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Sacred Terrain

Jan. 31-March 23, 2024

woman dancing in pink sari, next to bright pink flowerSacred Terrain explored the beauty and healing powers of plants and the natural world, and our need to honor and protect both.

Featured artists: Laurin Chichkanoff, Barnali Ghosh, Meesha Goldberg, Liz Hickok with Phil Spitler, Pantea Karimi, Katherine Levin-Lau, Favianna Rodriguez and May Shei.

(At right: Coast Prickly Pear by Barnali Ghosh)

This exhibition was presented in partnership with Silicon Valley Reads 2024: “A Greener Tomorrow Starts Today”

Sacred Terrain was sponsored by De Anza College Community Education Division, De Anza Student Government (DASG) and Friends of the Euphrat Museum

Additional events included:

First Thursdays

Open mic nights on Feb. 1 and March 7, 5:30-7pm

Taste of History

Cultivating the Arts and Humanities – fundraiser on Saturday, March 23, 4-7 p.m.

marbleized painting of flowers and plants

Pantea Karimi: 
Saffron Marble Painting

colorful painting of flowers in two vases: orange, pink, yellow

Favianna Rodriguez: 
Blooming Splendor

abstract image with green, orange, blue and other metallic colors

Liz Hickok: Morphological Complexity

three images of Turtle Island seen from abobve

Meesha Goldberg: Turtle Island Triptych

painting of two golden retrievers under a flowering plant

May Shei: Goldens and Litchi

large succulent plant on pedestal

Laurin Chichkanoff:
Succulent Seed I

bird on a branch with snake

Katherine Levin-Lau: Wonderpus with Finch

Facing Home

Nov. 1-Dec. 14, 2023

Facing Home explores the who, what and where that gives us a sense of home or refuge, and honors the passing of loved ones central to the concept of home. 

image of man and woman on couch in homeArtists in this exhibition include Edith R. Argabrite, Tessie Barrera, Cheryl Derricotte, Nimah Gobir, Kristin Lindseth, George Rivera, Roxana Romero-Vega and Lydia Sanchez

Special projects include a Dia de Los Muertos altar installation in collaboration with the De Anza Latinx Association (DALA), HEFAS and the Pride Center.

Sponsored by De Anza College Community Education Division, De Anza Student Government (DASG) and Friends of the Euphrat Museum

Blue House Cover

Gobir Fresh

Redwood House

Above artwork by Nimah Gobir and Kristin Lindseth

Winter 2023: Spaces of Belonging 

Sumi Bepp

Jan. 26-March 25, 2023

"Spaces of Belonging" featured artwork by four local artists: Frances Paragon Arias, Ellen Bepp, Ted Fullwood and Flo Oy Wong.

Each has been instrumental in creating "spaces of belonging" and inspiring new beginnings through their community-based work and art.

Artwork on display included hand-cut paper "poems," large-scale abstract ceramics and woven sculptures, a nature haiku installation inspired by a local school garden, and silkscreen prints about indigenous ceremonies and social justice issues.

This exhibit was presented in conjunction with Silicon Valley Reads and its theme: “Journey to New Beginnings.”

Frances Paragon Arias 1

Frances Paragon Arias 4

Top of page: "Reach" by Ellen Bepp

Above and right: three works by Frances Paragon Arias

Frances Paragon Arias 5

Fall 2022: Hamsters, Hedgehogs and Hummingbirds

Oct. 25-Dec. 17, 2022

furry animal with cellphone

Business Hamster by Kristina Micotti

sculpted masks of ape faces

Primate Faces by Julie Clements

Refuge 1

Refuge by Julie Clements

"Hamsters, Hedgehogs and Hummingbirds" explores how humans relate to, imagine and interact with animals.

This exhibition will include a large-scale, raptor-inspired sculpture made from recycled tools, paintings of wild animals in human environments, a Huichol beaded jaguar with a colored tape floor installation, beloved pet portraits, and ceramic and found-object works that reflect on how we view and impact the animal world.

Artists include Kalpana Adesara, Shriharsha Annadore, Aniceto Bautista Sotero, Saikat Choudury, Julie Clements, Carolyn Crampton, Divya Eby, Force of Nature, Tom Franco, Maytal Gotesman, Fatima Kazi, Marlene Larson, Kristina Micotti, Shubha Prithvi Raj, Anandhi Pugazanthi, Joseph Rodriguez, Piyali Samanta, Lydia Sanchez, Asha Saraogee, Vishakha Shah, Sarabjit Singh, Mythili Kattupalli, and Monica Van Den Dool.

Special projects include collaboration with West Valley Elementary and De Anza College Academy art students.

