Benefit Art Auction is 12/12!

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.

Download complete Auction art list here.

Auction art previews (many more to come):

Call for Benefit Auction Art!


Artists: please download the CALL to see how your art can help Works throughout 2016 and beyond:

Benefit Auction Call for Art

Artist Donation Form

participating artists to date (have us add your name!)
Joey Agcopra
Pilar Agüero-Esparza
Fernando Amaro Jr.
Nicole Frelier Andrews
Erica Atreya
Brande Barrett
Amy Beans
Linda Benenati
Lydia Rae Black
James A Bonacci
Chris V. Bunz
Antonio Castro
Jason Challas
Sophia Choi
Ed Clapp
Sara Cole
Kerry Conboy
Binh Danh
Lisa De Leon
Joseph Delappe
James Dewrance
Laura Diaz
Kathryn Dunlevie​
Midori Endo
Carolann Espino
Dan Fenstermacher
Nikki Frelier Andrews
Bea Garth
Mary Anne Gerhardt
Doug Glovaski
Monica Gonzalez
Bill Gould
Amber Guerin
Lisa Gunatileka
Karen Haas
Andre Hart
Gloria Huet
Valerie Jackson
Leah Jay
Felipe Jimenez
Sheau Ching Lee
Diane Levinson
M. Levy
Bette Linderman
Oleg Lobykin
Adolfo Martinez
Kimy Martinez
Mark Martinez
Therese May
Tony May
Thérèsa Merchant
Julie Meridian
Stephanie Metz
Neila Mezynski
Eiya Miller
Ethan Miller
Joe Miller
Jesse Molina
Angelica Muro
Andy Nguyen
Maivy Xuan Nguyen
Vanesa O’Hanlon
Gianfranco Paolozzi
Elizabeth Parashis
Valerie Patten
James Pollard​
Harry Powers
Lynn Powers
Alfred Preciado
Robert “Rob” Quinn
Joe Bastida Rodriguez
Phe Ruiz
Gerri Russell
Ruby Rutledge
Ann Ryals
Tim Ryan
Kurt Salinas
Gary Singh
Rama Sivamani
Jean Skamra
Maggie So
Rob Toloy
Lucy Traeger
Tran Tran
Timothy Tsun
Madison Nicole Tyler
Monica Valdez
Jeff Whited
Alayne Yellum
Raheleh Minoosh Zomorodinia

American Gun Show on view through November 15

American Gun Show

An exhibition of artistic responses at the intersections of free speech, personal liberty, and national identity. Curators James Morgan and Dorothy Santos explore the art and technology of guns with an objective focus to provide a much needed dialogue around an object rife with cultural, social, and political meaning.

Opening Reception: Friday, October 2, 7-10pm with First Friday art walk

Public Discussion with the curators, 7pm Friday, October 23
An open dialogue facilitated by Lisa D. Walker. Admission free.
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Performances: Friday November 6, 7pm sharp, with First Friday art walk from 7 to 11pm

During the exhibition there will be a special showing of Garland Martin Taylor’s 400 lb. stainless steel gun sculpture mounted into the bed of a pickup truck.

Morehshin Allahyari
David Bowen
Micha Cárdenas
Caroline Covington
Joseph Delappe
Christopher Elliman
Nancy Floyd
Philip Bronson Gann
Vadim Gershman
Christopher Head
Charles Krafft
Linda Lighton
Julie Meridian
Joe Miller
Nick Montfort
Lydia Moyer
Tal & Omer Golan / OMTA
Barbosa Prince
Asa Scheibe
Marnika Shelton
Brett Stalbaum
Unicode 6.0
Annie Wan
Daniel Wechsler
Cody Wilson
Henry Witecki
Nine Yamamoto-Masson
Minoosh Zomorodinia

On view October 3 through November 15, 2015
December at Works: the Annual Benefit Auction!

Caprichos Anatomicos on view through September 20

Caprichos Anatomicos is about artists depicting obsession through abstraction: mania, fascination, fixation, passion, and preoccupation. Through abstraction, the artist is reducing focus—focusing on one obsession—a word, an image, a gesture. Abstraction becomes the complexity: erasing what we don’t need, we will find what we want. Curated by Angelica Muro and Juan Luna-Avin.

Participating Artists:
Facundo Argañaraz
Miguel Arzabe
Sofia Cordova
Juan Luna-Avin
Angelica Muro
Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck

Opening Reception: with South First Fridays art walk
Friday, September 4, 7-10pm

New hours for this exhibition:
Fridays 12-6, Saturdays and Sundays 12-4

Exhibition on view through Sunday, September 20

“Over the Top” on view through August 15; member party August 16!

Over the Top
the 2015 Works member exhibition

exhibition: July 23 through August 15

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

The annual salon of art from members of Works is a startlingly inclusive overview of regional artists, from the most experienced and accomplished to emerging artists you might discover for the first time. Over the Top recognizes individual artists who choose to support community art and performance through Works.

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

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.

If you have questions, email

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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: