Jun
7
to Jul 14

Painters Who Fucking Know How to Paint

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PWFKHTP: Exhibition opens June 7 - July 14, 2018.
Opening Reception on Thursday, June 7, 6pm–9pm, as part of Pioneer Square Art Walk.
An exhibit book will accompany the exhibit and artwork will be for sale.
Panel discussion June 9, 11am-1pm
Panelists: Cable Griffith, Susanna Bluhm, Kathy Liao; Moderator: Kate Sweeney
Private PWFKHTP VIP Event June 6, 6pm-8pm

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

Since the late 1960s painting has often been declared dead by one critic or another.

Seattle’s Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) exhibit Painters Who Fucking Know How to Paint, June 7 – July 14, asserts painting is vigorous, diverse, and burgeoning. This exhibit looks at artists who can really paint to recognize that they push the art form forward.

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Opening Reception on Thursday, June 7, 6pm – 9pm, as part of Pioneer Square Art Walk. An exhibit book will accompany the exhibit and artwork will be for sale. There will also be a panel discussion June 9, 11am-1pm. Gallery hours are Thursday - Saturday, 11am – 6pm.              

Painters Who Fucking Know How to Paint is an invitational painting exhibit with a fresh curatorial eye: painters picking painters. “As curators, we seek to emphasize the personal dialog that the painter has with the surface in front of them,” say Kate Sweeney and Kate Vrijmoet, local painters who curated this exhibit. Vrijmoet and Sweeney invite painters “whose work gives us a punch in the gut, work that delivers the seduction of visual impact and presents perceptual, narrative, or process derived experiences, painters who #ucking know how to paint.”

This show provides a way for viewers into the mind of painters, and elucidates aspects of painting that, from the painters’ viewpoints, drive artists to continue to work in the genre. This allows access to the art form for a general audience and provides insight into how a painting becomes.

The artists in the show are: Susanna Bluhm, Jazz Brown, Brian Cypher, Carole d'Inverno, Marie Gagnon, Kathy Gore Fuss, Cable Griffith, Patricia Hagen, Ron Hall, Laura Hamje, Robert Hardgrave, David Hytone, Karen Kaapcke, Alex Kanevsky, Ken Kelly, Kathy Liao, Margie Livingston, Natalie Niblack, Allan Packer, Jennifer Pochinski, Flora Ramirez-Bustamante, Adrianne Smits, Ruthie V, and Paula Whelan

The curators will be in attendance at the public opening reception during Pioneer Square Art Walk on Thursday, June 7, 6-9pm.
 


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May
26
2:00 PM14:00

May 26 Portfolio Review

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When: May 26, 2018, 2-4pm
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 http://cocaseattle.org/join-and-give/
 
Spots are limited, so sign up early. We look forward to seeing your work!

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May
9
12:00 AM00:00

Give Big 2018

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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.

FUN EVENTS FOR DONORS: 
**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."

DONATE TO CoCA TODAY!
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: https://www.givebigseattle.org/center-on-contemporary-art

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! https://www.givebigseattle.org/center-on-contemporary-art

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Apr
26
to May 26

Creativity Persists

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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.

AWARDS

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.

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ABOUT OUR GUEST JUROR

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.

 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Deadline to apply: Sunday, March 18, 2018, at 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time
Members Only Party: Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 6-8 pm
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 3, 2018, 6-9 pm

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

 
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Apr
20
7:00 PM19:00

CoCA Celebrates Poetry Month with Book Release by Roberta Feins

Cover photo from A Morsel of Bread, A Knife by Roberta Feins: 
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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 FeinsJana HarrisDavid FrancisLinda MalnackJudith 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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Mar
18
2:30 PM14:30

SOUND BATH

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Art Is My Religion

“The sound of colors is so definite that it would be hard to find anyone who would express bright yellow with base notes or dark lake with the treble.” (Wassily Kandinsky)

Center on Contemporary Art invites you to a unique aesthetic experience at the home of a private collector on March 18th. Artworks have been hand selected for this event because of their relation to spirituality and sound and will be displayed around the home.  This one-day event opens with a review of art, food and beverages from 2:30-4 pm and concludes with a new moon sound bath at 4:30 performed by Irene Ingalls of Seattle Sound Temple.

A Sound Bath is a unique and wonderful blend of sound concert and transformative healing session, a sensory experience in which participants are awash in sound vibrations produced by singing bowls, voice, and other sound tools.

The event will be held in a remote, wooded, park-like location in the Broadview neighborhood of Seattle. Because this is a private residence, the specific address will be sent after sign-up. Tickets to the event are $150, and attendance is limited to 30 people. Our goal is to raise $5,000 for CoCA.

CoCA serves the Pacific Northwest as a catalyst and forum for the advancement, development, and understanding of contemporary art. Your contribution helps us continue to support community and artists like you.

Participating Artists: Hye Young Kim, Carson Rennekamp, Claire Scherzinger

 
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Mar
1
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 emerges 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.

Blog Post 1 link
Blog Post 2 link

Art ∩ Math Book Link

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

 



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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Feb
12
to Mar 18

CALL FOR ARTISTS: CoCA Members' Show - Creativity Persists

CALLING ALL ARTISTS

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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.

BECOME A MEMBER

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.

EASY TO APPLY:

1) Become a CoCA member today
2) Pay the $25 admission fee. Free for Professional Artist and Advocate level of $95 and above! http://cocaseattle.org/membershipsignup/
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. http://cocaseattle.net/directory/
4) Everyone will be included in our annual printed Members’ Catalog. View 2017’s catalog here: http://cocaseattle.org/shop_temp/
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

RESTRICTIONS

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!

MEMBERS ONLY

Sign up today: http://cocaseattle.org/membershipsignup/

Have questions? Feel free to send them to: info@cocaseattle.org

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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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Jan
28
2:00 PM14:00

January 28th Portfolio Review

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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 http://cocaseattle.org/join-and-give/. 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
Jan
20
to Feb 24

ARTifACTs: We Almost Didn't Make It

ARTifACTs: We Almost Didn't Make It

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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.

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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: http://bit.ly/ARTifACTs_FEB3

RSVP to the February 11 Workshop by following the link:http://bit.ly/RSVP_Feb11

 

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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Dec
16
11:30 AM11:30

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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Dec
15
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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Nov
30
to Jan 13

Dispossessed

Dispossessed

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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.

 

 

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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.

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Nov
25
11:30 AM11:30

Storefronts UN[contained] Artist Reception

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

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

November featured artists in residence:
Imani Sims believes in the healing power of words and the transformational nuance of the human story. Imani is committed to sharing her story, bearing witness to marginalized stories, and creating spaces for the oppressed to share through artistic expression.

Zane Suarez is an artist born and raised in Seattle, WA. A child of the Filipinx diaspora, their work aims to explore the intersection of identity, history, and community while decolonizing the art space

Imana Gunawan is a Texas-born Indonesian and Seattle-based storyteller, multimedia journalist, and dance artist. She has performed on- and off-stage in Washington and Jakarta since 2011, and taught in Seattle, Jakarta, and Amman, Jordan.

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.

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.

Calendar Listing:
CoCA Storefronts UN[contained]

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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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2017 Legacy Marathon and Auction
Nov
2
to Nov 3

2017 Legacy Marathon and Auction

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Tickets:

VIP Priority Seating: $200.00

General Admission: $150.00

Reserve a Group of Four Seats: $600.00

Reserve a Table of Eight Seats: $1,200.00

Support CoCA with a suggested Donation: $50.00

Meet the Marathon Artists

We've put together a stellar list of artists for this year's event! The entire event launches at 10AM on Thursday, November 2 with 24 hours of controlled chaos as 20+ emerging and established artists paint, draw, wax, construct, collage, spray, write and sculpt their way to creating nearly 100 new works of art to be auctioned off at the CoCA Legacy Auction on Friday, November 3.

Everyone is welcome to come watch the artists in action during the Marathon Thursday, November 2 during the Pioneer Square Art Walk. Elysian is donating a percentage of their draft beer sales to CoCA during the Artist Preview Party from 6-9pm.

