Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum (MCAM) will celebrate the opening of five exhibitions at a free reception this Friday, Feb. 9, from 7 to 10 p.m.
“We’re very excited about this group of exhibitions, and the blend of incredible local artists with artists from across the U.S. in the juried Contemporary Craft exhibition,” Patty Haberman, chief curator of the MCAM, said of the opening. “The Contemporary Craft exhibition is always very popular, with such a wide range of materials and styles, and a focus on the excellence in the craft world today. The exhibition features a mix of more utilitarian and traditional items with many works that push the boundaries of materials, object and craft.”
Spring exhibitions include Halfway Between the Earth and Stars, by Kathryn Maxwell (opened Dec. 10, 2017); As Above, by Mary Shindell (opened Jan. 20); Docents Select: Kitchen Sink¸ featuring works from the Permanent Collection (opened Jan. 20); 39th Annual Contemporary Crafts exhibition, juried by Bruce Hoffman, director of Gravers Lane Gallery in historic Chestnut Hill area of Philadelphia; and Memories of an Idyllic Landscape, by Tiffany C. Bailey. The reception will feature musical entertainment by Keith Johnson, light refreshments, cash bar and an opportunity to meet and visit with the artists whose work is on view.
Halfway Between the Earth and Stars
Dec. 10, 2017 – March 25
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. Maxwell is a 2017 proposal winner.
Jan. 20 – April 8
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. Shindell is a 2017 North Gallery proposal winner.
Docents Select: Kitchen Sink
Works from the Permanent Collection
Jan. 20 – April 8
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 is entirely curated by the MCA Museum Docents and demonstrates some of the research they have conducted on pieces from the permanent collection that center around the kitchen.
39th Annual Contemporary Crafts
Feb. 9 – April 15
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,” Haberman said. Representative of traditional craft mediums, the exhibition includes ceramics, fibers, basketry, metals, wood, glass, jewelry, papermaking and book arts. Guest Juror for the 39th Annual Contemporary Crafts exhibition is Bruce Hoffman, director of Gravers Lane Gallery in historic Chestnut Hill area of Philadelphia
Memories of an Idyllic Landscape
Tiffany C. Bailey
Feb. 9 – April 22
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 a place that is intimate yet expansive. Bailey is the 38th Annual Contemporary Crafts exhibition Juror’s Choice winner.