The member exhibition returns after pandemic and our move to a dramatic new space in downtown San José! 98 artists who help support your community art and performance center demonstrate and celebrate the myriad artistic expression in our region. Don’t miss this impressive salon of local talent in painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, digital art, sonic AI, and more.
opening reception: Saturday, November 25, 5-7pm exhibition: November 26 to December 17, 2023 exhibit hours: Fridays 12-6pm, Saturdays and Sundays 12-4pm South First Friday art walk: December 1, 5-9pm annual member meeting and closing party: Sunday, December 17, 4-6pm
“Homecoming” will be the first Works member exhibition in our new downtown San José home!
Art drop off on 3 days: 4pm-6pm, Friday, November 10 2pm-4pm, Saturday and Sunday, November 11 and 12 38 South 2nd Street, downtown San José
One artwork per member, wall pieces are limited to a maximum of 9 square feet (slight leeway negotiable), and sculptural pieces to 9 cubic feet (slight leeway negotiable). Art must be ready to hang or display with hanging wire, frame, etc, as appropriate.
Who are members? We’ve expanded that definition for this extraordinay time: – those who donated for memberships throughout 2022 and 2023 – those who donated art to the 2023 auction – those who volunteered for 5 or more shifts of any kind in 2022 and 2023
“Afterlife: a celebration of life and remembrance” is presented by Works/San José and School of Arts and Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza. A fantastic range of art coinciding with Avenida de Altares/Avenue of the Altars festival from 5:30 to 11pm on October 28. Regular hours are Saturdays and Sundays 1pm-4pm, with exhibit CLOSED on Sunday, October 29 for private event.
Mexican Heritage Plaza is at 1700 Alum Rock Ave at King Road in San José. Free parking lots on both Alum Rock and King with 22 and 522 bus in front and others nearby.
artists: @nizzotes Ketaki Adi Augie WK Joffrey Baylon Antonio Castro Sandy Del Rio Jemal Diamond Drae Michelle Frey Daniel Gautier Sean Gil Danny Feliz Hanson Matty Heimgartner Kiana Honarmand Katharine T. Jacobs Mythili Kattupalli Sabrina Kwong Hana Lock Valentino Loyola Priscilla Marquez Clayton Moraga Karla Navarro Jackelin Solorio Asha Sudra Geeta Taneja Eric Vasquez Yxaya
South First Friday art walks: October 6 and November 3, 5–9pm
exhibition: October 7 to November 5, 2023 hours: Fridays 12–6pm, Saturdays and Sundays 12–4pm
Artists Reception and Entanglements Book Launch Saturday, October 14, 2–4pm
artists: Shari Bryant Binh Danh Elizabeth Gómez Annette Goodfriend Emily Gui LeMonie Lightning Hutt Yunan Ma Kent Manske Hector Dionicio Mendoza Minoosh Zomorodinia guest curator: Nanette Wylde
Biophilia, a phenomenon brought into popular awareness by biologist E.O. Wilson, is the innately emotional affiliation of human beings to other living organisms. According to Wilson, we humans have an affinity for the natural world that has evolved over millennia and is part of our genetic makeup.
The artists in this exhibition acknowledge human tendencies towards biophilia with an amazing scope of diverse creations. They respond to and mimic the natural world with both realism and abstraction, invention and science. They look to landscape, creatures, biology, and the elements, often hybridizing new forms of beingness. They employ art media and concepts as a means of communion with a concept of nature that is slipping beyond their grasp. Their artworks demonstrate close connection, consideration, and looking at human interconnection with the natural world.
This annual exhibit, presented by Works/San José and Mosaic America in partnership with the School of Arts and Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza, gives just a small hint of the vast range of artists in and around San José.
on view September 9 to October 1 opening reception: Saturday, September 9, 5-8pm hours: 1pm-4pm weekends at MHP, 1700 Alum Rock Ave at King Road Chili Mole Pozole festival, September 16, 1pm-5pm Mosaic Festival, September 30 and October 1, 3pm-9pm register free here! artists: Heidi Alonzo Irene Berrones Kolb Sean Boyles Miguel Espinosa Daniel Garcia Elizabeth Jiménez Montelongo Julie Meridian Kimberly Navarrete Minhquang Nguyen Priya Pattathil Akeem Raheem RC Itzayana Silva curated by: Joe Miller
artists: Tracy Fish and Scott Hinton guest curator: Kerry Rohrmeier
exhibition: 8/25–9/17 hours: Fridays 12-6pm, Saturdays and Sundays 12–4pm South First Friday art walk: September 1, 5-9pm artists reception: Thursday, September 14, 5–8pm with artist talk at 6pm join the reception event on Facebook!