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CoCA Legacy Auction

Exclusive Gallery Party,
(attendance guaranteed with purchase of VIP ticket)
October 17, 2017, 6:00pm-8:00pm

CoCA 24-hour Art Marathon Artist Preview Party
November 2, 2017, 6:00pm- OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

CoCA Legacy Auction
November 3, 2017, 5:30pm

Where: Elysian Fields, 542 1st Avenue South


Celebrating our 36th Anniversary, we are proud to announce the CoCA Legacy Auction, our 25th Annual 24-hour Art Marathon & Auction.

About the Art Marathon & Auction:

CoCA’s 25th Annual 24-Hour Art Marathon & Auction is a two-day celebration of contemporary art. Held at the Elysian Fields (542 1st Avenue South), the events starts at 10am Thursday, November 2 when over 20 artists embark on a 24-hour journey where they paint, draw, collage, spray and wax their way to over 100 new works of art. For this years marathon and auction CoCA is celebrating its 25th Annual art auction by recognizing the amazing artists and people in its 36 years of cultivating contemporary art in Seattle.

THE ARTISTS
We've put together a stellar list of artists for this year's event including:  Flynn Bickley, Diego Suarez, Todd Horton, Casey Curran, Dallas Cooper, Jean Bradbury, Julie Devine, Erika Rier, Stephanie Hargrave, Kamari Bright, Braden Duncan, CASH,  Larry Calkins, Aramis Hamer, Gabriel Marquez, Juli Adams, Leah Gerrard, Jeff Mihalyo, Talia Silveri Wright, Jazz Brown, Flora Ramirez-Bustamante, Leslie West, Kyle Rees, Ben Beres, Zac Culler. 

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These artists are preparing to paint, cut, design, melt, fabricate, code, photograph, glue, snip, draw, wire, and sew over 100 phenomenal new works of art during the frenetic, controlled chaos that is the CoCA 24-Hour Art Marathon.

Schedule of Events:
On the evening of Thursday, November 2, we hold our popular Art Preview Party during Pioneer Square Art Walk where the public is invited to preview the completed works and hoist a glass of beer in celebration. On Friday, November 3, these freshly minted works of art will be auctioned off by the indomitable and entertaining auctioneer, Laura Michalek. Guests will be treated to a sumptuous seated dinner.

THE MARATHON
The entire event launches at 10AM on Thursday, November 2 with 24 hours of controlled chaos as 20+ emerging and established artists paint, draw, wax, construct, collage, spray, write and sculpt their way to creating nearly 100 new works of art to be auctioned off at the CoCA Legacy Auction on Friday, November 3. Everyone is welcome to come watch the artists in action during the Marathon.

Join the ongoing cacophony at the Artist Appreciation Party on Thursday, November 2 from 6-9pm during Pioneer Square Art Walk. Meet the artists and get a peek at works in progress. Admission by donation.

THE LEGACY AUCTION
On Friday, November 3 doors open at 5:30pm for CoCA's popular silent and live auctions with the effervescent Laura Michalek, our auctioneer and guide for the evening. While you decide which of the pieces you'll be bidding on, enjoy tasty beverages from Elysian Brewing.

To further our mission to support contemporary art, CoCA offers 50% of all auction sales back to the participating artists so the higher you bid, the more you directly help artists thrive!

Tickets:

General Admission: $150.00
CoCA's 25th Annual Fundraiser includes silent and live auctions of art, plus a seated three-course dinner, hosted bar.

VIP Priority Seating: $200.00
Includes invitation to an exclusive gallery party, recognition at the event, and guaranteed front row auction seating.

Reserve a Group of Four Seats: $600.00

Reserve a Table of Eight Seats: $1,200.00
Purchase a table so all eight of your guests can sit together. Best option if you want to reserve best seats in the house!

CoCA Artist: $65.00
Promo code required for purchase. Have you shown with CoCA during the past 36 years, either part of the 24-hr Art Marathon & Auction or in one of our galleries? We'd love to
welcome you back with a special discounted ticket price. Please contact
info@cocaseattle.org for promo code. Tickets are limited, so don't miss out! (Limit one ticket per artist. Ticket price is for Auction event only).

Support CoCA with a suggested Donation: $50.00
Help us reach our Raise the Paddle goal ahead of time and/or in lieu of attending the event.

