GiveBIG 2019
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GiveBIG 2019

CoCA amplifies voices which have been historically silenced. But we cannot continue this work without your support. A gift to CoCA will help us resist the erasure of important contemporary art voices. #CoCAGives #GiveBIG2019

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May 26 Portfolio Review


When: May 26, 2018, 2-4pm
Registration: (go to the bottom of the page)
Where: TK building at 115 Prefontaine Pl. S, Seattle, 98104
Cost: $40 member benefit.
Slots available: 40
Reviewers: Suzanne Walker, Marge Levy, Ruthie V., Katy Hannigan, and June Sekiguchi

CoCA members, are you applying for a show or grant, or simply looking for feedback about your work? If so, we’d love for you to join us on May 26, from 2 to 4 pm, for a FREE member benefit portfolio review! Only 40 spots are available, so please RSVP as soon as possible.

This is a free event for CoCA members at the $45 (Artist) level or higher. The Portfolio Review will be held on the east side of the Tashiro Kaplan (TK) building at 115 Prefontaine Pl. S (opposite side of building CoCA is located in).  We will be at the door to let you in and direct you, but once inside the main lobby, the VCR room is the first room on the left. Tables with reviewers will be set up, and all paid members may start signing up for reviewers as soon as 1:50pm. Come early; all review meetings are first come, first served. 

Digital and print portfolios of your artwork are welcome, as are artist statements if you have them ready to share and there is time.  We strongly recommend you have all files and images ready in a folder on your computer or a physical portfolio prepared for the reviewer ahead of time. WiFi will be available for online portfolios and websites, but be prepared with a folder of images on your laptop in case of unexpected technology challenges.
Each review session will last 15 minutes. Depending on the number of CoCA members participating, you may have more than one opportunity to sit with various reviewers. We guarantee one reviewer minimum and will try our best to fit in as many reviews as we can within the time allotted.

The reviewers are all local art experts, including:

  • June Sekiguchi, independent curator and a founding member of the artEAST Art Center and METHOD Gallery
  • Ruthie V, a painter whose work has been exhibited at the Bellevue Arts Museum, the Bellingham Arts Museum, and CORE Gallery, and founder of the Seattle Artist League
  • Katy Hannigan, Program Manager at Artist Trust, supporting artists in their creative and professional endeavors
  • Marge Levy, ceramicist, former executive director of the Pilchuck Glass School, and first woman president of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts
  • Suzanne Walker, PhD, a lecturer at the Seattle Artist League and grants expert

Want to come but haven’t renewed your membership? Go to
Spots are limited, so sign up early. We look forward to seeing your work!

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Give Big 2018


GIVEBIG is Wednesday, May 9 from 12am to 11:59pm

CoCA's GIVEBIG Celebration, May 9 from 5pm to 9pm
at Jewelbox Theater, 2322 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

About GIVEBIG: link
CoCA's GiveBig Page: link
Donate: link

GiveBIG is an annual online giving event supporting local nonprofits that make our community a better place to live and CoCA is pleased to be a part of this community. Our GiveBIG goal is $7500 and every dollar up to $3750 will be matched by Elysian Brewing!

Donations made by art lovers and supporters help CoCA provide a safe place of belonging for all. Artists courageously ask the important questions in life and CoCA serves as a sanctuary for those voices and the people that hear them. Every time we choose to listen and uplift the courageous, the community around us gets healthier, braver and more vibrant.

**Join us on May 9 from 5-9pm at Jewel Box Theatre, 2322 2nd Ave in downtown Seattle, for a community celebration of some awesome GiveBIG nonprofits including CoCA. CoCA member and artist, Kree Arvanitas, a.k.a. HennaDervish will be giving henna tattoos for donors at the $25 level and above! 

**All GiveBIG donors will be invited to a VIP reception on June 6 at CoCA for a fun celebration and preview of the upcoming exhibit, "Painters Who Fucking Know How to Paint."

