Mission

CoCA serves the Pacific Northwest as a catalyst and forum for the advancement, development, and understanding of Contemporary Art. 

History

CoCA has been a vital part of contemporary art in the Northwest for 35 years, and has operated galleries and produced events throughout the Seattle area over that time period. See our interactive Tumblr page and the CoCA Digital Archives for stories and photos of past exhibitions and programs.

Location & Hours

Join us for CoCA Pops, a year of exploring various neighborhoods in Seattle.
Please visit our current and upcoming Exhibition and Events pages to find out where we are.

Email info at cocaseattle dot org for more information

Our mailing address is:
Center on Contemporary Art 
7601 Greenwood Avenue N, Suite #108
Seattle, WA 98103

Staff

Board, 2012-present 
Email: nichole@cocaseattle.org

Nichole DeMent worked previously as an Artist Trust Program Manager that oversaw the EDGE Professional Development Program and managed other programs and workshops in the Creative Career Center. She continues to focus on empowering and supporting Washington State artists as an independent consultant, curator and educator who has taught photography at Pacific Lutheran University, Photographic Center Northwest and elsewhere. She has worked in the arts community for almost two decades including as curator at non-profit, independent and commercial art galleries and previously served as President of the Board of Directors for CoCA. She received a BA from The Evergreen State College in Art History and Fine Art Photography. Her own artwork in mixed media encaustic processes can be found in collections including the Swedish Medical Center Art Collection; Nichole is represented at SAM Gallery, Waterworks Gallery in San Juan Islands and other venues.

Caroline first became involved with CoCA as an intern in the fall of 2015, and quickly became enamored with the organization’s welcoming and creative atmosphere. She re-located to Seattle in 2015 after completing her MA in Art History at the University of Oregon where she specialized in modern and contemporary art. Her research interests focus on performance, participatory art, feminist history and theory, and new institutionalism. She comes to CoCA with ten years of curatorial and administrative experience, as well as a BA in Drawing & Painting. Caroline is daily inspired by the process of creating and learning about art and is thrilled for the opportunity to apply this passion to the development of CoCA events and programming.

Board

CoCA is run by a working Board, which means that in addition to overseeing fiscal and governance responsibilities, our Board members also push up their sleeves and do everything from programming to sweeping the floors. If you are interested in learning how you can become part of this amazing cohort of hardworking, fun loving, creative people, please contact us.

President since 2015
Vice-President, 2013-2015
Board member since 2009 
email: miguel@cocaseattle.org

Miguel Edwards was born in 1975, in El Rito, New Mexico. He is an international award-winning artist and entrepreneur now based in Seattle, WA. He is also the Vice President of the Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) and has been creating art and developing community in Seattle since the early 90’s. He is a graduate of the prestigious Artist Trust EDGE development program and he is represented in New Mexico by the Shidoni Gallery, in Palm Springs by Archangel Gallery as well as Matzke Fine Art on Camano Island. Recently Miguel has been focusing primarily on Sculpture, Public Art Commissions and Commercial Photography.

Vice President since 2015
Secretary 2013-2014
Board member since 2012 

As a Board Member since 2012, Sara Everett has served as Board chair 2012-2013, Marathon Chair 2014, Curatorial Committee Chair and Vice President in 2015. With a strong background in group facilitation, Sara joined the CoCA Board at a time of exponential growth and was able to utilize her skillset to help organize and facilitate meetings to be more streamlined. Sara has a collaborative approach to organizational management and encourages balance where every voice is heard and respected.

As a working artist, Sara currently exhibits with Seattle's CORE, Ghost, and Twilight galleries and has shown internationally. She also is a curator of site specific installations for local real estate development. Sara is excited to usher in CoCA's 35th year and eager to see the organization's continued growth.


Websites:

www.SaraEverett.com
www.mbarrientos.com
www.saemay.blogspot.com

Chair since 2015
Board member since 2014

Tina is a marketing, communications, and development professional, as well as long-term art volunteer and board member.

She feels strongly that contemporary art is vital to the success of every community and should be accessible to everyone.

