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.
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.