San José Public Art 
  The Online Newsletter of the City of San José Public Art Program 
August 2008  Volume 1, Issue 8
In This Issue
Public Art at New Willow Glen Branch Library
Public Art Committee Meeting - August 19, 2008
For Artists!: San Jose Artists' Town Hall Meeting
Public Events: August - September, 2008
Two Fun Ways to Explore Public Art!
New Feature: San Jose Public Art Archives
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Art glass panes reflect patterns of nature, locale


Wind in the Willows, created by Bay Area artist David Ruth for the new Willow Glen Branch Library, is a group of 54 art glass windows; they vary in size from 6" to 27" square and are installed in an asymmetrical pattern across the west-facing wall of the new Library. 


Artist Ruth met with Willow Glen residents at the start of the project. They shared with him their strong affinity for the area's natural features, tree-lined streets, and craftsman-era style homes, their sentiment about the region's the agricultural past and as well as their embrace of a new, modern aesthetic emerging in the neighborhood, and their pride in the Willow Glen community. These ideas helped shape his concept for the artwork.

Ruth's windows are intended to capture the feeling of light as it filters through tree branches, particularly through willow tree branches. The windows are a striking feature viewed from either the interior or exterior, during day or night. During the afternoon they create colorful patterns reminiscent of light through leaves on the inside of the library; in the evening light from the Library emanates outward through the windows.


The artist collaborated with the architects and the Library Design Team to integrate these glass elements all along the facility's prominent West wall.  Made of a durable borosilicate glass that is able to withstand the dramatic seasonal temperature changes, the artwork is a functional filter for the often intense afternoon sunlight. Each piece of glass is handcrafted and unique, lending an element of discovery to Wind in the Willows

WillogGlenRabbitsOf great importance to the community, the architects were also able to preserve an existing tile mural in the courtyard. My Rabbits, Stories in Clay was created with donated community funding in 2000 by artist Nina Koepcke and children from Willow Glen Library in memory of Helen Clair Owen. 
The Willow Glen Branch Library Grand Opening is Saturday, August 23. The official program is from 11:00 AM - 12:00 Noon; artist David Ruth will be present to discuss his work immediately following the program. The location is 1157 Minnesota Avenue, San Jose 95125
All are welcome! Please join us.

Next Meeting:  August 19, 2008 - 4:00 PM Special Meeting Time! 

The Public Art Committee 's regular monthly meeting is Tuesday, August 19 at 4:00 PM. This meeting start time is changed for this month only. The following action and discussion items are on the meeting agenda:

  • Airport Artist Selection: Approval of artists for  Permanent and Rotating Public Art Program at the Norman Y. Mineta San José International Airport. (Citywide) 
  • Airport Artwork Design Development: Approval of an increase in the contract with artist team UeBERSEE for the fabrication and installation of a public art project for the Norman Y. Mineta San José International Airport. (Citywide)

The Public Art Committee, a sub-committee of the Arts Commission, is advisory to the Commission and to San José City Council. The Public Art Committee monitors and provides oversight in the artist selection, development and design review of public art projects throughout the City.


The Public Art Committee meeting is in City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara Street. This month's meeting will be held in Council Wing Room W-119. The meeting is open to the public.
To view a printable copy of the full, detailed meeting agenda and related documents, please go to:

 September 13, 2008
 For Artists! FREE - Register Now!
San Jose Artists' Town Hall
A Convening of Silicon Valley Creative Entrepreneurs

Saturday, September 13, 2008
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
San Jose City Hall
200 East Santa Clara Street
San Jose 95113
The San Jose Artists' Town Hall is an opportunity for artists and creative entrepreneurs from around the Silicon Valley to come together and have a conversation about how to make San Jose a more artist-friendly place. Artists are welcome from all disciplines including the performing, literary, visual, media, design, and architectural fields.
The day will feature introductory remarks by San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed; a keynote by Richard Chuang, Artist, Co-Founder of animation giant PDI/DreamWorks and current CEO of PIC 2; a presentation on the recent Silicon Valley Artists Resource Needs survey by Dr. Ann Markusen; and opportunities for networking with other artists and with a variety of funders, arts service providers, and other key resources for artists in San Jose.  
There is no charge to attend, but space is limited and on a  first-come basis; advance registration is required. For registration and more information go to:    
San Jose Artists Town Hall is a project of the Creative Entrepreneur Project of San José, an initiative of the San José Office of Cultural Affairs in collaboration with the Center for Cultural Innovation.

Meetings, Dedications, Celebrations, Lectures, Exhibits & More  

 Current listings for August-September as of newsletter distribution  


South Bay Talent Center - Final Open Mic Talent Show/Special Performance

This will be the final event of the South Bay Talent Center, which will close after August 16. Lots of special guests will be participating - plenty of surprises! All are welcome to attend and participate, or just enjoy! 

DATE/TIME: Saturday, August 16, 4:30 - 8:00 PM (or maybe later!);  

LOCATION: Lion Building, 97 South 2nd St., Suite 100 (at San Fernando and S. 2nd).

