Queer Arts Programming, San José State University

QuArtz is an event series featuring presentations and workshops by visiting LGBTQ+ artists. All are welcome, supported by the SJSU PRIDE Center.

Upcoming Events

Spring 2020

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Unity Skate 🛹✨

Paint your own skate deck with Jeff Cheung and Gabriel Ramirez

Wednesday March 18th, 2020

Photo of skateboard with a painted body


Unity Skate is a queer skate collective that cultivates inclusive spaces for LGBTQ+ people in skating. Based in Oakland, they host queer skate events across the country, providing vital spaces for queer/trans skaters of all levels of experience.

Painting of multi-colored tangled bodies
Jeff Cheung, 2018 acrylic on canvas

Institute of Queer Ecology (IQECO)

March-April 2020

Photo of people in pink jumpsuits standing near beach
IQECO, Form Follows Foreplay 2019, performance

Common Survival Exhibition

Photo of people in pink jumpsuits standing near beach

Past events

Edie Fake

November 19th, 2019

Photo of abstract painting with colorful geometric patterns that look like ribbon twisting and wrapped around impossible object
Edie Fake, The Bindery 2018, gouache and ink on panel

** In addition to his talk, Edie Fake will be hosting a workshop in tesselation and repeating patterns from 1pm-3pm in Student Union Rm 3b.

Jamil Hellu

Tuesday October 29th, 2019

Jamil Hellu, Hues, digital photo (series), work-in-progress

Indira Allegra

Thursday May 2nd, 2019

Indira Allegra, Ravel Series 2018
Photo credit: Kimi Mojica

Student presentations:

Gailan Sabin Gray (MFA Photography 2018) explores the nature of queer aesthetics, experience, and origins. His practice delves into the idea of Queer Mythos and Phantasies.
Anna Phan’s (BFA Pictorial Arts) personal work aims to illustrate the beauty of Asian women and femmes without the influence of the fetishization found in mainstream media.
Carla Torres’ (BFA Photography) work centers around the intersection of identity and community.
Noa Sesmas (BFA Photography) uses photography to create a dialogue with the viewer about their identity across gender, culture, and race.

Marcela Pardo Ariza

Wednesday April 10th, 2019

Small scale set workshop with Marcela Pardo
Marcela Pardo Ariza, Slow Clap 2018

Student presentations:

Drag performance by Pettie Page (BA Social Work '17). Pettie currently works for The LGBTQ Youth Space, providing support to queer and trans youth in San Jose.
Martín Guevara, Jr. (BFA Digital Media Arts) will present his video installation, FOREIGN MOLARS, 2018, where he projects footage of dental exams onto immigration documents frozen in blocks of ice. The piece questions Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) practice of using faulty forensic testing to determine age of detainees, sometimes resulting in youth being sent to adult detention centers.

Workshop with the artist

📸 3S - Small Scale Set with Marcela Pardo

Photo close-up of small, colorful cardboard set with cut outs of magazines
Workshop documentation: Photo of the 11"x12"x11" set created in the April 24th workshop

Mia Nakano

Wednesday March 20th, 2019

Mia Makano Visibility Project, photos of six trans/nonbinary APA
Mia Makano, Visibility Project

Student presentations:

(above) Salvador Gurrola Jr, aka. Betty Fresas (SJSU Alum) performs drag that represents their intersectional cultural identities.
(right) Olivia Marie Demelo Freitas' layered collage on a skate board critiques representations of feminity in subculture.

Juan Carlos Rodríguez Rivera

Thursday February 7th, 2019

Juan Carlos' photograph of torso with necklace of car fresheners that have custom prints of religious iconography and gay icons
Juan Carlos Rodrígues Rivera, Aromatizantes

Student presentations:

Calvin ‘Ruda’ Lee (BFA Digital Media Art) will share his short video "Survivors" about persecution of gender and sexuality in South Korea
Jess Rebrukh (Studio Art Minor) creates comics featuring queer characters and relationships.

Workshop with the artist

Decolonizing Queerness with Juan Carlos Rodríguez Rivera

Photo of flyer with a photo of different items pointing to markers of intersectional identities

Photo table with various items layed out on cyanotype fabric being exposed to sun
Documentation from workshop: Cyanotype being exposed in sunlight
Photo of blue material that says 'decolonize joy and sex'
Exposed cyanotype fabric stretched on frame


QuArtz also hosts weekly meetups at the PRIDE Center for students to create and share their art amongst peers. The group is currently collaborating on a creative toolkit for engaging in difficult questions and connecting across difference to build resilient communities.