
Oleg Lobykin
Claire R. Lynch
Marwa Mabrouk
Leslie MacDonald
Yvonne Magener
Mark Martinez
Tony May
Renae McCollum
Keith Melot
Thérèsa Merchant
Julie Meridian
Joe Miller
Clayton Moraga
Angelica Muro
James Ong
Sonia Orban-Price
Gianfranco Paolozzi
Elizabeth Parashis
Ljiljana Petkovic
James Pollard
Alfred Preciado
Francisco Ramirez
George Rivera
Judy Rookstool
Michael Rosenthal
Steven Rubalcaba
Jay Ruland
Anne Ryals
Tim Ryan
Kurt Salinas
Masha Schultz
Gary Singh
Becca Smidt
Maggie So
Everett Taasevigan
Corinne O. Takara
Lynne Todaro
Janet Trenchard
Timothy Tsun
Consuelo Jimenez Underwood
Jim Vetter
Moe Whalen
Jeff Whited
Alayne Yellum
Carl Yoshihara

with collected work by:
Leslie MacDonald
Adele Mostar
David Pace
Grace Purpura
Goldmine Shithouse
Jack Toolin


Silver Ochre Live, November 19!

AC Villa and Thollem transform the mundane into the exotic in a mesmerizing sonic and visual environment.

“intense and virtuosic…” -TimeOut NY

Silver Ochre Live takes the audience into sonic and visual environments, passing between elegant lines and questionable borders, through diffused stories and striking beauty. This visual/sonic combination transforms the mundane into the exotic and reveals the familiar in the strange. Thollem and ACVilla’s collaboration reflect their decade of perpetual touring. ACVilla’s experimental videography and Thollem’s spontaneous compositions reveal the curiosity and ease with which they surf the extremes that travel inevitably presents.

Eventbrite - Silver Ochre Live: Thollem Electric/ACVilla

ACVilla has been nomadic since 2008 working as an artist’s facilitator, grant writer and photo-videographer. Her interest in, and study of, lines is evident in the ways she accentuates them, erases them and crosses them in every aspect of her life. A summer nomad since her second decade, she had become a perpetual peripatetic traveler by her fourth. After living in a log cabin in the California coastal redwood forest and helping rebuild a 100-year old adobe abode in the high desert of Northern New Mexico, she found herself receiving mail in Mexico City, Prague and Thessaloniki, among other places. She has seeded ideas and plants, penned thoughts, shaped clay and wire, and witnessed the sunsets over both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, all the while seeing and listening to Life in new and unique ways.

Thollem is a peripatetic pianist/keyboardist, composer, improviser, singer-songwriter, author and educator. His compositions and performances range from the sub-genres of post-classical, free jazz, noise, punk rock and ecclecticism. He has been touring perpetually throughout North America and Europe since 2006, performing solo works as well as collaborating with an array of musicians, dancers and filmmakers including ACVilla, Martha Colburn and Manucinema (Tuia Cherici). The music for Silver Ochre is inspired and influenced by the incredible array of music heard in this multi-cultural country including but not limited to: Corridos, Gamelan, Taiko, Free Jazz, Noise, Post-Classical, Arabic, Blues, Circus music and more, all filtered through the lens of an experimental piano player.

“ACVilla’s vibrant footage is expertly matched to Thollem’s strangely nuanced sonic output.” – Live Eye TV

“An intense and virtuosic keyboardist” (TimeOut NY) with “fluid keys pulverization” (Spin Magazine), Thollem possesses “an attractively extreme viewpoint” (LA Times).

Call for Art: the Benefit Auction needs you!

Artists who believe in Works: please support community art and performance! Works needs you as we enter our 40th anniversary year!

Art delivery: 365 South Market Street, downtown San José

three days from noon to 4pm:

Saturday, November 19, Sunday, November 20, and Saturday, November 26

Please confirm now that you will contribute by sending an email to with your name, email address, phone number, and web page if applicable, so that we can include you in auction press releases and on this website. If you send a photo of the art you are donating we will include that in early publicity. If phone is better, you can leave a message with your information at 408.300.6405.

Your work should be ready to hang or display with any frame, glass, etc., as appropriate to your piece. As just one token of our appreciation, we offer you a free one year membership for work sold at auction. Artists may choose to donate 100% of the sale price to Works or retain up to 20%. More instructions on the CALL below!

Download the CALL HERE for complete instructions!

Download the AGREEMENT FORM HERE to bring with your artwork (we’ll have them at drop off too).

