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 email@example.com 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!
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