Wednesday, September 16, 2009

2009 CoCA Annual: Call for Artists

From November 19, 2009 – January 9, 2010, CoCA will present the 2009 Annual, a juried exhibition that seeks work from emerging as well as established artists in a wide variety of visual media. The exhibit will showcase the ways in which contemporary artists, regardless of their location, share similar aesthetic concerns and conceptual approaches in a world of increasingly dramatic flux.

CoCA has presented the Annual since 1989, each time inviting an independent juror to select the work from among the entries received. For this year’s 20th anniversary of the show, CoCA is proud to have Jess Van Nostrand as juror.

Jess Van Nostrand is Exhibitions Curator at Cornish College of the Arts and author of numerous essays and articles about the arts including the popular “Artists’ Guide to Seattle” published by the Seattle Convention and Visitors Bureau. She holds a BA in Art History from The George Washington University and an MA in Art History from
Richmond University, London. Van Nostrand is a portfolio instructor for the Artist Trust EDGE program, and founder of the art program at Joe Bar for emerging artists. She currently serves as Chair of the Seattle alliance of ArtTable, the national organization for women leaders. Curating in Seattle since 2003, she has developed an emphasis on dialogue between artists from the Northwest and other cities.

There will be a reception for the artists, the work, and the juror on Thursday November 19 2009, at CoCA Ballard inside the Shilshole Bay Beach Club at 6413 Seaview Ave NW Seattle, WA 98107. The gallery includes approximately
75 feet of wall space and is well attended by a variety of audiences. Large scale mixed-media installations may be accommodated at CoCA Belltown (approx. dimensions 33’ x 3’). For a pdf of the floor plans for either gallery, as well as photos of the spaces. please see CoCA’s website,

A $500 first prize and a $250 second prize will be awarded by the juror. A catalog of the show will feature artists statements, biographies, and images from participating artists, as well as an introductory essay by the juror. In addition to having their work archived on CoCA’s website, artists from the 2009 Annual will also invited to participate in CoCA’s new online store.

Submissions are by email with the following requirements:

  • Submit up to a maximum of 5 different pieces and no more than 2 to 3 photos of each piece in jpeg format. Maximum dimension of 1200 pixels in either direction
  • A description of the images. Send as an attachment in either .PDF or .Doc file format (artwork title, dimensions, medium and year of creation)
  • 250 word artist’s statement. Send as an attachment in either .PDF or .Doc file format.
  • Biography of 150 words (Send as an attachment in either .PDF or .Doc file format)
  • Contact info (address, phone, email)
  • Artist web site link (if available)
  • $15 (US) entry fee (PayPal or check made out to “Center on Contemporary Art”). Make sure to note the artist name in the payment.

Please note that PDF is the preferred file format for the description, statement and biography.

Entry deadline is October 23, with notification no later than November 6. Selected work must be shipped to the gallery by November 16. Call (206) 283-4701 (David Francis, CoCA Secretary) for more information.

Send proposals to:

Center on Contemporary Art 6413 Seaview Ave. N.W. Seattle, WA 98107 USA

Note: Two-dimensional, three-dimensional and multi-media work will be considered. If there are special requirements associated with the display of your work (including budgetary and/or space/time constraints), please indicate these in your email submission.

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