about_works (pdf download)
Works is your nonprofit, all-volunteer, community art and performance center.
Location and Contact:
365 South Market Street, San José, CA 95113
Voicemail only (no physical phone): 408.300.6405
Friday 12–6 pm
Saturday and Sunday 12–4 pm
(open hours are during exhibitions, no set hours between exhibitions)
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Founded in 1977 by local artists, Works/San José is an all-volunteer, non-profit, alternative art and performance center dedicated to providing a venue for artists, ideas, and images that expand the scope of cultural and artistic experience. Works is primarily supported by individual members and donors, and also is funded, in part, by a Cultural Affairs grant from the City of San José; by Silicon Valley Creates; and by matching funds arranged by individual members from participating workplaces.
Mission statement: Works/San José believes that thriving communities support artistic experimentation. Therefore, we serve as the South Bay community’s creative laboratory where people can experiment, exhibit and engage with art and with each other. We achieve our mission by providing an accessible, supportive and welcoming art center.
exhibiting at Works:
Most exhibitions at Works are presented through our “guest curator” program described below. Works also hosts occasional open call exhibitions (usually once a year) and an annual member exhibition that are non-juried. Join Works’ e-list and follow Works on Facebook for notices of these and other opportunities.
guest curator/gallery exhibitions:
Works hosts conceptual group exhibitions of three or more artists who plan to relate to audiences through community and/or artistic concerns. This program is responsible for most of Works’ programming, and allows us to present a broad variety of viewpoints and creative statements. Applications to this program must include a group of artists brought together in a strong conceptual framework. We encourage prospective applicants to discuss concepts in advance of submission with Board of Directors members, and to visit and see documentation of curated exhibitions (as opposed to member and open call exhibits). Download the criteria and application instructions here:
performance and music: since its inception, Works/San José has been the performance art venue in the south bay presenting an eclectic array of artists. This program includes monthly Well-RED readings presented with Poetry Center San José (pcsj.org), and bi-monthly Flash Fiction Forum (flashfictionforum.com). Contact Works about presenting performance art, music, film, theater, spoken word, etc.
artist development: Works provides educational professional development opportunities for artists at every level of career development, including workshops, lectures, and creative events. The exhibition programs at Works/San José are unique professional development opportunities in which artists/curators are assisted and/or mentored through the production of their exhibition.