Mesa Contemporary Arts, the Mesa Arts Center’s visual arts galleries and one of the city's few arts institutions unaffected by recent budget cuts, has revealed its offerings for the upcoming 2006-07 season.
The exhibitions mainly focus on artist showcases, with several Arizona-based talents highlighted.
Opening the season on Sept. 5 (the galleries are closed from Aug. 4-Sept. 4) are two installations combining a variety of media: “Public Space,” photos by Utah artist Joseph Ostraff presented with sound bits from public spaces in the Phoenix area, and “PIVOT: The Conjunction of Directional Impulses,” interactive sculptures, video and sound by Tucson’s James Cook.
Other exhibits include national juried exhibitions “Molten” (glass and neon), “Mosaic Art” and “Physical Presence” (figural work in contemporary art). Crafts are covered in late January, with the “28th annual Contemporary Craft Exhibition” and a solo exhibit from 2006 Craft Award Winner Margaret Whiting.
The state’s artistic output is further featured in “Melissa Martinez and Mary Shindell” (multi-media installation from Valley artist), “Arizona Photographers” and a showcase of two top Valley art names, “Annie Lopez and Jeff Falk” (exhibit names may be subject to change).
For information, call (480) 644-6500 or log on to Mesa Arts Center.
MCA 2006-07 schedule
“Public Space,” Sept. 5-Oct. 15
“PIVOT: The Conjunction of Directional Impulses,” Sept. 5-Nov. 26
“Sandow Birk’s Divine Comedy,” Sept. 15-Jan. 7
“neither MAN nor BEAST,” Sept. 5-TBD
“Molten,” Nov. 3-April 1
“Melissa Martinez and Mary Shindell,” Nov. 3-Jan. 7
“La Lotería: An Exploration of México,” Dec. 12-Feb. 4
“2006 Craft Award Winner Margaret Whiting,” Jan 26-TBD
“28th Annual Contemporary Craft Exhibition,” Jan. 26-March 5
“Jelly: An Installation by artist Gwyneth Scally,” Feb. 20-April 29
“Mosaic Art,” March 20-April 29
“Physical Presence,” April 20-Aug. 5
“Arizona Photographers,” May 11-Aug. 5
“Annie Lopez and Jeff Falk,” May 8-Aug. 5