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
Fridays 12–6 pm
Saturdays and Sundays 12–4 pm
(open hours are during exhibitions, no set hours between exhibitions)
for event updates like and follow Works on Facebook: facebook.com/workssanjose
join and post on our Facebook Group: facebook.com/groups/49741841733/
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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 supported by individual members and donors, and also is funded, in part, by a Cultural Affairs grant from the City of San José; by Applied Materials Foundation, by Silicon Valley Creates; by the Ray Ashley Trust; 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.
Works social media and more:
Silicon Valley Creates – http://www.svcreates.org/
Applied Materials Foundation – http://www.appliedmaterials.com/company/corporate-responsibility/society
City of San José, Office of Cultural Affairs – http://www.sanjoseculture.org/index.shtml
Call for Entries / Deadlines lists:
Art Opportunities Monthly – http://www.artopportunitiesmonthly.com
Artist Resources Online – http://www.artistresource.org/
Arts Management Resources – http://www.bizarts.org/resources_411.htm
Marin Arts Council Opportunities List- http://www.marinarts.org/opportunities.htm Access Arts’ ArtDeadline.com- http://artdeadline.com/
Arts Council Silicon Valley – http://www.artscouncil.org/
Bay Area Book Artists – http://www.bayareabookartists.org
California Arts Council – http://www.cac.ca.gov/
California Assembly of Local Arts Agencies – http://www.calaa.net/
South Bay Area Women’s Caucus for Art – http://www.sbawca.org/
Bay Area Video Coalition – http://www.bavc.org/
San Jose Art League – http://www.sjal.org/
Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County –http://www.ccscc.org/
Silicon Valley Open Studios – http://www.svopenstudios.org/Art_Site/index.html
San Jose Museum of Art – http://www.sjmusart.org/
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles – http://www.sjquiltmuseum.org/
San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art – http://www.sjica.org/
Phantom Galleries – http://www.populuspresents.com/main/pg/
Anno Domini – http://www.galleryad.com/
Villa Montalvo – http://www.villamontalvo.org/
Moviemiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana (MACLA) – http://www.maclaarte.org/
Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History – http://www.santacruzmah.org/
Palo Alto Arts Center – http://www.city.palo-alto.ca.us/artcenter/
Triton Museum – http://www.tritonmuseum.org/
Pacific Art League – http://www.pacificartleague.org/
Cabrillo College Gallery – http://www.cabrillo.edu/services/artgallery/custom/index.html
Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery (SJSU) – https://www.sjsu.edu/art/places/thompsongallery/
SJSU Tuesday Night Lecture Series – https://www.sjsu.edu/art/events/lectures/
de Saisset Museum (Santa Clara University) – http://www.scu.edu/desaisset/
Cantor Center for the Visual Arts (Stanford University) – http://www.stanford.edu/dept/ccva
Cabrillo gallery (Cabrilllo College) – http://www.cabrillo.cc.ca.us/divisions/vapa/artgellery/
Euphrat Museum (De Anza College) – http://www.deanza.fhda.edu/euphrat