GREAT SPEAKER SERIES: "The New Majority-Minority City" featuring Dr. Glenna Matthews, author of "Silicon Valley Women and the California Dream".
DATE/TIME: Monday, August 18, 6:00 - 7:00 PM.  
LOCATION: San José Repertory Theater,  101 Paseo de San Antonio, San José, 95113.
(Great Speaker Series events are free, but it is necessary to reserve a free ticket. Go to  for more information on free tickets and on the Great Speakers Series.)  
WILLOW GLEN BRANCH LIBRARY GRAND OPENING featuring public artwork Wind in the Willows by artist David Ruth.
DATE/TIME: Saturday, August 23 2008; Official Program with Library ribbon-cutting at 11:00 AM; Artist Q & A at 12:00 PM   
LOCATION: Willow Glen Branch Library, 1157 Minnesota Avnue, San José, 95125

SAN JOSE ARTISTS' TOWN HALL MEETING: Details about this event are covered in the article in this issue. 
DATE/TIME: Saturday, September 13, 2008; 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
LOCATION: San José City Hall; 200 E. Santa Clara Street, (Parking validation provided for the City Hall garage; entrance on 6th Street.)
GREAT SPEAKER SERIES: "The Distinctive City" featuring Dr. Ann Markusen, Director of the Project on Regional and Industrial Economics at the University of Minnesota's Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.
DATE/TIME: Monday, September 15, 6:00 - 7:00 PM.   LOCATION: San José Repertory Theater,  101 Paseo de San Antonio, San José, 95113.

 (Great Speaker Series events are free, but it is necessary to reserve a free ticket. Go to  for more information on free tickets and on the Great Speakers Series.)   
PADRE SHEEDY'S UMBRELLA: Celebration & Dedication of a public artwork in commemoration of Padre Mateo Sheedy, created by Professor Tony May and artists from San José State University. 
DATE/TIME: Saturday, September 27, 11:00 AM - 12:00 Noon.  
LOCATION: Parque de Padre Mateo Sheedy, Intersecton of Floyd and Locust Streets, San José, 95113. 

For additional art activities that you can enjoy in August and September, please see "ONGOING EXHIBTIONS" listings, below.


OUT OF THE FIRE, the newly-opened exhibition in City Windows Gallery, the exhibit space located in the windows along the S. 4th Street façade of City Hall .  Out of the Fire features the work of artists from the Bay Area Glass Institute in San Jose. Curated by Kathryn Funk. On display through December 1.

SPEED CITY - FROM CIVIL RIGHTS TO BLACK POWER: an exhibition presented in conjunction with History San Jose that presents a broad view of context of the runners, their lives and their controversial actions during the 1968 Olympics, curated by Urla Hill. On exhibit in the Council Wing 1st Floor Corridor Gallery through March 30, 2009.

SHIFTING PERSPECTIVES - PUBLIC ART IN SAN JOSE: An exhibition highlighting a range of aspects of public art in San Jose, many of which are usually not seen. On exhibit in the City Hall Tower Foyer Gallery through February 2009.  

 POSTCARDS FROM LAKE CUNNINGHAM: Vintage images from a beloved historic San Jose location, on display in the 18th Floor Lobby Gallery (Tower) through July 2009. 



Profiled in the June '08 Special Edition of SJ Public Art News, some of the temporary exhibitions in Who's On 1st/What's On 2nd continue thru the summer along the Downtown San José Transit Mall:  

Jon Brumit's South Bay Talent Center (SBTC), located at the Lion Building, 97 South 2nd St., Suite 100 (at San Fernando and S. 2nd), is an interactive project inspired by the notion that everyone is good at something. SBTC encourages participation in bi-weekly talent showcases.  Designed to explore, catalog and celebrate the numerous varieties of "talent" found within San José via its inhabitants, visitors, and workers, SBTC seeks to promote accessibility and public interaction.  Closing Soon - 2 days left!: SBTC is open Thursday, August 14 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m; Friday, August 15th from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. and as noted above in "Special Events, will have a final Open Mic/Talent Show Performance on Saturday August 16.  Details and performance clips can be found on .  

Hector Dio Mendoza's Cultural Citizen multimedia project explores what it means to be a "cultural citizen" in San José. The work includes a website, posters and banners along 1st & 2nd Streets. A major new element, a "Cultural Citizen Tree" was installed in St. James Park in July, 2008. For more information and inter-active elements of the project go to the Cultural Citizen website at Ongoing through the year's end. 

Bill Fontana's Sonic Cascades broadcasts the live sounds of the bells of Trinity Cathedral, 81 N. 2nd, creating a sound sculpture that interacts with the urban landscape. It can be heard along N. Second Street and features combination of some traditional bell music and minimalist composition by Fontana.  Sonic Cascades will be featured on a continuing basis.   

JD Beltran's Downtown Mirror features four video projections within storefronts and building windows reflecting both the local environment and the rich demographic and historical atmosphere of the downtown. Text from recent interviews and historic texts are superimposed on the videos revealing a fascinating time-spanning portrait of the downtown. Continuing through the Summer, Downtown Mirror video projections can be viewed in the following locations: in two storefront windows adjacent to Zanotto's at The Globe Residential Community located at 25 S. 3rd Street, at 38 2nd Street, and in a small storefront window on the Paseo De San Antonio, adjacent to Camera 12 Cinemas.     
Please go to  for more details about the all of these projects, related events, and more


Create your own walking tour!

Here are two ways you can enjoy public art in Downtown San José.
The San José Public Art Program publishes a colorful, informative map of public art projects in downtown San José. The Downtown Public Art Map is a fun and easy ways to see public in downtown San José. You can create your own walking tour and include opportunities to stop and enjoy other features in the district including museums, galleries and restaurants.  
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library includes an award-winning collection of more than 34 site-specific public artworks in locations throughout the library. Finding them is a process of exploration, discovery and is filled with surprises! A free colorful detailed brochure is available from the San José Public Art Program that will help you appreciate this extraordinary collection.  
You can request a free copy of the Downtown Public Art Map or the Recolecciones - Library Art Collection brochure. Please e-mail your request to, and include your mailing address.
You can also access a printable pdf version of the Downtown Public Art Map on the Public Art webpage of the Office of Cultural Affairs website at
San Jose Downtown Public Art Map.
Visit the online archive to view past issues! 
Current and past issues of San Jose Public Art can now be viewed on the Office of Cultural Affairs website on the Public Art webpages.
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