CALL for Art: Works Member Exhibition!

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You are invited to participate in the 2015 members’ exhibition entitled Over the Top at Works/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 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! Please include instructions for any special display needs. You can also provide a resume and artist statement, and 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.

art delivery: 2pm to 6pm on:
Sunday, July 12; Friday, July 17; or Saturday, July 18

365 South Market Street (Market Street edge of SJ Convention Center building, downtown San José)

exhibition: July 23 through August 15

reception: First Friday, August 7 from 7pm to 10pm

member party and art pickup: Sunday, August 16 from noon to 2pm, lunch closing party with annual briefing

additional pick-up day: Tuesday, August 18, from 4pm to 7pm

Volunteers are needed for gallery hours and installation—please sign up to help when you deliver your work!

If you are not already a member join or renew now to take part! Basic membership is just $35 per year, with discounted student or senior membership at $25. For greater rewards and acknowledgement, please support works at $100 or above. Artists who donated work to our 2014 Benefit Auction also received 1 year memberships.

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Enlightened Glass on view through June 20

Enlightened Glass

opening reception: Friday, June 5, 2015
walkthrough and talk with curator and artist Ed Kirshner: 6pm
reception: 7 to 10pm


Works/San José in collaboration with Glass Art Society (GAS) present an exhibition of sculptures that incorporate light sources including neon, plasma, LED, incandescent, and laser, to illuminate and manipulate the intrinsic qualities of glass and related media. Curated by Ed Kirshner and Melinda Moody, the exhibit includes 23 artists who explore formal to fanciful intersections of art, glass, and light technologies paralleling the 2015 GAS Conference theme “Interface: Glass, Art, and Technology.”

Works will be open during the conference and SubZERO Festival:
Saturday, June 6, 11am to 10pm
Sunday, June 7, 11am to 3pm.

Regular hours return June 11 through 20:
Thursday, noon to 4pm; Friday, noon to 6pm; Saturday, noon to 4pm

Mark Abildgaard
Roger Carr
Elin Christopherson
Brian Coleman
Pat Collentine
Bill Concannon
Julie Conway
Candice Gawne
Ray Howlett
Ed Kirshner
Lawrence LaBianca
Jeremy Lutes
Cork Marcheschi
Norman Moore
Michael Pargett
David Quick
Michael Sturtz
Wayne Strattman
Allison Walton
Bernd Weinmayer
Thomas Wendler
Mary White
Dana Zed

Natural Extraction opens First Friday, May 1

Natural Extraction
a landscape of emerging artists

opening reception: Friday, May 1, 7 to 10pm

22 local artists draw inspiration from nature, distilling forms from the landscape to reorient themselves within the natural world. Although our species undeniably forms a part of a larger ecosystem, our relationship to this ecosystem grows ever more convoluted, as our constructed environments become considered an extension of nature itself.

Beginning in 2012, more than half the world’s population resided in cities. The romantic notion of unspoiled wilderness as a place of refuge and rejuvenation persists to this day. Yet our interpretations of landscape are inherently informed by our interpretations of urbanity; the boundaries between nature and man-made are confounded.

Cynthia Cao, co-curator
Annelise Hartley, co-curator
Shannon Belardi
Hung-Tsu Chen
Brian Estill
Kyoko Fischer
Amber Guerin
Jennifer Howell
Gloria Huet
Jaya King
Johanne Marion
Timothy McCaffrey
Kathleen McDonald
Kelly Otsuka
Joon Park
Carolyn Rowe
Ann Ryals
Kurt Salinas
Eric Shaffer
Jennifer Stombs
Robbie Sugg
Rob Toloy

On view through May 23.

The Ethics of Imagery: talk and closing of “Don’t Draw That”

Saturday, April 11, 5pm
The Ethics of Imagery with Angelica Muro and Joe Miller

Angelica Muro, Professor of art and media culture at CSU Monterey Bay, and Joe Miller, Lecturer in design and instructor of art and design ethics and professional practices at San José State University, define and discuss the ethics of imagery with a range of visual examples. Audience interaction will be encouraged.

Exhibition closing and art pick-up party follows until 7pm.
$2 donation, free for Works members and exhibit artists.

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Don’t Draw That: répondez s’il vous plaît, on view through April 11

Don’t Draw That: répondez s’il vous plaît

(Re)opening Reception: First Friday, April 3, 7pm-11pm
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Exhibition continues with new digital submissions from around the world: Qatar to Chicago, Hyderabad to Portland.

Local to international work in response to the murder of artists by terrorists in Paris, global attacks on freedom of expression, and the environment that fosters or fights aspects of these issues. The attacks and ensuing calls from many in reaction, including world leaders, for artists not to create provocative work on religion or other subjects that might offend—have spurred a wide range of responses from creative individuals and communities.

Works invited artists, cartoonists, designers, poets, etc., to submit work that responds to any aspect or point of view on these subjects: Do images incite hate and violence? Can images counter hate and violence? What should be the response of creative people to attacks on individuals or on freedom of expression itself? Are there other questions that should be posed?