Opening Reception: 6pm to 10pm, First Friday, December 2

Special exhibition hours: open every day, 2pm to 6pm, December 3 through 10

Auction: Saturday, December 10 with party starting at 6pm and Auction at 7pm sharp!

All proceeds support exhibitions, performances, education events, and more, at Works/San José, your nonprofit, all-volunteer community art and performance center.

Private Conversations: 20 artists (plus you!) paint with Andre Hart, on view through November 13

Inimitable local enigma Andre Hart collaborates with 20 peers to explore and ultimately set aside traditional notions of authorship and individual control in art making. Each work in the exhibition is a collaboration between Andre and one other artist. Working with seasoned professionals to novice painters, our strong-willed project instigator defers to and shares line, texture, and narrative with each artistic partner. Andre has prepared an additional work where visitors can draw into a self portrait of the artist and curator to create a community collaboration over the course of the exhibition.

opening reception: First Friday, October 7, 7-10pm
second chance reception: First Friday, November 4, 7-10pm
exhibition: October 8 through November 13

Enrique Alvarado
Maria Amigo
Ruby Bloo
Phil Bongiorno
Lacey Bryant
Tulio Flores
Force 129
Mathew Heimgartner
Brittni M. Jennings
Felipe Jimenez
Avery Palmer
Anthony Palomo
James Pollard
Alfred Preciado
Jazmyn Saucedo
Maggie So
David Sosa
Monica Valdez
Andre Hart

Vote Your Subconscience: 2016 member exhibition, on view through September 11

Vote Your Subconscience: the 2016 member exhibition

opening reception: First Friday, August 5 from 7pm to 10pm

exhibition: August 6 through September 11

Works’ 2016 member exhibition will be a broad survey of election-year art. From confronting political issues head-on to escaping them altogether, this non-juried exhibit is set to reveal the conscious and subconscious conscience of our artistic electorate. 75 artists who support community art and performance through Works are participating!

Deep at the Surface on view through July 10

Deep at the Surface

opening reception: First Friday, June 3, 7–10pm

exhibition: June 4 through July 10, 2016

curator and artists talk with closing reception: Saturday, July 9, 6pm

admission free, light refreshments served

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Artists Elvira M. Dayel, Sharon Kyle Kuhn, and Victoria Welling construct an invented, fragmented, and reassembled environment. The artists explore the balance and unavoidable conflicts between beauty and repulsion, chaos and order, and the never ending battle to resolve shifting urban realities.

Elvira Dayel explores personal interpretations of reality. New constructs become a vital part of nature, offering a resolution to our struggle to obtain balance in our built environment. Abstracted and delineated shapes depict new landscapes we might all fit into.

Sharon Kyle Kuhn turns the chaos of fragmented pieces of construction debris into orderly compositions that tightly hold together. She explores the small details of urban life that most people would describe as ‘ugly’ or often overlook as irregular pieces of industrial materials.

Victoria Welling explores relationships with nature while stimulating sensory responses with materials, texture, and composition. The result is a body of work that leads the viewer down a path toward sensory overload with a delicate yet bold dialogue between beauty and repulsion.

CALL for Art: 2016 Member Exhibition!

Each member of Works/San José, and those who would like to join or renew, are invited to participate in the member exhibition in August! Please download the CALL for instructions:


exhibition title:

Vote Your Subconscience: the 2016 member exhibition

art delivery (download the CALL for details):

Sunday, July 24, 2 to 4pm, Friday, July 29, 5 to 7pm, or Saturday, July 30, 2 to 4pm

365 South Market Street (Market Street edge of SJ Convention Center building, downtown San José)

opening reception: First Friday, August 5 from 7pm to 10pm

exhibition: August 6 through September 11

annual member meeting and art pick-up party: Sunday, September 11, 4-6pm

Inter/Action on view through May 22

Inter/Action: Digital Art that Responds, a highly interactive digital and systems art exhibition, will be the first ever art exhibition presented as part of a CHI (pronounced kai) conference, the top world-wide conference for human-computer interaction. Curated by Jason Challas and Ernest Edmonds, the exhibit combines 23 international and local artists. Inter/Action is presented in collaboration with ACM SIGCHI CHI2016.

