May 10

2017 GiveBIG

This year's theme for the annual day of giving online is, “Now, more than ever” and it rings true for CoCA in so many ways.

The Seattle region is rich with a passion for expression. Contemporary artists require their diverse voices be elevated now more than ever. With so many galleries and arts spaces closing, displaced artists need space to generate and share their political, culturally significant and/or innovative work. From our gallery to the CoCA Lab artist in residency program, we facilitate this important dialog and creative expression. Over 5,000 women stated now more than ever they had something to say and proudly submitted posters to the Amplifier Foundation; CoCA shared their voices in February’s Women's March exhibit. As T.S. Flock wrote in two Seattle Weekly reviews last fall, CoCA is a space where greater sanity can be found alongside the feeling you are part of something bigger. We definitely need that now, more than ever. CoCA is the vehicle—your vehicle to continue to make space for this important work!

Seattle Foundation's new Dollars for Change program offers the chance for your dollars to go further. The more people who donate to CoCA at any level increases our chances of being chosen for a bonus award. Donors will be chosen every hour over a 15-hour period and if you are selected, your gift will be leveraged with an additional $2,500 award

We are all stronger together and, on this 24-hour day of giving, we can make this one of our most exciting and successful years yet with your support. Visit https://www.givebigseattle.org/center-on-contemporary-art now to help us continue to provide a safe space for our community to come together and freely discuss the world in which we thrive.  
No donation is too small and helps us reach our goal for our generous donors that have said they will match your gift. Please support CoCA from midnight to 11:59pm on May 10, 2017!
May 4

May Opening Reception: The Constant

Join us on Thursday, May 4 from 6-9pm as we premiere our exciting May exhibition The Constant during the Pioneer Square Art Walk

This exhibition features Mizzonk, an artist team (husband and wife, Architecture and MFA) of Wan-Yi Lin and Roger Chen. Based in Vancouver, BC, these two talents have backgrounds in art and design that have involved creating pieces and installations that invoke a sense of mindfulness and the notion of "being."


CoCA Pioneer Square Gallery
114 Third Avenue S.
Seattle, WA 98116

Apr 8

CoCA Lab: Britta Johnson

After March's CoCA Lab, we are thrilled to welcome back Britta Johnson this April! Join us at CoCA UN[contained] on Saturday, April 8 from 6-9pm.

Johnson will be developing and testing the interactive animated aspect of "Giant Whirl," which will be permanently sited in West Seattle’s Don Armeni Park in 2018. Key features of the piece include a series of LED lights that, when motion-triggered by park users, display the form of a ghostly octopus drifting around, curling and hanging out as long as the visitor lingers.

The artwork is funded by Seattle City Light 1% for Art and Green Up public demonstration funds. The city is committed to excellence in environmental stewardship and in sustainable building practices.

All CoCA Lab events held at CoCA UN[contained]
6555 5th Avenue S, Seattle
Part of the Georgetown Art Attack

Apr 6

April Opening Reception: Make America Create Again

This April, we continue our revolution fueled by creativity and a joyous freedom of expression!

Join us during the Pioneer Square Art Walk for a lively celebration on Thursday, April 6 from 6-9pm as we debut more artwork in the 2017 members' show Make America Create Again. Not only will you get to see amazing 2D, 3D and video art and meet some of the talented artists behind it, but the occasion will be one of our first events since the March remodeling of the gallery space!

These are just a few of the participating artists ...
Christy Bailey
Nicole Kaul
Ray C. Freeman
Kalindi Kunis
John Osgood
Sara Everett
Ali Holmes
Curtis Ashby
Juli Adams
Kyle Rees
David Francis
Holly Ballard Martz
Nan Wonderly
Gabriel Marquez
Braden Duncan

We thank Rock's Studio, 4Culture and Elysian Brewing for their support during the two-month total running of this exhibition.

CoCA Pioneer Square Gallery
114 Third Avenue S.
Seattle, WA 98116

Apr 4

Annual Members' Meeting

Mark your calendars for the Annual Members' Meeting, taking place Tuesday, April 4, 2017 from 7-9pm, with a special presentation by this year's guest juror Deborah Paine as she talks about the artwork selected for the Members' Show Make America Create Again! Members will also vote on new and renewing board members.

