Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum


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.

Current Exhibits:

Transitory Conversations: Patti Warashina- April 17 – August 5, 2018

transitory conversations
With a career spanning over 55 years, Washington State artist Patti Warashina has established herself as an artistic icon, especially in the media of ceramics. She uses the figure as a vehicle to portray what she draws from her own daily life experiences, as well as the absurdities and foibles from the civilization in which we live. Her characters become the actors in her introspective narratives and the viewer becomes the voyeur. In her Conversations Series, the abstract quality of the surfaces erases and denies the identification of time and place, speaking to the universal quirks of all human behavior. Most recently, today’s highly charged political atmosphere has been a fascinating source of ideas for her to explore.

Adventure & Control - April 20 – August 5, 2018

Renowned for her dark, intimate portraits, Arizona artist Rachel Bess incorporates classical techniques to realistically capture the likeness and complex narratives of her subjects. In her paintings, Bess employs dramatic lighting and conveys a nuanced mood that reflects her lifelong fascination with impermanence. Her latest body of work represents the balance between being in control and letting go while pursuing an underlying drive for adventure and change. 

Life & Death Portraits- April 20 – August 5, 2018

life and death
Spanning twenty-five years, this exhibition features a "landscape" of Arizona personalities and international persons by artist Marilyn Szabo. Color and black and white photographs capture friends, lovers and relatives, many of whom are now gone. The photographs are uncanny for their strong collaboration between the photographer and subject. Beautiful, powerful and technically crafted, the portraits evoke universal feelings of loss and nostalgia.