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CoCA March Stars!

Posted by Shirene on March 31, 2017

By Shirene Soleiman

These superbly talented, hard working and inspirational people have contributed so much to CoCA, helping the organization continue to thrive the way it does today as a vital part of the Seattle arts community. We couldn’t thank these outgoing board members enough for the time and energy they have devoted to CoCA. Whether these faces are familiar or fresh to you, we would like to highlight these CoCA stars as they take on new chapters ...


Talia Silveri Wright

For the past ten years, Talia has served as an ambassador for nonprofits and arts organizations, conceptualizing fundraising and large scale public events as well as providing development and marketing support.

Her work ranges from 12×12 inches to .2x.2 centimeters in scale, incorporating handmade miniature sculpture. She uses materials such as sculpey clay, acrylic paint and resin, plastic and found objects.

Fun fact: Talia grew up working in her family's Italian restaurant, which they named after her!

Miguel Edwards

Miguel Edwards is a sculptor and public artist in Seattle. Currently the President of CoCA, he has been a culture maker in the region for over 20 years and a part of the organization since the early 2000s. Edwards just finished Perseus II, a monumental scale kinetic sculpture and Seattle landmark in the Greenwood neighborhood.  

Fun fact: His favorite day of the year is June 20th, which is not only the solstice but also the day he married his lovely bride!

Lorrie Cardoso

Photo taken at the 2015 CoCA Lab Artist in Residence at CoCA UN[contained] Nat Evans performance Sit With the Hum.

Lorrie is an advocate for the arts. She was on the Board of Directors of CoCA from 2015-2017 and is currently on the Board of the Whim W'Him contemporary dance company. In addition, she is the founder of Seattle Arts and Cultural Events, a Meetup group with more than 5,000 members. She has also worked for the Starbucks Corporation for 13 years as a paralegal specializing in real estate.

Lorrie’s favorite thing about CoCA is its willingness to take risks in curation. An example is the 2016 show American Power which included Ku Klux Klan robes made of non-traditional fabrics by artist Paul Rucker.

Her proudest moment with CoCA was chairing the 2015 24-Hour Art Marathon and Auction, which achieved record results.

Fun Fact: Her favorite day of the year is any day that is spent with friends and loved ones sharing good food and wine!

Dan Hawkins

Dan Hawkins is a Seattle-based photographer who uses a wide variety of obsolete and invented imaging processes to create his work. The processing of film inside the development chamber is a sensitive and extremely refined process. By incorporating the waters or other materials from the site in order to disturb the refined development process, his work allows the site to further influence the photograph.

Dan’s favorite thing about CoCA has been giving new artists a platform to present their work as he found this extremely satisfying.

David Ruggiero


David Ruggiero brought big contributions to CoCA during his two years on the Board. He served as Interim Treasurer as well as resident (and pro bono) Tech Guru during some of the past year’s messy technology challenges.

As with all our outgoing Board of Directors, David is looking forward to helping CoCA thrive moving forward so this is a transition to “super volunteer” as he devotes more time to family, travel and other lucky nonprofits in our region. 

Even though we are sad to see them depart from the board, we are thrilled to see what they have up their sleeves in the art world!


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