Wednesday, April 30, 2008

SlideLuck + CoCA = The SlideLuck CoCAShow

Slideluck Potshow Seattle and CoCA, the Center on Contemporary Art, are excited to partner to announce the upcoming Slideluck CoCAshow!

This will be an extra special Slideluck with a month long exhibition of works by selected artists in September at CoCA's Ballard gallery space inside the Shilshole Bay Beach Club. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, September 4, 2008, as well as a separate potluck and slide show the following week (date tbd).

How do you get involved?

Call for Submissions:
This will be a juried show. Since this is a physical art show as well as a slide show, the submission deadline is FIRM.

The submission deadline is JULY 26, 2008. Artists will be notified of acceptance by August 4th. Only themed work will be considered for the CoCA art show. Further details are TBA.

Be creative with the theme. It can lead down varied paths of history, change, future, creation, cycles, technology, family, society, etc. Collaborations are always encouraged. Consider adding a narrative element to your work and don't forget to edit!
Feel free to contact me with any questions you might have about submissions and creative possibilities. We want to make this show an excellent one!

Please follow the digital submission guidelines found here:
If you want to go analog, we will have a slide projector as well.

You can ftp your submissions here:
username: seattleslideluck
password: ogslps

If that route doesn't work, try sending your file via
Or you can mail me a cd. Contact me for the address.

The submission deadline is July 26, 2008.

shannon welles

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Design 21: Social Design Network and Millennium Promise Challenge to Fight Poverty

Social Design Network invites designers to create a web-based media campaign that reaches as many people as possible to raise awareness of the eight Millennium Development Goals, from eradicating extreme hunger and poverty to reducing child mortality to developing a global partnership for development. The winning design will receive $5,000; another $5,000 will be divided among jury and people’s choice prizes. Official rules and background on Millennium Promise and the Millennium Development Goals can be found on

Deadline: June 17, 2008

Monday, April 28, 2008

House, tree, yard, sun reception this Thursday May 1st at 7pm

CoCA Ballard Gallery:

House, tree, sun, yard, etc. curated by Doug Jeck

Artists were asked to make a work using any media on an 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of paper. These works include the image of a house, a tree, a yard, the sun, and anything else. It's a basic, fundamental art assignment taken on by some of the best in Seattle.

Artists include: Claudia Fitch, Jeffery Mitchell, John Taylor, Jamie Walker, Akio Takamori, Claire Cowie, Jodi Rockwell and many others.

Show run: May 1st through June 6th, 2008

Artist Recess: Thurs, May 1, 7-9 PM

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Graffiti Mosaics by Luke McGuff

Local Photographer Luke McGuff captures the beauty in what most of us pay little attention to. His Graffiti Mosaics series is a great example of his ability to artistically frame the visual expressions that mark our urban landscape.

Ballard, Seattle May, 2006 Displayed at Ouch My Eye in Pioneer Square during April, as part of their X-ActoMundo show.

Belltown, Seattle 10 September 2006 110"w x 34"h Displayed at Cafe Verite/Cupcake Royale in Ballard.

Airport Way So., Seattle 13 August 2006

"I like the vibrancy and color of graffiti, and its declaration of existence. I think compositing honors the source medium. With this technique, I attempt to add some life and vibrancy of my own."

These pictures were taken beginning April, 2006.

You can see more of Luke's photography at his Flickr site or at his web site.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

UW SCHOOL OF ART OPEN HOUSE: Friday April 25, 2008 / 2-7pm

The students, faculty, and staff in the School of Art invite you to join us during UW's annual Washington Weekend to celebrate our abiding passion for art, art history and design. Explore our teaching, research & practice as we present and reflect upon different styles and techniques in the visual arts.

The quad is the epicenter for the Arts at the UW as departments, student groups, and museums come together to showcase this creative and robust community of performers, artists, writers, scholars and designers.

Explore the arts vignettes

  • More than a dozen tents will provide venues for arts “vignettes” - conceived and designed by students - to reveal the essence of their major.

Get behind the camera on a live film set (DXARTS)

  • Guerilla-style film making!

