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.
Medieval Piñata – Sept. 13, 2019 - Jan. 12, 2020
California sculptor Roberto Benavidez is known for his elaborate, fine art piñatas that play on themes of race, sexuality, art, sin, humor and beauty. Inspired by art history, Benavidez’s latest work brings to life the fanciful creatures found in Hieronymus Bosch’s iconic painting Garden of Earthly Delights and the whimsical marginalia found in various illuminated medieval manuscripts. The exhibition features a grouping of Benavidez’s enchanted sculptures, made from papier-mâché, crepe paper and wire.
The Memory of Birds – Sept. 13, 2019 - Jan. 5, 2020
Arizona artist Carol Eckert mines the iconography of mythology and art history, expanding and evolving a body of work that focuses on the resonant connections between humankind and the natural world. Ancient fables and allegories find their way into her art, along with references to cabinets of curiosity and 17th century still life paintings. Employing the simple textile process of coiling, Eckert constructs works layered with the complexities of mankind’s response to nature.
Biophilia – Sept. 13, 2019 - Jan. 26, 2020
Mary Meyer is an Arizona artist who specializes in mixed media sculpture and installations. Strongly influenced by a background in traditional stone carving, she uses meditative processes and materials to illustrate our physical kinship with the flora that surrounds us. In Biophilia, the artist emphasizes the innate human need to find stillness in our daily lives and reconnect with the quiet energy that is our true nature. The installation carries hundreds of hand-built clay seed and leaf abstractions that beckon the viewer to pause, be present and recognize themselves within these humble constructs of nature.
Flora & Fauna – Sept. 13, 2019 - Jan. 26, 2020
Flora and fauna refers to the Western art history classification for plant and animal life, with the exclusion of the human species. From bacteria to large land and sea mammals, this exhibition celebrates nature and its enduring influence in art. While many contemporary artists are instinctively drawn to various environments and the creatures that inhabit them, others are inspired by the climate change discourse and global movement to raise awareness about the human impact on the planet.