CoCA serves the Pacific Northwest as a catalyst and forum for the advancement, development, and understanding of Contemporary Art.
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.
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, 10am-5pm
Parking Information can be found here.
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Our mailing address is:
Center on Contemporary Art
114 Third Ave S.
Seattle, WA 98104
Nichole DeMent, Executive Director
I connect people's passion and creative ideas with authentic projects that move them forward toward their goals. My highest goal is to empower others through inspiration and clearly defining their strategic vision with opportunities that they need to meet it.
Having worked in the arts industry for over fifteen years, I have a wealth of experiences to share as I spiral up on my journey to give back. As Program Manger at Artist Trust I managed multiple large scale programs focused on professional development for artists. Before that, I was a Manager for a commercial gallery, Director of a non-profit gallery, Owner of a studio and independent gallery, Custom Printmaker and have taught in the higher education art departments since 2006.
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."
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, Secretary, 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.
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, Volunteer Lead
Board Member & Board Secretary, 2017-present Volunteer Lead, 2016-present Email: firstname.lastname@example.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.
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
Board member since 2004
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
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).
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.
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
CoCA supports a robust internship program for students at all levels, from undergraduates to PhD candidates. Current interns include:
Kate Hallstead, Curatorial Intern
Nathan Hominiuk, Tech Intern
Sam Richardson, Web, Admin Intern
Tom Perigo, Tech Intern
Suzanne Walker, Development Intern
Sophia Su, Admin, Communications Intern
Dana Anderson, Board, Membership Intern
Patience Ellis, Curatorial Intern
Kaylyn Dwyer, Gallery Management Intern
Natalie Miller, Development Intern
Nadia Ahmed, Development Intern
Shesira Said, Marathon & Auction, Membership 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.