Participate in the Patrick Swayze Challenge on the wheel

  • A perennial favorite from the Ceramics program

Enjoy live musical performances under the Big Top Tent:

  • 12:00pm......Gyil Xylophones by The Awesome Badgers
    1:30pm......The Pulkrabek/Gray Quintet
    2:15pm...... UW Double Bass Ensemble
    3:00pm ......The String Beats
    3:45pm...... Seattle Chamber Brass
    4:30pm...... Jazz Duo

  • Be sure to grab a soda when you stop by - sold by Kappa Kappa Psi, Band Fraternity!

Join in an open mic poetry reading

  • Creative writing students showcase their work

Buy student art at the sales under the tents: 2-7pm

  • Print, painting and drawing, ceramics, sculpture, fibers, photography and more...



The Artist Trust/Washington State Arts Commission Fellowship Program recognizes practicing professional artists of exceptional talent and demonstrated ability, acknowledging an artist's creative excellence and accomplishment, professional achievement and continuing dedication to their artistic discipline.

The Artist Trust/WSAC Fellowship Program makes annual awards of $6,500 each to Washington artists working in four disciplines. In 2008 (and even-numbered years), 21 individual, generative* artists who work in Emerging Fields & Cross-Disciplinary Arts, Performing Arts, Traditional & Folk Arts, and Visual Arts will receive Fellowships. (In odd-numbered years, Fellowships are awarded to artists working in Craft Arts, Literary Arts, Media Arts, and Music Arts.) *Generative artists are defined as the originators of a work of art.

2008 Fellowship Categories

EMERGING FIELDS & CROSS-DISCIPLINARY ARTS - Includes but is not limited to: Digital Arts (e.g. computer and web-based works); Architectural and Environmental Design; Graphic Novels; Interactive and Immersive Installation; Sound Art; Spoken Word; and Cross-Disciplinary arts.

PERFORMING ARTS - Includes but is not limited to: Choreography; Costume Design; Dance-Based Performance; Movement; Musical Theater; Performance Art; Playwriting; Set Design; and Theatre Performance.

TRADITIONAL & FOLK ARTS - Includes but is not limited to: Art forms (e.g. music, dance, craft, performance) learned as part of a community that shares a common ethnic heritage, language, religion, occupation, or geography.

VISUAL ARTS - Includes but is not limited to: Drawing; Graphic Design; Illustration; Installation; Painting; Printmaking; Photography; and Sculpture.

Since 1993, Artist Trust has maintained a successful cooperative partnership with the Washington State Arts Commission to administer Fellowship awards on behalf of the State of Washington. Through the Artist Trust/ Washington State Arts Commission Fellowship Program, Artist Trust has awarded $1,819,500 to 330 artists.

The application postmark deadline is June 20, 2008. Artist Trust members receive an application by mail. All artists can receive an application at or by mailing a business sized, self-addressed stamped envelope to: 2008 Fellowship Application, Artist Trust, 1835 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122.

Panel Discussion: When Words are Not Enough at the Henry

Panelists: Larry Gossett, James Gregory, Janet Jones, and Aaron Dixon.
Henry Auditorium Thursday, April 24, 7 PM

Tickets available at the Henry admissions desk April 17. Seating is limited. First come, first served.

During the height of the Civil Rights Movement, photographer Stephen Shames had unprecedented access to the Black Panther Party and captured not only its public face, but also unscripted, behind-the-scenes moments. Shames's work offers an uncommonly nuanced portrait of this dynamic social movement. An exhibition of these images is on view at Odegaard Library to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the student takeover of the administration building at the University of Washington.

This panel program features Seattle activist and co-founder of the Seattle Black Panther Party Chapter Aaron Dixon and King County Councilmember Larry Gossett, who were involved in the early diversity efforts at the University of Washington, will be held at the Henry Art Gallery on the UW campus. Other program participants include Sheila Edwards Lange, UW Vice President for Minority Affairs, and Vice Provost for Diversity, James Gregory, panel moderator and Director, Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project, and Janet Jones who coordinated the Seattle Black Panther Party History and Memory Project.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

The Food Folly Follies: Tonight at the The Museum Of History and Industry

The Seattle Premier of "The Food Folly Follies" is tonight at The Museum Of History and Industry, 2700 24th Avenue East Seattle on Thursday April 17, 2008
Doors at 6:00 P.M. curtain at 7:30 P.M.

Tickets are available at the door!

Learn why celebrity Chef Kathy Casey calls this a "Must see show" at the show web site.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Ample Sample

Create a design idea that will transform carpet samples into a fixture, a personal accessory, or any other product you dream up.

