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:
“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 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

Credit: "Aequalis" still frame of video by Carson Rennecamp

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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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