About

Mesa Contemporary Arts (MCA) Museum is a visual arts exhibition space committed to the presentation, interpretation, collection, documentation and preservation of contemporary visual arts with a special focus on traditional media. Dedicated to presenting exceptional regional, national and international exhibitions, Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum provides support and advancement to artists world-wide through solo, group and juried exhibitions while promoting educational opportunities within our community. MCA Museum also offers lectures by significant artists and arts professionals, art workshops and a volunteer Docent program. 

 

Groups of 12 or more please call our front desk at 480.644.6560.

 

See the current exhibitions!

 

Admission:  FREE


Museum Hours:

Mondays: Closed

Tue - Sat: 10 AM - 5 PM

Sun: Noon - 5 PM

 

Museum Summer Closure:

Aug 5 - Sep 12, 2024

 

Museum Front Desk: 480.644.6560

 

The museum is closed for most major holidays, including Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year's Day.

 

See photos from past exhibitions and Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum events, here.

 

 

Every May, Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum produces a Season Prospectus, which provides the submission guidelines for the museum's exhibiting opportunities for the year. For any questions, please contact mesacontemporaryarts@MesaAZ.gov.

 

Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum is currently not accepting any unsolicited proposals. Artists who DO NOT follow the guidelines outlined in the Prospectus and were not contacted directly by Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum staff about participating in an exhibition are considered unsolicited artists. Artists who apply for an opportunity and follow the guidelines outlined in the Prospectus are NOT considered unsolicited. Unsolicited materials will be returned without comment.

 

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46th ANNUAL CONTEMPORARY CRAFTS

The Annual Contemporary Crafts highlights the finest in contemporary crafts from around the country, our annual crafts exhibition has become a benchmark of innovation and quality produced within traditional craft forms such as ceramics, fibers, basketry, metals, wood, glass, jewelry, papermaking and book arts.

Submission Deadline: Fri, Oct 18, 2024 at 5:00 PM

Entry Fee: $25

 

NORTH GALLERY PROPOSALS
Now accepting proposals for this community gallery, which showcases the work of Arizona artists or artists with a significant presence in the state.
Submission Deadline: Fri, Dec 6, 2024 at 5:00 PM
Click here to download a plan of the North Gallery
Entry Fee: $25

 

RUTH TAN LIM PROJECT ROOM

Now accepting proposals from artists whose work includes the use of this space for site-specific installations and/or new media.

Submission Deadline: Fri, Dec 6, 2024 at 5:00 PM

Click here to download a plan of the Project Room

Entry Fee: $25

 

MCA Museum is part of the Mesa Arts Center campus and is located across from the Store at the North West point of campus. The museum is the closest building to Center and Main Street.


Address:
One East Main Street
Mesa, Arizona 85201

 

 

For drivng directions and parking, click here.

General Inquiries: 480-644-6560

 

Mary-Beth Buesgen, Interim Museum Contemporary Arts Curator

 

Frank Gonzales, Exhibits Designer / Preparator

Judy Dahms-Brouillard, Registrar

 

Laura Jacobson, Curatorial Office Assistant

 

Lucinda Smith, Visitor Services Assistant

Mesa Contemporary Arts (MCA) Museum is the exciting visual art exhibition space at Mesa Arts Center. In five stunning galleries, MCA Museum showcases curated and juried exhibitions of contemporary art by emerging and internationally recognized artists.

 

Installation view of "Living in Delusionville" by Ron English, Sept 2022-Jan 2023.

The Wilson and Ruby Dobson Main Gallery is Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum’s largest exhibition space at 2,400 square feet. It’s used for curated solo, group, and juried group exhibitions of national and international artists.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Installation view of "Poke a Hole in the World" by Bill Dambrova, Mar-Aug 2023.

The South Gallery, which is 1,400 square feet, is used for installations of curated solo, group, and juried group exhibitions in all media, from national and international artists.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Installation view of "Sanctuary" by Eliza Au, May-Aug 2022.
The Dr. Ruth Tan Lim Project Room is an experimental 500-square-foot gallery available to artists for exhibitions of site-specific and/or new media installations, including film/video, sound, digital and/or Web-based works. Artists may propose exhibitions for this experimental space dedicated to the display of solo and collaborative work in all mediums; a small stipend is offered to proposal winners.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Installation view of "The Peculiar Seduction of Scattering of Light" by Colleen Quigley, Apr-Aug 2023.

The SRP Permanent Collection Gallery is dedicated to the exhibition of works from Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum growing Permanent Collection, comprised of nearly 1,000 objects in all media, including paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photography and decorative arts objects.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Installation view of "Laloland" by Lalo Cota, Apr-Aug 2022.

