2:00 PM14:00

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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to Apr 14

Art ∩ Math

Erik Demaine and Martin Demaine, "Something from Nothing from Nothing III", 2014

Mathematics is the study of structure, number, pattern, and shape; though abstract, it has influenced art for centuries. Today, math and art are exploring bold new realms. The power of their insights and effects on each other provides opportunities to be delighted by seeing new connections hiding in plain sight. Seattle’s Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) presents Art ∩ Math, (Art intersect Math), an exhibit that explores the intersection of artistic expression and mathematical ideas. Art ∩ Math runs from March 1 through April 14, 2018.

Mathematics is a fresh lens to understand art: reckoning with chaos, algorithms, equivalence, topology, geometry and other mathematics tools to helps us see art and the world with more depth. A diverse selection of media will be featured in the exhibit from artists and mathematicians including sculpture and oil paint, to textile and metalwork. Mathematician artists include Jayadev Athreya, Katherine Cook, Erik Demaine and Martin Demaine, Edmund Harriss, and Hamid Naderi Yeganeh. Visual artists who use mathematical principles in their practices include Rachel Holloway, Claire B. Jones, George Legrady, Jean Mandeberg, Savina Mason, Suchitra Mattai, June Sekiguchi, Timea Tihanyi/Slip Rabbit, Lun-Yi Tsai, Amber Barney-Nivon, and Ilana Zweschi.

The exhibit is the brainchild of CoCA Board Member and Artist, Kate Vrijmoet, and mathematician educators Katherine Cook and Dr. Dan Finkel. In addition to curating Art ∩ Math, Finkel and Cook also run Math for Love, a Seattle-based organization focused on transforming how mathematics is taught and learned. They also designed the mathematical board games Prime Climb and Tiny Polka Dot, and created the summer curriculum used by Seattle Public Schools.


An exhibit book will accompany the exhibit. Artwork, books, posters, and games will be for sale. Events include a Pi Day presentation, The Beauty of Math, March 14 at 6:30pm with Finkel and Cook. Dance performance of necessary and sufficient, by Katherine Cook, on  April 6th at 7:00pm, April 7th at 3:00pm—a conversation between the embodied human and mathematical structure, exploring how pattern and form emerge from and becomes sustained by dancers. The exhibit closes with a Gathering for Gardner event on April 14 at 2pm. The curators will be in attendance at the public opening reception during Pioneer Square Artwalk on Thursday, March 1, 6-9pm.  This exhibit is made possible with support from Gathering for Gardner, the Julia Robinson Math Festival, University of Washington Mathematics Department, and Rock’s Studio.

Art ∩ Math Book: link
City Arts Magazine Art ∩ Math article: link

Exhibit Events: 
Pi-Day: Curators will present on The Beauty of Math March 14th, 6:30 - 7:30pm
Dance performances of necessary and sufficientApril 6th at 7:00pmApril 7th at 3:00pm RSVP Link 
Gathering for Gardner, April 14, 2018 at 2 - 4pm RSVP Link

Exhibition and events at CoCA in Pioneer Square:
114 Third Avenue South, Seattle, 98104
Gallery hours are Thursday - Saturday, 11am – 6pm


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to Mar 18

CALL FOR ARTISTS: CoCA Members' Show - Creativity Persists



The 2018 CoCA Members’ Show, Creativity Persists,  is open to all artists, ages, and media including 2D, 3D, multi-media, installation, literary, sound, and performance. We welcome Jody Bento, Director of SAM Gallery, as Guest Juror for this year’s exhibition! This year as a special award for CoCA artist members, SAM Gallery will exhibit at least one member’s submitted and accepted artwork in their upcoming 45th-anniversary show, scheduled for November 2018.

Seattle’s Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) will present its annual members’ show from April 26 - May 26, 2018 at its downtown Seattle gallery in the heart of the Pioneer Square Arts District. Artists are encouraged to join CoCA today and be a part of the exhibition with events that celebrate the true depths of creativity and highlight top Pacific NW artists and others from 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 in May as they gather together to celebrate the hard work of artists and creatives of all types.


