April 2012

Volume 5, Issue 2

San Jose Public Art eNews
  The Online Newsletter of the City of San Josť Public Art Program 
In This Issue
Opening Reception - New City Hall Exhibits: Friday, April 20th
Celebrate Art on the Block Festival spotlights public art: Saturday, April 21
Public Art Committee: Meeting Synopsis - Tuesday, April 17, 2012
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New City Hall Exhibits Focus on Environment  

On April 20, two new art exhibits at San Jose City Hall officially open with a reception from 5:30pm to 8:30pm in Council Wing Rooms 119-120 at City Hall, 200 East Santa Clara Street.


The Healthy Art Program: An Energy Smart Exhibit will be on display in City Windows Gallery along City Hall's Fourth Street streetscape. Welcome to Coyote Creek is on display in the Council Wing niches in the 1sst floor Council Wing corridor at City Hall.


The Art Inspector, taking away 'high carbon footprint' materials from artist's studio.

The Healthy Art Program, created by The Art Inspector, Danielle Siembieda is an ongoing project aimed at assessing the energy consumption, material use and environmental impact of art making and at educating artists about lowering their carbon footprints. Five Santa Clara County artists, Therese May, Shannon Amidon, Lori Krein, Genevieve Hastings and Christine Canepa, agreed to participate in an eco-makeover, allowing The Art Inspector into their studios to conduct an audit of their art supplies as well as an energy assessment of their working spaces and use of power tools. The transformation of the artists and their work can be tracked through the artists' blog.  The exhibit runs through September, 2012. More information about this project and the exhibit can be found at www.artinspector.org


A view of Coyote Creek. (M. Budziak) 

The Welcome to Coyote Creek exhibit was initiated by a group of San Jose State University art students and their colleagues who were interested creating a community discussion to explore ideas related to San Jose's urban landscape. The group selected Coyote Creek as their subject because, as Santa Clara's largest riparian habitat and park, it provided them with an opportunity to examine the landscape and human impact upon it, the people who live alongside the creek, cleanliness and waste dumping and the urban condition. The exhibit includes the work of six artists: Alexanna Alvarado, Michelle Budziak, Morgan Chivers, Robert Fierro, Jay Ruland and Tim Walker. The exhibit runs through July, 2012.


The opening reception on Friday, April 20 is open to the public.
All are welcome. 
Come Celebrate Art on the Block & Public Art for Bestor Art Park in Martha Gardens Neighborhood       
Artist Marta Thoma's rendering of artwork she will create for Bestor Art Park. 
Public art will be at the center of the Martha Gardens Celebrate Art on the Block Festival this weekend in Bestor Art Park.

Artist Marta Thoma has been commissioned to create a large sculpture that will be located in Bestor Art Park. Thoma will be at this weekend's festival with a display about the highly-anticipated public art project that will include a model of the sculpture, materials samples and much more.

The artwork will include specially treated bottles and spoons in its design. Community members are invited to contribute bottles and spoons for use in the artwork. See the flyer (Link below) for details about Marta Thoma's artwork, and how to contribute bottles and spoons to the project:  


Bestor Art Park Public Art - Bottles and Spoons 



The Martha Gardens "Celebrate Art on the Block" Festival is:

DAY/DATE: Saturday, April 21

TIME: 1:30 - 4:30 PM

LOCATION: Bestor Art Park, S. 6th and Bestor Streets


Celebrate Art on the Block is free, open to the public and includes entertainment and many fun activities for the whole family. For more information, please see the festival flyer:


Martha Gardens Celebrates Art on the Block Festival flyer 

Martha Gardens Celebrates Art on the Block Festival
is supported in part by a grant from the City of San Jose's Office of Cultural Affairs.


Public Art Committee: Meeting Synopsis



Meeting Location: City Hall, Council Wing- Meeting Room W-119, 200 E. Santa Clara Street,  San Jose.   




1. Veterans Memorial  



1. Updates provided on:

a. BIOS project (Dist.  3)

b. City Hall Exhibitions and upcoming reception event (Citywide)

c. Seventrees Community Center bench project (Dist. 7)




a. Approved deaccessioning of an artwork entitled Vessels by artist Cynthia Handel at Meadowfair Park (Dist. 8)






a. Approved revised concept proposal for the Vista Park

Community Center gates by artist Bill Gould (Dist. 10)






a. Approved design development proposal for the

Japantown Mural by artist Tamiko Rast of Rasteroids (Dist. 3)


b. Approved finalized design development proposal for the

Alum Rock Cultural History Corridor Mexican Heritage Plaza cultural commemoration public art project by artists Sayako Dairiki and Jonathan Hammond (Dist. 5) 


View/download the full agenda packet for the meeting at:


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

City Hall Exhibits


The following exhibits are presented by the City Hall Exhibition Program, a project of the San Jose Public Art Program. All exhibits are free and open to the public. 


The exhibition spaces are located in various sites at San Jose City Hall, 200 East Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA.


Now Showing:   


Welcome to Coyote Creek

(See exhibit description in above article.)  


Location: 1st Floor City Hall Wing Concourse Exhibition Area (Outside the San Jose City Council Chambers)


On display during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM through July, 2012


The Healthy Art Program: An Energy Smart Exhibit

 (See exhibit description in above article.)  


Location:  City Windows Gallery     

(In the storefront exhibit space along the 4th Street side of the City Hall complex. )


On display daily - all hours.  




Exhibition: Invention: A Celebration of Silicon Valley Innovative Spirit


Location: San Josť City Hall Tower - lobby cases


On display during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM through Spring 2012


OrbSWARM. Robotic Orb created by SWARM, an international collective.Photo courtesy of the SWARM collective.

Invention: A Celebration of Silicon Valley's Innovative Spirit turns the spotlight on an eclectic selection of inventors, artists, designers, engineers, visionaries and tinkerers from all over the greater Bay Area,  giving the residents of San Josť an opportunity to celebrate their creative regional brain trust and unique identity, one that is envied the world over.



Seven Days in San Jose 

Part of the San Jose/Yekaterinburg Russia: Sister Cities Cultural Exchange that took place last year between artists from San Jose State University and Yekaterinburg Russia, Seven Days in San Josť is a selection of sixteen photographs by photographers Ara Ahadi, Barbara Boissevain, Elena Polanco, Julia Weber, Jeffrey Opp, Sieglinde Von Damme, Eric Baral and Tamara Danoyan, graduate students in San Josť State University's photography program. Their work gives viewers a different perspective on familiar territory as the students photographed along side the Russian team during its week of residency here in San Jose in June 2011.   


Location: San Jose City Hall Mayor's Lobby Gallery - 18th floor of City Hall    


On display 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday through Spring 2012.


The City Hall complex is located at 200 East Santa Clara Street,

between 4th and 6th Streets in San Jose.


Explore Public Art in Downtown San Jose 

Create your own walking tour!

Here are two ways you can enjoy public art in Downtown San Jose.


The San Jose Public Art Program's  colorful, informative map of public art projects in downtown San Jose has recently been updated. The Downtown Public Art Map is a fun and easy way to see public in downtown San Jose.


Use it to 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 and discovery that is filled with surprises! A free colorful detailed brochure is available from the San Jose Public Art Program that will help you appreciate this extraordinary collection.  


To request a free copy of the Downtown Public Art Map or the Recolecciones - Library Art Collection brochure, please e-mail your request to publicart@sanjoseca.gov , and include your mailing address.   
A printable pdf version of the Downtown Public Art Map is also available on the Public Art webpage of the Office of Cultural Affairs website at San Jose Downtown Public Art Map.


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