Museum Hours

  • Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Open Saturdays on Nov. 19, Dec. 3 and Dec. 17: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Open to tour groups by appointment; call 408.864.5464

Raptor 1

Wrenching Raptor by Burning Man artist 'Force of Nature'

Spring 2022: Unframed – Spring Student Art Show

April 27 – May 31, 2022

Bethany Foreman 1


Bethany Foreman 2

Growing Up

The 2022 spring show was a special project of the Euphrat Museum of Art with the Fine Arts League of Cupertino

The Euphrat Museum of Art is presenting a special exhibition of student art in a variety of media – from paintings and drawings to photography, digital art and sculpture.

The works include reflections on the pandemic, the healing powers of nature, and finding resilience.



City of Cupertino

Community Education Division, De Anza College

De Anza Student Government

Friends of the Euphrat Museum of Art

Artist Credits:

Top row – Bethany Forman, Janki Chokshi

Middle – Norman Aragones

Lower right and below – Charles Haiwen

Thank You Kentaro Miura


Fall 2021: common ground

Nov. 1, 2021 – Feb. 17, 2022

Featured artists: Thomas Kiefer, Hector Dionicio MendozaNye' Lyn Tho and Fortune Sitole.

This exhibition examines constructed and unseen borders and boundaries, which speak to our shared needs for respect and dignity, kindness and resilience.

Tom Kiefer

Tom Kiefer's series, "El Sueño Americano/The American Dream," is a photographic documentation of personal belongings carried by migrants and those seeking asylum that were seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at a processing facility near the U.S./Mexico border.

Kiefer's intent is to explore the humanity of those who risk their lives crossing the desert into the United States and to inspire compassion and empathy for those who seek a better life.

Young Love

Young Love

Blanket Assembly

Blanket Assembly

Duct Tape Bottle

Duct Tape Bottle 

Hector Dionicio Mendoza

In his "White Wilderness/Maleza Blanca" series, Hector Dionicio Mendoza explores the complex relationship between nature and migration, immigration and class. Maleza are weeds or undergrowth, a plant that takes root where it's not wanted. His larger-than-life figurative sculptures and drawings emphasize the vulnerability and strength of those crossing through the wilderness and contested spaces and our deep connection to nature.

Pulling Jalando


Hercules/El Mundo

Hercules/El Mundo 



Nye' Lyn Tho

Thought Seed

Thought Seed


Nye' Lyn Tho's "Natural Heir" series is a visual pun of natural hair and the embracing of it by people of the African Diaspora.

As recently as 2019, California passed the Crown Act to prohibit discrimination against workers and students based on natural hair.

"Having to mask one's identity to avoid racial injustices of course has huge psychological effects," Nye' says.

The series "is a celebration and support to people who decide to embrace their own natural state of being."

When They Say

When They Say




Winter 2020: Women Pathmakers

Reception: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. with artists and author Julian Guthrie

  • Open Monday - Thursday: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. during exhibitions
  • Silicon Valley Reads 2020 “Women Making it Happen” kick-off event Jan. 23, 7:30 p.m., Visual & Performing Arts Center, museum open at 7 p.m. and during book signing
  • Screening of "Autumn Gem" with Director Rae Chang Wednesday March 4, 3 p.m.
  • "First Thursday" open mic night: March 5, 5 p.m .- 7 p.m. Hosted by award winning spoken word poet McTate Stroman II
  • Open Saturday March 7, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., with a Community Art Station art activity inspired by Women Pathmakers
  • Open to tour groups by appointment
  • Closed Monday February 17 for President’s Day                                                

Women Pathmakers honors women whose courage and creativity helped change the world.

Those featured include pioneer mathematicians, the first computer programmer, Nobel Prize winning scientists, civil rights activists, artists and musicians.

Other artworks are inspired by the movement for women's voting rights, displaced immigrant populations and the impacts on women and girls, and the invisible labor of women of color.


     Disrupt by Jessica Sabogal, 2018

Tiger Teapot     Tiger Tea by Susan Else, 2013


   Boundary by Susan Else, 2005

Artists include Rae Chang, Guy Diehl, Susan Else, Julia Feld, Johanna Foster, Sophie Foster-Palmer, Donna Gatson, Mel Kadel, Pantea Karimi, Keerat Kaur, Kristin Lindseth-Rivera, Hung Liu, Jennifer Mondfrans, Jen Myhre, Fariba Nejat, Favianna Rodriguez, Jessica Sabogal, Shanna Strauss, Rupy C. Tut, and Wanxin Zhang.