Membership Levels include:
$15 Student - Eligible to submit to the CoCA Members’ Show with $25 fee
$45 Artist - Eligible to submit to the CoCA Members’ Show with $25 fee
$95 Professional Artist & Advocate and above levels - Free submission to CoCA Members’ Show

Other benefits listed on our website, such as free portfolio reviews, exclusive discounts at Seattle businesses and special members-only events.


1) Become a CoCA member today
2) Pay the $25 admission fee. Free for Professional Artist and Advocate level of $95 and above!
3) Create or update your portfolio of images and info on CoCA’s FREE Online Member Directory by March 18, 2018, at 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time.
4) Everyone will be included in our annual printed Members’ Catalog. View 2017’s catalog here:
5) Everyone will be part of the jury process and included in the jury for CoCA’s downtown Seattle gallery exhibition.  
6) One member will be included in the 45th Anniversary exhibition at the SAM gallery based on juror’s award.
7)  Deadline to get your Online Directory page up for review is Sunday, March 18, 2018, at 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time


Artwork sized at 36x36” and smaller will receive top consideration for CoCA’s gallery space in Pioneer Square. Please share your small to medium sized works with us under those dimensions!


Sign up today:

Have questions? Feel free to send them to:


Deadline to apply: Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time

Exhibition Dates: April 26-May 26, 2018

Members Only Party: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 6-8pm. Special guest and this year’s juror, Jody Bento, will discuss the art on display and announce this year’s winner of the SAM Gallery exhibition award.

Opening Reception: Thursday May 3, 2018, 6-9pm, part of the Pioneer Square Art Walk

All events at CoCA in Pioneer Square, 114 Third Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104

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January 28th Portfolio Review


When: January 28, 2018 , 2-4pm (Registration sign in will begin 10 minutes before).
Where: Artist & Craftsman, 4350 8th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105
Cost: $40 member benefit.
Slots available: 40
Reviewers: Nichole DeMent, Tom and Malayka Gormally, Anna Macrae, George Rodriguez

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 2-4pm January 28th for a FREE member benefit Portfolio Review! Tables with reviewers will be set up in the back room of Artist and Craftsman, 4350 8th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105. Sign up for review slots will available at 1:50pm. If all the slots are taken or you can't make it on the 28th don't worry there will be at least 3 Portfolio Reviews this year. Digital, physical, and folder portfolios are welcomed. The review sessions will not go any longer than 15 minutes. Have your portfolio, website, or folder prepared for the reviewer so that everyone can get a chance to get reviewed.

Wifi will be available at the event and power strips will be at every table.

You’ll receive valuable insight from top artists, educators, and curators including:

  • Nichole DeMent, artist and Executive Director of CoCA
  • Tom and Malayka Gormally, artists and Gormally Art Services curators of rotating art exhibitions for corporate properties
  • Anna Macrae, artist, curator for Era Living exhibitions, and Exhibition Manager at artEAST
  • George Rodriguez, artist and ceramics instructor at North Seattle College

For Sign Up follow the LINK
Reviews will be first come, first serve

Want to come but not yet a CoCA member?
Please sign up at Spots are limited, so please sign up early. We look forward to seeing your work!

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ARTifACTs: We Almost Didn't Make It
to Feb 24

ARTifACTs: We Almost Didn't Make It

ARTifACTs: We Almost Didn't Make It


Join Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA), January 20 to February 24, featuring the activist art collective, ARTifACTs, with their interactive and generative gallery installation, We Almost Didn’t Make It. The exhibit focuses on the outcome of our choices in a time where the effects of our participation in the destruction of our planet seems so short-sighted. In a game-like installation, visitors will be presented with work tables covered with “ingredients” and “recipes” that make an artifact which represents aspects of our current world that may not exist in the next 150 years. Each participant will place a commitment to an action into that artifact that will help future generations not only exist, but thrive.

