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!
Erika Gomez Henao
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! 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
Judith Selby Lang & Richard Lang, What’s For Supper
Kent Manske, Nest IV
Michelle Wilson, Corn Incorporated_
Nanette Wylde, On Longing 01
Eco Echo, augmented reality experience by Nanette Wylde
Eco Echo, augmented reality experience by Nanette Wylde
Eco Echo, installation view
Eco Echo, Kent Manske installation
Eco Echo, installation view
Eco Echo, installation view
Eco Echo, installation view
Eco Echo, Ginger Burrell installation
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
Judith Selby Lang
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!
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.
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
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!
Lydia Rae Black
James A Bonacci
Eamon Burke and Marcus Burke
Terry Acebo Davis
Donbon Kathryn Dunlevie
Erika Gomez Henao
Parthenia M Hicks Jaycee
Katherine Levin-Lau GLevy
Dezza Belle Maddumba
Jesse N. Molina
M. Kent Norton
Darrell Phelps A. Tom Pipinou
Gary Singh Jean Skamra
Hoang Bao Ngan Tran
Sieglinde Van Damme Cristina Velazquez
Flo Oy Wong
Alayne Vellum Hyewon Yoon Carl Yoshihara
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.
Art delivery on four days from noon to 4pm: Saturday and Sunday, October 21and 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.
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
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
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 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” 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:
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.
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.
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: 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 thatmoves 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.
January Events: Discount Art Sale at each January event!
Well-REDmonthly 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 www.flashfictionforum.com 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.
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.
Lydia Rae Black
James A Bonacci
Terry Acebo Davis
Betty Franks Krause
Claire R. Lynch
Corinne O. Takara
Consuelo Jimenez Underwood
with collected work by: Leslie MacDonald
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.
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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
Brittni M. Jennings
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!
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.
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:
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.
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.
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!
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?
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.
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.