Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum is the exciting visual art exhibition space at Mesa Arts Center. In five stunning galleries, MCAM showcases curated and juried exhibitions of contemporary art by emerging and internationally recognized artists. MCAM also offers lectures by significant artists and arts professionals, art workshops, and a volunteer docent program.
*Note that the Museum will be closed for it's annual summer hiatus August 7 - September 8. Attend for the opening reception night on May 12 from 6-10pm.
Altrealities: The Fantastical Worlds & Creatures of Contemporary Artists – September 8, 2017 - November 26, 2017
A popular theme with artists today is the exploration of alternate universes outside our perception of reality. Like Alice’s journey to Wonderland, these surreal landscapes and the creatures that inhabit them serve as windows into realms that feel familiar but are twisted to reveal new perspectives. AltRealities brings together artists whose work alludes to the possibility of other worlds that exist beyond our own, even if they are only imaginary.
The Dusk Parade: by Joe Sorren – September 8, 2017 - January 7, 2018
Joe Sorren, who grew up in Arizona, is known for his evocative characters in dreamlike settings. Working in a luminous palette inspired by desert colors, Sorren creates narratives that have a mysterious quality. His seemingly simple subjects allude to more complex storylines, allowing for multiple interpretations to co-exist.
After Party! by Julie Heffernan – September 8, 2017 - January 14, 2018
Renowned for her lavish, imaginative paintings, New York-based artist Julie Heffernan creates opulent worlds that are undergoing a slow degradation. She draws inspiration from a variety of sources - her Catholic upbringing, feminist leanings and global affairs, among others. Her transcendent narratives function as social metaphors that are often derived from dreams and her subconscious. Heffernan considers much of her work as a kind of interior self-portrait, and titles them as such.
Slang Aesthetics! The Art of Robert Williams – September 8, 2017 - January 21, 2018
A self-described Conceptual Realist, Los Angeles artist Robert Williams is credited as patriarch of some of the most significant and influential contemporary art movements. His proleptic career expands six decades, and he became known as revolutionary for embracing marginalized styles and underground cultures, like alternative comics, hot rods, pinups, graffiti and tattoo art. Williams is unabashed in his social commentary, and his paintings are rich in color, content and technique.