Please join these artists and art lovers in their support of CoCA during GiveBIG and help us maintain the #CoCASanctuary For All! You can pledge your love now with the pre-giving option here:

As a student at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, I won first prize in a juried student-art show for my sculpture. The winner got to show at CoCA! It was EVERYTHING to me, validation, respect, and hope. Soon after, I had to put my artistic dreams on hold to raise my daughter and see her successfully through college. And now, 25 years later I started doing my fine art again and entered the 2018 CoCA Creativity Persists juried show. My sculpture was chosen to be in the show! Once again, it Is EVERYTHING to me, validations, respect, and hope.
— Patti Curtis
CoCA has been instrumental in allowing me to see myself as an artist. The opportunity to be in the show Math n Art and the Members’ Showcase, and the encouragement from the CoCA community, has given me the confidence to create and showcase new projects and to participate in a series of fascinating and enriching conversations.
— Jayadev Athreya
CoCA was there for me when raw emotions needed funneling and thankfully, creating and being part of this art community was the path I took. It continues to be an organization that while demanding excellence, does not discourage experimentation.
— Juan Alonso-Rodriguez
The people that come to CoCA every day create a sanctuary that I truly value. CoCA was the first place in Seattle that I felt I belonged. I related to not only the shows that were presented but created lifelong bonds with the people who helped make them happen.
— Megan Glasscock
CoCA for me has been a place for contemporary art to flourish in Seattle. And to give local artists a place for their voices to be heard.
— Ellen Hochberg
The artists who love and support CoCA are the people you want to know because they’re the ones who will fight for you. It is with immense pride I say, I am now one of them.
— Rohena Alam Kahn

Please join these artists and art lovers in their support of CoCA during GiveBIG and help us maintain the #CoCASanctuary For All!

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to May 26

Creativity Persists


Join Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) as they share their members’ creativity in the 2018 CoCA Members’ Show, Creativity Persists. Juried by Jody Bento, Director of SAM Gallery, artists of all ages and media including 2D, 3D, multi-media, installation, literary, sound, and performance are invited to join CoCA for this annual show that celebrates the true depths of creativity and highlights top artists in the Pacific NW and across the globe.

With Seattle’s rapid growth and radical changes, alongside the current backdrop of our country, the creative artist is essential to the health of society. For 36 years, CoCA has amplified contemporary artists’ voices through hundreds of exhibitions. Their annual members’ show welcomes creativity in all its forms and in multiple events as they gather together to celebrate the hard work of artists and creatives of all types.


This year as a special opportunity to CoCA artist members, SAM Gallery will show at least one member’s submitted artwork in their upcoming 45th-anniversary show, scheduled for November 2018! Also this year we will have two People’s Choice Award winners that will each receive a $100 gift card to Good Bar in Pioneer Square. All current member artists that apply will be included in the printed exhibition catalog and considered for CoCA’s Pioneer Square gallery exhibition by Jody Bento and for the incredible opportunity to show at SAM Gallery in November.  Deadline to apply is Sunday, March 18, 2018, at 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time.  

Members’ art in Creativity Persists will be on display in CoCA’s Pioneer Square Gallery from April 26-May 26, 2018. The exhibition will open to a celebration during the Pioneer Square Art Walk on May 3 from 6-9pm. This year’s private members-only party will be held on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, from 6-8pm where special guest, Jody Bento, will discuss the art on display and announce this year’s winner of the SAM Gallery exhibition.  People’s Choice Award winners will be announced at the end of the exhibition.



Jody Bento was made in the Northwest -- her grandfather homesteaded in North Bend WA, her father retired from the Boeing Co. and her mother from the Edmonds School District.  After growing up in Edmonds, she attended Western Washington University where she met her mother-in-law— who just happened to be her Fall quarter freshman advisor-- prior to meeting her husband. After college, she spent 15 years in what we now call the Tech industry working primarily for Nintendo of America in Redmond.  Looking for a change at mid-career she went back to school to the University of Washington where she completed their program in Museum Studies. Over 17 years ago the Seattle Art Museum hired her and the rest is, as they say, “her story.”  SAM Gallery at the Seattle Art Museum operates under her leadership supporting thousands of Northwest artists, in hundreds of shows, raising millions of dollars in 45 years of exhibitions.