Exhibition runs March 5 to April 11.
Digital image submissions will be accepted throughout the exhibit for projection:

CALL FOR ART Don’t Draw That: répondez s’il vous plaît


Don’t Draw That: répondez s’il vous plaît

Recent events—including the murder of artists by terrorists in Paris, and the calls from many in reaction, including from some world leaders, for artists not to create provocative work on religion or other subjects that might offend—have spurred a wide range of responses from creative individuals and communities.

Works invites artists, cartoonists, designers, poets, etc., to submit work that responds to any aspect or point of view on these subjects: Do images incite hate and violence? Can images counter hate and violence? What should be the response of creative people to attacks on individuals or on freedom of expression itself? Are there other questions that should be posed?

Open to all media, concrete to abstract statements, and local to international creators. No fees or membership required.

Drop-off days, all 2pm to 6pm:
Sunday, February 22
Friday, February 27
Saturday, February 28

If mailing or shipping, please make sure all items arrive by Friday, February 27.

Emailing work: Works will also print out poems, drawings, etc., submitted as letter or tabloid (8.5×11 or 11×17) PDFs emailed to by Saturday, February 28.

Exhibition opens First Friday March 6 at 7pm and will be on view through March 21.

Works/San José
365 South Market St.
San José, CA 95113

January events at Works:

Words Drawing Music, Thursday, January 8, 7-9pm
An evening of creative sharing with an open mic, drawing materials, and more, all free!
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New Music Night, Sunday, January 11
time and lineup to be announced

Well-RED, Wednesday, January 14, 7pm (doors open 6:30)
This month, the two most talked-about men in San José poetry: Roberto Tinoco Duran and “Mighty” Mike McGee!
Open mic follows, $2 donation, no one turned away. Join the Facebook event!

Flash Fiction Forum, Wednesday, January 21, 7pm (doors open 6:30)
A curated slate of fantastical stories. Visit for how to participate.
$2 donation, no one turned away.

12/13/14: the annual Benefit Auction!


Opening Reception: 6pm to 10pm, First Friday, December 5
Special Exhibition Hours: open every day, 2pm to 6pm, December 6 through 13
365 South Market Street, downtown San José (Market St. edge of the SJ Convention Center)

Saturday, December 13 with party starting at 5pm and Auction at 7pm!

preview the entire auction HERE!

see photo captions on Flickr for title, media, size, $ retail/$starting bid

Auction artists:
Jennifer Ahn
Barbara Allie
Fernando Amaro Jr (force129)
Nicole Frelier Andrews
Juan Carlos Araujo
Erica Atreya
Amy Beans
Linda Benenati
Lydia Rae Black
Deborah Blake
James Bonacci
Christine Bunz
Diane Cassidy
Antonio Castro
Jason Challas
Hung-Tsu Chen
D. Cichon
Sara Cole
Binh Danh
Jean Davis
James Dewrance
Alicia Dornadic
Kathryn Dunlevie
Syd Dunton
Carolann Espino
Kyoko Fischer
Tulio Flores
Francis Raphel Gayo
Mary Anne Gerhardt
Lucy Ghelfi

Doug Glovaski
Bill Gould
Karen Haas
Terry Hart
Jerry Heinen
Ed John
Katy Kindig
Sheila Xueya Ko (XUEYA)
Jon Kwak
Diane Levinson
Michael Levy
David Lippenberger
Alexis Lobato
Kimy Martinez
Mark Martinez

Darla Mckenna
Julie Meridian
Joe Miller
Kris Miller
Kate Moore
Lourdes Morante-Mieses
Thomas Morrow
Angelica Muro
Terayuth Ngamvilaipun
Kent Norton
Rita Norton
Gianfranco Paolozzi
Valerie L. Patten
James H. Pollard
Al Preciado
Francisco Ramirez
Christine Rasmussen
Steven Reece
Joe Bastida Rodriguez
Lynn Rogers
Jay Ruland
Ruby Rutledge
Ann Ryals
Tim Ryan
Gary Singh
Jean Skamra
Becca Smidt
Sam Smidt
Maggie So
Shana Sundstrom
Kevin Templeton
Jiradit Thurma (Jade)
Rachel Tirosh
Jim Vetter
Eric Victorino
Israel Villalobos
Alayne Yellum

The Public is Personal on view through November 15

Alexanna Alvarado, Karen Haas, and Alayne Yellum explore ways in which psychological and social relationships affect how individuals conduct themselves in public. This exhibition is the result of three San José artists having chosen to explore this issue in different media—photography and text, watercolor on paper, and oil paintings.

opening reception: First Friday, October 3, 7 to 11pm coinciding with South First Fridays art walk.

November First Friday: November 7, 7 to 11pm coinciding with the South First Fridays art walk to a range of SoFA art spaces.
on view through November 15


A Crack in the Earth on view through September 20

A Crack in the Earth
the 2014 Works member’s exhibition

Opening Reception: First Friday, September 5, 7pm-11pm

The annual salon of artist members of Works/San José is a broad survey of regional artists, from the most exhibited to those showing for the first time. Fifty artists are participating this year—see what’s happening and what is on the horizon from our area’s expansive community of artists and ideas!

Continues through September 20.

Visit Works’ booth at South First Street MRKT to have your photo taken for the exhibition title wall! all FREE!

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