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 the CoCA Blog and the CoCA Digital Archives for stories and photos of past exhibitions and programs.

Location & Hours

Please visit our current and upcoming Exhibition and Events pages for specific event information.

CoCA's gallery space is located in the Tashiro Kaplan Building in Pioneer Square, Seattle:

CoCA at TK
114 3rd Ave S,
Seattle, WA 98104

Gallery Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 11am-6pm

Parking Information: http://downtownseattle.com/parking/index.html

Email info at cocaseattle dot org for more information

Our mailing address is:
Center on Contemporary Art 
114 3rd Ave S, 
Seattle, WA 98104

 

 

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.

Board

CoCA is governed by an amazing cohort of hardworking, fun loving, creative people.  If you are interested in joining, please contact us.

President 2017

Vice President 2015-2016

Secretary 2013-2014

Board Member since 2012

As a Board Member since 2012, Sara has served as Board chair 2012-2013, Marathon Chair 2014, Curatorial Committee Chair 2015, Vice President from 2015 to 2016, and President starting 2017. With a strong background in group facilitation, she joined the CoCA Board at a time of exponential growth and could utilize her skill set 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, she has exhibited with Seattle's CORE, Ghost, and Twilight galleries and has shown internationally. She's also a curator of site-specific installations for local real estate development.

"I am excited to usher in CoCA's 35th year and eager to see the organization's continued growth."

 

www.SaraEverett.com

Board member since 2015

Born to hippie parents of the sixties and spent her childhood in the tiny Northern California coastal town of Bolinas. Kalidi grew up with horses and cows, artists and craftspeople, vivid colors, and the nature of the wild and rugged seashore. When she talks about her own personal art history, She says "I’m continually moved by these colors and scenes of my life. Defining my work and myself as an artist, I always call 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, I bring years of fundraising, project and event management and marketing communications to CoCA."

 

Board member since 2016

An active painter, curator and social practice artist, Kate received her MFA from Syracuse University. Her paintings and installations focus on issues of consciousness, privilege, scale and access.

She uses the tools of classical painting to create high-impact experiences for her audience—experiences often associated more with theater. She's known best for both her large-scale water paintings and her life paintings, The Accident Painting series. The social sculptures Kate creates are real-time exchanges between people to heighten consciousness with ourselves and others. "My role is to facilitate deep connections among us through art." In her work, Kate engages in a highly energetic conversation with her audience and reflects that in the way she captures her subjects—deconstructing the figure, and finding rhythm in form.

Kate was one of 16 American artists participating in the 2012 5th Beijing International Biennial. Having exhibited in shows juried by curators of the MOMA (Paulina Pobocha), the Met (Anne Strauss), the Guggenheim (Nat Trotman), the Brooklyn Museum of Art (Charlotta Kotik), and the 2010 Ecuador Biennial. Her work has been published in numerous publications. Kate has received Grants from Artist Trust, Department of Neighborhoods, and Issaquah Schools Foundation. She is the curator of The Incredible Intensity of Just Being Human, an art & social change exhibit examining the stigma and silence surrounding mental illness.

 

www.katevrijmoet.com

 

Board Member & Board Secretary, 2017-present

Volunteer Lead, 2016-present

Email: judy@cocaseattle.org

Having become smitten with CoCA in 1989, Judy was overjoyed to re-encounter the gallery in 2016 and immediately signed up to volunteer. Later accepting the Volunteer Lead role, then also an invitation to join the Board of Directors and to be Board Secretary.

"Being on the CoCA Board of Directors is the culmination of my long-term love of contemporary art.  I personally enjoy photography and had a piece accepted to the 2017 CoCA Members’ Show."  

Judy's background is in medicine; where she earned a B.S. from Cornell University and an M.D. Ph.D. from the University of Washington. Having retired from her medical career, Judy now brings her skills with business and working with people to CoCA. "My goal is to continue to offer the joy and boldness I see in CoCA to our community for many years moving forward."

 

 

Treasurer 2017 - Present

Member from 1983-1985 and again starting from 2016

"CoCA is a community-based art organization that shares my passion for raising public awareness of the great contemporary visual arts legacy of the Pacific Northwest."

Eddie achieved his BS in Art and Art Education at University of Maine, Machias and went on to receive his EdD at University of Washington, Seattle. Having a background in education but having long appreciated and produced art. Eddie has experience in public funding campaign management, serving as a board member, and possess skills in public organization leadership.

As an artist, he exhibited in Machias, ME; Dayton, OH; Birmingham, AL; Tacoma, WA; and Lincoln City, OR. Published various education-focused papers as well as acted as a contributing editor on Vision Magazine’s quarterly review of Northwest Contemporary Art from 1983-1988.

Current volunteer at Leschi School Community Support and serve as the Executive Board Member Museum of History and Industry.

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). Joe makes beer, drinks beer, throws epic events, focused on branding and marketing of Elysian. In between, he work on many photographic projects with Miguel Edwards.

 

Chair 2015 - 2016

Board member since 2014

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

"I feel strongly that contemporary art is vital to the success of every community and should be accessible to everyone."