List of all participating members in the show that will be in the Creativity Persists catalog, all bolded names will also be in the exhibition:

Aaliyah Gupta
Amanda Hood
Amanda L Adams
Andrea Lawson
Anita Yau
Aubrey Birdwell
Babs Fulton
Barb Gipple
Barbara Shaiman
Bea Geller

Bill Allen
Braden Duncan
Bri Chesler
Brooklyn Witteman
Carole Landisman

Caroline Kapp
Cathy Sarkowsky
Cheri Kopp
Chris Kelleher
Christopher Gasper
Claire B Jones
Colleen Monette
Cynthia Yatchman
Dan Brassfield
Daniel John Williams
Dara Solliday
David Weed
Dede Falcone

Diana Milia
Dina Skeels
Ed Augustavo
Ed Nelson
Eden Seifu
Eliaichi Kimaro

Elizabeth Arzani

Ellen Hochberg
Ellen Ramsey
Eva Skold Westerlind
Flora Ramirez Bustamante

Frances Zielonka
Gary Beeber

Gary Frankel
Geraldine Le calvez
GraceANN Cummings
Han Huisman
Harmony Wolfe
Heather Saddler
Hiba Jameel
Holly Ballard Martz
James Lilly
Jayadev Athreya
Jeffrey Konen
Jennifer Chin
Jody Joldersma
Juan Alonso-Rodríguez
Judith Rayl
Julia Wald
Julie Devine

Kalindi Kunis
Karen Graber
Karey Kessler
Karin Schminke
Kate Sweeney
Kayleigh Wold
KJ Bateman

Kree Arvanitas
Kristin Swenson-Lintault
Kyle Rees

L. Kelly Lyles
Laura Engstrom
Lee Mackey
Leonardo Lanzolla
Leslie Ebert

Lezlie Jane
Linda James
Lindsay Peyton
Lisa Sheets
Liz Ruest

Loreen Matsushima
Louise Britton
Lynda Harwood-Swenson
Lynette Charters
Lynne Rigby
Makena Gadient
Malayka Gormally
MalPina Chan
Marissa Sohn
Mark Gordon

Martha Dunham
Mary Scott
Melissa Koch
Michael Arndt
Michelle Friars
Mindi Katzman
Minna Lee
Naima Lowe
Nathaniel Praska
Nichole DeMent
Niki Sherey (Nicole Keenan)
Patrick Howe
Patti Curtis
Phil Eidenberg-Noppe
Phillipé Ducasse
Polly Purvis
Ray C. Freeman III

Reginald Brooks
Rob Gischer
Robin Hominiuk
Robin Walker Arnitz
Rohena Khan

Rosie Peterson
Ryan Hoover
Samuel Richardson
Sandi Bransford
Sara Everett
Sara Greene
Sarah Gil
Sarah Guthrie
Sarah Skinner
Season Evans
Sena Clara Creston
Shaun Wilson
Sheri Jacobson

Shirene Soleiman
Stephanie Alton

Stephanie Hargrave
Stephen Rock
Susan Boye
Susan Christian
Susan Lehman
Suze Woolf
Sylwia Tur
Tammy Honey

Tara Flores
Tara Tamaribuchi
Tatyana Brown
Tiki Mulvihill
Tom Gormally
Tom McIntire


Deadline to apply: Sunday, March 18th, 2018, at 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time
Members Only Party: Tuesday, May 1st, 2018, 6-8 pm
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 3rd, 2018, 6-9 pm
Last Day of Exhibition: Saturday, May 26th, 2018

Part of the Pioneer Square Art Walk
All events at CoCA in Pioneer Square: 114 Third Avenue South, Seattle, 98104

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CoCA Celebrates Poetry Month with Book Release by Roberta Feins

Cover photo from A Morsel of Bread, A Knife by Roberta Feins: 
“View from Wall, Cordes-Sur-Ciel” 
Photograph, 2009 William Ross

Now in its fourth decade, Seattle’s Center on Contemporary (CoCA) continues its recent focus on publications with the release and joint-reading of Roberta Fein’s third collection of poems, A Morsel of Bread, A Knife, coinciding with National Poetry Month.

The event, at CoCA’s Pioneer Square Gallery in the TK Building (114 3rd Ave S, in Seattle) on Friday, April 20, 7:00 – 9:00pm, brings together five poets in addition to Feins, Jana Harris, David Francis, Linda Malnack, Judith Skillman, and Deborah Woodard, each selecting a poem from the new book to read in addition to an original poem.

Feins’ interdisciplinary background is evident in the poems, which focus on southern France and a family history spanning three-generations, from Old World to New. Feins holds degrees in Social Science and Marine Ecology in addition to her MFA. Many of the poems focus on visual art and the book includes several collages based on the Old-World masterpieces that the poet traveled to see in France. Feins’ poems have appeared in Antioch Review, Gettysburg Review among many others and for almost 25 years, she has co-edited one of the first electronic poetry journals, Switched on Gutenberg.

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