Winning designs will be promoted at NeoCon and in Floor Focus magazine and will be made available as a free download to forward-thinking designers from around the world. For information and entry forms:

Deadline: May 10 2008

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

CWU College: Fine & Performing Arts Career Day

The CWU College of the Arts & Humanities and Career Services is excited to invite you to participate in our Creative Pursuits: Fine & Performing Arts Career Day. As a booth representative you will have the opportunity to promote your organization and encourage students in their creative pursuits. Registration & participation is FREE. At 4:30, please join us for a Wine & Cheese reception in the CWU Student Union Executive Boardroom.

Creative Pursuits: Fine & Performing Arts Career Day will give CWU students pursuing creative majors and careers an opportunity to connect with professionals and deepen their understanding of career endeavors, industries, processes and graduate school options. Artists, reps, recruiters and academics from business, performance and academic settings in art, photography, design, theater, writing, music will offer industry and professional information.

This year's event will be held Thursday May 6, 2008, on the CWU Ellensburg campus.
Professional Informational & Recruiting Booths: Student Union - The SURC - Ballroom. May 6, 11-3 pm.

Registration & participation is FREE. View more information and the event registration link at:

The event registration deadline is Fri. April 18.

Slideluck Potshow Seattle Vol. 2, No. 6

What: Slideluck Potshow
When: Saturday, April 19, 2008
7pm potluck/8:30pm slide show
Where: Ouch My Eye 1022 1st Ave S (near Safeco Field)

Are you ready for a spectacular evening of food, conversation and, most importantly, pictures?
Slideluck Seattle returns this Saturday evening with another round of Seattle photographers addressing the theme GO LOCAL.

Please join us at 7pm for the potluck dinner by bringing along your favorite tasty treats and a bottle of something to wash it all down.

Ouch My Eye is located just north of Royal Brougham on 1st Ave S. It is easily accessible by metro bus lines 56 and 57 (on 1st Ave, get off at the Royal Brougham stop and cross the street).

Thank you to everyone who submitted!
Below is a list of accepted entries (in no particular order):
Gabrielle Fine
Bryan Lester
Bebet Caguin
Andrew Hida
Stan Raucher
Robin Ley
Tom Vykruta
Brandon Mosby
Erin Shafkind
Michael Barkin
Stuart Isett
Alexandra Roxo
Michelle Smith-Lewis
Ben Haley
Rob Angus
Peter Kearns
Dan Carrillo
Jon Mittelstaedt
Dana Day
Jeff Speigner
Gregor Jamroski
Jenny Sampson
Kim Doyel
Jed Dunkerley
Matt Freedman
Arne Pihl
Tim Matsui
and yours truly, Shannon Welles

Friday, April 11, 2008

Geeks & Freaks...

Each Thursday between May and September, CoCA is pleased to present a varied and eclectic array of After Dark events, at our ballard gallery, located inside the Shilshole Bay Beach Club at 6413 Shilshole Ave NW. All After Dark events commence at 9pm, and our cash bar will be open until 1am. We’re raising the bar!

CoCA Events After Dark presents…

WHAT: The Geek & Freak Show—a forum for talent, expression, and performance. Hosted by MC Waldo Vega & live grooves by Tommy Long (

WHO: Calling all Musicians (but take your lame acoustic guitar solos elsewhere), Dancers and Performers (we encourage the bizarre), and otherwise Self-labeled Freaks and/or Geeks with an obscure Talent!

We’re seeking six performances and will limit you to 10 minutes of guaranteed fame. The rest is up to the audience—because after we cut the dead weight, if you’re one of the crowd favorites you get an encore onstage performance!

WHERE: CoCA Ballard lives @ 6413 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle WA 98107 inside the Shilshole Bay Beach Club.

WHEN: May 1 and May 8. If the Geek & Freak Show returns, we will let you know.

8pm doors open, and limited walk-in signups will be considered until 8:45pm. Performances commence at 9pm. Entertainment continues thru midnight.

WHY: Here at CoCA we believe that creative license is everything. We want you to bring your funk, your talent, your energy, and your fans! If you need to dust off your accordion, assemble your esoteric poetry, or swing from our rafters with fire, let us know!