This is presented in conjunction with Silicon Valley Reads 2020 and their theme, "Women Making it Happen." In recognition of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the U.S., Silicon Valley Reads 2020 will celebrate the achievements of women – from the tenacious individuals who worked so hard to get women the right to vote in the early 1900s to the women and girls in the 21st century who are breaking gender barriers to excel in all areas of life.

Zhang 1

What a Fantasy World by Wanxin Zhang, 2015

Zhang 2

Tomorrow Will Be Fine II by Wanxin Zhang, 2017


Fall 2019: Space and Place

October 23 - December 5, 2019

Reception:  Wednesday, November 6, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. with artists, live music, and refreshments

  • Open Monday - Thursday: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. during exhibitions
  •  Taste of History fundraiser event with international media artist Tamiko Thiel, Saturday October 26, 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
  • "First Thursday" open mic nights: November 7 and December 5, 5 p.m .- 7 p.m. Hosted by award winning spoken word poet McTate Stroman II
  • Visiting Artist Presentations tba
  • Open Saturday November 2, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., with a Community Art Station art activity inspired by Space and Place
  • De Anza Space Night, Saturday November 9, museum open 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. with showings of Constellations and Cultures at the Planetarium
  • Open to tour groups by appointment

All events are free-of-charge and everyone is welcome!

Space and Place will explore multicultural interpretations of space, hidden layers of culture and history in public spaces, and issues around space and equity.

Participating artists include Binh Danh, John Dorrance, Catie Cadge-Moore, Larry Cazes, Pantea Karimi, Sophie Nangala Rice, Carlos Rodriguez, Tamiko Thiel with Midori Kono Thiel, Rex Winston Walford, Shannon Wright, and more. Special projects by De Anza Academy middle and high school summer art students and De Anza MeCha students.

          Holding Pattern.jpg     Holding Pattern.jpg

           Enhanced NASA image of Space Infinity Symbol, 2011                                           Holding Pattern by Shannon Wright, 2017

           Milky Way Dreaming 1.jpg          Water Dreaming.jpg

             Milky Way Dreaming by Rex Winston Walford, 2019               Water Dreaming by Sophie Nangala Rice, 2019

       Moon details      Moongraphs

        Moongraphs, detail, by Pantea Karimi, 2018                                                      Moongraphs by Pantea Karimi, 2018


Spring 2019: Student Art Show

May 6 - June 6, 2019

Reception and Award Ceremony:  Wednesday, May 15, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. with artists, live music, and refreshments

  • Open Monday - Thursday: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. during exhibitions
  • First Thursday open mic nights: May 2 and June 6, 5 p.m . -  7 p.m.
  • Writing Out Loud with National Slam Poet Champion Matt Sedillo, Flo Oy Wong, and guests, May 21, 10:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., Conference Rooms A/B
  • Open Saturday June 2, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., with a Community Art Station drop-in hands-on art activity
  • Closed Memorial Day May 27
  • Open to tour groups by appointment

All events are free-of-charge and everyone is welcome!

This exhibition features a variety of media from paintings and photographs to furniture and ceramics. Artworks include a set of kinetic sculptures made from transformed electric pencil sharpeners, a 6' x 10' painting about a journey towards empowerment, and an interactive installation about consumer culture.

Congratulations to this year's Juror's Choice Award winners!

Painting - Marie Belliard-Serda, The Blue Bird                          Ceramics - Veronica Felix, Mamá y Hijos

Photography - Matt Crick, My Street                                            Photographic Installation - Matthew Fernandez, Trash Business

Drawing - Severus Jo'iinn, Those Summer Nights                        Sculpture - Jennifer Lay, Family Dinner

Graphic Design - Gisell Melo, Hands to Yourself and Touch

The jurors were both San Jose State University professors; Binh Danh, Photography and Shannon Wright, Sculpture.

                                                           Yin and Yang                                            

                                                                       Yin and Yang by Lok Cheang, 2019, Photoshop

                                                           Family Dinner 2

                                                             Family Dinner by Jennifer Lay, 2018, papier mache, mixed-media


                                             Flying T-Rex by John Dorrance, 2019, electric pencil sharpener, mixed-media 


Winter 2019: Ancestral Journeys

February 4 - March 21, 2019

Reception: Wednesday, February 13, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. with artists, live music, and refreshments.