The lead artist on this project is Beverly Naidus, installation artist and Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts at the University of Washington, Tacoma. Other ARTifACTs members include Carol Rashawna Williams, Ed Mast, Camella Cooper and Matthew Hamilton. The show endeavors to foster a continual dialog about ways to move past dystopian thinking and continue to be resilient activists. As visitors create and explore artifacts and read the commitments to actions, there is an opportunity to transform rage, frustration, grief and despair into fuel for creative activism. Two workshops will be facilitated to more deeply address these issues on Saturday, January 20 and February 3.

photo cred: Beverly Naidus

photo cred: Beverly Naidus

The ARTifACTs collective emerged from a series of “Arts for Social Change” discussion groups held in Beverly Naidus’ Seattle studio. The collective was formed to respond to a variety of social issues from the perspective of our descendants. While a first exhibition for this ideation, We Almost Didn’t Make It has been in development over the past three years since the group’s inception. Previous projects include “The Healing Forest” for Seattle Design Festival 2017 and “Where Once There Were Cages”, a walking performance and art event around Seattle's Youth Prison.

Saturday, January 20 WORKSHOP CANCELLED

RSVP to the February 3 Workshop by following the link:

RSVP to the February 11 Workshop by following the link:


The public opening reception is on Thursday, February 1 from 6-9pm. Exhibition and events at CoCA in Pioneer Square: 114 Third Avenue South, Seattle, 98104.

Calendar Listing:

ARTifACTs: We Almost Didn’t Make It
Exhibition opens January 20 and runs through February 24, 2018.
Artists’ Discussion / Workshops: Saturday, January 20 and February 3, 1pm-5pm
         RSVP: January 20 Workshop, February 3 Workshop
Opening Reception on Thursday, February 1, 6pm – 9pm, as part of Pioneer Square Art Walk.
Gallery hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10am – 5pm.



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Storefronts UN[contained] Artist Reception

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Storefronts UN[contained] is an artist in residence program that supports artists of color and aims to create a platform for community dialogue around critical social issues

Storme Webber: Photo credit: Jim Gupta-Carlson. Title: Blues Divine, 2010

Join us for the artists’ reception featuring the December artists in residence for CoCA and Shunpike's Storefronts UN[contained]. Located at 3rd Ave N between Mercer and Roy St, this is the final month for this temporary artist in residence program designed to support 12 socially engaged artists from a variety of disciplines and to celebrate cultural diversity and explore themes of racial equity and social justice, among others. 

December featured artists in residence:
Barry Johnson is a self-taught multi-disciplinary artist that is known to reflect events across the world in his shifting work. His work puts the human form at the center in a constant search for identity and history, yet strips away face and blocks voices from the viewer. He will be showing brand new work made over the past couple weeks including 4 new paintings, two 36X48 mixed-media - 1 large 5ftX9ft - an installation including a 20ft chain, wood, money, chair - three videos (projections) - and two performances featuring Angel Langley and another show with Lauren McShane from the Seattle Rock Orchestra all starting at 1pm. 

Naima Lowe is a black queer artist and educator. She uses performance, video, photo, and text to explore abjection, mourning, dislocation, and the black body in relation to the natural world. She often uses antiquated audio/visual technologies to create texture and interrogate nostalgia. She is also interested in the ways that the traditions of black utterance create space for emotional depth, code making (and breaking), and humor.

Storme Webber is a Two-Spirit, Alutiiq/Black/Choctaw, internationally-nurtured poet, playwright, educator, and interdisciplinary artist. She creates blues-influenced, socially-engaged texts and images exploring identity, art activism, and the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, memory, and spirit.

A partnership between CoCA, Shunpike and 225 Roy LLC, Storefronts UN[contained] is additionally made possible with the support of Elysian Brewing and the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

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

Barry Johnson: Photo Credit: Alex Bergstrom

About Center Steps Residential
Center Steps is planned to be a mixed-use, mixed-income residential property that intentionally integrates residential and open spaces with the Uptown Community. The developer, Barrientos, on behalf of 225 Roy LLC, has been an active participant in integrated arts projects for many years and have been collaborating closely with the Uptown Arts and Culture Committee (UACC) to activate the site prior to the start of construction. UACC was influential in developing the site program with Sara Everett, the Barrientos representative, who is also Board President of CoCA. The collaboration between Shunpike, CoCA, UACC and the Developer is a model of how good community collaboration can result in great ideas.

About UACC
Uptown Alliance Arts + Culture Committee serves as a community connector and catalyst for this project and for future projects. UACC’s objective is to activate all art forms within Uptown and to create more space (both permanent and transitional) for arts and culture, in the vibrant and expanding Uptown theatre, arts and culture community.

