About Us: History
Founded in 1980, the ICA is a vital member of the many arts groups that make up the cultural fabric of San Jose, engaging audiences through innovative visual art exhibitions and public programs. Our exhibitions are designed to build community – to provide a space in which artists can access the resources needed to express their creative spirit and the public may experience a rich range of artistic expression.
In April 2006, the ICA made the ultimate commitment to downtown San Jose by purchasing a 7,500-square-foot building located at 560 South First Street. With the opening of our new facility in June 2007, we greatly expanded our programming. Annually, we originate 8 – 12 exhibitions in all media, including our Sandbox Projects – ambitious, large-scale site-specific installations. ICA Live! performances activate the galleries during the First Fridays and Façade includes installations that illuminate the front windows after dark. Public programs include panel discussions, artist presentations, art demos, performances, and portfolio reviews. Located in SoFA, San Jose’s arts and entertainment district, the ICA attracts nearly 20,000 visitors each year.