We believe the terms “geek” and “freak” are “empowering”, not “derogatory”. As adapted from our friends at, a “freak” is commonly regarded as a 'catch-all' term for mainstream society to use to describe anyone who they may believe isn't mainstream. Such as mallgoths, punks, hardcore kids, emos, metalheads, goths and whatnot. We’re all a little freaky, right? Or at least geeky. The “geeks” were those people you picked on in high school and now work for. They tend to have brilliant ideas and often need obligatory prodding to showcase their talents.

CONTACT: CoCA at 206.728.1980 or email! But please be forewarned: you must be able to cogently explain to us what the hell you’re attempting.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

The Museum of Northwest Art has launched a search for a new full-time curator

The Museum of Northwest Art has launched a search for a new full-time curator, responsible for all exhibits from the outside, traveling shows, and museum publications. Attached is a job announcement. We would appreciate your assistance in spreading the word on this open position. The deadline for cover letters and resumes is April 30, 2008.

Lisa Young
, formerly exhibitions coordinator, has been promoted to the position of Curator of the Permanent Collection and Registrar. Lisa has worked for the Museum of Northwest Art for the past seven years in a variety of capacities, and has curated the last four exhibits from the permanent collection.

The Paul Horiuchi retrospective, with guest curator
Barbara Johns, opened to a crowd of 400 people. The exhibit runs through June 15th. The opening was in conjunction with the release of Barbara Johns' new book, Paul Horiuchi: East and West, designed by Phil Kovacevich. The book is published by the UW Press in partnership with the Museum of Northwest Art

Kathleen Harmon
Museum of Northwest Art
121 S First Street
PO Box 969
La Conner, WA 98257

(360) 466-4446 X112

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Piper Hopkins sightings at Area 51

"Donegal Dress", 30"x30" silver leaf, metallic pigment and india ink, by Piper Hopkins. 2008.
Photo by David Emory

Piper Hopkins: New Work explores the nuances of emotion and nostalgia through frenetic line work, jarring static forms and scale. By creating visual juxtapositions of loose figural forms placed on highly reflective metallic and silver-leafed backgrounds, Hopkins delves into how memories and feelings of nostalgia are interwoven, contained, or obfuscated by time.

Piper Hopkins: New Work opens May 10th
Area 51, 401 E. Pine St
Seattle, WA 98122

Opening reception 6-9pm.
Valet Parking will be provided.
Please RSVP to

For more information about the artist, please visit

Monday, April 7, 2008

The Ketchup Caucus...

Local Seattle film maker Jesse Harris, is among the finalist in the next great Heinz Ketchup commercial contest.

The top 10 commercials are posted on the "Top This TV Challenge, Take Two" website. People can vote for their favorite once a day, every day, through April 21. Winners of the Top This TV Challenge Take Two commercial will be announced in May.

Four runners-up will win $5,700, and their commercial will air on national television. The grand prizewinner will win $57,000 and a spot on national TV.

Vote for your favorite candidate. Any candidate that advocates kids beating up magicians, gets my support!

See Jesse commercical here:

Dwell on Design Conference: Thursday 5 and Friday 6 June, 2008

Location: Los Angeles Convention Center (West Hall A)

Join the Dwell magazine's editorial team for an in-depth, inspirational, and engaging examination of all things modern, including architecture, urban planning, interiors, landscapes and products. We’re bringing together over 50 of the most influential minds in design such as Lorcan O'Herlihy, Michelle Kaufmann, Mark Rios, and Lori Dennis — the people who are moving and shaking the industry. Plus, we'll let you in on the exhibition on Friday before it opens to the general public.

Click here to learn more:

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Phoenix Contemporary Design Fair

The Phoenix Contemporary Design Fair (PCDF) and kontakt magazine invite independent furniture designers to submit original furniture designs for a design competition.

Conceived as a way to connect talented independent designers with furniture resellers and a design savvy public, finalists’ submissions will be displayed in a special section at PCDF and selected designers will be featured in kontakt magazine.

Designs will be reviewed by a panel consisting of furniture store buyers, interior designers, architects and kontakt magazine editors. The top ten designs selected will be displayed at PCDF, April 18-20, 2008. Awards will be given
for best overall design and people’s choice, based on voting by attendees of PCDF.