SAVE THE DATES:

Exclusive Gallery Party, (attendance guaranteed with purchase of VIP ticket)
October 17, 2017, 6:00pm-8:00pm

CoCA 24-hour Art Marathon Artist Preview Party
November 2, 2017, 6:00pm

CoCA Legacy Auction
November 3, 2017, 5:30pm

Where: Elysian Fields, 542 1st Avenue South

 

Our sincerest thanks to our amazing sponsors!:

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Additional Thanks to:

Good Bar
Audi Seattle
New Roots Organics
Dragon’s Head Cider
Best Practice Architecture
Brimmer & Healtap
JM Cellars
Spektor Dental
Glazer's Camera
Caffe Ladro
Tom Douglas Home Remedy
Top Pot Doughnuts, 3rd & Columbia

Dessert Dash Donors:

Cakes of Paradise
Cupcake Royale, Madrona
Dianne’s Delights
Grand Central Bakery
Essential Baking Company
High Five Pie
Irwin's Bakery
Le Fournil French Bakery
QFC Burien
Taylor Adamas
Top Pot Doughnuts, Capitol Hill

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Oct
5
to Nov 18

CoCA Legacy Exhibition

Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) proudly presents “CoCA Legacy” featuring a small selection of influential artists from the thousands of significant contemporary artists it has had the pleasure of working with in its rich 36-year history.

Since its inception in 1981, a robust creativity has shaped CoCA's legacy, community, and the ongoing notion of what contemporary art is to the region and world. The exhibition seeks to celebrate the diverse range of artists that represent CoCA's legacy best: those who are fiercely independent and experimental, with an unapologetically rough hewn nature, and often with an equally bold political statement. 

While CoCA has served thousands of artists in 36 years, visitors are invited to relive a small slice of CoCA’s best and brightest in this retrospective exhibition. The exhibition will include work from notable artists such as Laurie Anderson, James Turrell, Paul Rucker, Mary Ann Peters, Gary Hill, Juan Alonso-Rodriguez, Alice Wheeler, Doug Jeck, Judith Kindler, Michael Spaffor, Elizabeth Sandvig, Annie Sprinkle, and Chuck Close among others.

In sharing this experience, CoCA hopes not only to celebrate its robust archives and the pedigree of Contemporary Art in Seattle, but also to catalyze CoCA's future legacy of-as the name suggests and the exhibition will showcase-Seattle's epicenter on contemporary art.  

CoCA Legacy is made possible with support from 4Culture, Greg Kucera Gallery, Traver Gallery and Elysian Brewing.

 
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Calendar Listing: CoCA Legacy

Opening reception on Thursday, October 5, 6pm – 9pm, for Pioneer Square ArtWalk.
Private VIP Event at the gallery on Tuesday, October 17 6pm - 8pm
Second reception on Thursday, November 2, 6pm – 8pm, for Pioneer Square ArtWalk.

Exhibition opens Thursday, October 5 and runs through Saturday, November 18.  
Gallery hours are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 11am - 6pm.


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Don't forget to join us November 2-3 for our CoCA Legacy Art Marathon & Auction
Purchase your tickets here

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Spontaneous Combustion
Sep
7
to Sep 30

Spontaneous Combustion

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An explosion of two performative installations simultaneously critiquing power and elitism found in the contemporary (art) world. Made up of two groups of multidisciplinary artists, this exhibition explores power dynamics through performative research, institutional intervention, and an overload of sensory experiences.

Eastern Washington artists and educators, Peter Christenson and Phillip Mudd, collaborate on their project "Juried Performance,” an ongoing inquiry into the symbols, processes, and systems associated with institutionalized power and the hegemonic elite. Revolving primarily around a collection of recorded parasuicidal rituals that occurred in front of an absentee jury, the project analogizes the “juried art competition” to today’s sociopolitical climate. Videos of these performances were then mailed to nine well-known contemporary art institutions, essentially forcing review of the uncommissioned performances. The artists will perform during Pioneer Square’s artwalk.