 

Board member since 2017

"I have a general love for the arts and am an outspoken vocal proponent of the need for contemporary arts."

As a professional scientist and engineer, Archis loves to bridge gaps across “intellectuals” to open minds, nurture ideas and thoughts, and to encourage critical thinking. He especially values the ability for holding “uncomfortable” or “controversial” thoughts which he sees as important for every discipline – scientists require it and artists provoke it through palatable expression. His skills lie in corporate networking and event promotion.

A member of Global Underwater Explorers – an organization that works to conserve, explore and educate on the world’s marine systems. "I spend significant amounts of time traveling and diving to extreme depths to locate lost shipwrecks."

Volunteers as a judge for the ISEF and WESF Science Fairs, as well as a coach and judge for the Marine Tech Remote Operated Vehicle competitions, an organization that teaches K-12 students how to build marine robots for complex missions.

 

Board member since 2017

Molly Maloney is an attorney by day and an artist by night. Between 1998 and 2000, she was the registrar at the School of Visual Concepts where she also took classes and had a studio. Molly's work consists of semi-figurative oils as well as mixed media pieces incorporating text and maps. Though she put painting aside as she raised her son while going to law school and working, Molly remained involved with the arts as a cast member of Little Red Studio (2005-2009) and as a volunteer with SEAF (2005-present). "To balance work and life, I now create mixed media, printmaking, and collage works."

In December 2016, Molly completed her second and final 3-year term as a director for NAMI Seattle. "I now bring my legal, governance, and board skills to CoCA. Given the current state of politics in this country, I feel that it’s more critical than ever to protect, support, and foster the arts. This is particularly true for work that’s outside traditional notions of what “art” is."

Molly has expertise in all aspects of nonprofit governance and can provide informal opinions on matters relating to corporate risk, contracts, employment issues, and other business legal matters. In the past, she has assisted NPOs with strategic planning, executive review processes, defining the executive board relationship, board education and self-assessment, and therefore, can act as a resource in that arena.

In addition to her legal experience, Molly has NPO management experience. From 1994-1996, I was the director of a non-profit HIV/AIDS day program in Fort Lee, NJ. Her position encompassed all aspects of a social service nonprofit: counseling clients, scheduling service providers and activities, hiring and firing staff, working with a large volunteer corps, event planning, fundraising, grant writing and compliance, and financial management.

 

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.

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). 

 

Board member since 2017

Traca came to love art through her childhood neighbor, prominent sculptor Preston Jackson, who treated area kids to classes in both art and karate. While the karate didn’t take, a life-long love of art did.

Currently the Principal of Tall Poppy Consulting (TPC), Traca focuses on business strategy and media relations. "I am a power connector with an uncanny ability for connecting, a matchmaker for the pros." Before founding TPC, she worked as a financial analyst on Small Business Administration commercial loans in Region X (Alaska, Washington, and Oregon.)

A catalyst for bringing people together, Traca spearheads conferences, helps launch provocative discussions like Dinner with Your Muslim Neighbor, and hosts a monthly dinner series with a range of guests including award-winning writers, composers, animators, journalists, and tech gurus.

"With a deep commitment to building community, I am Seattle's Freeze-buster. Whether at art walk or another event, you'll find me bringing folks together with a hearty welcome, and “Have you met yet?""

Member since 2015

Robin is a working artist, exploring themes of power struggles, gender, and expressive mark-making through painting. My work has shown in cities and towns nationally including Detroit, Washington DC, Baltimore, Chicago, and Seattle. She is currently a member at Shift Gallery. Her work has also been featured in publications including New American Paintings and in the Art21 blog, Praxis Makes Perfect. In 2010 Robin earned her MFA in painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Currently living in Seattle, teaching drawing at Pratt and art history and appreciation online for community colleges.

Starting in 2015, Robin volunteered with CoCA to work on outreach with the galleries at the Seattle Design Center. "I continue to love the organization and am excited to give back in a big way by being on the board."

She has experience with marketing for nonprofit organizations, curating, art education for the community, and installing and deinstalling shows. Robin hopes to continue strengthening her already strong community network and to connect CoCA to others she knows within the city and around the country

"I see CoCA as a venue where difficult to sell mediums like performance, digital/online work, and installation can be shown; along with edgier work with strong and important messages that commercial galleries might be too timid to take on."

Some of her favorite contemporary artists include Dana Schutz, Marina Abramovic, Peter Saul, Katerina Grosse, Pipilotti Rist, and Nathalie Djurberg.

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


 

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."

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:

Anna R Hurwitz, CoCA Archives Project Director

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.

Volunteer and Internship Opportunities

Interested in joining the CoCA team as a volunteer or intern? We invite you to become part of one of the country's most colorful, and oldest, arts organizations. Working with CoCA will give you the opportunity to hone your skills, build your resume, gain college credits or fulfill your philanthropic desires. 

Please fill out an application on our Interns and Volunteers page. We accept applications on a rolling basis, and projects can vary depending on your availability. If you need to do an intensive, 35 hours per week, we can keep you busy.

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