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 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

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.

Staff

Anna R Hurwitz, Outreach Director

Board

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

Nichole DeMent is a practicing artist, educator and curator. Her personal artwork in traditional photographic mediums and avant garde mixed media encaustic processes has been awarded, positively reviewed and featured in publications such as PhotoMedia. Her art can be found in numerous private and public collections such as The Swedish Hospital Art Collection. Her artwork is represented at SAM Gallery and other fine institutions across the region. More of her art can be viewed online at www.nicholedement.com.

Nichole has taught photography with a fine art focus at Pacific NW institutions such as Pacific Lutheran University and Photographic Center Northwest. She has curated hundreds of exhibitions as a gallery director at both commercial and non-profit galleries in Seattle and as the co-owner of Rock|DeMent visual art space in Pioneer Square from 2006 - 2012 with her life partner and fellow artist, Stephen Rock. 

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.

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


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

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.

Ray came to CoCA as Curator of the Belltown Gallery, which he had curated for Hugo House for the preceding two years, and quickly became an active member of the board, helping to produce our Art Marathon in 2007 and 2008, as well as numerous shows and openings at our Belltown Gallery.

Websites:

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

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.

Websites:

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

Board, 2013 
Email: zal@cocaseattle.org

Zalman Berkowitz is a generative artist working with painting, poetry and creative philanthropy. In 2008 Zalman and his cohort from the Artist Trust Edge Professional Development Program organized several group exhibitions that culminated in the "RISE" Exhibition Space in 2010.

RISE was an exercise in positive reciprocity that expanded from a one-night exhibition to include more than 30 participating artists from Washington in 4 Exhibitions spanning 10 months.

Currently, Zalman is the founder of the Gallery [context], a creative exhibition space at Seattle Design Center that nurtures emerging talent in the arts.

Websites:

www.zalmania.com
zalmania.wordpress.com
theladderproject.wordpress.com 

Zaiman Berkowitz bio

 

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


 

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.

Thendara is an artist who originated in Buffalo but has passed through the art worlds of San Francisco, London, and now Seattle. She's curated exhibits in the U.K, and participated in a wide variety of artist projects and juried exhibitions there and in the US. She is a two time participant in CoCA's Heaven and Earth exhibition and is its 2014 curator.

Curator, Belltown, 2012-2013
Treasurer, 2011-2012
Board, 2009-present 
email: jodie@cocaseattle.org
 
In 2004, Jodie was invited by friends to attend the CoCA Annual Marathon & Auction. She immediately became a volunteer and in 2009 after numerous invitations finally accepted a position on the Board of Directors.

Jodie holds a BA in Graphic Design and Computer Art from Central Washington University and a certificate from University of Washington in Museum Studies. She was previously the Gallery Director at the Friesen Gallery in Seattle and is currently the Limited Edition Print Coordinator for Chihuly Workshop. She enjoys utilizing her background in fine arts and crafts to help mentor emerging talent by engaging artists with collectors and critics and as a lecturer for Artist Trust and other organizations.

An active community volunteer, you can often find Jodie searching for fellow volunteers for our annual auction and other special events.

As a curator for CoCA, Jodie produced the following exhibitions:
  • (Un) Sanctioned
  • Bret Lyon: Second Nature II
  • Poncharee Kounpungchart: Thai with an American Mind
  • Miguel Edwards: Penumbra
  • Jeff Gerber: You Will Get Through
  • #TRACKSTARS: empty ritual
  • Ben Buswell: Projector
  • Jungmaven
  • Elias Hansen

Favorite take out: Little Uncle Seattle. Favorite past time: Collaborating. Water vs Snow: Water! 

 

Board: 2013
Treasurer: 2013
email: june@cocaseattle.org

June Olson grew up along the California coast between the San Francisco Bay Area and the Monterey Peninsula. She spent her formative years in Santa Cruz County and was influenced by the surfing and skateboarding culture there.

She received an A.A. (Studio Art ) at Monterey Peninsula College and a B.F.A. (Painting ) from the University of California at Santa Cruz, where she won the Porter College Alumni Award for the Advancement of Art on campus at UCSC. June works primarily in oil on canvas or linen. She also enjoys printmaking and drawing. Strong color has always and continues to be present in June Olson's work.

Currently, she resides in the Pacific Northwest with her family.

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 Purmono: 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). 

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

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