Also in the exhibition is Desearch Repartment, an anonymous art team from Canada, the US and Germany that questions cultural and economic power through their creation of a conceptualized world in which the prison industrialized complex and performative art collide. The group appropriates the hyper capitalist world using an ever expanding universe of social practice, text-based manifestations, fake products, marketing gimmicks, famous people’s faces and more. Inhabiting the Desearch world translates into the practice of their “exercise program,” YAGA; navigating and becoming a part of an online group, “State of Exceptional (SOE) Webnation;” and integrates these in a performance experiment with costumes, movement, narration, projections and the SOE online activities and digital imagery. They aim to critically examine the relationship between embodiment and identification within digital capitalism.

“Through the various levels of YAGA, from Ground Zero to level 2001+, our Shock-Awes will awaken, we’ll free the inner artist, and we will discover Torture Compassion, a solution to the problem of world suffering through private, individual enactment of self-torture which exonerates us from unconscious guilt and responsibility. YAGA creates flexibility, especially in the neck area, so we can say yes to everything. Areas of tension are where Free Radicals congregate. Saying yes with a flexible neck creates Whi flow and makes it is possible to bend reality around your mind.” -Desearch Repartment

Public performances by both groups will occur on Thursday, September 7th beginning at 7pm

Calendar Listing: Spontaneous Combustion
Opening reception on Thursday, September 7, 6pm – 9pm, as part of Pioneer Square ArtWalk.

Exhibition opens September 7 and runs through September 30.
Gallery hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11am – 6pm.

 
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Storefronts UN[contained]
Sep
2
12:00 PM12:00

Storefronts UN[contained]

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

CoCA presents an expanded version of their CoCA Lab Artist in Residence Program which directly supports underserved artists with 1-2 month residencies in an 8’x20’ shipping container, as well as financial support. A partnership with Shunpike and 225 Roy LLC, Storefronts UN[contained], will begin in late August and run through December, 2017.

The Storefronts UN[contained] residency program is designed to support 12 socially engaged artists from a variety of disciplines that celebrate cultural diversity to explore themes of racial equity and social justice among others. As an organization that presents contemporary artists, CoCA’s aim is to create a platform that will spark community dialogue around critical social issues of today.

“Artists have a tremendous role today in dismantling social structures that perpetuate oppression. We know that art has the power to both unify people and to agitate, we see this in the freedom songs of the civil rights movement, and the satirical art campaigns during the AIDS epidemic. Our objective is that the art produced by our artists in residence will move conscious bystanders towards taking tangible action for social causes.” – Andrea Lim, Storefronts UN[contained] Project Manager.

“I think being a woman of color, more often than not, people will assume that your work is always political — regardless if it actually is or not. There's something about art and activism that will continue to intertwine between myself and the work I produce. Sometimes the work speaks loud and clear about my position in this world, other times it is shown more subtly whether during the process or my conscious decision on how I go about my project. I think at this day and age, art is just another tool for some of us who have been afraid to speak up to finally shout loud and clear about what we want people to know,” says artist in residence Anissa Amalia, a multi-disciplinary artist from Jakarta, Indonesia.

The inaugural list of artists features Anastacia Tolbert’s literary work, Edward Raub’s Native American wood carvings, and Anissa Amalia’s interactive immersive videos which explore cultural identity and politics. CoCA will host the three artists at an event with live music on Saturday, September 2 from 12:00pm - 5:00pm on 3rd Ave N between Mercer and Roy St in the Uptown Neighborhood in Seattle’s Lower Queen Anne neighborhood. 

Storefronts UN[contained] is made possible with the support of 225 Roy LLC, Elysian Brewing and 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.

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 Aliance Arts + Culture Committee serves as a community connector and catalyst for this project and for future projects. UACC’s objective is to activate the 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 wellbeing of Washington State.

Calendar Listing:
CoCA Storefronts UN[contained]
3rd Ave N between Mercer and Roy St, Seattle, WA 98109

Opening Reception and Open House with the Artists, September 2, 2017, 12:00pm – 5:00pm Tunes by DJ Toya B

 
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New Mystics: Yenom Wen
Aug
3
to Aug 26

New Mystics: Yenom Wen

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From August 3rd - August 26th Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) presents “Yenom Wen” featuring work from the Pacific Northwest artist collective, New Mystics. As a body politic, the New Mystics collect degenerates of diverse disciplines: sign painting, screen printing, graffiti, performance, photography, dance, jewelry-making, street art, fabrication, tattooing, music production, painting, DJ’s & MC’s producers and experimental musicians.