  • Open Monday - Thursday: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. during exhibitions
  • Open @ 6:30 p.m. before the Silicon Valley Reads Kickoff Event, 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m, and afterwards as well, VPAC Theater
  • "First Thursday" open mic nights: February 7 and March 7, 5:30 p.m .- 7:30 p.m.
  • Visiting Artist Presentations with Cheryl Derricotte and Trinh Mai, February 13, 10:30 - 12:20 p.m. in MLC112 and 1:30 - 3:20 p.m. in MLC270
  • Open Saturday March 7, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., with a Community Art Station ongoing drop-in art activity - "Ancestral Trading Cards"
  • Open to tour groups by appointment

All events are free-of-charge and everyone is welcome!

Ancestral Journeys explores identity and ancestral migration, immigration, and diasporas. The artists draw from family stories, history, and ancestral memory and imagination. Artworks include a wearable glass kimono infused with family portraits, a 15' kinetic boat sculpture, drawings with stitchery and tea bags, large scale bronze and marble sculptures, a Yoruban Olojufoforo Headdress and more. Presented in conjunction with Silicon Valley Reads 2019, "Finding Identity in Family History."

Artists: Cheryl Derricotte, Rodney Ewing, Reiko Fujii, Hiroyo Kaneko, Marlene Larson, Kija Lucas, Trinh Mai, David Middlebrook, Eric Powell, Gayle Tanaka, Flo Oy Wong, and Cynthia Zhou.  Special projects with Lincoln High School, Columbia Middle School, and De Anza College MEChA students. 

                                     Tanaka 1

                                     Inside Behind: Grandfather Tanaka/Me, Gayle Tanaka, Photoshop, 2017

                                             Cheryl Derricotte 1

                                             American Slave Ship Martha, Cheryl Derricotte, etched glass, 2018

                                                                                 Collision Course

                                                                                 Collision Course, David Middlebrook, cast bronze and mixed media, 2017

                                                            Trinh Mai 1

                                                            Sáng, Sóng, Sang Sông, Sang, Trinh Mai, mixed media, 2013


Fall 2018: Faculty Art Show

October 15 - December 6, 2018

Reception: Wednesday, November 7, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. with artists, live music, and refreshments.

  • Open Monday - Thursday: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. during exhibitions
  • Open @ 6 p.m. before the 1500 Stories Silicon Valley Dreams & Doubts Community Forum Part 2, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m, VPAC Theater
  • Taste of History fundraiser event, October 27, 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Book Launch, "The Pilipinx Radical Imagination Reader" by Anthony Santa Ana and Melissa Nievera-Lozano, October 30, 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • "First Thursday" open mic nights: November 1 and December 6, 5:30 p.m .- 7:30 p.m.
  • Book Launch, “Dreaming of Glistening Pomelos” by Flo Oy Wong, November 17, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Open to tour groups by appointment
  • Open Saturday December 1, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., with a Community Art Station

All events are free-of-charge and everyone is welcome!

The De Anza and Foothill Art Faculty/Staff Show highlights the diverse yet interconnected work of art faculty and staff from De Anza College in Cupertino and Foothill College in Los Altos Hills.  Painting, drawing, prints, installation, mixed media, photography, sculpture, and ceramics will be on display. 

Artists: Diana Argabrite, Sholeh Asgary, Sita Bhattacharji, Christian Bonner, Sal Breiter, Prakash Chandras, Kimberly Cook, Cheryl Coon, Mark Engel, Julia Feld, Hilary Gomes, Meiru Huang, Julie Hughes, Patricia Jauch, Hiroyo Kaneko, Keith Lee, Rocky Lewycky, Lesley Louden, William Mattick, Masako Miki, Jen Myhre, Moto Ohtake, Diane Pierce, Tressa Pack, Eugene Rodriguez, Andy Ruble, Lisa Teng, Alyssa Van Zandt, and Chia Wen

Bryce Canyon Sunrise

Bryce Canyon Sunrise, Chia Wen, panoramic photograph, 2018

                                          Cheryl Coon 1

                                          Untitled, Cheryl Coon, mixed media, 2018

                                       Eugene Rodriguez

                                  Regeneration Through Violence, Eugene Rodriguez, oil on canvas, 2018

                   Nocturne 1

                   Nocturne (detail), Julie Hughes, acrylic pours on mylar installation, 2018


                                         Sung (conflict), Mark Engel, oil, acrylic, spray paint and glitter on cut wood, 2017

                                          Feld Image 2

                                          End of Play, Julia Feld, porcelain plate, china paint, 2018   

                          Louden 4

                          From the mountainESS series, Leslie Louden, C-prints, 2014 - 2018


                             Harvest #22, from the New Memories series, Hiroyo Kaneko, C-print, 2009

                                  Mattick 1

                                  Untitled, William Mattick, C-print, 2015

                                                Flower 2

                                                Rose, Hilary Gomes, water mixable oil paint on oil primed linen, 2018

Sponsors include the De Anza Associated Student Body, Friends of the Euphrat Museum of Art, the De Anza Creative Arts Division and the City of Cupertino


