About Us: Mission/Vision
The Institute of Contemporary Art San José is an energetic art space located in Downtown San José dedicated to promoting greater awareness, understanding and appreciation of contemporary art. The ICA’s ongoing series of site-specific installations makes it a destination for experiencing unique, immersive exhibitions that transform the gallery and engage, delight and inspire our visitors.
Founded in 1980, the ICA has long been committed to presenting solo and group exhibitions of visually compelling and conceptually challenging contemporary art in all media, as well as a variety of public programs that include exhibition tours, panel discussions, artist presentations, workshops, demos as well as impromptu conversations in the gallery. Our distinctive Sandbox Projects provide visitors with the once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience a unique art environment, while giving emerging and mid-career artists the opportunity to experiment, take risks and develop new work. The galleries are also activated by opening receptions, First Friday events, and installations in the front windows. We gratefully acknowledged support from The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Silicon Valley Creates, the Office of Cultural Affairs for the City of San José, and members of the ICA. The ICA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Admission is always free.