Build your collection while supporting your community art center: more than 100 artworks 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
Auction closing night: Saturday, March 4, 5pm lots begin closing 6pm
Bidder registration is just $20, $10 members of Works—includes admission to auction night!
At Works’ new home: 38 South 2nd Street, downtown San José. 90 minutes free parking in the City garage next to Works—enter at 25 South 3rd Street. Santa Clara Street Light Rail station is just a few steps from Works.
This is a benefit auction for Works/San José community art center, but artists can split the proceeds with Works and retain up to 50% of the sale price. Be part of the return of the Community Art Auction!
A small look at the Auction art arriving (full exhibit preview to come):
Works/San José is now open at 38 South Second Street!
Resilience(d) an exhibition concerning adversity
on view: November 12–December 18 gallery hours: Friday noon–6pm, Saturday Sunday noon–4pm Works is closed on Friday, November 25 for Thanksgiving holiday reception: on South First Friday December 2, 5pm–9pm closing party: Sunday, December 18, 4pm–6pm
artists: jhina alvarado thai bui marie cameron sara cole, guest curator theresa giammattei yolanda guerra irene berrones kolb victoria may natasha tahaei
Resilience(d) was originally scheduled for March of 2020 at the previous home of Works and part of Works’ guest curator program. The exhibit had a scheduled opening the week Covid-19 hit the United States. The exhibition was an endeavor born from the collective experiences and ideas of original guest curators Rosanna Alvarez and Sara Cole, based on earlier conversations between Sara and Joe Miller. After long pauses over the next two years due to the pandemic, the concept expanded and was reconfigured into the exhibition as it stands now.
Resilience(d) exhibition credits: concept and artist selection: Rosanna Alvarez and Sara Cole with special thanks to Joe Miller for original concept exhibition design: Sara Cole and Joe Miller exhibit installation: Sara Cole, Johanne Marion, Joe Miller, and Clayton Moraga
Afterlife October 24 to 29, open 5-9pm nightly with artists reception and preview, Sunday, October 23, 4-6pm coincides with Avenida de Altares festival on October 29, 5:30-10:30pm Join us at the festival—FREE tickets here! School of Arts & Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza 1700 Alum Rock Ave at King Rd
Resilience regular hours begin at 38 South Second Street on Saturday, November 12, noon-4pm, continuing through December 18 our first full exhibition at 38 South Second Street! more details to come!
Works/San José presents “An American Mosaic” in partnership with Mosaic America at the School of Arts & Culture gallery at Mexican Heritage Plaza. This is the second annual exhibition curated and mounted by Works to coincide with the Mosaic Festival at the Plaza.
Mexican Heritage Plaza, 1700 Alum Rock Ave at King Road, San José Open August 13 through September 11, Saturdays and Sundays 1-4pm Also open for the festivals below—see links to register for those events
the artists: Hadi Aghaee Jessica Eastburn Susan Harding Matty Heimgartner Rupy Kaloti Miguel Machuca Rayos Magos Jorge Mieses Lourdes Morante-Mieses Eddie Ramirez Elba Raquel Jada Wong Ruthie K. Yamada
This exhibition is a celebration of our planter box mini-muralists on the Market Street side of the SJ Convention Center. Come celebrate these artists and Works’ addition to the vibrant public art landscape of San José.
Opens with the South First Fridays art walk 6-10pm August 5 Continues Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 12-4pm Closes with the South First Fridays art walk 5-9pm September 2
the artists: Betty Proper / Valentina Carillo Sean Boyles Antonio Castro Jemal Diamond Force129 / Fernando Amaro Jr Theresa Giammattei Andre Hart Matty Heimgartner Isaac Lewin Rayos Magos Julie Meridian Elizabeth Jiménez Montelongo Suzy Radonsky Francisco Ramirez Steven Rubalcaba Kurt Salinas Michael J. Vaughn Roan Victor
Exhibition continues to First Friday September when we close Works on South Market Street. See previews of our new downtown home coming soon at 38 South Second Street in this exhibit as well. Watch for updates on the new space!
