Friday, November 4, 2011

2011 Annual Exhibition Juried by Gary Hill Call for Artists Center on Contemporary Art (Seattle)

Call for Artists

From December 29, 2011 – March 18, 2012, CoCA will present its 22nd annual juried exhibition seeking work from emerging as well as established artists in a wide variety of visual media. While there is no theme this year as such, we’re hunting for work that experiments and explores in general, crossing disciplinary boundaries, challenging established notions of time and space, cultural production, and the objet d’art itself.

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 22nd anniversary of the show, CoCA is proud to have Gary Hill as juror.

Internationally recognized for the broad scope of his work, ranging from media arts to sculpture, from installation to poetics, Gary Hill has explored the ineffable relationship between text, sound, and image for nearly 40 years.  A MacArthur Grant recipient and Fellow at both the Rockefeller and Guggenheim Foundations, he also received the Leone d’Oro Prize for Sculpture at the Venice Biennale (1995) and the Kurt Schwitters Prize (2000), to name a few of his many accolades. Locally he was recently awarded
a 2011 Arts Innovator Award from Artist Trust and an honorary doctorate from Cornish College of the Arts (2011). Born in Santa Monica in 1951, Hill also grew up surfing and remains informed by the restless energy of the sea itself.

The deadline for submissions is midnight on Dec.4, 2011. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, December 29, at CoCA’s Georgetown gallery located inside the Seattle Design Center at 5701 6th Avenue South, Seattle WA 98108. (

Artists in any region and any country are welcome to submit. Two-dimensional, three-dimensional and multi-media work will be considered. A $500 first prize and a $250 second prize will be awarded by the juror, as well as up to two “honorable mentions” featured on CoCA’s website. A catalog of the show will feature artists’ statements, biographies, and images, as well as an introductory essay by Gary Hill. In addition to having all participating artists archived on CoCA’s website, there will also be an opportunity to place work in CoCA’s new online store.

To apply:

Applications are electronic and can be made entirely online at

Be sure to enter “Annual” when asked what you are submitting for. Deadline: electronic submission completed as of midnight on December 4, 2011. The online system will ask you to:

  • Submit up to 10 images of the artwork for consideration. Format is jpg file, max. dimension of 800 pixels in either direction. The system will ask you to include a description of the artwork (artwork title, dimensions, medium and year of creation).

  • Enter a Work Description (500 words): Consider the body of work as a unit, indicating whether new work or old, part of a series or not, commissioned, proposed, previously exhibited, result of a collaboration, etc. If there are special requirements associated with the display of your work (including budgetary and/or space/time constraints), please indicate these here.

  • Upload an Artist’s statement (250 words): This will appear in the catalog.

  • Upload an Artist’s biography (200 words), including year of birth, city of origin, awards, honors, shows, degrees. This will also appear in the catalog.

  • $15 (US) entry fee (PayPal). Make sure to note the artist name in the payment.

Offers will be made through email, accompanied by an Art Loan Agreement and additional information by December 11; artists must confirm by email by December 13.


Call for Art: October 29; Deadline for artists to apply: December 4
Final acceptances: December 11
Accepted artists must confirm by:  December 13
Shipping occurs: December 13 – 23 (allow extra time for holiday)
Install: Dec. 26- 28
Opening Reception: Thursday Dec. 29
Closes: March 18, 2012

Please note that selected work must be shipped to the gallery by December 23. CoCA insures work during exhibition, but shipping to/from, as well as shipping insurance remain the responsibility of the artist. Call (001) (206) 851-9641 or email  for more information.

Ship to:
Center on Contemporary Art
2011 Annual Exhibition
Seattle Design Center
5701 6th Avenue South
Seattle WA 9108

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