Downtown Doors

10 more ‘doors’ added to downtown landscape in 2021

For the third time since the initial coronavirus-caused shelter-in-place order in March 2020, San Jose Downtown Foundation has added 10 more Downtown Doors to the public landscape.

“While many arts organizations had to shut down during the pandemic, we were able to continue our signature program,” said Donna Butcher, Downtown Doors program administrator.  

Downtown Doors is a pure artwork competition that turns into a public exhibition on downtown streets. More than 100 service doors and utility boxes located on public and private buildings downtown are covered with a vinyl coating on which original art works are enlarged and transferred.  The competition is pure – judges can’t see names or schools – and the winners continuously reflect San Jose’s emerging artistic talent.

The artworks will be added to the public realm in October and early November.  Ten more works were added in the height of the pandemic in January 2021 and another 10 were put up as usual in June 2020.  They should remain on their doors for at least two years.

Students from Independence, Leigh, Willow Glen, Gunderson, Yerba Buena, Andrew Hill and Santa Teresa high schools, plus Bellarmine College Prep were selected for Downtown Doors. Other schools submitting entries include:  Del Mar H.S.; Lincoln H.S.; Mount Pleasant H.S.; Silver Creek H.S.; Notre Dame H.S.; and Evergreen H.S.  One hundred six students from 15 high schools submitted a total of 129 entries.

Judges include:  James Morgan of San Jose State University; Jeannine Flores; Jeff Bordona of the San Jose Museum of Art; Michael Ogilvie, director of Public Art; and San Jose Downtown Foundation Trustee Charlie McCollum.

Funding was provided by the City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs, Republic Services, Comcast and JP DiNapoli Companies, Inc., plus individuals living throughout the state donating through their work gift programs.  Downtown Doors is also supported by SVCreates, in partnership with the County of Santa Clara.  Downtown Doors program funding is 100 percent provided by grants and donations.  For more information, check sjdowntown.com/foundation.

“A big thanks to our steadfast and loyal supporters for providing our young artists with a professional platform to make a public statement and enhance our downtown with their colorful and thoughtful art,”  said Jessica Vuong, program coordinator.

Since 2003, Downtown Doors has provided 309 artworks to the landscape from 23 different schools.  Some of the artists have moved on to careers in the arts. Others have used their creativity in business and engineering positions.  Students receive an honorarium of $300, Insomnia cookies and a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud products.  The students’ art teachers receive a $650 honorarium, which they often use for classroom supplies. 

A walking map and the selected entries for 2020 and 2021 can be found below. Students were honored in a virtual public reception Oct. 23.

2021 Downtown Doors

Independence High School
Title:
Floating Tears
Artist: Valerie Khau
Location: 150 S. First Street
(Between San Fernando & Paseo de San Antonio)
Site Host: Digital Realty Trust
Sponsor: Coming Soon

 

Independence High School
Title:
Black Girl Magic
Artist: Briana Wade
Location: San Salvador Street and Market Street, alcove on San Salvador Street
Site Host: 360 Residences
Sponsor: Comcast

Leigh High School
Title:
Entangled
Artist: Suzy Kim
Location: 150 S. First Street at Paseo de San Antonio
Site Host: Digital Realty Trust
Sponsor: Coming Soon

Gunderson High School
Title:
Prolific World
Artist: Erica Johnson
Location: 301 S. Market Street
Site Host: San Jose Marriott 
Sponsor: Coming Soon

Dedicated to the Memory of Dennis Skaggs, 1953-2021
SJ Downtown Foundation Board Member and supporter of Downtown Doors

Santa Teresa High School
Title:
Mind Visualization
Artist: Myky Chau
Location: 1st and San Fernando near Rookies
Site Host: City of San Jose
Sponsor: Coming Soon

Willow Glen High School
Title:
Good Ole’ San Jose
Artist: Annika Engebretson
Location: Northeast corner of Second and St. John streets
Site Host: City of San Jose
Sponsor: Comcast

Yerba Buena High School
Title:
Nighthawks In Chinatown
Artist: Bramble Do
Location: Fourth Street parking garage at City Hall, between Santa Clara and San Fernando streets
Site Host: City of San Jose
Sponsor: Coming Soon

Yerba Buena High School
Title:
Mexican Farms Near Auvers
Artist: Alejandra Ibarra
Location: 135 San Carlos Street and Market Street
Site Host: San Jose Civic
Sponsor: Adobe

Bellarmine College Preparatory
Title:
Is This A Game?
Artist: Ryan Milligan
Location: San Salvador and Market Streets, alcove on San Salvador Street
Site Host: 360 Residences
Sponsor: Republic Services

Andrew Hill High School
Title:
Floral Tiger
Artist: Tracy Le
Location: AC Hotel, 87 off-ramp and Santa Clara
Site Host: AC Hotel by Marriott
Sponsor: JP DiNapoli Companies Inc.

