About

Mission

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

Vision

Our vision is to be a world class organization that presents meaningful exhibitions and critically engaging art experiences which support community in the Pacific Northwest and dialog in the arts today. 

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


CoCA at TK
114 Third Ave S. 
Seattle, WA 98104

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

Parking Information can be found here.
Email info@cocaseattle.org for more information.

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

Staff

Nichole DeMent, Executive Director

Nichole DeMent, Executive Director

Andrea Lim, Project Manager, Storefronts UN[contained]

Andrea Lim, Project Manager, Storefronts UN[contained]

Megan Glasscock, Development & Programs Administrator             {Chaos Crusher}, Intern

Megan Glasscock, Development & Programs Administrator             {Chaos Crusher}, Intern

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.

  • Sara Everett, President

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

  • Kalindi Kunis, Vice President

Board member since 2015

Born to hippie parents of the sixties and spent her childhood in the tiny Northern California coastal town of Bolinas. Kalindi 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."

  • Kate Vrijmoet, Chair

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

  • Eddie Reed, Treasurer

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.

  • Judith Rayl, Secretary, Volunteer Lead

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."

  • Joseph Bisacca, Director

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.

  • Tina Gonsalves, Director

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."

  • Archis Gore, Director

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.

  • Molly Maloney, Director

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 Monroe, Director

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.

  • Joseph Roberts, Director, Curator

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). 

  • Traca Savadogo, Director

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?""

  • Robin Walker, Director

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.


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:

Judith Rayl, Board Member and Volunteer Lead

Miguel Edwards, Advisor, Immediate Past Board President

Ray C. Freeman III, Advisor, Publisher

Anna R Hurwitz, CoCA Archives Project Director

Rohena Khan, Social Media Manager

Rachel Singletary Kopel, CoCA Archivist

Kayleigh Wold, Facilities Lead

Ashmin Varma, Marketing Lead

Makena Gadient, Event Photo Coordinator

Amanda Moorse, Archival Liaison

Felipe Pinson, Graphic Designer

Julian Lepke, Graphic Designer

Marissa Sohn, Membership Lead

Alyssa Weed, Newsletter Data Entry Assistant

Interns

CoCA supports a robust internship program for students at all levels, from undergraduates to PhD candidates. Current interns include:

Sara Greene, Curatorial Intern

Kate Hallstead, Curatorial Intern

Nathan Hominiuk, IT Intern

Tom Perigo, It Intern

Layla Hu, Administrative Intern

Nadia Ahmed, Development Intern

Shesira Said, Marathon & Auction Intern

Eden Seifu, Board Intern

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.

To learn more, go to our Volunteer 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.