2014 Events

Please visit our Past Exhibitions page for additional information.

Nov 20

plex-us by La Sala

Join us on Third Thursday, November 20, for the opening of La Sala's plex-us, work created during their CoCA Lab artist residency.

Visual Artist Michelle de la Vega and composer Jovino Santos Neto collaborate on a large-scale sculpture and sound installation about the unique environment of the South Park neighborhood and Duwamish River Valley. The installation integrates recordings and artwork created from community engagement labs in the area.

plex-us will be on view through January 9, 2015. 
The gallery is open M-F, 10am-4pm
5701 Sixth Avenue South
Seattle Design Center, Suite P258
Seattle, 98108 

Also currently on view




CoCA's 22nd Annual 24-Hour Art Marathon & Auction


Our 2014 Marathon & Auction were a huge success, thanks to everyone involved, from participating artists, to sponsors, to volunteers, and most especially, to those generous souls who raised their paddles and took home original art from the auction.

See photos of the gala event here.

Photos of the Marathon artists at work are posted on our Facebook page.


The Summit Building on Capitol Hill
420 East Pike Street (at Summit Street)
Seattle, WA 98122


Saturday, November 15, 5:30pm

TICKETS: $100 Open Seating tickets available at the door, while they last.

Door Open at 5:30pm for Cocktails, Tapas* and Silent Art Auction
Live Auction begins at 7:30pm

Silent and live auctions will be guided by the effervescent Laura Michalek, our auctioneer for the evening. While you decide which of the pieces you'll be bidding on, enjoy a signature cocktail from Sparkle Donkey and 3 Howls Distillery, wine from Columbia Winery, savor the culinary artistry of Wonderlust Catering.  Enjoy the beauty of Juniper Flowers and groove to the funky beats of DJ Jesse Milden.

*We will be serving tantalizing tapas (small plates) with gluten, meat, and dairy free options.

2014 Participating Artists

Kate AlkarniCASHCrystal BarbreSeb BarnettFlynn BickleyClaire Loreen BrandtLarry CalkinsCasey CurranAdream de ValdiviaRyan FinnertyJonathan Wakuda FischerAnne Marie GrgichRobert L. HortonSavina MasonChe LopezGabriel Marquez, June Olson, John OsgoodAntonia Price, and Siolo Thompson.

To further our mission, CoCA offers 50% of all auction sales back to the participating artists, so the higher you bid, the more you directly support contemporary art!

CoCA Mission

Since 1981, CoCA has served the Pacific Northwest as a catalyst and forum for the advancement, development and understanding of contemporary art; this annual fundraiser helps support the hundreds of artists the organization presents each year. And it's a phenomenally spectacular party.

Thank You Sponsors!

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Six Arms/McMenamins Pubs and Breweries

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Cafe Argento

Stoneway Hardware

Laura Michalek, Auctioneer

  • Annie Sprinkle, Ph.D.
  • Cakes of Paradise
  • Cash & Carry
  • Central Co-op
  • The Confectional
  • DJ Alaan Alaan
  • DJ Jesse Milden
  • Holy Cannoli
  • Husky Deli
  • Miguel Edwards Photography
  • Paris Grocery
  • Paul D. McKee
  • QFC
  • Safeway
  • Serendip Dance Brigade
  • Starbuck’s Employees
  • Tom Douglas Restaurants
  • Trader Joes

Midnight artists’ snacks provided by Lorrie Cordoso, Seattle Arts & Cultural Events Meet-Up Group

Volunteers: Please click here to read about our available opportunities.

Can't attend the Auction? Donations to CoCA are warmly accepted.
CoCA is supported, in part, by generous grants from 4Culture, individual patrons, and our members.

Aug 21

ART@SDC Third Thursday

Join us for our monthly art walk at the Seattle Design Center. In August in partnership with Pratt Fine Art Center, we're featuring Building Bridges, an installation by CoCA Lab Artist-in-Residence, Celeste Cooning. 10 galleries, 3 fountains, 1 unique building. Open 5pm-9pm. Free parking and admission.

May 6

Big Thanks from CoCA

We had a wildly successful GiveBig 2014. Artists, family, friends, current and past CoCA leadership, and our newest sponsor, Overbeck Real Estate, all gave generously to help us continue to present ground breaking exhibitions, provide exceptional internship and learning experiences for emerging arts management leaders, offer more residency and educational opportunities for youth and so much more. Almost 100% of the CoCA Board participated showing their fierce commitment to keeping one of Seattle's most iconic arts organizations going strong. We even had a 13 year old make a donation--here's to the next generation of CoCA!

The following Contemporary Art Heroes helped us surpass our goal of $5,000 hours before the midnight deadline. Most are working artists; we encourage you to visit their websites and support them by buying their art.

Lorrie Cardoso, Wendy Church, E. Grace DagerNichole DeMentMiguel EdwardsIngrid Lahti EisenmanSara EverettDavid FrancisRay C. Freeman IIISusan Gans, Tina Gonsalves, Ted Hiebert, Anna Hurwitz, Ernest & Kaveri Hurwitz, Mira Kamadathendara kida-geeHolly MartzSavina MasonJaimy McCarthy, Jodie Nelson, June OlsonGerald OverbeckJoseph C. RobertsCathy Sarkowsky, Brandon Sarmiento, Brenda ScallonLynn Schirmerj shagamDara SollidayPhil Stoiber, Janet Welt.

Feb 20

Benign Temporal Vertigo

7:00pm + 9:00pm
as part of ART@SDC Third Thursday Open Galleries.
CoCA Georgetown Gallery 5701 Sixth Ave S, Suite 258

In perfect accompaniment to our current exhibit, AJ Lindner will perform a piece from his psychology influenced "brainwave entrainment-core" carhartech project. The piece explores the subjective experience of time through targeted and applied sensory exploitation. Brainwave entrainment technologies, and psychological prompting are embedded in the audio/video. Lindner is aware that he is employing techniques of subliminal coercion and induction purportedly used in the weaponization of mass media, advertisement, and cultic indoctrination, but assures audiences that the experience is intended to be ontological, not subjugating, in nature. Lindner has dedicated this piece to Fotamecus, the servitor of time manipulation.

AJ Lindner is a Seattle sound and video artist, curator, promoter, and experimental music advocate. His latest work is featured in the Storefronts Seattle project. Lindner's cathartech is an experimental media project that aims to meld music, psychology, technology, and occult processes into a unified force of functional audio audio that produces altered states of consciousness through intention. More info: http://www.sonicmunitions.com.

Showtimes are at 7pm and 8pm.

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

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