Fro more info:

The Food Folly Follies on Kiro radio Sat 4/5

Photo: John Cornicello

When: Saturday April 5th at 5:45pm.
Where: Kiro Radio 710am

Tom Douglas and Thierry Rautureau, who co-host the show,
"In the kitchen with Tom and Thierry", have invited actress/nutritionist Abil Bradshaw on their show to promote "The Food Folly Follies". A fusion of nutrition education and entertainment: nutrition edu-tainment utilizes dramatic monologues, projected images, and music. Here's what celebrity chef, Kathy Casey says about "The Food Folly Follies":

Abil is not your old-school nutritionist -- she is on a “Good Food” mission! Her raw passionate one-woman show takes you on a moving journey that will have you thinking twice about what you’re eating, where your food comes from and how it affects your life. This is a must see show. Kathy Casey

So, tune into KIRO Newstalk 710AM at 5:45pm on Saturday, April 5th and hear what Abil Bradshaw has to say about her ambitious attempt to put an entertaining spin on nutrition education.
"The Food Folly Follies" on April 17th at MOHAI!

Friday, April 4, 2008

Pecha Kucha Night April 10th at See Sound Lounge in Belltown

Pecha Kucha Night V. 06

We’ve got a great line up of artists, film-makers, architects, designers and other amazing creative folks. Share ideas, see great work and make some mischief. We’d love to see you there!


Thursday, April 10th,

6:00 PM

See Sound Lounge

115 Blanchard St.

Seattle, WA


Alex Steffen - Executive Editor, World Changing

Elizabeth Buschmann - Digital Media, Mixed Media, Mechatronics

Marlow Harris -

Cameron Hall - Design Citizen

Karen Lorene - Facere Jewelry Art Gallery/Editor, Signs of Life

Sage Saskill - S.A.G.E. Designs NW, Architect/Artist/Activist

Jesse Harris - NFFTY Film Festival

Michael Franz Horner - Zymogenetics

Dawn Clark - Arbor Amorist

Ross Leventhal - Architect, Hands of China


Pecha Kucha (the Japanese for the sound of conversation) gathers creative individuals to share their work and ideas in an informal environment. Pecha Kucha Night was conceived in 2003 by Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham (from Klein Dytham architecture, in Tokyo), as a place for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. Each presenter is allowed 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds each - giving 6 minutes 40 seconds of fame before the next presenter is up. This keeps presentations concise, the interest level up, and gives more people the chance to showcase their ideas, visions, work/areas of curiosity.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

"Public Art in a Nutshell" workshops

Register soon for the Office's free workshop Public Art in a Nutshell. Space is limited. The workshop is designed for visual artists interested in making the transition from studio art to public art. Experienced public artists Cheryl dos Remedios and Horatio Hung-Yan Law will talk about the skills and strategies they draw upon to realize creative and successful projects for public spaces. The workshop is 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, April 19 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave.

The workshop inaugurates the Office's 2008 public art workshop series. A June workshop, Behind Panel Doors, will demystify the public art application and artist selection process. In September, Getting it Made, will offer tips to visual and public artists interested in learning more about working with a fabricator to see a project from concept to construction. In November, Green Art? What Does "Sustainable Design" Mean in Public Art? will discuss the implications of green design for public artists.

To register for Public Art in a Nutshell, contact Eleanor Beerman, (206) 233-3930.


Gravity Free: Multidisciplinary Design Innovation Conference
May 12–14, 2008
Chicago, IL

Registration is open for Gravity Free: 2008. This year's theme, "The Year of Dangerous Minds," celebrates creative risk-taking in the realms of architecture, interior design, product design, urban planning, graphic design, and even screenwriting. Speakers include Chip Kidd, Luigi Colani, Jamie Drake, Stefan Sagmeister, Jake Barton, Deborah Adler, and Massimo Vignelli.

Winterhouse Awards for Design Writing and Criticism

Deadline: June 2, 2008

The Winterhouse Writing Awards seek to increase the understanding and appreciation of design, both within the profession and throughout American life. The award of $10,000, for a body of work by a writer under the age of 40, is open to critics, designers, educators, historians, journalists, and scholars who are U.S. citizens or full-time residents for at least three years. An education award of $1,000 is open to students (high school, undergraduate, or graduate) whose writing demonstrates extraordinary originality and promise. 2008 Jurors are Jessica Helfand, Michael Bierut, Kevin Lippert, and Judith Thurman. For information and applications: