Saturday, November 21, 2009

2009 CoCA Annual

CoCA presents the 2009 Annual, a juried exhibition exhibiting work from emerging as well as established artists in a wide variety of visual media. Artists in any region and any country were welcome to submit, and entries were received from 7 countries and 35 states. 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's Ballard Gallery inside the Shilshole Bay Beach Club at 6413 Seaview Ave NW Seattle, WA 98107 (Free entry and parking provided). A $500 first prize and a $250 second prize will be awarded by the juror at the reception. A catalog of the show will feature artists' statements, biographies, and images from participating artists, as well as an introductory essay by the juror.

The following finalists will display their work at our Ballard Gallery:

Robyn Base (Melbourne, Australia)
Nelson Bradley (Buffalo, New York)
Anne-Marie Cosgrove (Tornonto, Ontario)
Derek Coté (Nashville, Tennessee)
Thea Augustina Eck (Pittsburg, Pennsylvania)
Sally Finch (Portland, Oregon)
Valerie George (San Francisco, California)
Klaus Knoll and Cella (Manoa, Hawai'i)
Zane Lancaster (Midvale, Utah)
Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman (Baltimore, Maryland and Rochester, New York)
Mario Marzan (Carrboro, North Carolina)
Leigh Merrill (Denton, Texas)
Patrick Moser (St. Augustine, Florida)
Yvonne Petkus (Bowling Green, Kentucky)

The follwing finalists will install their work at our Belltown Gallery:

Derek Coté (Nashville, Tennessee)
Kim Hennessey (Arlington, Massachusetts)

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