Opening night preview: Friday, May 6, 7-10pm

Open to the public during special CHI conference hours:

11am to 7:30pm May 9–12

Reception for CHI attendees:

Tuesday, May 10, 6–8pm

On view through May 22 during regular hours: 

Fridays 12–6, Saturdays and Sundays 12–4


Jonah Brucker-Cohen

Garth Paine

Anna Weisling

Antonio Daniele

George Poonkhin Khut

Peter Beyls & Andre Perrotta

Masa Jazbec & Floris Erich

Judith Doyle & Naoto Hieda

Jennifer Seevinck

Steve Durie & Bruce Gardner

Esther Rolinson & Sean Clark

Celia Pearce, Gillian Smith, Jeanie Choi & Isabella Carlsson

Laewoo Kang

Irene Posch & Ebru Kurbak

Anil Camci

Also during this exhibition:

Well-RED poetry reading, Tuesday, May 10, 8:30pm

doors open 8pm following the CHI attendee reception

Flash Fiction Forum, Wednesday, May 18, 7pm

$2 donation

‘Badlands: Borders from Within’ on view through April 24

Badlands: Borders from Within

Opening Night: Friday, April 1, 7-10pm

On View: April 2 through 24, 2016

Artists Lordy Rodriguez, Jack Toolin, Wanda Waldera, and site-specific installation by Neila Mezynski, explore borders from a macro to micro perspective—mapping imaginary terrains, contrasting landscapes, and evoking individual isolation. The exhibition also includes images and animations from NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center.

Badlands is presented by Works as part of the Border Cantos program of exhibitions with San José Museum of Art.

Sci-Fi Folk on view through March 20

Sci-Fi Folk

opening reception: Friday March 4, 7-10pm

exhibition: March 5 through 20, 2016

film showing: Saturday, March 12, 6pm

“A Trip to the Moon”

restored in its original 1902 colors

“The Extraordinary Voyage”

documentary on the restoration of “A Trip to the Moon” followed by a brief tour of the exhibition with artists Dolores Zorreguieta and Genevieve Quick. All admission free!

Artists Frank Aguilar, Deborah Edmeades, Genevieve Quick, and Dolores Zorreguieta present a dystopian view in their search for new century survival tactics. Issues dear to science fiction and folk tales: the paranormal, the esoteric, and the futuristic are recognized in work depicting monstrosity, metamorphosis, and epic journeys to alien worlds.

Exhibition continues through March 20.

Curated by Dolores Zorreguieta.

SUPER Hunger Anti-Valentine BOWL Games Part 50 on view through Feb 21

An open community exhibition in which artists were invited to comment on the sport and the season. Fifty area artists responded with work that honors or lampoons either and both. Join us as we somewhat irreverently open Super Bowl weekend next door to the Carolina Panthers as well as NFL and NFC operations.

Opening Reception: First Friday, February 5, 6pm–10pm

On opening night and Saturday, visit our photo booth at Winter MRKT street fair on South First Street to have your helmeted portrait added to a video installation at the gallery!

Join the opening night event on Facebook!

Exhibition continues through February 21.

Call for Art: SUPER Hunger Anti-Valentine BOWL Games Part 50


Open CALL to artists: Works/San José will host a community exhibition opening First Friday February 5 (Superbowl weekend). Our location—next door to where the NFC team will be staying and their operations will be held—seems a good excuse to ask artists to comment on sport and the season! What would you like to show and express to droves of fans on Superbowl weekend?

Drop Off Times:

Friday, Janyary 29, 4pm-6pm

Saturday, January 30, noon-4pm

Exhibition Agreement Form (PDF)

No Fees. One piece per person. Exhibition runs through February 21. Your work may be for sale if you wish. Work must be completely ready to hang/display. We are not restricting size but the space is limited and we expect about 80 artists based on previous calls. We expect many thousands of fans in the area on opening night and throughout that weekend. There are no restrictions on the point of view work might have. Works will also be participating in the SoFA/NFL street fair on South First Street.

Join the CALL Event on Facebook!

Benefit Art Auction is 12/12!

118 works of art have been donated by regional artists to Works’ 2015 Benefit Auction. Now it’s your turn to support community art and performance by bidding in the region’s most accessible and eclectic art auction!

opening night: First Friday, December 4, 6pm to 10pm

exhibition: open every day 2pm to 6pm December 5 through 12

Auction night: Saturday, December 12, 6pm party, 7pm live auction!

Opening night, exhibition, and Auction attendance is free, bidder registration is only $20, $10 members of Works.

Download complete Auction art list here.

Auction art previews (many more to come):

Call for Benefit Auction Art!


Artists: please download the CALL to see how your art can help Works throughout 2016 and beyond:

Benefit Auction Call for Art

Artist Donation Form

participating artists to date (have us add your name!)


Joey Agcopra

Pilar Agüero-Esparza

Fernando Amaro Jr.