About Shunpike
Shunpike’s mission is to provide artists with the services, resources, and opportunities they need to forge their own paths to sustainable success. Shunpike envisions a community where independent artists and arts groups thrive, creatively and economically, and where their work is widely valued as fundamental to the cultural, social and economic well-being of Washington State.

Barry Johnson and Angel Alviar-Langley staged a pop-up art performance during his residency viewing with CoCA.

Video credits: Barry Johnson

Calendar Listing:
CoCA Storefronts UN[contained]

Saturday, December 16th, 2017, 11:30am – 2:30pm
Location: Three shipping containers across from Seattle Center on 3rd Ave N between Mercer and Roy St in the Uptown Neighborhood

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Sketch and Scrap
4:00 PM16:00

Sketch and Scrap

On December 15th, Pioneer Square businesses will be encouraging everyone to take a moment to pause and enjoy the spirit of the holiday season while indulging in shopping, dining, and more around the neighborhood. 

Come play hooky with us, get your shopping list crossed off, and enjoy a delicious bite to eat or well-deserved drink. You've earned it and we're making it easy! Businesses around Pioneer Square will be offering great promotions, fun prizes, and festive activities all day to get the party started. 

Want the chance to win one of four fabulous Pioneer Square prize packages? Make sure to pick up your official Holiday Hooky Hour passport at one of the participating businesses on December 15th. Then simply visit at least five of the Hooky Hour locations that same day, getting your passport marked at each stop. Finally, turn in your passport at the last location for a chance to win! Prizes include Seahawks tickets, hotel stays, restaurant and shopping gift cards plus much more*! So get out there and explore the Square! You’ll be glad you did!

* No purchase is necessary to win, and the odds of winning depend on the number of entries.

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Seattle’s Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) is excited to present Cathy McClure, multi-media artist with a background in metal design who typically works in sterling silver, copper, bronze, and steel. Additionally, she has a preoccupation with engineering, mechanical toys and the discrepancy between America’s Dream of our techno-future and the actual state of it. Her latest body of work highlighted at CoCA involves the deconstruction and reinvention of toys.

“Hands wielding scissors, I massacre discarded motor-driven robotic plush toys, eviscerating them through a Geppetto-like taxidermy until I get down into the guts... Skinning my "Bots" to the bone, all that remains are their various articulated plastic limbs and bodily armature, which contains the preserved mechanisms that gave these once-cuddly Elmos, elephants, Mickeys and monkeys their life-like movement and sound.” -Cathy McClure

In times past, the future was an unfamiliar and magical place filled with technology. The Digital Kids generation’s post-toy life leans more toward apathy and bewilderment at a screen over jubilance and exhilaration found in play. Additionally, while Toys R Us files for bankruptcy* and Super Mario takes over the screens of millions of children this holiday season, we are left surrounded by a grossly abundant supply of the dispossessed and forgotten. McClure’s uniquely engineered and gold-leafed bots have led her to the place where the discarded are discovered and reinvented amidst her clever curiosity and a sheer joy for the darker side of play.

Mickey Twelve-Pack is part of the Moss Bureau exhibit MICKEY HARDWIRED at the METHOD Gallery exhibited in 2014, video credit: Cathy Mcclure 




McClure received the Betty Bowen Award and received her MFA from the University of Washington in 1997. She has had solo shows at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the Bellevue Arts Museum and has exhibited widely, including the Henry Art Gallery, the Milton Hershey School Museum, and Art Miami Basel.  She is currently represented by Edelman Arts and Moss in New York, New York.  She lives in West Seattle with her husband and lots of various parts and pieces of mechanical toys acquired at local thrift stores.

Join us for the opening reception during Pioneer Square Artwalk on Thursday, December 7 from 6-9pm.

All events at CoCA in Pioneer Square: 114 Third Avenue South, Seattle, 98104




Calendar Listing: Cathy McClure: Dispossessed

Closing reception and Artist Talk on Saturday, January 13th, 12pm – 1:30pm
Exhibition opens November 30, 2017 and runs through Saturday, January 13, 2018.  
Gallery hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10am – 5pm.


Dispossessed exhibit CoCA Gallery exhibited in 2017, video credit: Trina Cooper


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