• a collection of modern &
    contemporary art in the Capital

    of Silicon Valley


  • About The Collection

    Founded in 2008, Western Bureau Arts maintains a permanent collection of modern and contemporary art spanning from the mid-twentieth century to the present. Our mission is to preserve and promote works that have been unjustly overlooked or otherwise under-represented in today's art market.


    Whether it's reviving the reputation of forgotten masters, celebrating regional art movements, or fostering the current generation of working artists, we strive to maintain this vital resource for educators, historians, curators, collectors, students, and members of the general public interested in exploring the many contours of creative expression.


    In addition to our ongoing curation and research, we also sponsor the Western Bureau Art Prize three times a year to recognize and support the work of new and emerging artists. For more information, click here.

  • Selected Works

    Highlights from the Western Bureau's Permanent Collection

    Julius Wasserstein - 1973

    Bay Area Modernism

    Post-War to Post-Modern, 1940-1980

    An extensive survey of mid-century works by Bay Area artists, including the pioneering "Berkeley School" and "San Francisco School" of abstract expressionism. Highlights include paintings, drawings, prints, and mixed media pieces by: Edward Dugmore, Karl Kasten, Erle Loran, John Haley, Edward Hagedorn, James McCray, Robert Gilberg, Harold C. Davies, Jerry O'Day, Irene Pattinson, Robert Holdeman, and Julius Wasserstein (pictured).

    Jacob Semiatin: Retrospective

    Watercolors, 1947-1993

    Jacob Semiatin burst onto the New York art scene in the early 1950s, garnering raves for his exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, Contemporary Arts Gallery, Galerie Internationale, and other vaunted institutions. The New York Times called his paintings "dynamic", "exuberant", and "high spirited". The Guggenheim's famed director James Johnson Sweeney became a close friend and admirer. Then, as quickly as he appeared, Semiatin quietly withdrew to his studio, producing a massive body of work, but never exhibiting again. Thankfully, Semiatin's inventive style has been rediscovered by a new generation of art lovers, and the Western Bureau is proud to present this retrospective consisting of eleven watercolors, spanning six decades of Semiatin's career. Pictured right is an untitled, 25x38 watercolor from 1967.

  • The Western Bureau Art Prize

    Submissions are now closed for the Winter '17 Prize. Thank you to all the artists who submitted.


    GRAND PRIZE: The winning artist will receive $300, W.B.A.P. Plaque, a featured profile on our website, and a 300-word review from our chief curator.

    HONORABLE MENTION: Two artists will receive $100, W.B.A.P. Plaque, and a 150-word review from our chief curator.

    All entrants will receive a brief, written critique of their work. All winners will be also considered for inclusion in the Western Bureau's Collection.


    ELIGIBILITY: Open to all living artists worldwide. All mediums and styles are eligible.

    JURY: The Curators of Western Bureau Arts.

    GUIDELINES: Submit up to 5 works for consideration no later than February 3, 2017. The entry fee is $35. Winners will be announced May 19, 2017.


    We will announce the winners on May 19, 2017. Thank you for your patience.

  • Contact Us

    Please feel free to get in touch.

    Western Bureau Arts
    San Jose, California
    By Appointment Only