The North Gallery is a 700-square-foot space dedicated to exhibiting works from Arizona artists. Emphasis is given to artists in the Greater Phoenix metropolitan area, artists living in Arizona, or who have a significant presence within the state. This space is a venue where both artists and community members have the opportunity to view and learn about a wide variety of media, culture and issues that impact the arts in Arizona. Artists may propose exhibitions for this gallery, which showcases the work of local artists or artists with a significant presence in Arizona. 

Are You Color Blind?

Experience EnChroma Glasses for Color Blindness
at Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum at Mesa Arts Center

in Partnership with the EnChroma Color Accessibility Program

  

If you’re red-green color blind, come try EnChroma glasses for color blindness and experience the vibrant colors at Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum at Mesa Arts Center! You can borrow and enjoy EnChroma glasses during your visit as part of our mission of accessibility and inclusivity for all of our members and patrons.

 

EnChroma glasses enable people with red-green color blindness to see an expanded range of clear, vibrant, distinct color and enjoy enhanced detail and depth perception. Color blindness affects one in 12 men (8%) and one in 200 women (.5%) – an estimated 13 million in the US and 350 million worldwide.

 

Take EnChroma’s online color vision test to learn your type and level of color blindness by clicking here. Then, bring color blind family and friends to borrow the glasses.

 

Causes and Challenges of Color Blindness

While people with normal color vision see over one million shades of color, those with color vision deficiency only see about 10% of those hues and shades. As a result, their world view is dull and less vibrant, with some colors appearing muddled, muted, washed out or indistinguishable. To them, purple looks blue, red seems brown, gray appears pink, and green and yellow can look similar.

 

The color blind can struggle to see the red in a flower, the variation of colors in a rainbow, a painting, the true hair or eye color of a loved one, red and green stoplights and more. In viewing artwork, the color blind may struggle to see some colors. In school, the condition can cause frustration and challenges in learning. Here are some examples of how the color blind see:

 



 

How EnChroma Glasses Work?

EnChroma’s patented lenses are engineered with special optical filters that enable the color blind to see a broader range of colors more clearly, vibrantly and distinctly so they can experience colorful art, the beauty of nature, overcome everyday challenges and better understand and appreciate colors.

 

Importantly, EnChroma glasses are not a cure or correction for color blindness, they work for approximately eight out of 10 people with red-green color blindness, do not provide full color vision and results and reaction times vary. Read this recent study by the University of California, Davis, and France’s INSERM Stem Cell and Brain Research Institute, about the effectiveness of EnChroma glasses.

 

EnChroma glasses are available in outdoor and indoor lenses that can also be customized for prescription. They range in price from $189 to $349 and come in adult and kids’ sizes. They can be purchased via EnChroma.com or at nearly 400 Authorized EnChroma Retailer locations throughout the U.S. and worldwide.

 

Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum at Mesa Arts Center and EnChroma are proud to partner to enable access to more of life’s colorful experiences for those with color vision deficiency

MCA Docents

A Docent is a teacher who serves Mesa Contemporary Arts and the community in the field of art education. Docents are considered key volunteers and extensions of the Mesa Contemporary Arts staff. They provide public and private tours and provide auxiliary security in exhibition areas during special events and opening receptions. Docents attend bi-monthly meetings, which include lectures and workshops on current exhibitions as well as art related field trips. For more information, contact Interim Museum Curator, Mary-Beth Buesgen

 

Museum Admissions Attendants

Museum Admissions Attendants are primarily responsible for ensuring a welcoming and positive experience for all visitors to Mesa Contemporary Arts. These volunteers manage the Admissions Desk, handle Point of Sale transactions for museum admissions, greet visitors upon arrival and on the phone, answering general questions and providing friendly customer service to all patrons. For more information, contact Interim Museum Curator, Mary-Beth Buesgen.

 

MCA Interns

Internships are a way students can gain professional experience and provide a service in their community. At Mesa Contemporary Arts, interns are an integral part of the staff and assist with all aspects of the museum, including curatorial, objects management, exhibition installation and art education. Interns become familiar with proper museum procedures and expand their knowledge of the profession. For more information, contact Interim Museum Curator, Mary-Beth Buesgen.

 

Interested in connecting with new audiences, engaging your employees and promoting your brand at Mesa Arts Center? Learn more about exhibition sponsorship and business engagement opportunities here.

 

Want exclusive access to special VIP museum events? Learn more about the benefits of Mesa Arts Center membership here.

Banner Image: Installation view of Anila Quayyum Agha's Shimmering Mirage: White, May 10 2024-Jan 5, 2025.