This exhibition investigates the relationship between Nevada desert development and the Silicon Valley economy through views of the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center (TRIC) in rural Storey County, Nevada, just over California’s eastern border. Despite its storied history, the more recent inclusion in the Silicon Valley megaregion allows for the integration of high-tech industrialization. As we explore the expansive 107,000 acres of arid Great Basin, touted as the world’s largest industrial park, we encounter concerns around governance and sustainable growth. TRIC prioritizes capitalist ideals of production over environmental and public concerns. The result is imposing and monumental architecture often catering to those with power and privilege.
Works presents an extraordinary installation of prints and video by Valentino Loyola for the inaugural exhibition in our studio hall gallery. This contemplative body of work references climate change and local effects of environmental stress through visuals of the Guadalupe River in downtown San José combined with real and imagined scientific mapping techniques.
artist Ray Ashley with serigraph titled “No Message”
Ray was for all of us in local visual arts and that’s what this exhibition is about. As Works/San José settles into its new home with the grand opening of Open San José, we asked our community of artists to create a new work in collaboration with the late San José artist, collector, and patron, Ray Ashley. This exhibition includes a wide range of artists and artistic viewpoints working with and inspired by Ray’s art and extraordinary attitude towards life.
opening reception with grand opening of Open San José: Saturday, June 10, 12pm-4pm exhibition: June 10 to June 25 and returns July 21 to August 5 hours: Fridays 12-6pm, Saturdays and Sundays 12-4pm
Ray Ashley was a joy to know and be around. He was an artist, incredible collector of local art, and a supporter of Works since its inception in 1977. He was also a prolific artist who studied at San José State. Ray suffered severe injuries from a grenade explosion in the war in Việt Nam. After years of surgeries and rehabilitation he made hundreds of silk screen and monotype prints before eventually losing the physical ability to create more. Even then, Ray stayed focused on supporting other artists and arts organizations—especially Works.
Ray passed away in 2016 after a battle with cancer, and had willed a portion of his estate to Works. As Works’ largest individual donor, starting a significant fund for the future of Works, Ray is a permanent sponsor of all our exhibitions. Most of his collection of more than 1,000 works by hundreds of regional artists is now in the collection of the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara.
Coinciding with the Triton’s showing of Ray’s collection in 2017, Works mounted an exhibition of Ray’s prints and experiments titled “One of a Kind: mono prints and more by Ray Ashley.” Works was given hundreds of Ray’s prints for the exhibit with the instruction that we manage and find homes for them, and not return any. Many were sold at that exhibit and since, and many given to fans. This exhibit seeks to bring new life to some of the remaining prints, and will include several originals we have set aside and preserved.
participating artists: Raymond Ashley Hadi Aghaee Amy Beans Elaine Marie Bello Irene Berrones Kolb Lydia Rae Black Sean Boyles Tachiya Bryant Rebecca Bui Robert Chavez Sara Cole Jemal Diamond EphQu Kristen Everett Force129 Danny Hanson Susan Harding kaory Jonathan Kermit Ally Kraus Leeonnista León Valentino Loyola Patrick Lundquist Rayos Magos Tania Martin Carolyn Meredith Stephanie Metz Joe Miller Clayton Moraga Gianfranco Paolozzi Betty Proper Francisco Ramirez Bob Rose Steven Rubalcaba Kurt Salinas Nona Weiner Ashley Whiting Geri Wittig Jada Wong
all artists credited “with Ray Ashley”
More about Ray: Raymond E. Ashley, born October 15, 1942 in San Francisco, died November 28, 2016 in San José. Ray’s father’s military career took his family half way around the world before they settled in California. His mother, a nurse, also painted.
Ray was an activist opposed to the war in Việt Nam, and he moved to Canada with Irene Clark, whom he married in 1967. He applied for status there but was refused by Canadian authorities. So when he got his draft papers from the United States, he went into the army. Ray was hit by a grenade in 1968, within a year of being drafted. He was so close to the explosion that the metal fragments were white-hot when they pierced his body, thus cauterizing his massive wounds and saving him from bleeding to death.
Ray related, with some humor, that his various medical evaluations, when added up, pronounced him 200% disabled. With years of work in therapy, he regained his ability to talk and walk, although he had trouble with both for the rest of his life. Even with damage to his brain, doctors reported that he had an IQ of 168. He never complained. A sign in his house in west San José proclaimed a “no whining zone,” and he never had a bad word to say about anyone.
Painting in occupational therapy got Ray seriously interested in art, and he enrolled at San José State University, where he studied painting and printmaking. Ray became a beloved member of the South Bay art community. He lived simply and used his military disability payments to buy art. He notoriously outbid others at benefit auctions over the years and amassed an astounding collection local and regional art.
Ray was an early member of the Board of Directors of Works and served for many years on the organization’s Advisory Board.
Thanks to Anna Koster and Joe Miller for notes on Ray Ashley.
More than 70 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!