Board member since 2015
Board Intern 2014

Lorrie is an advocate for the arts. She is currently in the second year of her term as a CoCA Board member. During her first year, she served on the Curatorial Committee, the Facilities Committee, and as Chair of the 2015 24-Hour Art Marathon & Auction Committee, CoCA's annual fundraiser. Lorrie is excited to be a part of CoCA's 35th anniversary celebration.

Skills & non-profit experience:

  • Arts advocate - Arts advocate with a broad network of contacts. 
    • Seattle Art Museum Remix Cohost 2013-Present.
    • Whim W'Him Contemporary Dance Company Board member 2015-Present.
    • Invited by Seattle Art Museum to lead a My Favorite Things Highly Opinionated Tour in 2015.
    • Invited by City Arts magazine to be a judge for the 2015 Summer Art Walk Awards. 
    • Partner in COLLECT, a social and cultural event that encourages new potential art collectors to start their collection.
  • Board development – Participated in the ArtsFund Board Leadership training program in 2014 which covered topics such as fiscal and legal responsibilities, strategic planning, and best governance practices.
  • Social Media to include Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – 1,000+ Facebook followers and 800+ Twitter followers.
  • Special event planning – Chair of the 2015 Annual 24-Hour Art Marathon & Auction Fundraiser committee. Participated on the planning committee for the 2013 Annual 24-Hour Art Marathon & Auction Fundraiser.  
  • Fundraising – ArtsFund Associate volunteer 2013-2015. 
  • Law/Real estate – Paralegal 2003-present specializing in commercial real estate.
  • Leadership – Founder and owner of Seattle Arts and Cultural Events, a social group for the arts, with 3500+ members.  Invited to participate as a Shunpike Arts Business Clinic Advisor.

Treasurer 2016
Board Member since 2015

Dan Hawkins is a Seattle based photographer who uses a wide variety of obsolete and innovative imaging processes to create his work. These highly personal documents often deal with the dual themes of memory and decay. Beginning with empty houses and discarded water towers he has gone on to record EPA Superfund sites, chemical factories, decaying ballrooms, deserted nuclear facilities, crumbling hotels, and a number of derelict mental hospitals and jails. In his attempts to describe a “landscape of the soul” he has managed to see many of the nations lost treasures of industry and tour its forgotten mental health legacy. He is currently working on a body of photographs from a recent tour of the nuclear reactors of Northern France.

Secretary 2016
Board member since 2015

Talia Silveri Wright is an emerging artist and arts administrator who first came to Seattle in 2011 by way of Buffalo, NY. With a MA in Arts Management from the University at Buffalo, she has dedicated her life and career to the arts. She specializes in event production, marketing, fundraising, and public programming. Her passion for communicating the intrinsic and instrumental value of contemporary art keeps her inspired in her creative and professional endeavors. 

Board member since 2016

Joseph was born and raised in Fairfield, CT/NYC, attended college at Gonzaga (Psychology/English majors, Art minor), messed with banking for a few years and then moved out to Seattle and opened Elysian Brewing Co (1996). He made beer, drank beer, threw epic events, focused on branding and marketing of Elysian. In between, he did lots of photographic projects with Miguel Edwards.

Board member since 2015

Kalindi was born to hippy parents of the sixties and spent her childhood in the tiny Northern California coastal town of Bolinas. She grew up with horses and cows, artists and craftspeople, vivid colors, and the nature of the wild and rugged sea shore. When she talks about her own personal art history, she says she is continually moved by these colors and scenes of her life. Defining her work and herself as an artist, she always calls upon the patterns and repeats found in the inflorescence of flowers in a garden or a field, the organic geometry of nature, both macro and micro.

Kalindi studied Natural Science Illustration and Printmaking at UC Santa Cruz for her bachelor’s degree in fine arts, and then applied her art into graphic design. In 1996 she moved to Seattle where she stumbled into a successful business management career until 2010 when she devoted herself to her art career.

Though relatively new to the art world, Kalindi brings years of fundraising, project and event management and marketing communications to CoCA.

Board member since 2015

Todd is a self-employed architect and long time supporter of CoCA. He has previously been a member of and volunteered for the Uptown Alliance, a neighborhood advocacy group and with Inbetweener, a charitable fund raising group. Todd has considerable experience working with the City of Seattle on permitting issues and will assist CoCA with facilities and real estate management in addition to project management on major installations.

