San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art

560 South First Street, San Jose , CA
+1 408.283.8155
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Museums, Modern Art Museums
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The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) seeks to engage Bay Area audiences through innovative visual art exhibitions and educational programs. The ICA reflects and interprets the cultural and technical diversity of the region and helps us see the lives we are living through the art of our time. The exhibitions and programs are designed to build community-to make a space where people of all backgrounds and ages may explore challenging contemporary art and ideas in an engaging and lively atmosphere.

2013 BEST OF SILICON VALLEY Reader Survey Winner - First Place, Best Art Gallery
2009 BEST OF SILICON VALLEY Reader Survey Winner - Second Place, Best Art Gallery



  • San Jose ICA

  • Bruce Conner is attributed to the "1 second cut" still used on TV commercials today.
  • Bruce gave a drawing to his asst for a wedding gift that was fading w/ the explanation that the drawing would last longer than the marriage!
  • Don frm Magnolia said when he bought Bruce a computer to use for tapestry design.He came back with lots of corrections after 50+ hrs of wrk!


  • Art Review: 'Afterlife'

    A new show at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art shows how artists make visionary statements from cast-off materials
    12/10/2009 by Michael S. Gant

    SO MUCH JUNK, so little art. One way to redress the balance is for artists to pass on exotic, nonsustainable materials like cochineal dye harvested from scale insects or Carrera marble and to choose r...  More »

  • It's Not Us, It's You

    A new show at SJICA looks at rejection
    04/14/2009 by Michael S. Gant

    I used to think that writers got the worst of it in the brute business of taking no for an answer, over and over again. As it turns out, artists have us beat; at least thatís the message conveyed by t...  More »

  • (un)Common Ground

    Introductions South
    03/02/2002 by Berin Golonu

    Despite a title like (un)Common Ground, the emerging Bay Area talent included in this group show at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art displays a group mentality. This is not to say that they ...  More »


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