Spring 2018: Student Art Show

May 7-June 8, 2018

Reception and Awards Ceremony: Tuesday, May 15, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

  • Open Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. during exhibitions
  • Open Saturday, June 2: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., with a Community Art Station
  • "First Thursday" open mic nights: May 3 and June 7, 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
  • Closed Memorial Day on May 28
  • Open to tour groups by appointment

student show posterArt and design by Benjamin Flores

This exhibition features animations, paintings, drawings, mixed-media works, photography, graphic design, furniture, sculpture and ceramics created by students at De Anza College. The artworks reflect expertise in diverse media and varied interests and points of view.

Jurors for this year’s exhibition are:

  • Lauren A. Toomer, Professor, Drawing and the Division of Clinical Anatomy, Stanford University
  • Brett Cook, Professional Artist and Muralist, in the collections of the Smithsonian Institution and Harvard University
  • Takeshi Moro, Professor, Photography, Santa Clara University

Sponsors include the De Anza Associated Student Body, Friends of the Euphrat Museum of Art, the De Anza Creative Arts Division and the City of Cupertino


Winter 2018: Showing Up with Care

Feb. 1 - March 22, 2018

Reception with the artists on Wednesday, Feb, 21, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. with music and refreshments

  • Open Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., during exhibitions
  • Open Saturday, March 3, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. with drop-in workshop, "Radical Self Care Mandalas"
  • Open to tour groups by appointment
  • Closed Monday Feb. 19 for Presidents Day
  • 1st Thursday open mic nights: Feb. 1 and March 1, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Some Divine Commotion – book launch for Dave Denny: Friday Feb. 9, 7-8 p.m.
  • Activate! – presented by Flash Forum Fiction and Play on Words: Wednesday Feb. 28, 5-8 p.m.

"Showing Up with Care" explores caregiving, healing and the power of expression. The artists draw from personal experience, advocate for caregiver rights and look at ways that art can be a vehicle for healing and transformation.

careforceArtists include Norm Aragones, Chris Bunz, Annabel Clark, Brett Cook, Marion Coleman, Kate DeCiccio, Marisa Morán Jahn, Pantea Karimi, Kristin Lindseth-Rivera, Diwa Malaya, Mark Messenger, Jennifer Myhre, Adan Perez, George Rivera, Cynthia Siegel and Antoinette "Toni" Stroman.

"Showing Up with Care" is offered in conjunction with Silicon Valley Reads 2018, the annual community reading and conversation program, which is focused this year on the theme of caregiving. This year's reading program, entitled "No Matter What: Caring, Coping, Compassion," features the novel "Goodbye Vitamin," by Rachel Khong, and "My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward," a memoir by Mark Lukach.

Read the Mercury News review of "Showing Up with Care."

Read Sal Pizarro's column in the Mercury News about "Showing Up with Care."


Fall 2017: Kindness as Resistance

October 30 - December 8, 2017

Acts of Kindness, a special project for the 50th Anniversary of De Anza College, with Teatro Visión and Intercultural Studies students and faculty. This includes a performance, directed by Rodrigo Garcia, and a vegetarian tamale lunch: Wednesday November 29, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m, in the Euphrat museum and lobby.

See the article in the Mercury News: "Euphrat Museum’s fall exhibit explores kindness and hope."

Cupertino Poet Laureate event, with Celebrate Creativity Awards: Thursday November 9,
7 - 9 p.m.

  • Open Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., during exhibitions
  • Open Saturday, December 2, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Open to tour groups by appointment
  • First Thursday open mic nights November 2, December 7, 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Painitng of artist Lenore Chinn standing in front of large artwork

Lenore Bing artworkKindness as Resistance will explore kindness and hope as acts of resistance and positive counter-narratives. Artworks will include grace-filled portraits of diverse people and communities, installations about cultural healing traditions, explorations of faith and hope, and opportunities for connection and communication.

Artists: Elsa Aguirre, Rosanna Alvarez, Tessie Barrera-Scharaga, Branley Cadet, Lenore Chinn, Kate DeCiccio, Lewis deSoto, Shepard Fairey, Yolanda Guerra, Omar Hernández, Elias Kamal, Pantea Karimi, Ruth Morgan, Bmike Odums, Esther Traugot, and Adon Valenziano.

Student projects include Reclaiming Culture with Juan Gamboa's Chicanx Studies classes and Connecting with Rocky Lewycky, Sal Breiter, and Jen Myhre's classes.

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