"I am excited about being on the CoCA Board so that I can give back to the organization that has given me so much."

Travis was born and raised in Missoula, MT. The son of an aerial photographer he spent many nights in his dad's dark room falling in love with photography. Travis graduated from the Seattle Art Institute with a degree in Graphic Design and has a passion for photography, pottery and painting.
 
He has diverse background across different mediums; Web, digital & print with a long history of working with clients to achieve strategic business and marketing goals and now he brings his years of business and design experience to support CoCA and the Seattle art community.

When he's not working, he enjoys producing art, brewing beer and traveling with his pooch Schooner.

Board member since 2015

I am passionate about supporting the arts and have been a big fan of CoCA for several years. I'm interested in serving on the board to help further the mission of supporting Contemporary Art through developing and advancing the understanding of this genre in the PNW.

I bring 10 years of Marketing & Business Development which includes: PR, social media, public speaking, relationship building with key stakeholders, developing promotional programs, advertising & sales, budgeting and event planning. I also spent 8 years running Bherd Studios Gallery (with my husband John Osgood) which included many of the same duties as listed above plus: curating, working closely with artists, accounting/taxes, advocating for the arts & our neighborhood and collaborating with other galleries. 

Past non-profit experience:
Chair, Executive Committee, Greenwood Arts Council
Secretary Treasurer, Snohomish County Tourism Bureau Board

Curator, CoCA Ballard, 2007-2013
President, 2005-2008
Board member since 2004 
email: joseph@cocaseattle.org
 
Roberts is CEO of Apulent, a Seattle based hospitality firm that provides event venue management, fine catering and event planning services.

He has curated numerous CoCA exhibits, some of which include:

Haris Purnomo: Visual Poetry
East | West: Emerging Artist Exchange
Tracy Boyd: Seattle Sketches
Momoko Sudo: Linescaping
Sarah T. Skinner: Takako
Jules Frazier: Western Landscapes
Polyptychs
Steven Poster
Carlos Saura: Fotosaurios
Matthew Klein: Context Bends Perception

Roberts also serves as board president of Copper Canyon Press, the preeminent independent publisher of poetry. He is a member of the board of advisors of Art With Heart (art therapy for traumatized children), and he serves as public arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority resolving complex securities disputes. He serves a mentor for young people both privately and through formal college programs.

He is a graduate of Washington State University (BA) and of Seattle University (JD). 

 

Treasurer 2015
Board member since 2015

David has years of experience in business, finance, legal and IT and an ability to understand and bridge disparate viewpoints. He has a deep and abiding love of the arts in any and (almost) all forms. Through his Board work, David hopes to help make "CoCA, and therefore all of Seattle, and therefore the entire world, a better, more beautiful, and perhaps slightly weirder place."

Board member since 2016

Jackie Schultz has worked in all facets of Fund Development for over 12 years; with low-income housing services, homelessness services, in the arts, and in education throughout the region and has spent her volunteered time with numerous arts groups in Seattle over the years in direct service and as a board member.

Jackie also serves on the Development Committee for Youngstown Cultural Arts Center and the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association of Seattle. Both organizations work to increase neighborhood and community awareness around low-income and homeless youth and provide education services for youth throughout King County. Jackie attended the University of WA with double degrees in the Jackson School of International Studies and Political Science.

Jackie loves adventuring to new countries and into the wilderness. In her spare time, she collects and dissects music of all genres, builds her "book forest" of a paperback library, and is always fine-tuning her chef-ing skills. She is excited to work with CoCA to continue to grow the organization's capacity for the advancement, development, and understanding of Contemporary Art.

