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


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

Location & Hours

We are realizing our new space and are currently open by appointment only.
Email info at cocaseattle dot org for more information

Our mailing address is:
Center on Contemporary Art 
Seattle Design Center, Suite 258
5701 6th Ave S.
Seattle, WA 98108


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.

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. In this role, Anna is 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 has also worked on Board development, helping to clarify the application process, roles and responsibilities and increasing the Board’s fiduciary and governance commitments. She also 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 has grown and manages 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 is also managing the CoCA Archive Project in preparation for the organization’s 35th anniversary in 2016.

“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."


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 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.

Secretary 2013-2014
Board member since 2012 

Sara Everett is a curator for real estate development in the Seattle area, an occasional writer for Artist Trust as well as a working painter. Everett often makes use of re-purposed wood, which she manipulates with stains, carvings and texture before sealing it and applying detailed oils. Her work currently appears in Seattle's CORE Gallery and has been shown in Washington galleries and internationally. Everett is an Artist Trust EDGE program graduate, an awardee of a Vermont Studio Center Artist Fellowship and recently completed a printmaking residency in Co. Donegal, Ireland.



Chair/Interim Secretary 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

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.

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 2015

More information to come.


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
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). 


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."

Board member since 2015
Board Intern 2014

After attending numerous CoCA exhibitions, contributing volunteers hours and financially to CoCA, serving as a Board Development Intern, and completing Board Leadership training through ArtsFund, I’m ready to increase my level of involvement and commitment as a CoCA member. I have enjoyed the programming at CoCA and developed relationships with many of the artists, members, and Board members. 

Skills & non-profit experience:

  • Arts advocate - Arts advocate with a broad network of contacts.  I run a social group for the arts with 1800+ members and I volunteer with the ArtsFund Associate program.
  • Board development – Participated in the ArtsFund Board Leadership training program in the fall which covered topics such as fiscal and legal responsibilities, strategic planning, and best governance practices.
  • Social Media to include Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – 500+ Facebook followers and 600+ Twitter followers.
  • Special event planning – Participated on the planning committee for the Annual 24-Hour Art Marathon & Auction Fundraiser 2013.
  • Fundraising – ArtsFund Associate Volunteer 2013 – present.  Received training on fundraising and recognized as an “All Star” based on my performance during my first year as a volunteer.
  • Law/Real estate – Paralegal 2003-present specializing in commercial real estate.
  • Microsoft office – Strong computer skills.
  • Leadership – Member of the Starbucks black partner network affinity group, owner of Seattle Arts and Cultural Events, a social group for the arts with 1800+ members.

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. 

Advisory Board

Information to come.

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.



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:


"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



Visual Work

"Recent Work: Box Art and Text-Collage."
CoCA Marathon

Curatorial Work:


"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)
"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)
"Across the Divide: Contemporary Art from the Scablands and Beyond" (Sept.)
"Heaven and Earth" Temporary Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition at Carkeek Park (Summer)
"Inquiry as Collection: Wonder Cabinets, Collage, Assemblage", CoCA Ballard, (in conjunction with Pratt Fine Arts Center; September)
"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


David Francis bio
David Francis bio


Lead Volunteers/Interns

CoCA supports a robust internship program for students at all levels, from undergraduates to PhD candidates, and we rely on hardworking volunteers to help us with a wide range of tasks. We are fortunate to be joined by:

Lynn Schirmer, Web Designer, Curator
Founder: Likely Arts

Annie Lukins, Gallery Intern
BA Comparative History of Ideas (2014), University of Washington 

Rebecca Maxim, Curatorial Associate 

Jenn Murray, Administrative Associate
MFA Painting (2009), Edinboro, University of Pennsylvania

Jon Patrick Olson, Communications Associate
Certificate Program in Museum Studies (2014), University of Washington
MFA (2001), University of North Dakota, Grand Forks 

CoCA Archive Project

CoCA Archive Project was launched in 2013 as a way to preserve, catalog and share our impressive treasure trove of printed materials, slides, video and other materials gathered over the past four decades. We are currently conducting a comprehensive assessment of the collection; our goal is to create an on-line digital archive for public use and a commemorative book for our 35th anniversary in 2016. The CoCA Archive Project is supported by 4Culture and individual donors with many pro bono hours offered by these fine professionals:

Barbara Greene Alfeo, Project Director/Historian
Ph.D. Candidate, Art History, Stanford University, CA

Joel Irving, Lead Archivist
Master of Library Science (2013) University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC
Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in French (2010), Northeastern University Boston, MA

Odile Dumbleton, Archivist/Grant Writer
Fundraising Management Certificate, 2014; Museum Studies Certificate, 2012; Digital Media Certificate, 2010, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Master of Science in Library and Information Science, with an Archives Certificate (2008) Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
Bachelor of Arts in History (2000), DePaul University, Chicago, IL





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