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ARTifACTs We Almost Didn’t Make It January 2018 Exhibition at CoCA in Seattle

CoCA January 2018 exhibit ARTifACTs We Almost Didn't Make It featured image of a doormat with text: When Will this Nightmare Be Over?

ARTifACTs: We Almost Didn’t Make It addresses fears, despair and grief surrounding climate change, and other ecocide assaults on the psyche of humanity

From January 20 to February 24, Seattle’s Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) will feature the activist art collective ARTifACTs with the 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.

 

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One Sky, One World Kite Fly, Peninsula Arts Association Fall Show, Cranberrian Fair - Long Beach, WA

One Sky, One World Kite Fly October 7th & 8th

One Sky, One World promotes annual activities in concurrence with events in hundreds of locations around the World on the Second Sunday of Every October utilizing the multi-cultural symbol of the kite and the ocean of air that we all share. People are made aware of the kite’s contribution to cultural history, the arts and sciences through recognition and enjoyment of the kite, it’s many manifestations and the activity of kite flying as expressed in many nations and regions throughout recorded history. The art and entertainment activities associated with the One Sky One World event, leads to community enjoyment, understanding, friendship between people, environmental awareness and promoting world peace.

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Peninsula Arts Association Fall Show October 7th-9th

The fall show includes a People’s Choice award, plus runners up, chosen by show visitors

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Spontaneous Combustion at CoCA

logo image for the Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, Washington

Beginning September 7, the Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) will present Spontaneous Combustion, 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.

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Call to Artists: Annual Betty Bowen Award

Call to Artists for the Annual Betty Bowen Awrd, August 2017

Call to Artists: Annual Betty Bowen Award

The Betty Bowen Award is now accepting applications! This award was established to honor Betty Bowen (1918-1977) who was an enthusiastic supporter of Northwest contemporary art. This is a juried award and the winner receives an unrestricted prize of $15,000 to further their career. A selection of works by the winner will be exhibited at the Seattle Art Museum. All visual artists working in any media in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho are encouraged to apply. More information is available at visitsam.org/betty-bowen. Applications are accepted online at www.callforentry.org. Deadline: Tuesday, August 1, 2017.

Yenom Wen at Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA)

Yenom Wen at Center on contemporary art, Seatlle WA

Yenom Wen explores consumerism and backward valuation systems coexisting in an atmosphere of economic disparities and mass homelessness

SEATTLE June 30, 2017 – On Thursday, August 3, 2017 C enter on Contemporary Art (CoCA) presents Yenom Wen featuring work from the Pacific Northwest artist collective, New Mystics. As a body politic, the New Mystics is a collection of degenerates from 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.

Utilizing mirrors and cast-off clothing, the gallery space will force patrons to confront their material relationships. Acid-etched by the artists, mirrors reflect found clothing hung on the opposite wall. Seen through this perspective, 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

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When She Dies, You Too Will Die

When She Dies, You Too Will Die : Debut Solo Exhibition of works by Christine Babic

“Some day the earth will weep, she will beg for her life, she will cry with tears of blood. You will make a choice if you will help her or let her die, and when she dies you too will die.” ~John Hollow Horn , Oglala Sioux

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Chinook Arts Festival

The Chinook Arts Festival September 3rd-5th A bit closer to Long Beach, Washington, the Chinook Arts Festival will also be taking place on Labor Day weekend. This festival features blown glass, stained glass, photography, jewelry, oil and watercolor paintings, pottery, wood sculptures and more. Come witness the work of the many incredibly talented artists who reside on our beautiful peninsula!

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JuarezX: Dragged Across Borders

JuarezX: Dragged Across Borders art exhibition, center on contemporary art, seattle, washington, may 2016

JuarezX: Dragged Across Borders: From May 5 – 28, 2016 CoCA presents “JuárezX, Dragged Across Borders,” co-curated by Joseph C. Roberts and Peter Bill. The exhibit presents work by undocumented immigrants and artists from Juarez, Mexico to explore the intersection of race, class, and migrant status at the US and Mexico border. Simultaneously, the exhibit presents readings and interactive workshops that invite visitors to consider social norms, or borders, created around gender and sexuality. CoCA is proud to present an exhibition and support artists that dissolve boundaries and invite visitors to question borders as places that allow fixed notions of identity to bend, stretch, and even disappear.

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Studio News and Workshops from Karen O’Brien

Imaginary Characters book cover, by Karen O'Brien

Check out studio news and workshops from Karen O’Brien here: Karen’s new book released!! May workshop on Creating Character in San Diego, CA and July Workshop on Magical Characters in Washington, more!

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Peninsula Art Association 2016 Art Shows

For more than 45 years the Peninsula Arts Association has hosted several art shows throughout the year. Our shows represent the work of participating PAA members exhibiting in a hugely diverse offering of art media and creativity.

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