Eight bridges connect the San Francisco Bay, so it is an apt name for a gallery platform that brings the Bay Area art world together.

Our mission is to maintain a vibrant gallery scene, despite restrictions on travel, celebrations and other larger gatherings. We want to support our artists by informing and entertaining curators, collectors and critics with potent online exhibitions of their work.

On the first Thursday of every month, we will launch 8 shows of artists relevant to the Bay Area. They may be working in this place, long considered an epicenter of change, or deeply engaged in the conversations the Bay Area holds dear, whether it’s related to technology, the environment, social justice or sexual identity, to name a few. In addition, each month will highlight the crucial work of a Bay Area non-profit arts organization as its beneficiary, with an initial donation led by Phillips.

Founding Committee

Claudia Altman-Siegel, Kelly Huang, Sophia Kinell, Micki Meng, Daphne Palmer, Chris Perez, Sarah Wendell Sherrill, Jessica Silverman, and Elizabeth Sullivan

Ambassador Committee

Sayre Batton & Maja Thomas, Joachim & Nancy Bechtle, Matt Bernstein, Sabrina Buell, Wayee Chu & Ethan Beard, Natasha Boas, Douglas Durkin, Carla Emil, Matt & Jessica Farron, Lauren Ford, Ali Gass, Stanlee Gatti, Brook Hartzell & Tad Freese, Pamela & David Hornik, Katie & Matt Paige, Putter Pence, Becca Prowda & Daniel Lurie, Deborah Rappaport, Komal Shah & Gaurav Garg, Laura Sweeney, The Battery, Robin Wright, Sonya Yu & Zack Lara


Lobus, Phillips, The Space Program

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Institute of Contemporary Art San José – ICA Social Club: Speed Dating the Artists

April 1 @ 6:00 pm PDT - 7:00 pm PDT

For the final three ICA Social Club programs we will be hearing from artists ICA curators have their eyes on – their ‘art crushes.’ Each program will feature five or six rapid-fire studio visits, sort of like speed dating the artists. You’ll get an overview of their practice and will hear about their work in the ICA Social Club Auction. Program attendees will get early access to the ICA Social Club Auction page for a first look at auction artworks. Our first Speed Dating the Artists program features Maria Paz, Terri Friedman, Anna Valdez, Alyson Shotz, and Caroline Kent.

This talk is also part of the “ICA Social Club: A Master Class in Collecting Contemporary Art.” Participants will have “behind the scenes” access to experts and leaders in all aspects of the Contemporary Art ecosystem in the private 8-class program. If you’re not already a member or would like to upgrade your membership to access this exciting offer and new membership benefits, click here to sign up or email at membership@sjica.org for more details. Become a part of the ICA Social Club today!

Visit the ICA website for more information.


April 1
6:00 pm PDT - 7:00 pm PDT
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Institute of Contemporary Art San José
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