Gallery Coordinator:
Valerie Raps

Art Ark Gallery
1035 S. 6th St.
San Jose, CA 95112


SJSU MFA Lift-Off Exhibition

First Friday Opening Reception:

May 2nd. (Friday)
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Gallery Hours:

Tuesday - Saturday
12 pm - 4 pm

Silicon Valley Open Studios:

Sat, May 17th & Sun, May 18th
11 am - 5 pm

In Participation with SoFF: South First Fridays



SJSU MFA Lift-Off Exhibition:

The graduating Masters Candidates will host a group show featuring their final thesis projects May 2nd-22nd, 2014. The gallery hours for the exhibit are 12-4 pm Tuesday through Saturday. The San Jose State Art department encourages their students to explore multiple disciplines and this exhibit will highlight the traditional disciplines of painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics, glass, and digital media arts, as well as the work of those artists who crossed discipline.

Curated by Bay Area curator, writer and art critic, DeWitt Cheng.

Gallery Hours: Tue - Sat, 12-4pm

Silicon Valley Open Studios:
Sat, May 17th and Sun, May 18th 11-5pm

Participating artists: Brittney Cathey-Adams, Eliana Cetto, Nathan Cox, Tyson Frederick, Chrysta Giffen, Kristen Jones, Malia Landis, Jordan Maliski, Demetra Messolaras, Sam Metcalf, Mark Pinto, Aimee Santos, Biagio Scarpello, Ben Serpa, Melanie Sharrr, Dave White, Jackie Wride


Art Ark Gallery is located on the Art Ark Apartments property, a thriving Artisan Village in the heart of the Martha Gardens Arts District. Since October 2006 Art Ark Gallery has been featuring the work of local artists in one-person shows and group exhibitions. Art Ark Gallery’s mission is to provide a space where emerging artists can explore possibilities and engage the public. Selected artists experience the entire process of exhibiting art, from submitting a proposal and signing contracts, to planning exhibition design, installing the art, adjusting lighting, and restoring the gallery to its original state.

Gallery coordinator, Valerie Raps, continuously reviews and selects proposals with cohesive themes revolving around a medium or addressing a concept. There is no fee for submitting a proposal or exhibiting. Valerie’s role as curator is to assist and support the exhibiting artist with web promotion, exhibition design, art labels and lighting. In addition, the gallery provides the exhibiting artist with 500 announcement cards as well as food and refreshments for the opening reception.

Exhibitions run two weeks in length, with a week to install and a week to uninstall. Opening receptions are held on the first Friday of every month.


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