Nicole Frelier Andrews

Erica Atreya

Brande Barrett

Amy Beans

Linda Benenati

Lydia Rae Black

James A Bonacci

Chris V. Bunz

Antonio Castro

Jason Challas

Sophia Choi

Ed Clapp

Sara Cole

Kerry Conboy

Binh Danh

Lisa De Leon

Joseph Delappe

James Dewrance

Laura Diaz

Kathryn Dunlevie​

Midori Endo

Carolann Espino

Dan Fenstermacher

Nikki Frelier Andrews

Bea Garth

Mary Anne Gerhardt

Doug Glovaski

Monica Gonzalez

Bill Gould

Amber Guerin

Lisa Gunatileka

Karen Haas

Andre Hart

Gloria Huet

Valerie Jackson

Leah Jay

Felipe Jimenez

Sheau Ching Lee

Diane Levinson

M. Levy

Bette Linderman

Oleg Lobykin

Adolfo Martinez

Kimy Martinez

Mark Martinez

Therese May

Tony May

Thérèsa Merchant

Julie Meridian

Stephanie Metz

Neila Mezynski

Eiya Miller

Ethan Miller

Joe Miller

Jesse Molina

Angelica Muro

Andy Nguyen

Maivy Xuan Nguyen

Vanesa O’Hanlon

Gianfranco Paolozzi

Elizabeth Parashis

Valerie Patten

James Pollard​

Harry Powers

Lynn Powers

Alfred Preciado

Robert “Rob” Quinn


Joe Bastida Rodriguez

Phe Ruiz

Gerri Russell

Ruby Rutledge

Ann Ryals

Tim Ryan

Kurt Salinas

Gary Singh

Rama Sivamani

Jean Skamra

Maggie So

Rob Toloy

Lucy Traeger

Tran Tran

Timothy Tsun

Madison Nicole Tyler

Monica Valdez

Jeff Whited

Alayne Yellum

Raheleh Minoosh Zomorodinia

American Gun Show on view through November 15

American Gun Show

An exhibition of artistic responses at the intersections of free speech, personal liberty, and national identity. Curators James Morgan and Dorothy Santos explore the art and technology of guns with an objective focus to provide a much needed dialogue around an object rife with cultural, social, and political meaning.

Opening Reception: Friday, October 2, 7-10pm with First Friday art walk

Public Discussion with the curators, 7pm Friday, October 23

An open dialogue facilitated by Lisa D. Walker. Admission free.

join the event and see all details on Facebook!

Performances: Friday November 6, 7pm sharp, with First Friday art walk from 7 to 11pm

During the exhibition there will be a special showing of Garland Martin Taylor’s 400 lb. stainless steel gun sculpture mounted into the bed of a pickup truck.


Morehshin Allahyari

David Bowen

Micha Cárdenas

Caroline Covington

Joseph Delappe

Christopher Elliman

Nancy Floyd

Philip Bronson Gann

Vadim Gershman

Christopher Head

Charles Krafft

Linda Lighton

Julie Meridian

Joe Miller

Nick Montfort

Lydia Moyer

Tal & Omer Golan / OMTA

Barbosa Prince

Asa Scheibe

Marnika Shelton

Brett Stalbaum

Unicode 6.0

Annie Wan

Daniel Wechsler

Cody Wilson

Henry Witecki

Nine Yamamoto-Masson

Minoosh Zomorodinia

On view October 3 through November 15, 2015

December at Works: the Annual Benefit Auction!

Caprichos Anatomicos on view through September 20

Caprichos Anatomicos is about artists depicting obsession through abstraction: mania, fascination, fixation, passion, and preoccupation. Through abstraction, the artist is reducing focus—focusing on one obsession—a word, an image, a gesture. Abstraction becomes the complexity: erasing what we don’t need, we will find what we want. Curated by Angelica Muro and Juan Luna-Avin.

Participating Artists:

Facundo Argañaraz

Miguel Arzabe

Sofia Cordova

Juan Luna-Avin

Angelica Muro

Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck

Opening Reception: with South First Fridays art walk

Friday, September 4, 7-10pm

New hours for this exhibition:

Fridays 12-6, Saturdays and Sundays 12-4

Exhibition on view through Sunday, September 20

"Over the Top" on view through August 15; member party August 16!

Over the Top

the 2015 Works member exhibition

exhibition: July 23 through August 15

reception: First Friday, August 7 from 7pm to 10pm

The annual salon of art from members of Works is a startlingly inclusive overview of regional artists, from the most experienced and accomplished to emerging artists you might discover for the first time. Over the Top recognizes individual artists who choose to support community art and performance through Works.

member party and art pickup: Sunday, August 16 from noon to 2pm, lunch closing party with annual briefing