Art galleries in San Jose, CA showcase an eclectic mix of talented artists. A great time to visit these galleries is on the first Friday of the month during South FIRST FRIDAYS art walk.
South FIRST FRIDAYS is a free self-guided tour through the city’s creative hubs offered from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on the first Friday of most months.
In addition to the hours listed, all the galleries below participate in South FIRST FRIDAYS.
KALEID: 88 South Fourth Street
KALEID, which is Greek for beauty and form, started as a coalition of artists who displayed their work in vacant storefronts. Now they use 6,000 square feet of space to showcase individual exhibits. These exhibits feature both emerging and established artists who create paintings, sculptures, photographs, ceramics, jewelry, textile art and more.
KALEID is open Tuesday through Saturday from 12 noon to 7 p.m. Phone: (408) 947-1785.
Psycho Donuts San Jose: 288 South Second Street
Psycho Donuts has become a Bay Area icon, where you come for the donuts and stay for the quirky art. In addition to crazy donut offerings (e.g. the “Cereal Killer”), Psycho Donuts features a wide variety of artwork from local artists. Don’t be surprised to find the style of the art kind of psycho.
Psycho Donuts is open Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday 7 a.m. to 12 midnight, Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 midnight, and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Phone: (408) 533-1023.
Anno Domini: 366 South First Street
Anno Domini was ranked as number 43 in Juxtapoz Magazine’s Top 100 Galleries/Museums around the globe. They feature emerging and established artists in a variety of urban contemporary art forms.
Anno Domini is open Tuesday through Friday from 12 noon to 7:00 p.m., Saturdays from 12 noon to 5:00 pm., and by appointment. Phone (408) 271-5155.
MACLA: 510 South First Street
According to their website, MACLA (Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana) “is an inclusive contemporary arts space grounded in the Chicano/Latino experience that incubates new visual, literary and performance art in order to engage people in civic dialogue and community transformation.” MACLA’s visual arts exhibits feature artists from around the world and use a wide variety of art and media.
The gallery hours are Wednesday and Thursday from 12 noon to 7:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 12 noon to 5:00 p.m., and by appointment. Phone: (408) 998-2783
Higher Fire Gallery: 499 South Market Street
Higher Fire Gallery features both local and nationally known ceramic artists. Higher Fire also offers ceramics classes, and the gallery showcases the work of students and instructors made in the in-house clay studio.
Higher Fire Gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Phone: (408) 295-5765.