Board member since 2016

Seattle painter, curator and social artist Kate Vrijmoet lives and works in Seattle, WA. She received her MFA from Syracuse University. Her paintings and installations focus on the human body and the human condition, and on issues of consciousness, boundaries, scale and access. Vrijmoet was one of 16 American artists participating in the 2012 5th Beijing International Biennial. Her sound installation, Mother May I...? was awarded Best Installation in the Brooklyn Wide Open exhibit by Charlotta Kotik, Curator Emerita Brooklyn Museum of Art. And it was exhibited at Orange County Center on Contemporary Art–a show endorsed by Nicolas Bourriaud. Vrijmoet has exhibited in shows juried by curators of the MOMA (Paulina Pobocha), the Met (Anne Strauss) and the Guggenheim (Nat Trotman). She received 3rd Prize in 2010 Ecuador Biennial. Her work has been published in the 2014 book Ufora, New American Paintings, The Seattle Times, Catapult Magazine, El Telegrapho, El Universo, Professional Artist Magazine. She is published in numerous catalogs including her CoCA Seattle solo exhibit catalog: Kate Vrijmoet: Essential Gestures, Uforafest, The Richard Siken Project, CoCA Annual 2014, and more. She has exhibited locally at the Linda Hodges Gallery. Vrijmoet is the curator of The Incredible Intensity of Just Being Human, an art & social change exhibit examining the stigma and silence surrounding mental illness which was presented in Seattle City Hall by the Office of Arts and Culture. In 2015-15 she was awarded both GAP and Department of Neighborhoods Grants. In 2016 Vrijmoet received a private grant to bring The Incredible Intensity of Just Being Human to Issaquah, WA. Currently, she is exhibiting Non-ordinary Reality (water) paintings in Lisbon, Portugal and working with Grammy Award winning composer Adam Stern of the Seattle Philharmonic Symphony to create audio art based on the Non-ordinary Reality paintings. To learn more visit: www.katevrijmoet.com. Photo by Barb Noonan. 

Advisory Board

Ray and David have been a part of CoCA for over 10 years, in a wide variety of roles including Board Members, curators, artists and patrons. We are fortunate to have their sage advice in all matters.

Publisher, 2015-
President, 2009-2013
Treasurer, 2008, 2014
Curator, Belltown, 2007-2008
Board member since 2007 

email: ray@cocaseattle.org

In 2007, Ray joined the Board as Curator of the Belltown Gallery, bringing that space to CoCA from the Hugo House, where he had been Curator for two years. At Belltown, Ray curated 12 shows over a two-year period. In 2008, Ray took over as Treasurer for the first time and 2014 for the second time, set up our current accounting system, and brought our taxes up to date.

Taking on the role of President of the Board in 2009, he worked with Vice President and Curator David Francis to create the highly acclaimed Heaven and Earth series at Carkeek Park. Ray's role included design and production of postcards, maps, a catalog, and other support. Since 2009, Ray has designed and produced some 24 catalogs and three books for CoCA. He has acted as Project Manager for numerous shows, including the Marathon/Auctions. In 2010, Ray was instrumental in bringing CoCA to a space in Pioneer Square, and then to the Seattle Design Center in 2011, bringing the current space on line in 2012. He has worked closely with Anna Hurwitz to create a membership database system, and to bring the current Board Membership Application process into being.

Ray is an award-winning architect who has practiced in Seattle for more than 25 years, both through his former firm, WORKSHOP 3D Design Studio, and through collaborations with others. He was the founder of CyberToys, Inc., where he produced multi-media software for LEGO and the White House, and was President of Blueprint: for Architecture 1984- 1985.

He has taught in the Univerity of Washington's Department of Architecture and Design Machine Group, at the Boston Architectural Center, and in the Career Discovery program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He is a 1977 graduate of the University of Washington, and received a Master of Architecture, with Distinction, from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1982.

Websites:

http://www.workshop3d.com
http://www.songfight.org
http://www.mightyoctothorpe.com
http://www.cybertoys.org
http://www.freeman-wetzel.com

Curator, 2006-present
Grant Writer, 2009-present
Secretary, 2005-2009
Vice-President, 2007-2012 
email: david@cocaseattle.org

A member of both CoCA's curatorial and adminstrative teams, David Francis holds MFA, PhD, and Certificate degrees from the University of Washington in Poetry and Museum Studies (1992, 1996, 2003). He has taught widely as lecturer, instructor, and assistant professor in Poland (Fulbright, 1998-99), Hungary (Fulbright, 2002), Semester at Sea (2001), Kentucky (1999), Delaware (1988), and Washington, where he is currently a member of the Diverse Disciplines faculty at Pratt Fine Arts Center. Since 2007, he has also served as Senior Editor for Willamette Cultural Resources Associates, an archaeology contracting firm in Portland, Oregon.