Downtown Doors 2020

Fall 2020

Silver Creek High School
Title: Beauty and Destruction
Artist: Madison Sciba
Location: Hammer Theatre on Third Street
(101 Paseo de San Antonio )
Sponsor: City of San Jose

Willow Glen High School 
Title: Expand Your Horizons
Artist: Cindy Ly
Location: Hammer Theatre
(101 Paseo de San Antonio)
Sponsor: City of San Jose

Leigh High School
Title: The Boy in Red
Artist: Dinhe Calamateos-Abarca
Location: The Fairmont
(First Street/Fairmont Hotel)
Sponsor: City of San Jose

Santa Teresa High School 
Title: The Noodle Revolution
Artist: Allison Young
Location: City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs
(Southeast corner of Market and Santa Clara street)
Location: Paseo Plaza (Paseo de San Antonio, between Third and Fourth Street)
SponsorCity of San Jose

Evergreen Valley High School
Title: Timeless
Artist: Selena Huang
Location: Studio Climbing Gym
(396 S. First Street – San Salvador/First Street)
SponsorCity of San Jose

Gunderson High School 
Title: Ananda
Artist: Alex Hayner
Location: Fairmont Hotel
(170 S. Market Street)
Sponsor: City of San Jose

Silver Creek High School 
Title: Solace
Artist: Heidi Shin 
Location: Cesar Chavez Park utility box @ Paseo de San Antonio
Sponsor: City of San Jose

Leigh High School
Title: Girl in Daisy
Artist: Michaela Sampas
Location: Philz Coffee
(Paseo de San Antonio between Third and Fourth streets)
SponsorCity of San Jose

Andrew Hill High School 
Title: Untitled
Artist: Lilian Tran
Location: Fairmont Hotel
(170 S. Market Street )
Sponsor: City of San Jose

Del Mar High School 
Title: The Beauty in Blue
Artist: Sonia Portillo
Location: Utility box on Third Street @ Paseo de San Antonio
Sponsor: City of San Jose

Spring 2020

Bellarmine College Prep
Title: Untitled
Artist: Oscar Diaz
Location: The Fairmont
(Circle of Palms Plaza at First Street)
Sponsor: City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs

Gunderson High School
Title: My Identity
Artist: Jeanne Clark
Location: City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs (Third Street/San Carlos Street)
Site Host: City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs

Silver Creek High School
Title: Perpetuity
Artist: Jordan Almaguer
Location: Hammer Theatre Center (101 Paseo de San Antonio, facing the plaza and Second Street)
Sponsor: Ernest and Irene Pestana Charitable Foundation

Del Mar High School
Title: The All Seeing Eye
Artist: Audrey Torres-Padilla
Location: City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs
(Southeast corner of Market and Santa Clara street)
SponsorCity of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs

Piedmont Hills High School
Title: Pandora’s Basement
Artist: Angela Li
Location: Hammer Theatre Center (Third Street)
Sponsor: City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs

Silver Creek High School
Title: Untitled
Artist: Kristiene Pagaragan
Location: Hammer Theatre Center (Paseo de San Antonio/Third Street)
Sponsor: City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs

Del Mar High School
Title: Light Creates Memory: Self Portrait
Artist: Cleo Cole
Location: The Westin
(San Carlos/First Street –
Il Fornaio)
Sponsor: SVCreates, in partnership with the County of Santa Clara.

Santa Teresa High School
Title: Breaking from Routine
Artist: Allison Young
Location: 50 West
(Passageway between 50 W. San Fernando and the San Jose Museum of Art)
Sponsor: City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs

Del Mar High School
Title: The Monarch’s Journey
Artist: Audrey Simone Garcia
Location: The Studio Climbing Gym (San Salvador/First Street)
Sponsor: SVCreates, in partnership with the County of Santa Clara.

Santa Teresa High School
Title: Fan Lights
Artist: Thy-Thy Do
Location: Hammer Theatre Center (101 Paseo de San Antonio, facing the plaza and Second Street) 
Sponsor: City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs

School tally of selections, 2003-present

East Side Union HS District

Piedmont Hills – 23
Santa Teresa – 22
Evergreen Valley – 17
Independence – 13
Andrew P Hill – 12
Yerba Buena – 11
Mount Pleasant –  9
Silver Creek – 8
James Lick – 3
Oak Grove – 3

(121) East Side SubTotal

All other area high schools

Lincoln (includes Saturday Art Academy) – 53
Notre Dame – 34
Del Mar – 15
Leigh – 15
Homestead – 12
Gunderson – 13
Willow Glen – 10
Cupertino – 6
San Jose High Academy – 5
Bellarmine College Prep  – 6
Downtown College Prep – 4
San Jose High – 3
Westmont – 2
Leland – 1
Castillero Middle – 1

(180) All other districts subtotal

Sister Cities


Okayama, Japan – 2
Pune, India – 2
Tainan, Taiwan – 2
Dublin, Ireland – 1
San Jose, Costa Rica – 1

(8) International Subtotal

(309) TOTAL

2020 Downtown Doors supporters

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