Individually and collectively New Mystics seeks to fill a spiritual void created by late capitalism and consumer narcissism thru reconnecting with mystery, myth and mysticism. They seek the beating heart of the city, the origin of poetry, and the landscape of dreams. For this exhibition, they explore what we discard, where we find value, and where we find “coolness.” The show will navigate the space between being complicit in the current homeless struggle and reflecting one’s disconnection between detritus and desire.

Seen in the mirrored view, the exhibition title, Yenom Wen, reads “New Money,” and reflects not only the seemingly-reversed morals of materialistic consumer culture, but also highlights the ease with which we are blind to problems directly in front of us. Having a preoccupation with “money” and “newness,” consumers can easily miss the obvious disparities in our times, which cast products—as well as people outside of this consumer culture—as disposable.

Yenom Wen is made possible with support from 4Culture and Elysian Brewing.

Calendar Listing: Yenom Wen
Opening reception at 114 Third Ave S. on Thursday, August 3, 6pm-9pm.
Exhibition opens August 3 and runs through Saturday, August 26.
Public gallery hours, Thursday - Saturday, 11am-6pm.
Private Seattle Art Fair VIP event on Sunday, August 6, 10am-12pm.

Gallery hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11am – 6pm.

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COCA GENER8
Jul
13
6:00 PM18:00

COCA GENER8

CoCA Gener8 is a catalyst for new artist projects that *generate* work in a unique, short term, large-scale office space. The eight artists who were selected to have 24/7 access to the large studio space (which is near Elysian Brewing on Capitol Hill) May 17 through June 15.

Join us from 6-9pm on July 13th during the Capitol Hill Art Walk at 1300 E. Pike St. to see what they are up to.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Beer Sponsor: Elysian Brewing 


Kamari Bright
Wyly Astley
Amina Maya
Dylan Tucker
Makena Gadient
Jean Bradbury
Melanie Voytovich
Stefan Gonzales
Jazz Mom

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Opening Reception of Sarah Fetterman: Past Selves
Jul
6
6:00 PM18:00

Opening Reception of Sarah Fetterman: Past Selves

Sarah Fetterman: Past Selves 

From June 17 to July 29, we will feature artist Sarah Fetterman, a welder and woodworker, with collaborators Hannah Simmons, a digital artist who utilizes coding and dance, and Jack Christoforo, a software designer. Past Selves is a multi-sensory experience through performance and technology with an additive memory arc that runs through the 6-week exhibit.

In Past Selves performances, Simmons will be covered in flour and her movement in the gallery recorded via black tar paper on the walls. As she moves, a white powdery shadow of her body is left in her wake, the flour capturing the back of a leg leading to the ghost of her foot’s arch and the curve of her shoulder as she turns.

At an angle to the performance, a viewer interacts by inserting both elbows into bronze armrests and the natural conductivity of the human body completes the circuit between skin and sculpture, activating a camera to record the performance and room. 

By recording viewings, a memory is generated which is continually overwritten. Simmons’ software layers each recorded “memory” over the previous recordings to form a single ghostly record. With each performance, Simmons’ repetitive actions will meld into previous ones, stabilizing her presence in memory and video recording. The final recording revealing only the blackness of the walls and the flour traces, with a jacket sleeve here, a peering neck there—blurring back to the unseen beginning. The oil from skin transforms the bronze with a patina, storing the memory of the individual in the material of the sculpture as well.

The team's premiere performance of Past Selves on Saturday, June 17 at 4pm will be a private and exclusive event with light hors d'oeuvres and a refreshing beverage courtesy of Sparkle Donkey Tequila for donors at the $100 level and above.  Donate now and make sure you are a part of this unique event! 

A second public presentation of this contemporary art event will be held on Thursday, July 6 from 6-9pm. Join us during artwalk in July for a second performance by Simmons at 7pm.