An Academy of American Poets prizewinner, Francis has published about 25 poems over the past 20 years, often in nationally recognized literary journals such as Ploughshares, New Orleans Review, Verse, The Iowa Review, and numerous others. For a list of his online poetry, see links below:

Poems

"Bird Control"
"The Fate of Comparative Collections"
"Lament for Roy Sullivan," "The Wild Boy of Aveyron Reaches Puberty," "The Arousal"

CoCA Occasional Monograph In Poetry: Otherwise This Stone

Essays:

http://museumofglass.org/blogs/art/category/book-club/

Visual Work

2008:
"Recent Work: Box Art and Text-Collage."
CoCA Marathon
http://museumofglass.org/blogs/art/general/city-of-fallen-angels-reviews/

Curatorial Work:

2011:

"Across the Divide 3: six artists from the 'dry side'" (July)
"Heaven and Earth III: Cycles of Return" Temporary Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition
at Carkeek Park and Point Shilshole Beach (Summer)
2010:
"Across the Divide 2: Contemporary Art from Big Sky Country": University of Montana MFA Show (May)
"Heaven and Earth II" Temporary Outdoor Sculpture Exhibtion at Carkeek Park (Summer)
"Overgrowth and Understory" Temporary Outdoor Sculpture Exhibtion at Cougar Mountain (Summer)
"Resident Alien" Local Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean (March)
2009:
"Across the Divide: Contemporary Art from the Scablands and Beyond" (Sept.)
"Heaven and Earth" Temporary Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition at Carkeek Park (Summer)
2007:
"Inquiry as Collection: Wonder Cabinets, Collage, Assemblage", CoCA Ballard, (in conjunction with Pratt Fine Arts Center; September)
2006:
"The Page Cannot be Displayed: David Francis' Recent Work" Pratt Gallery (September)
"Shard: Textual Fragments in Contemporary Ar\t" CoCA on Dexter (February)
1998 - 2003:
"Historic Artifacts of the Duwamish Waterway" Seattle Public Library (Queen Anne Branch)

Archaeological Consulting and Historical Research

Artwork: 

David Francis bio
 
David Francis bio


 

Lead Volunteers

We rely on hardworking volunteers to help us with a wide range of tasks, from running our CoCA Archives Project to assisting at special events. Current lead volunteers include:

Joel Irving, MLS. Lead Archivist
Nicole Figley, MLIS. Associate Archivist
Barbara Greene Alfeo, Historian
Anna R Hurwitz, CoCA Archives Project Director
Jennifer Cha, Gallery Associate

Anna joined CoCA in early 2013 as the Outreach Director, a position funded by a grant from the Mayor’s Office on Arts & Culture and the first staff hire in 10 years. To continue to build on the momentum provided by the grant, the Board contracted with Anna to stay on as part-time Outreach & Development Director (ODD). In March 2016, Anna stepped down as CoCA's ODD to prepare for returning to school to get her Masters (UW, 2019).

Anna was responsible for all aspects of growth for the organization, from artist submissions and membership to audience participation and event sponsorships, in addition to grant writing and patron engagement. She also worked on Board development, helping to clarify the application process, roles and responsibilities and increasing the Board’s fiduciary and governance commitments. She worked to bring in a much needed Executive Director to provide stability and leadership to the organization. In an effort to leverage her time, Anna grew and managed a robust internship and volunteer program, providing the next generation of arts leaders with hands-on experience in arts, non-profit and gallery management. She launched the CoCA Archive Project in 2013 as a way to preserve and share the organization's impressive collection of materials; she remains with CoCA as a volunteer director for the project.

“I have been delighted to work with CoCA as the organization moves through yet another iteration of itself. It’s been exciting to meet so many artists, dig into the organization’s rich and colorful history, and work with the Board, interns and volunteers to create some of the regions' most exciting contemporary art experiences."

Interns

CoCA supports a robust internship program for students at all levels, from undergraduates to PhD candidates. There are too many to list individually; however, we thank them all for their hard work and dedication.

CoCA serves the Pacific Northwest as a catalyst and forum for the advancement, development, and understanding of Contemporary Art

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