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. MCA Museum also offers lectures by significant artists and arts professionals, art workshops and a volunteer Docent program.
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The museum is closed for most major holidays, including Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year's Day.
Every May, Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum produces a Season Prospectus, which provides the submission guidelines for the museum's exhibiting opportunities for the year. To be added to the museum's mailing list and have a copy of the Prospectus sent to you, 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.
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.
One East Main Street
Mesa, Arizona 85201
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Installation view of LOW & SLOW: The "Art" of the Lowrider, Sept 2008-Jan 2009.
|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 BOUNDLESS: The Book Transformed in Contemporary Art, Apr-Aug 2014.
|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 Jennifer Berkley's installation ENTITLEMENT, May-July 2006.
|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 VAHKI REVISITED, which featured the museum's craft collection, Jan-Mar 2013.
|The SRP Permanent Collection Gallery is dedicated to the exhibition of works from Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum growing Permanent Collection, comprised of nearly 300 objects in all media, including paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photography and decorative arts objects.
Installation view of Daniel Martin Diaz's exhibition MYSTERIUM FIDEI, Sept-Dec 2007.
|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.
Mesa Contemporary Arts 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.
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Banner Image: Installation view of Sergei Isupov's ANDROGYNY, Apr-Aug 2009.
Right Image: El Mac, Desert Rose (Nuevas Generaciones), 2016, Montana aerosol paint. MCA Museum Courtyard. Photo by Niba delCastillo.