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 over 30 years, and has operated galleries 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

Wednesday-Friday, 11am-5pm, & By Appointment

CoCA Georgetown
Seattle Design Center, Suite 258
5701 6th Ave S.
Seattle, WA 98108

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The gallery is on second level of the main Plaza Building. Free entry and parking. Metro riders can take routes 131/132.


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 currently serves as President of the Board of Directors for CoCA (Center on Contemporary Art) in Seattle. 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 R Hurwitz, Outreach & Development Director


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. We are currently seeking new Board members. If you are interested in learning how you can become part of this amazing cohort of hardworking, fun loving, creative people, please contact us.

Board, 2013

Email: lynn@cocaseattle.org


Lynn Schirmer is a Seattle artist, curator, activist, and web developer. She is the former Studio Coordinator at the Tashiro Kaplan Artist Lofts in Pioneer Square, and inaugural curator of its Corridor and Angle Galleries. She serves as advisor to the selection panel for the Conductive Garboil Grant, a program created and endowed by her late friend, artist Su Job.


Her recent projects include After Dinner Party, a multi-disciplinary, educational, art-centered endeavor aimed at raising awareness about female anatomy, and DIDiva, a series of multimedia exhibits about Dissociative Identity Disorder and its contemporary causes. She has exhibited in cities across the US and in France. LynnSchirmer.com

Vice-President, 2013
Board, 2009-present
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.

President, 2009-2013
Treasurer, 2008
Curator, Belltown, 2007-2008
email: ray@cocaseattle.org

Ray C. Freeman III is currently Treasurer of Center on Contemporary Arts' Board. 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, 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.



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.



Board, 2013 
Email: grace@cocaseattle.org

E. Grace Dager has been a part of the Seattle art scene for over two decades as artist, curator and instigator. She holds a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts and has exhibited in a wide range of exhibitions, including CoCA's 1009 Counterfiet Show. In 2009 she developed and performed as Albatross, a character in a Karl Krogstad film series, The Perfect Show, selected as a "Best Pick" by the Seattle Times.

She joined the CoCA Board in 2013 and has assisted with grant research and writing, membership and patron development, and photography and videography.

In October 2013, for the city wide Arts Crush Festival, Grace spearheaded the performance and musics extravaganza, Ear, Noise and Throat, a group music and performance collaboration that featured her fabulous Band of Toy. The event was held over two nights at the Jewelbox Theatre and at Seattle Design Center's Plaza stage.

Grace has exhibited at Cornish College of the Arts, O.K. Hotel, Metropolis Art Gallery, law offices of Koler, Rosen & Fitsimmons, Perrot Gallery, Kirkland Art Center, Georgetown Carnival, Vertigo Rising Art Gallery (Everett, WA), TK Building, Studio 750, Caravan Gallery & Parlor and many more.

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


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.

Ted is a practicing artist, theorist and curator-and an Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Art at the University of Washington Bothell. His professional practice includes gallery exhibitions and performance in individual and collaborative contexts, as well as written scholarship and curation.

His work focuses on questions of the imaginary and the everyday-examining aspects of technology and digital culture with a particular focus on the absurd, the paradoxical and the imaginary. He is an active member of the editorial board of the journal CTheory, an academic journal of politics and digital culture, as well as a member of Noxious Sector Arts Collective. He is the former Chair of the Board of Directors of Open Space Arts Society in Victoria, Canada, an artist-run gallery with a multifaceted programming agenda (visual art, literary arts, new music) and a 25-year history of innovative and experimental programming.

Curator, CoCA Ballard, 2007-2013
President, 2005-2008
Board member: 2004-present 
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). 


Lead Volunteers

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:

Lana Blinderman, Curatorial Associate
AAAS Graphic Design, Shoreline Community College
BFA in Photography, Seattle University

Rebecca Maxim, Curatorial Associate 

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

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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