2015 Events

Please visit our Past Exhibitions page for additional information.

Dec 12

Ezra Dickinson Residency Presentation

Addressing an Issue &  Shadow of Psychic Radio Star
CoCA UN[contained] @ Equinox Studios | 6555 Fifth Avenue South | 98108
Part of Equinox: A Very Open House holiday celebration


Dec 10

CoCA at Rubix featuring Bo Choi

Installation and fabric artist will be featured at CoCA at Rubix throughout December. We'll be open late on Thursday, December 10 for Capitol Hill Art Walk. 6-9pm. 515 Havard Ave East.

Nov 12

It's time for...

Calendar of Events

24-Hour Art Marathon 
Starts Wednesday, November 11 at 9pm through Thursday, November 12 at 9pm.  
Come watch anytime. Free!

Art Party
Thursday, November 12, 6pm-9pm.
Part of Capitol Hill Art Walk
Admission by Donation. Beer by Elysian.

Gala Auction Fundraiser
Friday, November 13, 5:30pm-10:00pm. Tickets $95-$150

See Photos from 2015 Marathon & Auction

All events happen at: 

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

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Sep 18

P(AR)KING Day with CoCA

This year we're joining PARKing Day, the annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks.

Bring your favorite device and help us grow a virtual forest on a lovely fall day in our P(AR)King spaces in the Westlake neighborhood. Become a part of our amazing augmented reality environment created by artists and developers Casey Scalf from Sensebellum and Ray C. Freeman III (raycfreemaniii.com). Printing courtesy of our favorite sponsor, Rock's Studio

If you want to get a jump on the technology and be able to view the p(AR)k in all its splendor, download the Wikitude app to your iOS or Android device from the App Store or Google Play, as appropriate to your device.

We'll have cool stickers so you can take your free-range, 3D tree with you. Requires no soil or nutrients and is drought tolerant

We'll be setting up at 10am, stop by anytime until 7pm or so


325 Westlake Ave N, 98109
SW corner of Westlake Ave N and Harrison St
Parking spaces #NX4-03-27 and NX4-03-29

Parking Day Image Ray C. Freeman III.jpg

Sep 12

Nat Evans, That Summer

We are excited to present Seattle-based sound artist and composer Nat Evans’ second immersive installation at CoCA UN[contained] our interim space located in the Container Village in the heart of the growing Equinox Creative Industrial Complex and Studios.
On September 12, you are all welcomed to join us for a special, one night only presentation of That Summer, Nat's sound document which will be shown inside our shipping container. Immerse yourself in the exploration of seasonal sounds: as the evening unfolds, field recordings of an Indiana summer resonating in the container will shift and change over time and, like the cicadas, slowly fade to silence.
Nat creates site-specific events that fuse nature, community and subjectivity of experience, electro-acoustic works for interdisciplinary projects, as well as concert works for chamber ensembles. That Summer will be part of a larger installation commissioned by and exhibited at the Indianapolis Museum of Art in September. To read more and listen to some of his compositions, please visit www.natevansmusic.com.

Next Event:
September 12: That Summer, 6-9pm 
CoCA UN[contained] at Equinox Studios | 6555 Fifth Avenue South | 98108
As part of Georgetown Art Attack 
Free admission and parking (or take the handy Art Van from Airport Way)

Aug 1

CoCA at Art of the City Fest

Inventor, artist and long-time CoCA member, Ray C. Freeman III will present "Automatic Painting" a live demonstration of his autonomous painting robots during the Art of the City Street Fest. A performance piece in three parts, Ray's robots are kinetic sculptures he has programmed to have different personalities with somewhat unpredictable outcomes. There's an intricate dance that occurs with Ray continually keeping the robots from launching themselves off the canvas to an explosive, dramatic death below. The resulting paintings, a collaboration between the artist and his robots, will be available for sale.

We will also be featuring photos and other ephemera from The CoCA Archives Project, in celebration of our upcoming 35th anniversary.

Read more about Ray and his robots.

Jul 10

Call for Entries: Columbia Winery Celebrates Northwest Artists

Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) has teamed up with our generous sponsor, Columbia Winery, to offer an exciting new opportunity for artists from the Pacific Northwest. Created to support local artists (WA and OR) and to illustrate how food, wine, and celebrations come to life through visual art, this Call for Entries seeks artists who are interested in being a part of a special promotional campaign launching October 2015.  

Three participating artists will be chosen by a team of jurors who will select work based on the artists’ interpretation of the theme: Food, Wine, & Celebration (e.g.: a special occasion meal, fun with friends, sipping wine in the great outdoors).

Each selected artist will receive cash and prizes worth $1,200.

Application Deadline: July 10 midnight PST

All applicants must be 21 or over to enter.
Open to residents of Washington and Oregon only
All original artwork must be two-dimensional: oil, watercolor or acrylic paintings are preferred. Other acceptable mediums are encaustic, lithography, pen & ink, pastel, etc.
No photography or three-dimensional work please.
Fits the theme: Food, Wine & Celebration

Click here for more information.

May 15

Visiting Artist: Dr Phoebe Ching Ying Man

On Friday, May 15, meet visiting artist Dr Phoebe Ching Ying Man and indulge in edible sculptures, "Birthday Cakes" she will be creating during her weeklong CoCA Lab International residency. This work was inspired by the effectively disorienting and antagonistic happy birthday song tactic employed by protesters during the Umbrella Revolution. 