Sarah Fetterman: A Seattle-based welder and woodworker, Fetterman is a multidisciplinary performative sculptor with a focus on interactive, contemporary art experiences. Since graduating from Bennington College in2014, she has received numerous awards and recognitions including the 2016 Pratt Award and an upcoming Vermont Studio Art Awards Residency, as well as an International Residency in Can Serrat, Barcelona in 2018.

Hannah Simmons: Boston native, Seattle-based choreographer and performer. She graduated from Bennington College with a degree in Mathematics and Dance. Before migrating to Seattle, Hannah was a company member with José Mateo Ballet Theatre (Boston) and had the privilege of spending several months with The Forsythe Company (Frankfurt, Germany) through an educational exchange. She currently performs with Seattle-based companies Coriolis Dance and House of Verlaine. Hannah has also performed with Anna Conner + Co, PE|Mo, and Daniel Roberts, among others. Her choreographic work has been supported by Velocity’s Bridge Project, Arts Incubator at Cornish Playhouse, and Artist Trust.

Jack Christoforo: Seattle-based software developer. As the technical collaborator, he wrote the code for Past Selves as well as designed and implemented the hardware and interactive controls. Christoforo began learning code the summer after 8th grade. He graduated UVM in2012 with a degree in Computer Science with a minor in Chinese. Christoforo is currently an after school teacher at Creative Coding Camps for children in kindergarten through 6th grade.

Calendar Listing:

Sarah Fetterman: Past Selves 

Private event: Premiere performance on June 17 at 4pm for donors at $100+.

Opening reception and performance on Thursday, July 6, 6pm – 9pm, as part of Pioneer Square Art Walk.

Exhibition opens to public June 22 and runs through July 29.

 

Gallery hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11am – 6pm.

 
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CALL FOR ARTISTS: COCA SKETCHBOOK 2 - MARGINALIZED: EDGES AND GUTTERS
Jun
30
12:00 AM00:00

CALL FOR ARTISTS: COCA SKETCHBOOK 2 - MARGINALIZED: EDGES AND GUTTERS

CoCA is delighted to offer our members the CoCA Sketchbook, a CoCA publication with (mostly) blank pages for notes and sketches. The second in a series, Marginalized: Edges and Gutters, will thematically explore what it means to exist on the periphery and literally push artwork to the boundaries of the printed page.

This call explores what it means to exist on the periphery. Selected artwork will bleed off the edges, fit in the margins, or be intentionally censored in the center of the page. Artists from a wide range of perspectives and backgrounds are encouraged to submit work which expresses the concept of marginalization in our communities, politics, galleries, and institutions. By redacting areas of visual information in the printing process, the catalog seeks to start a dialogue addressing how voices are seen, heard, and represented.

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Submission Details

This call is for current CoCA members. Selected artists received a copy of the sketchbook and a discount on additional copies.

 Attach up to 3 b+w/grayscale images only

  • ·Label submitted images: LastName_First_01_Title.jpg
  • ·Size to300 dpi, jpg, grayscale mode, 1920 on the longest side

Email your proposal to submissions@cocaseattle.org

Deadline: Friday, June 30, 2017

“It is a very exciting project. It helps me think about my work from a new perspective. I am looking forward to participating more collaborative projects with CoCA." -- Zihan Liang, Sketchbook 1
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Sarah Fetterman Private Reception
Jun
17
4:00 PM16:00

Sarah Fetterman Private Reception

CoCA is thrilled to feature a private gathering for VIP donors for the premiere presentation of Sarah Fetterman's "Past Selves" on June 17 at 4pm. Fetterman's work is rare, provocative and engaging, blurring the line between art and performance alongside collaborators Hannah Simmons and Jack Christoforo.

This private event is presented as sincere thanks for generous donors to CoCA this year. Join us with a donation to CoCA at the $100+ level. cocaseattle.org/donate

Thank you for your support of CoCA and we look forward to experiencing this unique contemporary art event with you!

 

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

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Mizzonk: The Contsant
May
4
to Jun 10

Mizzonk: The Contsant

Image courtesy of Mizzonk. 
Natural Sand, 72" x 44" installed on concrete floor

A temporary stillness cast in sand, however beautiful, might vanish in a swipe. “Nothing and Everything” intends to illuminate that moment, a solitary moment to question if there is meaning in the impermanent nature of life.  