Individuals interested in board service with CoCA should contact Executive Director Nichole DeMent at nichole@cocaseattle.org.

Special thanks to Elysian Brewing for providing beverages for this members-only private event!

CoCA Pioneer Square Gallery
114 Third Avenue S.
Seattle, WA 98116

Feb 11

CoCA Lab: Kin-der-gar-ten of Light

In the same way kids want to try, do and touch everything, the GlowFi team wanted to do and create everything with light. Join us on Saturday, February 11 6-9pm during the Georgetown Art Attack for an evening of illumination!

This exhibit will feature new technologies with "side glow fiber optics" that look a bit like neon (but much more fun), a Throne of Light you can sit on, interactive projection art and more. This garden of light promises to unleash your inner child!

GlowFi is a collection of light art by Josh and Liz Larsen.

All CoCA Lab events held at CoCA UN[contained]
6555 5th Avenue S, Seattle
Part of the Georgetown Art Attack

Jan 28

Closing Reception: Laura Rodriguez: Surrealism Part - Fear of the Other

Join us for an immersive multi-media event on Saturday, January 28 from 3-6pm at our Pioneer Square location! To close the January exhibition Surrealism Part - Fear of the Other, Laura Rodriguez and collaborators Becca Blackwell, Maeve Haselton, Phenix Laughlin and Levi Ryan will be guiding us into a new territory, presenting and exploring a new work that focuses in on the LGBTQ community, minorities and other people who are currently fighting for their rights or encountering hostile environments. And, of course, audience participation is encouraged!

Saturday, January 28, 2017


114 3rd Avenue S, Pioneer Square,

Seattle, WA 98104

Jan 14

CoCA Lab: NKO and Fogland Studio: Book Release and Pop-Up Market

Join us at CoCA UN[contained] on January 14 for a Book Release Party and Pop-Up Market organized by current CoCA Lab artists in residence, NKO and Fogland Studio

Fogland Studios, New Mystics and CoCA present a handmade book release party, activist event, pop up shop and screenprinting demo from 6-9pm during Georgetown Art Attack on Jan. 14. 
Continuing their recent CoCA Lab residency RESISTANCE: Art as Advocacy, artists and printers Eric Carnell and NKO will debut a screenprinted book (whose contents were developed during a drawing party at Art Attack December 10), and demo guerrilla screen printing techniques featuring posters for local advocacy group, Shout Your Abortion. The artists will showcase how, using simple tools and techniques, it's possible to empower people through visual art.
Come by and drink a beer, donate to your favorite causes - including Black Lives Matter, Shout Your Abortion, I-873 (police accountability), NoDAPL, and Rent Control - and see how individual and collective voices can be powerful. Now is the time for healing, festival, and RESISTANCE!
Saturday, December 10, 2016
CoCA UN[contained]
Part of the Georgetown Art Attack
6555 5th Avenue S, Seattle  
Part of Georgetown Art Attack. Ride the Art Van
Free and open to the public. Donations graciously accepted. 
Big thank you to our sponsor ElysianLogo.jpg
Jan 7

Open Conversation with Artists: Laura Rodriguez: Surrealism Part - Fear of the Other

Join us for an open conversation with Laura Rodriguez, along with collaborating artists Levi Ryan, Scotty Flores, Becca Blackwell, and Ashlyn Fletcher, about their current exhibition, "Surrealism Part - Fear of the Other."

114 3rd Avenue S, Pioneer Square,
Seattle, WA 98104

Jan 5

Opening Reception: Laura Rodriguez: Surrealism Part - Fear of the Other

Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) is proud to present a multi-media experience created by Laura Rodriguez in January entitled, Surrealism Part - Fear of the Other along with collaborating artists Levi Ryan, Scotty Flores, Becca Blackwell, and Ashlyn Fletcher this January. Through a Surrealist lens, Laura Rodriguez will create multi-media experiences that explore the complex history of LGBTQ and minority persecution in the past and present. Through choreographed performance and special objects especially created for the show, the space will be in constant transformation and activation throughout the month. Audience participation is encouraged. 

Opening Reception & Immersive Public Performance: January 5, 6-9pm. 

114 3rd Avenue S, Pioneer Square,
Seattle, WA 98104

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