Friday, May 15, 6-8pm
Pioneer Square (location to be disclosed)
This event has very limited seating so we are requesting a $200 donation to attend: all proceeds go to further develop our residency program which provides studio and exhibition space for local and visiting artists to ponder, develop and realize new and renewed works of art. 

Contact Nichole if you would like to attend
May 12

Visiting Artist: Dr Phoebe Ching Ying Man

On Tuesday, May 12, please join us on the UW Bothell campus for an artist talk with Dr. Phoebe Ching Ying Man, assistant professor at City University of Hong Kong, who is visiting Seattle as part of this exhibition. Dr. Man will speak about her work as a conceptual artist, media sculptor, independent curator, devoted teacher and her belief that the "personal is political." Curator David Francis, PhD, will present an introduction for this special event hosted by The Convergence Zone, MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics.

Tuesday, May 12, 6-7:30pm
University of Washington Bothell
18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA
Room UW2-055
Free and open to the public

May 5

GiveBIG 2015

Read about our wildly successful 2015 GiveBIG day

For the past 34 years, Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) has impacted thousands of artists and art lovers across the Pacific Northwest with engaging exhibitions and exciting experiences that have transformed the way we look at the world. From world-class visual art and music, to choreography and spoken word, in print, on the wall and in the middle of a forest, CoCA has endeavored to push boundaries with art and ideas from a wide variety of perspectives and cultures.

Our strategic goals are to:

  • Further stabilize our 34 year old organization with an empowered, engaged and 100% active Board comprised of artists and professionals who are passionate about our mission as a catalyst for contemporary art.
  • Increase support and funding for programming that inspires, excites, educates and provides opportunities for global conversation about a wide range of topics, from individual identities to cultural revolutions and everything in between.
  • Through the CoCA Lab, broaden public exposure to emerging and experimental art forms and attract innovative artists from across the globe with an international artist residency program that features collaboration with national and regional artists 
  • Celebrate CoCA’s past as a bold creator of Seattle’s cultural history with the launch of the CoCA Digital Archive, featuring images, oral histories and essays from our amazing history.

GiveBIG to CoCA

We know you have many giving opportunities today and sincerely appreciate your choice to GiveBIG to CoCA. Just click this link to make your donation anytime tomorrow, May 5 (12am-11:59pm).

All donors at every level will receive a complimentary one-year CoCA membership (or renewal).

Donors of $200 or more will receive an exclusive invitation to a special interactive performance on May 15 by visiting Hong Kong artist, Dr. Phoebe Ching Ying Man (2003 Venice Biennale artist). Meet the artist and consume the art she will create during her weeklong CoCA residency, part of the grand finale for our current exhibition, Change-Seed: Contemporary Art from Hong Kong & Beyond.

Everyone who donates to GiveBig will also be entered in a drawing to win a GiveBig Golden Ticket; winners get an additional $1,000 given in your name to CoCA and you'll receive a $100 gift card to Starbucks or Taco Time for yourself. It’s a win for everyone! And we’ll thank you in our very special CoCA way.

Big thanks to everyone who participated in 2015 GiveBIG 

Apr 16

Solicited Opinions

Back by popular demand, we present another round of Solicited Opinions aka Portfolio Reviews. April 16, 6-8pm

Shawn Ferris (Artist, Educator, and previous CoCA President), Lila Hurwitz (Communications & Outreach Consultant at Doolittle+Bird), Deborah Paine (Curator & Collections Manager, Office of Arts & Culture), and June Sekiguchi (Artist, Independent Curator Era Living) will be at the gallery to review your work. Great for artists applying for grants or public art projects, looking to expand networking skills, wondering what to actually put in your portfolio or website, or seeking professional feedback on a new body of work.

Cost: Complimentary for CoCA members. Non-members: $15 for 15 minutes.
CoCA memberships are $15/students, $30 for artists who are members of any other arts organization and come with lots of benefits

Sign-up at the gallery starts at 5:45pm: meet with one or all of our fabulous reviewers

Also enjoy our current exhibit, Change-Seed: Contemporary Art from Hong Kong & Beyond, open April 16, 5-9pm.

Seattle Design Center | 5701 Sixth Avenue South, Suite P258 | 98108
Please use the South Orcas entrance under the skybridge.

Learn how to prepare your portfolio for review

Mar 10

CoCA Annual Membership Meeting & Board Elections


CoCA Gallery Georgetown
Seattle Design Center
5701 Sixth Avene South, Suite P258

Everyone is invited; you do not need to be a member to attend!

Join us as we review our successes in 2014, and work together to forge an exciting future for CoCA.

All CoCA members are strongly encouraged to attend in order to cast votes for new and returning board members. 

On the Agenda...
Meet & Greet with our new Executive Director, Nichole DeMent

Presentation by CoCA Curator & Board Member, David Francis: 
       The De-centered Center: Bringing CoCA Back to Life, 2005-2015
Board Elections: Securing the Future of CoCA. Review the Board applicants here.
Art Party! Food, beverages, music, prizes, plus a special performance by Cutie Beauty and complimentary massages with CoCA Sponsor Nick Easterday
On View in the Gallery: The More Things Change, A Seattle Survey: Multimedia and Emerging Art
CoCA serves the Pacific Northwest as a catalyst and forum for the advancement, development, and understanding of Contemporary Art

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