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.
A State of Being – Dec 6, 2019 - Mar 29, 2020
A cross-cultural exchange, this exhibition brings together the dynamic black and white works of Chinese artist He Gong and scientifically inspired geometric imagery of Arizona artist Mark Pomilio. Their friendship was forged several years ago during a residency program in Cheng du, China that He Gong hosted and Pomilio attended. Even with contrasting methods and subject matter, He Gong and Pomilio’s work capture the complexity of artistic expression and the human experience.
Letting Go of Utopia – Jan. 17 – April 5, 2020
Jenny Day takes the viewer on an evolutional journey of broken, psychological landscapes depicted in large, mixed media paintings. In Letting Go of Utopia, Day askes the question: How many ways can one approach mourning? Through an assemblage of Instagram snippets, sour jokes and heartbreak, Day covers her deconstructed surfaces with superficial ornamentation, like glamour and glitter, as a metaphor for the ways in which we mask our own emotional scars.
Ketchup = Red, Mustard = Yellow – Jan. 24 – April 12, 2020
Ceramic artist Kazuma Sambe explores the cultural interactions between the international food industry and the creative, and oftentimes, strange logic of its advertising. He synthesizes traditional hand-building techniques of oriental sculpture with food advertising and packaging. His current focus: SAUCE, which adds zest, flavor, or piquancy to raw foods, is the inspiration behind the newest element incorporated into his work: COLOR.
*Kazuma Sambe is a 2019 proposal winner.
41st Annual Contemporary Crafts – February 14 – April 19, 2020
Highlighting the finest in contemporary crafts from across the country, Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum’s Annual Contemporary Crafts exhibition has become a benchmark for innovation and quality. Representative of traditional craft mediums including ceramics, fibers, basketry, metals, wood, glass, jewelry, papermaking and book arts, this exhibition showcases 60 artworks by 51 artists, representing 12 states.
Color is King: The Hunter Orange Series – Feb. 14 – April 26, 2020
A painter at heart and by training, Maine artist Morris David Dorenfeld uses the loom as his canvas and creates wool “paintings”. The weavings are geometric abstract designs that emphasize simplicity, harmony, proportion, balance, and above all, the visual “music” of color. Hunter Orange, the brilliant primary color, is the subject of his most recent series, where COLOR IS KING.
February 14, 2020