The Constant

Mizzonk With Wan-Yi Lin and Roger Chen

From May 4 through June 10, 2017, we are excited to present Mizzonk, the artist team (husband and wife, Architecture and MFA) of Wan-Yi Lin and Roger Chen. Based in the Greater Vancouver Area of BC, Canada, these two talents have art and design backgrounds that have involved creating art and installations that invoke a sense of mindfulness and the notion of "being." 

“MIZZONK,” a name inspired by a monk’s devotion to contemplation and his work, is an award-winning collaborative art and design studio based in the Greater Vancouver Area.

Mizzonk's work evokes the senses and stimulates the relationship between one's inner world and the connection to one's outer world. Both founders believe that a person's relationships with others and with the world start with an introspective view and the exploration of the inner self.

Subjects in Mizzonk's art include consciousness, introspection, human nature, the human condition, memories and identity.

In a stripped-down, minimal and timeless appearance, Mizzonk's art invites the viewer to engage. It creates conversation, invites imagination and calls for contemplation.



Join us for the opening reception during Pioneer Square Artwalk on Thursday, May 4 from 6-9pm.
All events at CoCA in Pioneer Square: 114 Third Avenue South, Seattle, 98104 

 
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CoCA Lab: Artist in Residence Program
Apr
8
6:00 PM18:00

CoCA Lab: Artist in Residence Program

Featuring Britta Johnson (March & April)

Saturday, April 8, 2017 6-9pm

After taking part in March's CoCA Lab, we are thrilled to welcome back Britta Johnson this April!

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, in partnership with Seattle City Light, selected three Seattle artists including Britta to create semi-permanent, site-specific, solar-based artworks that will serve as a showcase of solar energy and the City’s sustainability and environmental stewardship. Johnson will be working on components of her project as part of her CoCA Lab residency.

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. While many details of the sculpture have yet to be finalized, one key feature of the piece is 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. Drawing inspiration from a variety of sources including historical and current uses of the site and in keeping with the solar program's sustainability theme, Britta's sculpture is meant both to serve as a memorial to the giant Pacific octopus legally hunted nearby by Dylan Mayer in 2012 and to inspire visitors to take better care of its local and global habitat, a desire shared by the artist and Mayer.

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.


ABOUT GREEN UP:
Green Up is an opportunity for Seattle City Light customers to participate in the renewable energy market for as little as $3 a month (200kWh). You can make a powerful environmental impact and contribute to a greener, more resilient energy future by joining us in supporting renewable energy development in our community and throughout the Pacific Northwest. Sign up today!

ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Britta Johnson received a BA from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota in 1997. A Seattle-based stop-motion animator, she makes video installations, short films and music videos. Her projects and collaboration have shown in venues including Seattle's Lawrimore Project, the Greg Kucera Gallery, Gallery4Culture, Bumbershoot, the Henry Art Gallery, the PICA's TBA Festival, the Walker Art Center, MASS MoCA, the Honolulu Museum of Art and the Boston MFA. To become more familiar with her work, you can check out her website or Instagram page.


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

 

About CoCA Lab Artists in Residence Program

CoCA Lab provides individual artists or artist teams the opportunity to transform our space into a living art laboratory. Artists are invited by CoCA curators and have included international artist Dr. Phoebe Ching Ying Man (Hong Kong), Brooklyn-based installation artist Aaron Asis, performance artist Ezra Dickinson, installation artist Cait Willis, sound artist Nat Evans, installation artist Michelle de la Vega, performance artist ilvs strauss, multimedia installation artist Trina Cooper, composer Jovino Santos Neta, fiber and installation artist Wyly Astley, filmmaker Adam Sekuler, installation artist Celeste Cooning, performance artist Carl Lawrence, rock'n'roll band Marion Walker, Seattle artist and interventionist,Suzanne Morlock, indigenous installation artist Christine Babic, and many others since the program's inception in April 2014.

CoCA Lab is supported, in part, by an award from 4Culture , Seattle Foundation, individual donors and CoCA members.

 Image courtesy of William Anderson.

Image courtesy of William Anderson.

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