Exhibition open April 23 with closing night First Friday May 6, 5-9pm
closing night May 6, 5-9pm:
See us on closing night event for the expanded Bleeding Edge exhibition previewed last First Friday. This exhibit looks back at Works’ first 45 years and features a look ahead at Works’ new home under construction for a move this Summer!
On display is artwork by Tony May from the original 1977 location of Works, and hundreds of exhibition and event announcements by designer Joe Miller. See hundreds of images and video of the artists and events they represent, and new art commissioned for Works donors by Force129.
Original artworks by the late great Ray Ashley and others will be available for any donation. Come and talk with us about how you can participate in the new Works/San José!
With so much tension in the world, and so much need for love, we put out an open call for artists to submit up to 2 pieces: one Valentine-ish work and one anti-Valentine-ish work. 115 works of art arrived with a wide range of statements and in a wide range of media: painting, photography, sculpture, and video. Come celebrate our shared love of local art!
The exhibition continues Saturdays and Sundays 2-4pm with closing night on First Friday March 4.
Masks are required to enter and are available free at the gallery.
Artists: art pick up is 2-4pm Saturday and Sunday, March 5 and 6.
Works’ (in)famous (Anti) Valentine Show returns in-person at Works for 2022, and you are invited to participate!
There’s so much tension in the world, and so much need for love, that we’re asking you to submit up to 2 pieces: 1 valentine-ish work and 1 anti-valentine-ish work (or pick just one of those) for the exhibit opening at Works on the First Friday February art walk.
Art can be in most any media: paintings, photography, sculpture, video, and digital images as well that we can present on screens. There are no entry or other fees to participate.
Maximum size of 24×24 inches, but please think small so we can fit everyone in!
Three art drop-off days from 2pm-4pm: Saturday, January 22 Sunday, January 23 and Saturday, January 29 (final deadline)
Works/San José closed temporarily due to Covid 19 after the close of the exhibition “Foresight 2020” at the start of that year. Works reopens for exhibitions with “Hindsight 20/21” a video installation that highlights a dozen projects by artists completed since then that reflect the time and their and our experiences.
opening night: First Friday, December 3, 5-9pm exhibition: Saturdays and Sundays, 2-4pm through December 12 Works/San José, 365 South Market Street (right where you left us!) free as always, masks required (and available at the gallery)
Works/San José and Mosaic America present An American Mosaic: one view of the immense world of San José art.
Works returns with our first live gallery exhibition of 2021 and our first collaboration with Mosaic America and School of Arts & Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza!
Exhibit Hours on most Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays: September 10–11, 12-4pm Sunday, September 12, 12-4pm, in Chili Mole Pozole Festival September 17–19, 12-4pm Friday, October 1, 12-4pm Saturday, October 2, 12-6pm, in Silicon Valley Mosaic Festival Free tickets to the Mosaic Festival here! Sunday, October 3, 12-4pm
School of Arts & Culture Gallery at Mexican Heritage Plaza 1700 Alum Rock Ave at King Road, San José
artists: Fco1980 Dan Fenstermacher Tulio Flores Force129 Richard Hoffman Natasha Kramskaya Jennifer Lay Johanne Marion Elizabeth Jiménez Montelongo Betty Proper Ally Spray Kenneth Tan, The Lola x Kenneth Collaboration Roan Victor Yxaya
a special collaborative exhibition curated by Joe Miller
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.
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 workssanjose.org 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
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!
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.
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:
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.
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
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)
Lydia Rae Black
James A. Bonacci
Chris V. Bunz
Isaac S. Lewin
Lourdes Morante Mieses
Suzy Radonsky Kohout
Joe Bastida Rodriguez
William Howard Surgener
Emily Van Engel
Stephen C. Wagner
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
SAVE THE DATES: 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!
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 Disintegrationexplores 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.”
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!
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!
artists: Additional art pick-up day: Tuesday, August 20, from 4pm to 7pm do not leave work past this time!
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.
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.
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.
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: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: 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.
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.
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
Friday, September 7, 7-10pm
with South First Fridays art walk and street fair
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.
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.
Friday, July 27 from 7pm to 10pm Exhibition:
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!