The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art was founded in 1980 with the mission of promoting greater awareness, understanding, and appreciation of contemporary art and its capacity to stimulate our imaginations and illuminate our lives, our relationships, and our communities. In order to fulfill this mission, the ICA strives to present innovative visual art exhibitions, offer engaging and informative educational programs, and provide much needed professional support for local artists. At the core of our efforts lies the belief that the arts play a critical role in sustaining a healthy and vibrant community. In addition to fostering freedom of expression, critical thinking, and open dialogue, the ICA's contemporary art exhibitions and educational programs illustrate the creativity and innovation that have become the hallmark characteristics of Silicon Valley. Admission is always FREE at the ICA.
As its core program, the ICA presents a wide-ranging schedule of exhibitions each year. These exhibitions represent cutting-edge trends in contemporary art and include drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, and new media works addressing a range of subject matter and themes. In addition, the San Jose ICA launched On The Road in 2013, a satellite exhibitions program that seeks to expand the ICA's footprint throughout the Bay Area and further its mission to support the region's contemporary art community. Past exhibitions include an installation by Sabine Reckewell in the Liquid Space window gallery at the Liquid Agency in downtown San Jose, SJC Airport Lounge and Montalvo Art Center Art on the Grounds installation. The ICA also holds monthly dialogue and discussion panels addressing the current state of the arts through 'Talking Art', a lecture series that bridges contemporary issues with current exhibitions.
* Talking Art lecture series
* Artist Portfolio Review Program
* Annual Silent and Live Art Auction
* Sandbox Project, Emerging Artists
* Education Programming
* ICA Docent Program
* Free Admission
* First Friday Art Walk
* Print Center Education and Studio Programs
* Monotype Marathon for the Public through 20 for 20