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.
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.
Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum: Opening Reception 7-10 p.m., February 9, 2018
FREE and Open to the Public
• Musical Entertainment by Keith Johnson
• Artists in Attendance
• Light Refreshments and Cash Bar
Halfway Between the Earth and Stars by Kathryn Maxwell - December 10, 2017 – March 25, 2018
In her latest body of work, Arizona artist Kathryn Maxwell combines images of constellations, the moon, and the molecular structure of DNA. Originally inspired by Carl Sagan’s statement “we are made of stardust,” Maxwell explores the connection of the micro and macro, the terrestrial and celestial.
As Above by Mary Shindell - January 20 – April 9, 2018
Arizona artist Mary Shindell’s mixed media installation explores the relationship between environments found on our planet and others in the solar system, specifically focusing on the Arizona terrain and our state’s impact on space exploration. Shindell incorporates botanical elements from research and observatory sites in Arizona as well as geological and topographical elements found on Earth, Mars and Pluto. The artist invites the viewer to experience the installation as planetary researcher and have a sense of physical place where scientific research originates and becomes part of the physical world.
Docents Select: Kitchen Sink featuring Works from the Permanent Collection - January 20 – April 8, 2018
As with most museums, the Mesa Contemporary Arts (MCA) Museum Docents are central to the functionality of the museum. Through their volunteer efforts and assistance, tours are conducted, artwork is researched, special talks are prepared and opening receptions succeed. This exhibition was entirely curated by the MCA Museum Docents and demonstrates some of the research they have conducted on pieces from the permanent collection the center around the kitchen.
39th Annual Contemporary Crafts - February 9 – April 15, 2018
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, the exhibition includes ceramics, fibers, basketry, metals, wood, glass, jewelry, papermaking and book arts.
Memories of an Idyllic Landscape - February 9 – April 23, 2018
Tiffany Bailey – 38th Annual Contemporary Crafts exhibition Juror’s Choice winner
Tiffany C. Bailey’s ceramic work reflects the topography of her childhood home in Southwestern Wisconsin. Inspired by the landscape and agricultural architecture, her porcelain work reimagines an idyllic place and time that is both contemporary and iconic. Detailed renderings, subtle textures and a marriage of representational and abstract forms create a visual vocabulary of place that is intimate yet expansive.